NBC Sets 2020 Premiere Dates for Manifest, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and More

Council of Dads
Sarah Wayne Callies as Robin Perry and Michele Weaver as Luly in ‘Council of Dads’ (Photo by: Quantrell Colbert/NBC)

NBC’s announced premiere dates for three new dramas, a new comedy, and a batch of returning midseason shows. Joining the network’s primetime lineup in 2020 are dramas Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (formerly known as just Lincoln) starring Grimm‘s Russell Hornsby, Council of Dads with VikingsClive Standen and Colony‘s Sarah Wayne Callies, and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist with Castle Rock‘s Jane Levy.

New comedy Indebted arrives after the oversized conclusion of NBC’s critically acclaimed, award-winning The Good Place. Adam Pally (The Mindy Project), Abby Elliot (SNL), Fran Drescher (The Nanny), and Steven Weber (Wings) star in the family comedy.

Returning shows debuting midseason include Manifest, America’s Got Talent: The Champions, The Voice, Ellen’s Game of Games, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

“As we head into the new year, we’re using six-weeks of jam-packed original holiday programming to build momentum towards our January and spring launches,” stated Paul Telegdy, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Success starts with our carefully curated linear schedule, and from there we harness the power of our growing digital audience. This multi-platform strategy is a driving force as we head into the next phase of the season with a crop of shows that are primed to continue in the great NBC tradition of capturing the heart of pop-culture.”


(New programs in UPPER CASE)


  • 8-10 P.M. — America’s Got Talent: The Champions (The Voice returns in February)
  • 10-11 P.M. — Manifest


  • 8-9 P.M. — Ellen’s Game of Games
  • 9-10 P.M. — This Is Us (COUNCIL OF DADS begins in March)
  • 10-11 P.M. — New Amsterdam


  • 8-9 P.M. — Chicago Med
  • 9-10 P.M. — Chicago Fire
  • 10-11 P.M. — Chicago P.D.

THURSDAY (Beginning in February)

  • 8-8:30 P.M. — Superstore
  • 8:30-9 P.M. — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • 9-9:30 P.M. — Will & Grace
  • 9:30-10 P.M. — INDEBTED
  • 10-11 P.M. — Law & Order: SVU


  • 8-9 P.M. – LINCOLN RHYME: HUNT FOR THE BONE COLLECTOR (The Blacklist returns in March)
  • 9-11 P.M — Dateline NBC


  • 8-9 P.M. — Alternative Encores
  • 9-10 P.M. — Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
  • 10-11 P.M. – Saturday Night Live (Encores)

SUNDAY (March)

  • 10-11 P.M. – Good Girls


COUNCIL OF DADS – Family takes on a different meaning in this transformative and inspirational new drama when Scott Perry, a loving father of five, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected health scare. He calls on a few of his most trusted friends to step in as back-up dads to help guide and support his growing family – just in case he ever can’t be there to do it himself.

There’s Anthony, Scott’s oldest and most loyal friend; Larry, his tough-love AA sponsee; and Oliver, his dedicated doctor and wife’s dearest friend. Together, they discover that there’s more to being a father than anyone could do alone – and more to being a family than they ever thought possible.

The cast includes Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott, J. August Richards, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, Michele Weaver, Thalia Tran, Steven Silver and Michael O’Neill.

LINCOLN RHYME: HUNT FOR THE BONE COLLECTOR – Inspired by the best-selling book, the enigmatic and notorious serial killer known only as “The Bone Collector” once terrified New York City … until he seemingly disappeared. Now, three years later, when an elaborate murder points to his return, it brings former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme out of retirement and back into the fold. Rhyme has a personal connection to the case – a trap set by the killer left him paralyzed – but this time he’s teaming up with Amelia Sachs, an intuitive young officer who’s got her own gift for profiling.

This unlikely detective duo will play a deadly new game of cat and mouse with the brilliant psychopath who brought them together. But how do you catch a killer who always seems to be one step ahead?

The cast includes Russell Hornsby, Arielle Kebbel, Brían F. O’Byrne, Tate Ellington, Courtney Grosbeck, Ramses Jimenez, Brooke Lyons, Roslyn Ruff and Michael Imperioli.

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST – If there’s a song in your heart, it will get in her head. Jane Levy stars in this high-concept drama as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her – her family, co-workers and complete strangers – through popular songs.

At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo, and making a breakthrough with her ailing father, Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before.

The series stars Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, with Peter Gallagher and Mary Steenburgen. Lauren Graham is special guest star.

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist - Season 1
Skylar Astin, Jane Levy, and John Clarence Stewart in ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ (Photo by: Sergei Bachlakov/NBC)


INDEBTED – Young parents Dave and Rebecca are ready to reclaim their life after years of diapers and sleepless nights. However, things take an unexpected turn when Dave’s parents show up unannounced and broke, leaving Dave with no choice but to open the door to the two people who gave him everything. But these boomerang parents aren’t great with boundaries and the question of who’s parenting who quickly becomes blurred.

The cast includes Fran Drescher, Adam Pally, Steven Weber, Abby Elliott and Jessy Hodges.


LITTLE BIG SHOTS – Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated actress, comedian and producer Melissa McCarthy joins as the new host of Little Big Shots, from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres, for an all-new and totally reinvented season. Melissa introduces us to a new generation of amazing kids from the U.S. and beyond, all of whom will show off the surprising, smart, funny and downright awesome things they can do. From brainy little whiz kids to mini virtuosos, it’s going to be an exciting, inspiring and adorable time for all. And with the invincible pairing of Ellen and Melissa, two of the funniest and most talented women in Hollywood at the helm, kids who defy the odds, reject stereotypes and conquer their dreams will give us a peek at what today’s cutest – and tomorrow’s biggest – talents look like!