NBC has announced its fall schedule for the 2015-'16 TV season, and it reflects the network's ongoing shift from a comedy-heavy lineup to one that features more serious fare, as well as some ambitious "event" programming.
Joining returning series like Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, and The Voice are three new hourlong dramas — including one that stars Thor's Jaimie Alexander (she plays Sif in that Marvel franchise) and another that stars Wesley Snipes — as well as a reboot of the sci-fi series Heroes and a new live variety show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
Meanwhile, NBC will air only two scripted sitcoms as part of its fall 2015 lineup, forming a new Friday-night comedy block: the returning Undateable, whose third season will consist of all live episodes, and freshman series People Are Talking. Further down the line, the network will attempt to re-up on laughter in early 2016 with a new version of the '90s sitcom Coach — in which Craig T. Nelson will reprise his starring role — and new sitcoms starring Rob Lowe and Eva Longoria.
Read on to find out what's airing when, and to watch trailers for all of NBC's new fall 2015 shows.
8 to 10 pm – The Voice
10 to 11 pm – New international thriller Blindspot begins when a beautiful Jane Doe (Alexander) is discovered naked (and zipped into a duffel bag) in Times Square, her entire body covered in mysterious tattoos. Naturally, she has no memory of how she ended up there, and the action begins when the FBI realizes that each one of her tattoos somehow represents a crime to be solved. Watch the trailer below:
8 to 9 pm – The Voice
9 to 10 pm – New (and groan-worthy) medical drama Heartbreaker features a sexy and stubborn female heart surgeon (Melissa George) who — surprise, surprise — is one of the only women in her field and always "operates on her own terms," in both her professional life and her racy personal one. Watch the trailer below:
10 to 11 pm (September through November) – New live variety show Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris stars the former Doogie Howser/Barney Stinson/Hedwig in a collection of stunts, skits, musical numbers, and more. Watch a short teaser below:
10 to 11 pm (beginning in November) – Chicago Fire
8 to 9 pm – The Mysteries of Laura
9 to 10 pm – Law & Order: SVU
10 to 11 pm – Chicago P.D.
8 to 9 pm – Heroes reboot Heroes Reborn is a 13-episode miniseries about a new crop of ordinary people with extraordinary abilities. Jack Coleman, Jimmy Jean-Louis, and Masi Oka will reprise their roles from the original series alongside new-to-the-franchise Zachary Levi. Watch a short teaser below:
9 to 10 pm – The Blacklist
10 to 11 pm – New drama The Player is set in Las Vegas and centers on a former military operative turned security expert (Strike Back's Philip Winchester) who is drawn into a high-stakes conspiracy where wealthy gamblers bet on his ability to stop various crimes from playing out. Wesley Snipes also stars. Watch the trailer below:
8 to 8:30 pm – Undateable
8:30 to 9 pm – New comedy People Are Talking is about a pair of married couples who are both neighbors and best friends. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved By the Bell, Franklin & Bash) stars. Watch the trailer below:
9 to 10 pm – Grimm
10 to 11 pm – Dateline
8 to 10 pm – Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
10 to 11 pm – Saturday Night Live (classic encores)
11:30 pm to 1am – Saturday Night Live
7 to 8:20 pm – Football Night in America
8:20 to 11 pm – Sunday Night Football