NBC is proud to present a new season of the heart-pounding dramas, hilariously lovable comedies and breathtaking alternative shows that led the network to a #1 finish for the fifth time in the past six seasons in the 18-49 demo.
After such a successful year, NBC’s 2019/20 primetime lineup features lots of returning critics’ and audience favorites, like the emotional phenomenon and #1 entertainment series This Is Us starring Emmy® winner Sterling K. Brown – now renewed for three more seasons – and the wickedly funny multi-platform hit The Good Place with Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. All three dramas in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise are suiting back up after enjoying their most-watched seasons ever, as is Law & Order: SVU, for its record-breaking 21st year – making it the longest-running drama in television history. Also coming back is Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg and Emmy® winner Andre Braugher, after a triumphant NBC debut with their highest ratings in years, along with the mysterious Manifest, which captured viewers’ imaginations as the #1 new scripted show. America’s Got Talent: The Champions, a spin-off of the longtime summer juggernaut, is coming back after becoming last season’s #1 most-watched alternative series, and is joined by Jennifer Lopez’s smash hit dance competition World of Dance. Ellen DeGeneres is bringing back the irresistible Ellen’s Game of Games, as well as a reinvented season of Little Big Shots with the amazing Emmy® winner and Oscar® nominee Melissa McCarthy on board as the new host. And of course, television’s #1 primetime show, the dominant Sunday Night Football with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
NBC is also thrilled to welcome a host of exciting brand-new series to our lineup, like the invigorating drama Bluff City Law starring Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee, which follows a father-daughter legal team in Memphis as they try to overcome their own issues to fight the good fight – and change the world. There’s also Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, an uplifting drama about a whip-smart computer coder who can suddenly hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her – through songs. The heartfelt Council of Dads is a life-affirming story about how friends can become family, and crime thriller Lincoln – inspired by the best-selling book The Bone Collector – finds an unlikely detective duo cracking New York’s most confounding cases. On the comedy side, Bradley Whitford and Anna Camp star in Perfect Harmony, about an Ivy League music professor who unexpectedly finds his destiny as a small-town choir director, while the talented Kal Penn is an executive producer and star of Sunnyside, about a disgraced city councilman helping a diverse group of hopefuls become American citizens – with hilarious results. The beloved Fran Drescher returns to network TV alongside Steven Weber and Adam Pally in Indebted, a comedy where broke baby boomer parents move in with their adult son’s family, and SNL favorite Kenan Thompson stars in The Kenan Show, playing a single dad juggling work, his not-so-helpful father-in-law and two adorable daughters. But that’s not all – Kenan also joins crossover star Chrissy Teigen and legendary comedian Jeff Foxworthy as the judges of the side-splitting new competition Bring The Funny, where undiscovered comedy acts go head-to-head (and laugh-to-laugh) for a life-changing prize. Then, executive producer Jimmy Fallon brings his favorite music and dance-inspired games to primetime with That’s My Jam, where celebrities compete in unforgettable – and hilarious – performances every week. Small Fortune is a unique competition where players face heart-pounding challenges set in miniaturized real-life locations, and from executive producer Lisa Kudrow, the Emmy®-nominated documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? comes home to NBC, following different celebrities as they go on an emotional journey to trace their family tree. On top of all that, an all-new type of competition is also premiering on NBC with Songland, where up-and-coming songwriters vie for the opportunity to have their hit-worthy songs recorded by chart-topping artists. Finally, Ellen DeGeneres is kicking off a groundbreaking new holiday event with Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways, an unprecedented three-night extravaganza where everyday deserving people – and unsuspecting studio audience members – will be surprised with some of the biggest gifts in television history.
Then, when the day is over, there’s still no better way to spend your late nights than with NBC. Saturday Night Live continues to delight viewers with clever satire, vital topical commentary and off-the-wall hilarity. On weeknights, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is still the place to be for anyone who wants to have some fun before bed, and Late Night with Seth Meyers provides the razor-sharp wit and political humor that everyone needs these days. NBC is also thrilled to announce a game-changer in late night with A Little Late with Lilly Singh, an innovative new series starring the YouTube sensation and world-famous comedian, who will be the only woman hosting a late-night show on broadcast TV – and the first openly LGBTQ host ever.
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