NBC To Debut 'Go On' and 'Animal Practice' Shows Without Commercials
NBC surprised some on Thursday when it announced its fall schedule airing plans. At the center of that was the revelation that two series will be have their premiers shown without any commercials. At a time when viewers are becoming more and more disenchanted by the growing amount of ads shown in programs, this could well bolster the debut of the designated series.
This is especially true since the peacock network is using its advantage of having the Summer Olympics as a jumping board to these new shows, hoping that viewers will not change the channel as they watch the sporting events.
Springing forward will be Go On, a comedy with Matthew Perry of Friends fame, and Animal Practice with Justin Kirk. This, too, is a comedy. Go On's special ad-free preview will be on Wednesday, August 8, while Kirk's show will get its commercial-less special airing on Sunday, August 12. Assuming that the London Olympic games are as popular as anticipated, the previews could have a definite impact on how well the shows do during the fall season.
NBC also plans on staggering many of its fall premiers, with some series like Grimm beginning as early as August 13 and others such as the comedies Whitney and Community not showing up until October 19.