“We’d flirted with doing it in the past. We just looked at the landscape and saw it as a chance to try them together,” Greenblatt said, adding, “We thought it was a fun way to energize Wednesday.”
The network made headlines Saturday when it picked up the critically beloved “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” after Fox canceled it, which prompted an outpouring of support from disappointed fans of the show. NBC’s first season of the show won’t air until 2019, but Greenblatt said the network is “thrilled to have it,” calling it the missing piece for the network’s jigsaw puzzle of comedy.
“We think it fits into our brand of comedy in many ways better than it ever fit into the Fox brand of comedy,” he said.
Until then, comedy fans have Thursday nights — which will feature a two-hour block of sitcoms, including “I Feel Bad,” a new comedy from Aseem Batra that is produced by Amy Poehler and is about a woman named Emet who is struggling to be “perfectly okay with being imperfect.” The night also includes “Will & Grace,” which is enjoying a successful reboot after being off the air for more than a decade.
NBC is also betting heavily on a new drama called “New Amsterdam,” which is scheduled for the coveted time slot after “This is Us” on Tuesdays. The medical drama stars Ryan Eggold and follows Dr. Max Goodwin, a doctor who wants to “to tear up the bureaucracy” at the underfunded hospital where he works, which is based on Bellevue, the New York institution that is the nation’s oldest public hospital.
“It was just one of those pilots that knocked us over,” Greenblatt said. “We loved it in the development stage, and it just came together beautifully.”
The network is also launching a new “Lost”-esque drama called “Manifest,” about 191 passengers of an airplane that experiences severe turbulence during a short flight. When it lands, the impossible has occurred: The world has aged five years, even though they were only in the sky for a few hours. The drama will air on Mondays in a comfortable time slot after “The Voice.”
See the rest of NBC’s fall line-up here:
FALL 2018 PRIME-TIME LINEUP ON NBC
New shows are in bold
8 p.m.: “The Voice”
10 p.m.: “Manifest”
8 p.m.: “The Voice”
9 p.m.: “This is Us”
9:30 p.m.: “New Amsterdam”
8 p.m.: “Chicago Med”*
9 p.m.: “Chicago Fire”*
10 p.m.: “Chicago P.D.”
8 p.m.: “Superstore”
8:30 p.m.: “The Good Place”
9 p.m.: “Will & Grace”
9:30 p.m. “I Feel Bad”
10 p.m.: “Law & Order: SVU”*
8 p.m.: “Blindspot”
9 p.m.: “Midnight, Texas”*
10 p.m.: “Dateline NBC”
8 p.m. — “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery”
7 p.m.: “Football Night in America”
8:20 p.m.: “Sunday Night Football”
* Moved to a new time slot
Correction: Robert Greenblatt spoke to reporters Sunday; this post previously said it was Wednesday.