NBC Reveals a Fall Schedule With No Comedies, But a Plan for Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Final Season

NBC's schedule looks a little different this year. Find out when favorites like This Is Us and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will return for their final seasons and more.

By Lauren Piester May 14, 2021 7:18 PMTags

The end of an era, or the beginning of a new one? 

For the first time in many decades, NBC has no comedies on its fall primetime schedule. Young Rock, Kenan and Mr. Mayor have all been renewed, but they won't be premiering until midseason, along with new comedies Grand Crew and American Auto. Young Rock, Kenan and Mr. Mayor will, however, be getting holiday specials. 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, meanwhile, will premiere its final season right after the end of the Olympics in August. Its 10-episode run will conclude before the official start of the fall season, which contains no comedies whatsoever. 

Instead, the fall will be dominated by Dick Wolf procedurals. Wednesdays will continue to be fully set in the Windy City with Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D., and Thursdays will feature three hours of Law & Order, including SVU, a second season of Organized Crime, and new spinoff For the Defense

On Mondays, The Voice will be followed by new "what if" series Ordinary Joe, and on Tuesdays, The Voice will be followed by new series La Brea and a new season of New Amsterdam

The Blacklist and Dateline NBC then close out the week on Fridays.

2021 TV Premiere Dates

The biggest news, besides the lack of NBC comedy for the first time most of our memories, is that we'll have to wait until midseason for the final run of This Is Us. NBC confirmed that the hit drama will be coming to an end, but we get to put that end off until 2022, which feels like a distant time we don't have to think about just yet. 

It also means, according to NBC, that the final season will be able to run uninterrupted, which will be a nice change from this past season of many hiatuses. 


While these announcements didn't contain any necessarily bad news, there is disappointment for anyone waiting on a few bubble shows. No decision has been made about Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Good Girls, Manifest, Debris, or Ellen's Game of Games

At least when it comes to Zoey's, creator Austin Winsberg is staying positive. 

"When we were pitching episodes 12 and 13 and talking about the season, no one said a word to me about, 'Hey, you should really wrap things up,'" he tells E! News. 

When no one at the network questioned what we'll just say is a mind-blowing ending to season two, Winsberg continued with his plans to set up a third season of his musical fantasy drama.

Hopefully, his instincts were correct! While we wait for more decisions to be made, keep up with all the shows whose fates we do know by scrolling down.

Renewed: Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

Grey's Anatomy has been renewed for a 19th season at ABC.

Canceled: I Know What You Did Last Summer (Prime Video)

According to reports, Prime Video has canceled I Know What You Did Last Summer after one season.

Renewed: We're Here (HBO)

We're Here will return for a third season on HBO.

Renewed: Yellowjackets (Showtime)

We've got some buzz-worthy news for you! Showtime has renewed Yellowjackets for a second season.

Renewed: American Dad (TBS)

On Dec. 16, TBS announced that American Dad will return for not one, but two more seasons. The comedy series was picked up for seasons 18 and 19 ahead of the Jan. 24 premiere of season 17 on TBS.

Renewed: CSI: Las Vegas (CBS)

The Las Vegas crime lab will stay open for business, as CBS has renewed CSI: Las Vegas for a second season.

Renewed: Why Women Kill (Paramount+)

Why Women Kill will return for a third season on Paramount+. The streamer confirmed the news on Dec. 15.

Ending: Servant (Apple TV+)

On Dec. 14, M. Night Shyamalan confirmed that Servant will end following its fourth season.

Canceled: Diary of a Future President (Disney+)

In December, Diary of a Future President was canceled by Disney+ after two seasons.

Canceled: Cowboy Bebop (Netflix)

Netflix announced on Dec. 9 that the bounty hunters will unfortunately not be returning for season two.

Renewed: Power Book II: Ghost (Starz)

Starz announced on Dec. 7 that James "Ghost" St. Patrick will continue his legacy in season three of Power Book II: Ghost.

Renewed: The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max)

On Dec. 7, HBO Max announced that Kimberly Finkle (Pauline Chalamet) and her roommate girl gang will attend Essex College for another semester filled with coffee shop shifts and naked shenanigans in season two of The Sex Lives of College Girls.

Renewed: Outer Banks (Netflix)

Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline and the rest of the cast of Outer Banks are heading back to paradise as Netflix announced the hit-drama would be renewed for a third season on Dec. 7

Canceled: A.P. Bio (Peacock)

Class will no longer be in session for A.P. Bio. After the comedy was canceled at NBC after two seasons, A.P. Bio found a new home on Peacock. However, on Dec. 6, creator Mike O'Brien announced that the NBCUniversal streaming service did not renew the show for a fifth season.

Canceled: Kevin Can F**k Himself (AMC)

In November, it was announced that Kevin Can F**k Himself will end after its second season.

Renewed: Men in Kilts (Starz)

Season two of the travel show will follow Outlander's Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish as they explore New Zealand.

Ending: PEN15 (Hulu)

The hilarious Hulu comedy will come to end after season two resumes on Friday, Dec. 3.

Renewed: Chucky (Syfy and USA Network)

Chucky will continue to be the stuff of nightmares, as Syfy and USA Network renewed the hit horror show for a second season.

Renewed: We Are Lady Parts (Peacock)

We Are Lady Parts will continue to rock on thanks to a second season. Peacock confirmed the renewal news on Monday, Nov. 22.

Ending: Queen Sugar (OWN)

Queen Sugar's seventh season will be its last on OWN.

Renewed: The D'Amelio Show (Hulu)

The D'Amelio Show will return for a second season, Hulu announced in November 2021.

Renewed: Selena + Chef (HBO Max)

Selena Gomez will continue cooking up a storm as her HBO Max series, Selena + Chef, has been renewed for a fourth season.

Ending: Search Party (HBO Max)

In November 2021, it was revealed that Search Party will come to an end after its fifth season.

Renewed: Fantasy Island (Fox)

Viewers will be able to check back into Fantasy Island when the drama's second season premieres in 2022.

Ending: Hanna (Prime Video)

The upcoming third season of Hanna will be the show's last.

Renewed: Heels (Starz)

The wrestling drama starring Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig will return for a second season at Starz.

Renewed: Succession (HBO)

The Roy family drama will continue, as Succession has been renewed for a fourth season.

Renewed: You (Netflix)

Netflix has renewed You for a fourth season, the streaming service confirmed on Oct. 13.

Renewed: The Other Two (HBO Max)

The Other Two will return for a third season on HBO Max.

Ending: Derry Girls (Netflix)

Derry Girls will come to an end after three seasons, creator Lisa McGee confirmed in September 2021.

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