|NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
NBC to Revive Must See TV” Branding This Fall
From PromaxBDA: NBC is hoping to reintroduce its iconic brand of Thursdaynight “Must See TV” via the revival of sitcom “Will & Grace” into season two of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s “Great News,” a new night for sophomore smash “This Is Us,” and new limited series “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers.”
In all, the network will introduce 12 new series throughout the 2017-18 TV season. The breakdown is five new scripted dramas, three new scripted sitcoms, and four new non-scripted entries.
Only three new series are scheduled for this fall: Monday 10 p.m. drama “The Brave” out of “The Voice;” and the aforementioned “Will & Grace” and “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers” on Thursday. But the network is shifting five series into new timeslots: comedies “Superstore” and “The Good Place” in the Tuesday 9 p.m. hour; “The Blacklist” leading off Wednesday at 8 p.m.; and dramas “Blindspot” into “Taken” in the Friday 8-10 p.m. block. That means programming changes will be visible each weekday night. For more, click here
CBS Announces Seven New Series In Addition to “Young Sheldon”
CBS will add six additional series to its 2017-18 roster: comedies “9JKL,” “Me, Myself & I” and “By the Book;” and dramas “Instinct,” “Seal Team,” “Wisdom of the Crowd,” and a reboot of Aaron Spelling crime solver “S.W.A.T.” They join already announced single-camera comedy “Young Sheldon,” which is the prequel from “The Big Bang Theory.” For a complete description of each new series, click here
USA Orders Drama “Damnation”
USA has placed an order for a new scripted drama called “Damnation,” which is set against the backdrop of the American heartland in the 1930s and centers on the mythic conflict and bloody struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed, charlatans and prophets. The pilot introduces Seth Davenport (Killian Scott), a man masquerading as a small-town Iowa preacher in the hopes of starting a full-blown insurrection against the status quo.
The logline: Focused on his mission, Davenport is unaware that an industrialist tycoon has hired a professional strikebreaker named Creeley Turner (Logan Marshall-Green, Quarry) to stop the uprising by any means necessary. But unbeknownst to those around them, these two men already share a secret bloody past.