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NBC Reviving 'Must-See TV' Thursdays With 'Will & Grace'

The network also said Tina Fey will appear periodically in "Great News," the newsroom comedy she's producing that will also air Thursdays

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    NBC Reviving 'Must-See TV' Thursdays With 'Will & Grace'
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    Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker.

    NBC is bringing back its "must-see TV" Thursday franchise this fall with the revival of "Will & Grace," and by moving its heartwarming hit "This is Us" to the same night.

    The network announced its schedule Sunday, kicking off the annual week where broadcasters outline next season's plans to advertisers. NBC is the second most popular network behind CBS, first among the younger viewers it covets, and is bullish on next year since it will show the Winter Olympics and Super Bowl.

    The comedy "Will & Grace," which originally aired from 1998 to 2006, unites its original ensemble of Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally with the original creative team. If the resumption goes well, NBC hopes there will be more than the 12 episodes now on order, said Robert Greenblatt, NBC entertainment chairman.

    "Will & Grace" will kick off Thursday's lineup, followed by "Great News," a sophomore comedy produced by Tina Fey. Greenblatt said Fey will appear periodically on air next season, too.

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    The key to reestablishing Thursday nights, which NBC dominated during the 1980s and 1990s, is bringing the fans who made "This is Us" the year's biggest new hit, to that night at 9 p.m. The show also gets the high-profile slot after next winter's Super Bowl. Greenblatt sounded conflicted about how much NBC will push the "must-see TV" concept promotionally.

    "I'm not saying it's going to be emblazoned with 100-foot letters atop the Empire State Building, but we're going to use it," he said.

    NBC will introduce eight new series next season but sprinkle them throughout the year. Only the "Will & Grace" reboot, a Dick Wolf-produced limited series on the Menendez murders and "The Brave," an action series starring Anne Heche as an undercover military hero, will begin in the fall.

    Doing it that way illustrates the elastic nature of broadcast television, when shows drop on and off the schedule throughout the year, and the goal is to reduce repeats. As a result, Greenblatt wouldn't say when the other five new series will appear. Some established shows, like "Chicago Med" and "Little Big Shots" were renewed but don't have announced spots on the schedule yet.

    The on-again, off-again nature of TV will be a barrier for NBC: the Thursday schedule it hopes becomes dominant will be pre-empted for pro football in the fall and the Winter Olympics.

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    "The audience didn't tell us there was a compelling reason to bring it back, either," said Paul Telegdy, president of NBC's alternative and reality series.

    NEW SERIES

    Other new series ordered by NBC:

    —"Good Girls," a drama about three suburban moms who rob the local supermarket. It's described as a mix between "Thelma & Louise" and "Breaking Bad"

    —"Reverie," a thriller about a former hostage negotiator brought on to save people lost in a virtual reality program

    —"Rise," a drama starring Josh Radnor as a teacher who revives a lackluster high school theater department

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    —"A.P. Bio," a comedy produced by Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers about a philosophy scholar who goes to work teaching biology in high school

    —"Champions," a Mindy Kaling-produced series about a gym owner and his brother who must cope with a new teen-ager in the household.

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