A whole heap of summer programming has been announced by NBC, the network confirmed Wednesday. This will include six new scripted series, one new unscripted series, and the extension of three of their most popular shows. The network branded this move the most original summer programming for 20 years, and here is a breakdown of the big announcement (with props to LA Times).
– The eighth season of Last Comic Standing is scheduled to premiere on May 22, featuring 20 prospective stand-up comics and judged by Russell Peters, Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans.
– The sixth season of American Ninja Warrior set for a May 26 premiere.
– The seventh season of America’s Got Talent to premiere on May 27, judged by the same quartet as last season – Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern.
– May 27 also sees the premiere of one of the six mentioned scripted original shows from NBC this summer, entitled The Night Shift which stars Lost and Rush Hour actor Ken Leung amongst others.
– May 29 plays host to back-to-back episodes of new scripted comedy Undateable, executive produced by Scrubs’ Bill Lawrence.
– Crossbones premieres on May 30, starring John Malkovich as a pirate.
– Taxi Brooklyn, an action drama, begins on June 25.
– Swedish comedy Welcome to Sweden begins on July 10, the penultimate original series to air during the NBC summer season.
– The same day, July 10, airs the first episode of original comedy Working the Engels, which focuses on the Engels family’s struggle to keep their law firm open despite their lack of experience.
– The final piece of the summer programming puzzle sees Man vs. Food star Adam Richman host new cooking competition Food Fighters, with the first episode set to air on July 22.