3:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
NBC Shifts 'World of Dance' to Premiere Alongside 'Talent'
NBC is making several changes to its recently announced summer schedule. Most notably, World of Dance will now premiere outside of the America's Got Talent season opener and not an in-season episode of The Voice.
World of Dance, hosted and executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, is said to have earned a lot of internal fans at the network after recent screenings. And the May 30 premiere will allow more time for promotion — as well as less of a conflict with the NHL postseason, which would have prompted time-slot shifts. It also gets summer's most auspicious lead-in with the return of America's Got Talent. Last May's premiere averaged a 2.6 rating in the key demo and 11.7 million viewers.
Other minor changes include a new date for Hollywood Game Night (June 22) and new time slots for The Wall (9 p.m.) and The Night Shift (10 p.m.), each of which will also return on June 22. And to keep its freshman run intact, Midnight, Texas will now premiere Monday, July 24, at 10 p.m. Dramas Midnight, Texas and The Night Shift are in the minority on NBC's summer slate, which is dominated by unscripted offerings.
NBC's alternative department has been on something of a spree this week, adding two new series orders to its beefy roster — including vehicles for Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, as well as Neil Patrick Harris.