NBC sets fall plans; When will 'This Is Us,' 'The Voice' and other shows return?

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Justin Hartley, left, as Kevin, Sterling K. Brown as Randall in "This is Us." - Ron Batzdorff/NBC/San Jose Mercury News/TNS

NBC on Tuesday unveiled a fall schedule that features only one new series and — surprise, surprise — it’s a Dick Wolf crime drama.

But the key question remains: When will the season actually start?

The broadcast networks, of course, have been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put a lockdown on production for the time being. So it remains to be seen when NBC favorites such as “This Is Us,” “The Voice” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” return to action.

But at least NBC has finally joined its rivals, announcing a new fall roster that looks a lot like its old one. Joining the schedule is “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” the latest spinoff of Wolf’s iconic crime franchise.

It stars Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler, his former “SVU” character, who “returns to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss,” but must “adapt to a criminal justice system in the midst of its own moment of reckoning.”

Amid the pandemic, NBC understandably is playing it safe.

“… (We have) assembled a remarkably stable schedule at a time when stability is called for,” said Paul Telegdy, chairman of NBC Entertainment, in a statement. “With the reopening of the Universal lot for select productions this week, we are confident that our schedule will premiere intact later this fall.”

NBC does have some other new shows in the pipeline, but they’re being held for midseason. They include “Kenan,” starring Kenan Thompson as a widowed dad; “Mr. Mayor,” featuring Ted Danson as a wealthy businessman who runs for Los Angeles mayor; and “Young Rock,” a semi-autobiographical story of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s turbulent youth.

Also returning later next season is “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” A music-filled drama starring San Anselmo native Jane Levy, it was considered to be on the “bubble.” Other returning shows being held for later include “Good Girls,” “Making It” and “Ellen’s Game of Games.”

To make room for the new inventory, NBC canceled a number of shows, including “Bluff City Law,” “The InBetween,” “Indebted,” “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector,” “Perfect Harmony,” “Sunnyside,” “Will & Grace” and “Blindspot,” which is currently airing its final season. Also, “A.P. Bio” will leave NBC and move over to Peacock, NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming platform.

Here’s a look at NBC’s fall schedule:

MONDAY

8 p.m. — “The Voice”

10 p.m. — “Manifest”

TUESDAY

8 p.m. — “The Voice”

9 p.m. — “This Is Us”

10 p.m. — “New Amsterdam”

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m. — “Chicago Med”

9 p.m. — “Chicago Fire”

10 p.m. — “Chicago P.D.”

THURSDAY

8 p.m. — “Superstore”

8:30 p.m. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

9 p.m. “Law & Order: SVU”

10 p.m. — “LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME”

FRIDAY

8 p.m. — “The Blacklist”

9 p.m. — “Dateline NBC”

SATURDAY

8 p.m. — “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery”

10 p.m. — “SNL” encores

11:30 p.m. — “Saturday Night Live”

SUNDAY

4 p.m. PT — “Football Night in America”

5 p.m. PT — “Sunday Night Football”

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