NBC’s Fall Lineup Is All About ‘Stability’ Following Strikes


Stay from New York… it’s Sunday night time?

Saturday Night time Stay is celebrating the massive 5-0 in 2025, and NBC is marking the event with a weekend-long celebration culminating in a three-hour particular that’s airing on February 16 from 8-11 p.m. ET. Flip forward within the calendar, and also you’ll see that’s a Sunday, not a Saturday.

However don’t fear: Lorne Michaels’ late-night establishment isn’t getting a Fiftieth-anniversary rebrand. Think about this a repeat of a programming technique that labored so properly the final time SNL celebrated a serious anniversary—the Saturday Night time Stay 40th Anniversary Particular, which aired on February 15, 2015.

“We simply determined that 10 years later, we’ll do the 50th anniversary on that very same Sunday,” Jeff Bader, NBCUniversal Leisure’s president of program planning technique, tells ADWEEK throughout a dialog previewing the community’s 2024-25 fall and midseason schedule. “It additionally affords us the chance to have 4 hours of primetime versus the three hours we’d have on a Saturday. It’s nonetheless Saturday Night time Stay it doesn’t matter what.”

Even when the particular airs on a Sunday, anticipate it to be a rankings monster full of cameos from 5 a long time’ value of Not Prepared for Primetime Gamers. There’s additionally an expectation that we could lastly hear who will likely be taking up for Michaels ought to he determine to exit Studio 8H after the present’s 50th season. However Bader tamps down on any succession hypothesis forward of the particular. “It’s simply the celebration of the 50 years of SNL on NBC and there’s nothing to say about Lorne or any of these plans.”  

However earlier than February—and TV upfront week—comes NBC’s fall lineup, which options three new collection alongside returning hits like Night time Courtroom and Dick Wolf’s numerous installments within the Chicago and Legislation & Order franchises. In response to Steve Kern, NBC Leisure’s senior vp of program planning and scheduling, “stability” is the narrative of the 2024-2025 season.  

“We’ve returning reveals on each night time of the week, together with soccer on Saturday and Sunday,” Kern notes. “And we’re utilizing our steady schedule to launch new reveals, whereas additionally fortifying reveals coming again for his or her second seasons. That’s the way it’s been for a few years for NBC: We attempt to use our hit reveals to launch new reveals.”

Not for nothing, however the upcoming trio of latest fall reveals function on-camera and behind-the-scenes expertise who’ve a profitable historical past with the community, beginning with the Zachary Quinto-led medical drama, Good Minds. Quinto scored his breakout function practically 20 years in the past because the brain-eating villain Sylar on NBC’s comedian book-inspired collection, Heroes. He’s nonetheless fascinated by grey matter on Good Minds, which casts him as Oliver Wolf, a devoted neurosurgeon modeled after real-life doctor, Oliver Sacks.

A take a look at Good Minds.Peter Kramer/NBC