The NBC fall 2017 schedule was initially a shock for This Is Us fans. The network initially announced that This Is Us Season 2 was getting a night change, moving to Thursdays at 9 p.m. However, NBC has had a change of heart. Fixing what was never broken but breaking something else, the network has decided to switch two popular shows around.
This Is Us will get to keep its Tuesday night slot. It will run directly after The Voice, rather than facing off against Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama Scandal and The CW’s Arrowverse parent show Arrow. Fans were upset to hear that the show was moving to Thursdays, questioning why NBC would change something that was never a problem. Thursday nights are already packed across other networks.
The planned Tuesday night shows for Tuesdays, Superstore and The Good Place, will now move to Thursday nights. They will air in the 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. slots, which means other changes to the planned NBC fall 2017 schedule. The reboot of Will and Grace and the new season of Great News will be moved to the next hour slot for the night.
However, it’s not just these sets of shows that are changing. The 10 p.m. slots on Tuesdays and Thursdays are also being changed. The reasons for these are unclear, since Chicago Fire on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. has worked for a long time. The network will move the fire drama to Thursday nights, while the new Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders will move into the Tuesday night slot.
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This means that Chicago Fire will now be up against How to Get Away With Murder on ABC and the new S.W.A.T. starring Shemar Moore on CBS. It does question the support for the series, especially after NBC opted to cancel the newest One Chicago drama, Chicago Justice, and moved Chicago Med to the midseason slot. Although arguably, it could be a better slot than going up against NCIS: New Orleans on CBS, which is one of the highest-rated dramas in the fall schedule.
An easier-to-follow version of the new NBC fall 2017 schedule is below.
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NBC hasn’t explained the reason for the sudden change to the fall 2017 schedule. It is possible that the network realized a major problem in taking one of its best shows off the air after seven weeks because of football. This Is Us would have only had seven weeks due to NBC’s Thursday Night Football coverage, according to TV Line. Now it will get 10 episodes without any interruptions, which will certainly make fans of the family drama happy. However, Chicago Fire fans worry about only getting seven episodes and question whether it will move back to Tuesdays when the new Law & Order show is finished.
This Is Us was the surprise breakout of the 2016 schedule. The freshman drama, set in two timelines, hooked viewers from the very beginning. In one timeline, it told the story of a young couple expecting triplets only to learn their third child died. After finding out about a baby brought into the hospital after being left at a firehouse, the couple opted to adopt him. Of course, this was set in the 1980s and the child was black being adopted into a white family.
I don't know how I feel about #chicagofire moving to Thursdays. I don't think I like it! NBC what are you doing to your schedule
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The present-day timeline told the story of those three triplets, as they were in different parts of their lives trying to find themselves. Fans theorized and speculated, as they learned about things that hadn’t happened yet in the earlier timeline.
As for Chicago Fire, Season 5 ended with a major cliffhanger. Three of fans’ favorite firemen were trapped in a building, believing they were going to die. Will they all survive and come back for Season 6? Only time will tell.
NBC 2017 Fall Schedule
8 p.m. The Voice
9 p.m. This Is Us
10 p.m. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
8 p.m. Superstore
8:30 p.m. The Good Place
9 p.m. Will & Grace(new reboot)
9:30 p.m. Great News
10 p.m. Chicago Fire
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