Fall TV begins landing on network television in September and the usual entertainment landscape is going to look vastly different for those used to flicking on the tube to watch their weekly staples. One network that’s in better shape than the other is NBC. They’ve got two new series–The Irrational and Found–premiering in October along with the return of Magnum P.I. season 5 to close out the series, Quantum Leap season 2, and Transplant season 3 are ready and raring to go. That’s five NBC shows to look forward to for those who enjoy the network’s scripted offerings.
The only other network who has an abundance of scripted content that’s fresh, at least stateside, is The CW. Everyone else is surviving with reality TV, reruns, animated blocks, and content pulled from their streaming arm to buff out their schedules. But, as you’ll note by the noticeable absence of major NBC staples, the network will have to carry on without some heavy-hitters returning in Fall 2023 and they’re some of NBC’s best shows!
Best NBC shows not coming in 2023
Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Organized Crime
If you’re an Organized Crime fan, this isn’t surprising news to you. Word broke that the show’s fourth season wouldn’t be a part of NBC’s Fall TV 2023 plans when it was renewed. The announcement that it also received a reduced episode count, coming in at 13 episodes for season 4, had viewers concerned the series would be coming to a close.
However, this was cleared up with further clarification that the midseason release and reduced episode count is exactly what the next storyline needs. What couldn’t have been forecast, unless you’d been paying attention to the rumblings about pending strikes for the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA unions, was that the flagship show and Special Victims Unit would also get pushed into 2024.
The historic strikes have essentially shutdown Hollywood as productions are delayed and writers keep their pencils down as they picket for a fair agreement between their union and the AMPTP (the entity that represents the studios). The actors can’t film or promote any of their work so, besides what’s already been produced and waiting to be aired or released to theaters/streamers, the pipeline of new media has begun to slow.
This has also affected another staple franchise for the network as well.
Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago P.D.
Like the Law & Order franchise, One Chicago won’t be gracing NBC’s Fall TV 2023 schedule either. There’s also a concern that with the writers strike continuing on that if it goes past Labor Day it’s not likely series will be able to turn around even a 13 episode season in time to debut in January or February even if the actors strike potentially ends in early fall. This is because of the turn around rate of the writers room, filming schedules, and a need to have enough written for the cast and crew to film. This could potentially push hit shows further into 2024 or mean shorter seasons.
The CW’s Superman & Lois season 4 was already scheduled to be 10 episodes long. Perhaps other networks will follow their example and try to make tighter seasons. We’ll have to wait and see. What fans can count on are One Chicago Wednesdays and Law and Order Thursdays remaining intact, they just won’t feature new episodes. Instead, a rerun of one of the series will air. This does mean that viewers will be watching a mixture of classic episodes and you will need to check your TV Guide or local listings to see which show and episode will be airing that night to determine if you want to tune in.
La Brea season 3
Unfortunately, for fans of the series, the show won’t be back in 2023 though unlike the One Chicago and Law & Order franchises this isn’t because the season hasn’t been filmed yet. La Brea season 3 wrapped filming in June, so the hold up with the season is likely due to NBC wanting to reserve content for the midseason. There’s a total of six episodes in the third season, though there is a potential to be more filmed at a later date. We’ll keep you posted.
Other NBC shows not coming in 2023: Night Court, Lopez vs. Lopez, and Extended Family
Stay tuned to Hidden Remote for more NBC news and coverage! The network’s fall schedule kicks off with the return of Sunday Night Football starting Sept. 7.