NBC is heading into the 2021-22 season with a roster of unscripted shows and tentpole event programming — including an America’s Got Talent spinoff and the Jimmy Fallon-fronted That’s My Jam.
A decision is yet to be made on the return of Ellen’s Game of Games, currently in its fourth season.
The slate also includes previously-announced game show The Wheel, produced by Hungry McBear and by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon; and Ava DuVernay’s Home Sweet Home, produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon and Array.
“Our program strategy for NBC is singularly focused on driving growth by capturing audiences with can’t-miss event television and keeping them on the network with immersive scripted series,” said Frances Berwick, chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, in a statement. “We are leaning into pieces of the legacy that work, but not being precious about experimenting with things that can benefit from a change.”
Unscripted series set at NBC are below:
Expanding on the America’s Got Talent franchise from producer Simon Cowell and production partner Fremantle, AGT: Extreme will showcase “jaw-dropping” daredevil acts. Each week, contestants will go head to head in stunts to vie for the ultimate title, with Cowell serving as a judge.
Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.
AMERICAN SONG CONTEST
Based on the Eurovision Song Contest, organized for 65 years by the European Broadcasting Union, the U.S. version — titled American Song Contest — will feature live original musical performances, representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and the nation’s capital, competing to win the country’s vote for the Best Original Song.
A solo artist, duo, DJ or a band will represent each location and perform a new, original song, celebrating the different styles and genres across America.
The live competition consists of three rounds as the acts compete in a series of Qualifying Rounds, followed by the Semi Finals and the ultimate Grand Final where one state or territory will emerge victorious.
American Song Contest will be produced by Anders Lenhoff, Christer Björkman, Peter Settman and Ola Melzig alongside Propagate’s Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Gregory Lipstone. The series is from Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group
THAT’S MY JAM
Jimmy Fallon (pictured) will make his primetime hosting debut in this hour-long music and comedy variety event series that draws from The Tonight Show games such as “Wheel of Musical Impressions,” “Roots Name That Song” and “Slay It Don’t Spray It.”
In each episode, two teams of two celebrities compete for charity in a series of music and dance-based games, performative segments and play-along trivia with Fallon hosting.
The format was brought to Universal Television Alternative Studio by Fallon, longtime The Tonight Show producer Jim Juvonen and writer Josh Knapp. Fallon executive produces and Mike Yurchuk will serve as showrunner.
LA FIRE AND RESCUE
In this new docuseries, Dick Wolf, Universal Television Alternative Studio and 44 Blue Productions have gained unprecedented access within The Los Angeles County Fire Department.
LA Fire and Rescue is produced by Dick Wolf and Tom Thayer for Wolf Entertainment, Rasha Drachkovitch for 44 Blue, and Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group.
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