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Hard as it may be to believe, the fall TV season is almost at an end. Most shows will go on a winter break before triumphantly returning in the new year, and NBC has already released its midseason schedule with some intriguing news about the series finale of The Good Place, the return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and the debuts of several brand new series.
Let's start with The Good Place. The critically-acclaimed sitcom, which never really got the ratings it deserved, will receive a grand finale from the Peacock Network in January. The finale airs on Thursday, January 30 and will be comprised of an extended episode followed by a post-show special, hosted by Seth Meyers and with the full cast on board. Mark January 30 on your calendar if you want to find out if the series finale really is like Breaking Bad!
The NBC comedies that regularly fill the time slots allotted to The Good Place's finale will be back the next week, for a lineup that includes the return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine for its seventh season. Yes, you can catch the return of Jake Peralta and Co. on February 6 at 8:30 p.m. EST. So, what will the rest of the schedule look like when NBC returns from winter break? Take a look!
Note: all times listed are in Eastern Standard Time, and shows in all caps are new to NBC.
8 p.m. - America's Got Talent: The Champions Season 2 (Premieres January 6)
10 p.m. - Manifest Season 2 (Premieres January 6)
8 p.m. - Ellen's Game of Games Season 2 (Premieres January 7)
9 p.m. - This Is Us
10 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. - Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7 (Premieres February 6)
9 p.m. - Will & Grace
9:30 p.m. - INDEBTED (Series Premiere On February 6)
10 p.m. - Law & Order: SVU
8 p.m. - LINCOLN RHYME: HUNT FOR THE BONE COLLECTOR (January 10)
9 p.m. - Dateline
9 p.m. - Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
8 p.m. - LITTLE BIG SHOTS
9 p.m. - ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (Series Premiere On February 16)
10 p.m. - Good Girls Season 3
For fans concerned to see that The Voice and The Blacklist aren't in the lineup, don't worry. The Voice returns in February after the latest season of America's Got Talent: The Champions concludes, with The Blacklist returning in March for an uninterrupted conclusion to Season 7 following the ten episodes of the new thriller Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector. New drama Council of Dads will also hit the airwaves in March, following the Season 4 finale of This Is Us.
NBC has been arguably the weakest of the major networks when it comes to sitcoms in the fall, so it should be interesting to see if NBC gets a boost in the new year with the return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. 2020 will also see the conclusion of the very last season of Will & Grace (which will be missing Megan Mullally a couple of times), and the nostalgia factor could win some viewers. New comedy Indebted stars sitcom veterans Adam Pally and Fran Drescher, among others, so it has a decent shot.
The one night in NBC's midseason lineup that we can be pretty confident of succeeding is Wednesday, which will continue to air all three of the One Chicago shows. Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. have been consistently successful on Wednesday nights, even when not boosted by a crossover packed with flesh-eating bacteria. What else will work in the midseason lineup?
We'll have to wait and see. For now, there are still fall shows airing new episodes, so be sure to check out NBC in primetime for the foreseeable future for new developments in your fall favorites.