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NBC Holding Most Scripted Series Returns To November

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NBC's new 'Connecting' sitcom about friends staying close by video chats stars (top from left) Otmara Marrero, Ely Henry, Preacher Lawson (bottom from left) Parvesh Cheena, Jill Knox, Keith Powell and Shakina Nayfack.

Fans of This Is Us, Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. must wait until November for new episodes while NBC fills the next two months mostly with The Voice, game shows and reruns during the pandemic.

As I reported last week, ABC and CBS are doing the same.

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Al Michaels and Fort Thomas resident Cris Collinsworth kick off 'NBC Sunday Night Football' with games Sept. 10 and Sept. 13.

A Canadian drama called Transplant starts NBC's limited fall TV offering at 10 p.m. today, Sept. 1. American Ninja Warrior, usually a summer replacement, premieres 8 p.m. Sept. 7.

NBC Sunday Night Football with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth kicks off on Thursday, as usual, with the Houston Texas at Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 10, followed by the Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Dateline NBC returns Friday Sept. 25. NBC's fourth and final new show for September is a revival of the Weakest Link with host Jane Lynch Monday, Sept. 28 (10 p.m.).

Of the four October shows, only one is new. Connecting is a COVID-era comedy (8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1) about friends "staying close (and sane) through video chats" starring Otmara Marrero, Ely Henry, Preacher Lawson, Parvesh Cheena, Jill Knox, Keith Powell and Shakina Nayfack. (How did they ever come up with this idea?)

Returning October are Ellen’s Game of Games (Tuesday, Oct. 6), The Voice (Monday, Oct. 19) and Superstore (Thursday, Oct. 22).

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Terry Crews (right) and Andre Braugher play New York police officers in 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine.'

NBC's popular dramas finally air the week after Election Day: This Is Us (Tuesday, Nov. 10); Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. (Wednesday, Nov. 11); Law & Order: SVU (Thursday, Nov. 12); and The Blacklist (Friday, Nov. 13).

Sometime "after Jan. 1" viewers will see new episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Good Girls, Making It, Manifest, New Amsterdam and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

Also coming in 2021 are new NBC series called Kenan, Law & Order: Organized Crime, Mr. Mayor, That’s My Jam, Small Fortune, True Story and Young Rock.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.