12:06pm PT by Michael O'Connell
NBC Sets 'Heartbeat' Premiere, 'Carmichael' Return and More for Midseason
NBC has put the finishing touches on its midseason schedule, setting time slots and premiere dates for Heartbeat, The Carmichael Show, Crowded and Game of Silence.
All but Game of Silence will get a special sampling ahead of regular slots, with reality outing Little Big Shots and Carmichael bowing back-to-back on Tuesday, March 8, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (Crowded will air back-to-backs March 15 at 10 p.m.). Heartbeat will preview on Tuesday, March 22, at 9 p.m. before moving to its regular 8 p.m. time slot the following night. That means the show will get an initial lead-in from The Voice.
As for the comedies, NBC is putting them on Sunday nights starting March 13. Carmichael will air at 9 p.m., nabbing back-to-back episodes that first night. Starting March 20, Crowded will sit in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour.
Drama Game of Silence will air after The Blacklist once Shades of Blue's freshman run is up. The series premieres Thursday, April 7, at 10 p.m. That lead-in has been doing well for the Jennifer Lopez drama, but the network has had an uphill battle with launching other shows (The Player, Allegiance) on The Blacklist's back.