March 26, 2014

THE SKED: NBC Summer Schedule


NBC has announced an unusually robust slate of scripted programming for summer 2014–although, since 3 of the shows were originally ordered for airing during the regular season and didn’t make it onto the schedule, and NBC hasn’t exactly been flooded with new hits this year, the cynical may surmise that quantity in this case trumps quality.  The holdovers include medical serial THE NIGHT SHIFT, sitcom UNDATEABLE, and piratical international co-production CROSSBONES (the latter stars no less than John Malkovich, making its failure to reach port during the regular season even more suspicious).  They’re joined by lighthearted cop-teams-with-cabdriver procedural TAXI BROOKLYN (those with long memories may recall the feature version of this format, which starred Queen Latifah and NBC luminary Jimmy Fallon–neither are associated with it any longer), and sitcoms WELCOME TO SWEDEN and WORKING THE ENGELSrespectively a fish-out-of-water and dysfunctional family comedy.  Also coming for summer:  new unscripted FOOD FIGHTERS and returnees AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR and LAST COMIC STANDING.

Premiere dates for the newbies:

Tuesday May 27 @ 10PM:  THE NIGHT SHIFT

Thursday May 29 @ 9PM:  UNDATEABLE (burning off back-to-back half-hours each week)

Friday May 30 @ 10PM:  CROSSBONES

Wednesday June 25 @10PM:  TAXI BROOKLYN

Thursday July 10 @ 9PM:  WELCOME TO SWEDEN

Thursday July 10 @ 9:30PM:  WORKING THE ENGELS

Tuesday July 22 @ 8PM:  FOOD FIGHTERS


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."