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NBC has only three new programs in fall 2016-2017 lineup

NBC pulled the plug on the comedy “Undateable” after three seasons.
NBC pulled the plug on the comedy “Undateable” after three seasons. Chris Haston/NBC

Thanks to Dick Wolf, the continued success of “The Voice” and the NFL, NBC will launch only three new shows in September when the 2016-2017 TV season opens. The additions will be the new time-traveling series “Timeless” to air at 10 p.m. Mondays, the drama “This Is Us” at 9 p.m. Tuesdays and the new comedy “The Good Place” that will be broadcast at 8:30 p.m Thursdays.

Wolf is the executive producer of the three dramas set in the Windy City, “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago P.D.” There will be a fourth show, “Chicago Justice,” when NBC begins to roll out its mid-season programming. And, Wolf is the mastermind behind “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

If you throw out Sunday nights because of the football telecast and Saturday nights because the programming is all reruns, NBC only schedules 15 hours of original programming each week. That means Wolf is behind almost one-fourth of the network schedule.

The three new shows are:

“Timeless”: A scientist, soldier and history professor must use a time machine prototype to travel back in time to critical events. The cast includes Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett.

“The Good Place”: Kristen Bell plays a woman who enters the afterlife only to discover she wasn’t a very good person. Ted Danson co-stars.

“This Is Us”: Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia star in the story of how the lives of a group of people continued to intersect.

NBC has a long list of shows waiting in the wings including an updated look at “The Wizard of Oz” called “Emerald City” and a TV version of the “Taken” films. Look for a spinoff from “The Blacklist” called “The Blacklist Redemption.” Other shows slated for mid-season include the reality shows “Better Late Than Never,” “First Dates” and “The Wall.”

Shows not returning include: “Undateable,” “Telenovela,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris,” “Crowded,” “Game of Silence,” “Heartbeat,” “Hannibal” and “Heroes Reborn.”

Here’s the NBC fall 2016-2017 lineup:


8 p.m.: “The Voice.”

10 p.m.: “Timeless”


8 p.m.: “The Voice”

9 p.m. “This Is Us”

10 p.m. “Chicago Fire”


8 p.m.: “Blindspot”

9 p.m.: “Law & Order: SVU”

10 p.m.: Chicago P.D.”


8 p.m.: “Superstore”

8:30 p.m.: “The Good Place”

9 p.m.: “Chicago Med”

10 p.m.: “The Blacklist”


8 p.m.: Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon”

9 p.m.: “Grimm”

10 p.m.: “Dateline NBC”


8 p.m.: “Saturday Dateline Mysteries”

10 p.m.: “Saturday Night Live”


5:20 p.m.: “NBC’s Sunday Night Football”

Also returning to the NBC lineup will be "The Carmichael Show," “Hollywood Game Night,” “Little Big Shots” and “Shades of Blue.”