NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates and Will Use ‘The Voice’ to Launch Its 3 New Series

Sunday Night Football kicks things off

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Because NBC's No. 1 series, Sunday Night Football, stretches well past 11 p.m., the network can't use it to help any of its new shows this fall. Instead, the network is making the most of its No. 2 show, The Voice, which it will deploy to launch all three of its new fall series, NBC announced today.

The Voice, with new coaches Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus, kicks off Season 11 on Monday, Sept. 19. Then NBC will air two episodes of its new Kristen Bell-Ted Danson comedy, The Good Place, which moves to its regular 8:30 p.m. Thursday spot on Sept. 22. (Trailers and descriptions of NBC's three new shows can be found here.)

New drama This Is Us will debut Tuesday, Sept. 20, after The Voice's Tuesday airing and will remain at 10 p.m. for three weeks until moving to its regular 9 p.m. slot on Oct. 11.

NBC's third freshman fall series, drama Timeless, which will air regularly in the same plum 10 p.m. time slot on Mondays that turned The Blacklist and Blindspot into hits, will settle in on Oct. 3.

Sunday Night Football kicks off NBC's fall—and the NFL's season—on Thursday, Sept. 8, in a Super Bowl 50 rematch between the champion Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. On Sunday, Sept. 11, Sunday Night Football returns to Sundays, as the Arizona Cardinals host the New England Patriots.

Blindspot, which was last season's No. 1 freshman series among adults ages 18 to 49, will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 10 p.m. after the season finale of America's Got Talent. It will then shift to its regular (and new) time slot—9 p.m.—a week later.

Most of NBC's fall schedule will roll out the week of Sept. 19, the first week of the 2016-17 season. Only three shows won't air until later in the fall: Timeless (Oct. 3), Chicago Fire (Oct. 11) and Grimm (premiere date still TBD).

Midseason hit Superstore will premiere Sept. 22, though NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in May that the network will also air an original episode of the comedy during its Summer Olympics coverage in August.

Here is the entire premiere schedule for NBC's fall shows (new programs in bold):


8-10 p.m. — The Voice (Sept. 19)

10-11 p.m. — Timeless (Oct. 3)


8-9 p.m. — The Voice (Sept. 20)

9-10 p.m. — This Is Us (Sept 19 at 10 p.m.; moves to regular slot on Oct. 11)

10-11 p.m. — Chicago Fire (Oct. 11)


8-9 p.m. — Blindspot (Sept. 14 at 10 p.m.; moves to regular slot on Sept. 21)

9-10 p.m. — Law & Order: SVU (Sept. 21)

10-11 p.m. — Chicago P.D. (Sept. 21)


8-9 p.m. — Superstore (Sept. 22)

8:30-9 p.m. — The Good Place (previews Monday, Sept. 19; time period premiere on Sept. 22)

9-10 p.m. — Chicago Med (Sept. 22)

10-11 p.m. — The Blacklist (Sept. 22)


8-9 p.m. — Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (Sept. 23)

9-10 p.m. — Grimm (no premiere date announced)

10-11 p.m. — Dateline (Sept. 23 at 9 p.m.)


8-10 p.m. — Dateline Saturday Night Mystery

10-11 p.m. — Saturday Night Live (classic encores)


7-8:20 p.m. — Football Night in America (Thursday, Sept. 8; Sunday premiere, Sept. 11)

8:20-11 p.m. — Sunday Night Football (Thursday, Sept. 8; Sunday premiere on Sept. 11)

@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV/Media Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.
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