1:24pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Sets Summer Schedule
NBC has formalized its summer schedule.
The network, which last season relied heavily upon unscripted and inexpensive scripted comedies, is changing its strategy a bit.
This summer, the network will look to the third season of Hannibal and freshman period drama Aquarius to pair with reality staples American Ninja Warrior and America's Got Talent.
The network will continue to program scripted dramas on Thursdays, with the two-hour premiere of Charles Manson drama Aquarius, starring David Duchovny, airing Thursday, May 28, at 9 p.m. The following week, the series will move to its regular 9-10 p.m. slot, with the third season of Bryan Fuller's Hannibal bowing at 10 p.m.
Unscripted will kick off days prior on Monday, May 25, when America Ninja Warrior returns with a two-hour bow at 8 p.m., followed on Tuesday, May 26, at 8 p.m. with America's Got Talent.
Last summer saw the network trot out scripted series The Night Shift and Undateable, both of which were moved to midseason this year.
Yet to be scheduled are the returns of import Welcome to Sweden and reality competition Last Comic Standing.
NBC's strategy comes as scripted programming is becoming more the norm in the typically low-rated summer viewing months as CBS spends big with dramas Under the Dome, Extant and rookie Zoo.