Raymond Lee and Camila Cabello are among a handful of new faces on NBC’s upcoming schedule, with the network once again leaning heavily on its “Law & Order” and “Chicago” series franchises.
Cabello will join “The Voice” singing competition as a coach, NBC said Monday when announcing its fall schedule. The pop star, whose hit singles include “Havana” and who starred in the musical “Cinderella” in 2021, will join returning trainers John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.
Lee stars in “Quantum Leap,” which NBC described as a “reimagining” of the network’s 1989-1993 sci-fi drama starring Scott Bakula. Lee, whose credits include Fox’s “Prodigal Son” and the upcoming sequel to Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” joins the handful of Asian Americans as the show’s leads.
NBC is opening the door to more diversity with another new offering, “Lopez vs. Lopez,” a sitcom about a working-class family starring George Lopez and his real-life daughter, Mayan Lopez.
Veteran producer Dick Wolf owns a major share of NBC real estate, with his “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” occupying primetime Wednesday and “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime” on Thursday.
Say goodbye to a trio of shows. NBC has canceled the Ted Danson-Holly Hunter comedy “Mr. Mayor”; the family sitcom “Kenan,” with “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson, and the drama series “The Endgame.”
The medical drama “New Amsterdam” will return in the fall for its final season.
The 2022-23 mid-season will also see the return of ‘The Blacklist’ starring James Spader and second-season comedies ‘American Auto’ and ‘Grand Crew’, and the debut of ‘Night Court’, a sequel to the sitcom from 1984 to 1992. . John Larroquette reprises his role as prosecutor Dan Fielding, with Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”) as new judge Abby Stone.
NBC kicked off the annual New York presentation to advertisers of what’s to come in the upcoming season, with splashy in-person events — back after being sidelined for two years by the pandemic.
What was once the domain of ad-supported networks has expanded to include corporate siblings in cable and streaming. NBCUniversal Media, owned by Comcast, includes the NBC network, cable channels such as USA Network, Bravo and Telemundo, and the Peacock streaming service.
In announcing its fall lineup, NBC said all of its shows will be available on Peacock the day after they air. This approach means NBC’s shows “will truly be available to audiences the way they want to watch,” Frances Berwick, president of entertainment networks for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement.
AP Television Writer Lynn Elber reported from Los Angeles.