What Show Should NBC Air After the 2015 Super Bowl?
What Show Should NBC Air After the 2015 Super Bowl?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Now that this year's Super Bowl is over, it's time to look ahead to next year. And for TV fans, that means the post-Super Bowl programming.

The 2015 Super Bowl will air on NBC, marking only the third time in the past 15 years that the network has aired the NFL's biggest game. While we're still a year away, and many new shows might pop up, let's look at what NBC might use for its prominent post-Super Bowl time slot.

A New Show

NBC is currently in its pilot season, so it's entirely possible that the post-Super Bowl time slot will go to a show that doesn't even exist yet. The past two years have featured freshman shows (Elementary on CBS and Brooklyn Nine-Nine on FOX), so NBC may use the opportunity to launch a new mid-season series or give a boost to a thriving first-year series.

The Voice

When NBC had the Super Bowl in 2012, the second season premiere of The Voice was the lead-out program. It earned more than 37 million viewers and, traditionally, reality shows have done much better than scripted shows after the Super Bowl. Odds are good that The Voice will still be going strong, but if the ratings start to dip a bit, season 8 might premiere after the Super Bowl. It's not unprecedented for a show to get two chances after the Super Bowl, as CBS also used its post-Super Bowl spot to debut two different seasons of Survivor in 2001 and 2004.

Parks and Recreation

Prior to The Voice, NBC liked to air comedies after the Super Bowl. The Office got the coveted time slot in 2009 and NBC also aired comedies when it had the Super Bowl in 1998, 1996 and 1994. Parks and Recreation, even though it would be in its seventh season, seems like the most realistic choice since NBC doesn't have many comedies these days. Perhaps they will use the same format as FOX this year, pairing an established comedy with a new one. After all, NBC is fond of using big platforms to launch new sitcoms (Go On and Animal Practice premiered during the 2012 Summer Olympics while About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher will premiere during this year's Winter Olympics).

The Blacklist

NBC's breakout hit of the year, The Blacklist has already been renewed for a second season and a post-Super Bowl airing could give it that extra boost in its sophomore year to give it a long life. In recent years, it's been a popular trend to use the Super Bowl to help boost a prominent show in its second season. ABC did it with Alias and Grey's Anatomy, CBS with Criminal Minds and FOX with Glee.

If I were a betting man, I'd say NBC will go with The Blacklist. It's a big hit, but more importantly, it stars James Spader. Next year's Super Bowl will air three months before the theatrical release of The Avengers sequel Age of Ultron, which will star Spader. Since the film will almost certainly have a commercial in next year's big game, NBC could capitalize on that by promoting its show starring the man who will be in one of summer 2015's biggest blockbusters.

(Image courtesy of NBC)