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Medical drama for Ryan Eggold and comedy for Sarayu Blue on NBC fall lineup (videos)

May 13, 2018 GMT

Medical drama for Ryan Eggold and comedy for Sarayu Blue on NBC fall lineup (videos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Respecting the time-honored advice of what not to do “if it ain’t broke,” NBC will field a fall lineup with very few fixes. Indeed, there are only three new shows - two dramas and a comedy - on the schedule announced Sunday by the Peacock Network.

In full play-it-safe mode, NBC announced a mere five new series for midseason: three dramas, a comedy and a reality show. And why not do everything to keep the winning hand intact?

NBC easily will win the September-to-May 2017-18 television season with viewers most prized by advertisers, adults 18-49. The network is up about 5 percent from last season in that key demographic, way ahead of second-place CBS, which is down about 10 percent.

Given an added boost this season by the Super Bowl, NBC is neck-and-neck with CBS in terms of total viewers. But while CBS is down about 8 percent in that category, NBC is up about 10 percent.

The two new fall dramas are: “New Amsterdam,” starring Ryan Eggold (Tom Keen on “The Blacklist”) as the new director at the oldest public hospital in the United States, Bellevue; and executive producer Robert Zemeckis’ “Manifest,” a mystery thriller about an airliner that, after a few turbulent hours in the air, lands safely, only for the passengers to learn five years have elapsed (Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas star).

The new fall comedy, executive producer Amy Poehler’s “I Feel Bad,” stars Sarayu Blue about a woman struggling with the constant realization that she’s an imperfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter.

Few new shows means few cancellations. The dropped series include “The Brave” (with Aurora native Anne Heche), “Great News,” “Rise” and “Taken.” NBC has yet to make a decision on the drama “Timeless” or the comedy “Champions,” although it sounds like time is running out for “Timeless.”

NBC was the first of the five broadcast network to announce its plans for the 2018-19 season. Fox announces Monday, May 16, followed by ABC on Tuesday, CBS on Wednesday and the CW on Thursday.

The three dramas sitting on NBC’s midseason bench are: “The Enemy Within,” an espionage thriller starring Jennifer Carpenter as a notorious former CIA operative released from prison to help catch a spy; “The Inbetween,” with Harriet Dyer as Cassie Bishop, recruited to use her gifts (she can see and communicate with the dead) to solve murders; and “The Village,” with Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese and Frankie Faison as neighbors in a Brooklyn apartment building.

The one new midseason comedy is “Abby’s,” starring Natalie Morales as the title character, who runs an unlicensed makeshift bar in her San Diego backyard. The midseason reality show is Dwayne Johnson’s “The Titans,” which pits contestants against one of six reigning Titans.

The NBC fall lineup:

SUNDAY: 7-8:20, “Football Night in America”; 8:20-11:30, “Sunday Night Football”

MONDAY: 8-10, “The Voice”; 10-11, “Manifest”

TUESDAY: 8-9, “The Voice”; 9-10, “This Is Us”; 10-11, “New Amsterdam”

WEDNESDAY: 8-10, “Chicago Med”; 9-10, “Chicago Fire”; 10-11, “Chicago P.D.”

THURSDAY: 8-8:30, “Superstore”; 8:30-9, “The Good Place”; 9-9:30, “Will & Grace”; 9:30-10, “I Feel Bad”; 10-11, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”″

FRIDAY: 8-9, “Blindspot”; 9-10, “Midnight, Texas”; 10-11, “Dateline”

SATURDAY: 8-10, “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery”; 10-11, “Saturday Night Live” repeats

What’s new this fall:

Dramas: “Manifest,” “New Amsterdam”; Comedy: “I Feel Bad”

What’s gone:

“The Brave,” “Great News,” “Law & Order: True Crime,” “Rise,” “Taken” (No decision yet on new seasons for “Timeless” and “Champions”)

Returning in the fall:

“Blindspot,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Dateline,” “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery,” “Football Night in America,” “The Good Place,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Midnight, Texas,” “Sunday Night Football,” “Superstore,” “This Is Us,” “The Voice,” “Will & Grace” (“America’s Got Talent” and “World of Dance” begin new seasons on Tuesday, May 29)

Returning at midseason

“A.P. Bio,” “The Blacklist,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (dropped by Fox), “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “Good Girls,” “The Wall,” “Little Big Shots,” “Shades of Blue,” “The Wall.”

New at midseason:

Dramas: “The Enemy Within,” “The Inbetween,” “The Village”; Comedy: “Abby’s”; Reality: “The Titan Games”