Melissa McCarthy To Host NBC’s `Little Big Shots’

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Melissa McCarthy To Host NBC’s `Little Big Shots’

by Contributing Editor

Melissa McCarthy will replace Steve Harvey as host of “Little Big Shots” when the NBC alternative series begins its fourth season in March as part of a female-oriented 8-11 p.m. Sunday block.

What NBC bills as the “completely reimagined” “Little Big Shots” will be followed at 9 p.m. by the high-concept drama “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” and at 10 p.m. by the third-season crime comedy-drama “Good Girls,” NBC announced Friday as it unveiled its midseason schedule.

None of the three series that premiered on NBC in the fall will be broadcast after January.

The mystery “Manifest” will begin its 13-episode second season Jan. 6, replacing the first-season legal drama “Bluff City Law” in the 10 p.m. Monday time slot.

The police comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will begin its seventh season and second on NBC Feb. 6 in the 8:30 p.m. Thursday time slot occupied by the first-season comedy “Perfect Harmony.”

NBC’s other fall premiere, the comedy “Sunnyside,” was pulled from the schedule following its fourth episode Oct. 17 and replaced in the 9:30 p.m. Thursday time slot by “Will & Grace.”

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” will be among the two series premiering on NBC in January, along with the detective drama “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector.”

The comedy “Indebted” will premiere Feb. 6 and the family drama “Council of Dads” in March.

Season premiere dates for three alternative series were also announced. “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” will begin its second season Jan. 6, one day before “Ellen’s Game of Games” begins its third. The singing competition “The Voice” will begin its spring season Feb. 24.

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” will premiere Jan. 7 and regularly air at 9 p.m. Sundays beginning Feb. 16. It stars Jane Levy as whip-smart computer coder Zoey Clarke who following an unusual event suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her — her family, co-workers and complete strangers — through popular songs.

“Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector” will premiere at 8 p.m. Jan. 10, replacing “The Blacklist,” which will return in March. Russell Hornsby stars as a former New York Police Department detective who comes out of retirement to capture the enigmatic and notorious serial killer known only as “The Bone Collector.”

“Indebted” stars Adam Pally and Abby Elliott as young parents Dave and Rebecca ready to reclaim their life after years of diapers and sleepless nights, but whose lives take an unexpected turn when Dave’s parents (Steven Weber, Fran Drescher) show up unannounced and broke, leaving Dave with no choice but to open the door to the people who gave him everything.

“Indebted” will air at 9:30 p.m. Thursdays after “Will & Grace” completes its final season.

“Council of Dads” stars Tom Everett Scott as a father of four who receives a cancer diagnosis and calls on a few of his closest allies to step in as backup dads for every stage of his growing family’s life.

The cast also includes Clive Standen as Scott’s oldest friend, Michael O’Neill as his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, and August Richards as his surgeon and best friend to his wife (Sarah Wayne Callies).

The pilot for “Council of Dads” was written by the husband-and-wife team of Tony Phelan and Joan Rater. Phelan and Rater spent 10 seasons as writers and producers on “Grey’s Anatomy.” They were also producers on the CBS diplomatic drama “Madame Secretary.”

“Council of Dads” will air at 9 p.m. Tuesdays after “This Is Us” completes its season.

NBC also announced “The Good Place’s” 90-minute extended series finale, including a post-show hosted by Seth Meyers, will air Jan. 30.

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