NBC has announced that cancer drama Council of Dads will not be premiering as it was scheduled on Tuesday, March 10th. Instead, the series will move back two weeks to Tuesday, March 24th at 10:00, where it will air following the season finale of This Is Us.
This means that New Amsterdam will retain its 10:00 slot on March 10th and 17th. But Council of Dads isn’t staying in the slot it premieres in, nor is it getting the Rise/The Village treatment of airing at 9:00 following The Voice. Instead, NBC is waiting until Thursday, April 30th before giving it a time slot premiere, with the series taking over for Superstore and Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the 8:00 hour.
The network utilized a similar strategy for musical dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, which debuted in early January following an episode of Ellen’s Game of Games before taking a six week-ish hiatus and returning on a different night earlier this month. It’s unclear whether going back to it means they were satisfied with Zoey’s delivery or whether they simply want to burn Council of Dads off in a tough post-Daylight Savings Time slot. Dads should also bleed into summer, which isn’t ideal.
Based on Bruce Feiler’s novel of the same name, with Tony Phelan & Joan Rater (Grey’s Anatomy) developing for television, Council of Dads follows Scott Perry (Tom Everett Scott) as his life is thrown off track by a cancer diagnosis. The father of five enlists his group of friends as back-up dads to help guide and support his loved ones in case he can’t be there to do it himself.
In addition to Scott, the series stars Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, J. August Richards, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, Michele Weaver, Thalia Tran, Steven Silver and Michael O’Neill.
You can check out the trailer for Council of Dads below.