…probably because the only way they have a chance of getting an audience is if they’re on unopposed.
(Except for ANIMAL PRACTICE, above, because one of its writer-producers is TVWriter™ alum Curtis Gwinn.)
NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates: Most New Series To Debut Early, ‘Animal Practice’ & ‘Go On’ Get Olympics PreviewsBy NELLIE ANDREEVA
Premiere week will be all but for NBC this year as the network will open only one series, veteran Law & Order: SVU, in the traditional broadcast launch week, instead staggering its fall rollout over two months, from mid-August until mid-October. NBC will use its coverage of the summer Olympics and NFL football as launch pads for most of its new shows. Two of them, comedies Go On and Animal Practice, will get commercial-free previews during the Olympics — the Matthew Perry starrer Go On on Aug. 8 and the Justin Kirk-starring Animal Practice on Aug. 12, following the Olympics closing ceremony. On the next night, NBC will premiere the new Mark Burnett-Dick Wolf competition reality series Stars Earn Stripes. It will lead into the second season premiere of Grimm, which is already in production and will get an early run in the Monday 10 PM slot before moving to its regular Friday 9 PM berth on Sept. 14.