After a season in which it’s poised to finish No. 1 in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic for the first time since the end of “Friends” 10 years ago, NBC ran a triumphant victory lap before an audience of advertisers and journalists Monday in New York City.
Looking ahead at the new season, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt noted that NBC’s lineup would remain relatively stable in the fall, with its No. 1 new hit,“The Blacklist,” in its current time slot at 10 p.m. and the debut of “noisy and sophisticated” shows, including relationship comedies “Marry Me” and “A to Z,” the lightly comedic Debra Messing police procedural “The Mysteries of Laura,” comic book adaptation “Constantine” and the Kate Walsh comedy “Bad Judge.”
Moving at midseason into coveted post-”Voice” time slot currently held by “The Blacklist” will be the Katherine Heigl drama “State of Affairs,” in which she stars as a Carrie Mathison-esque CIA analyst on the hunt for her fiancé’s killer — with help from his mother, the president.
The network “held back several of our best assets for midseason,” said Greenblatt. These include space-age comedy “Mission Control,” conspiracy thriller “Odyssey,” the Craig Robinson comedy “Mr. Robinson,” the Ellen DeGeneres-produced “One Big Happy,” the Tina Fey-produced Ellie Kemper sitcom “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and the Russian spy drama “Allegiance.”
Also in the pipeline at NBC are a number of limited series and specials. The Biblical epic “A.D.”, which producer Mark Burnett teased as “ ‘Game of Thrones’ meets ‘The Borgias’ meets ‘The Bible’ “ will premiere on Easter Sunday.