NBC Fall Lineup Revealed: Network Moves Four Shows, Adds Six

Michael J. Fox is being groomed for a comedy comeback on NBC next fall in his own show, co-starring Betsy Brandt (Photo: NBC)

NBC announced a bold new fall lineup on Sunday that the network hopes will turn around its fortunes after years of lackluster ratings.

Among the key pieces of the network’s strategy: Remaking its Thursday night comedy lineup with three new sitcoms, and moving four returning shows into new timeslots on new nights.

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The network’s new slate includes six new series — three dramas, starring the likes of James Spader and Blair Underwood; and three comedies, including sitcoms starring former NBC comedy stars Michael J. Fox (“Family Ties”) and Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”).

Underwood stars in the title role of a new-series remake of the old detective series “Ironside,” which starred the late Raymond Burr as a veteran cop in a wheelchair.

James Spader stars in “The Blacklist,” as one of the FBI’s most-wanted fugitives.

Among the dramas that is sure to provoke curiosity is “Dracula,” a series adaptation of the classic Bram Stoker novel starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, last seen on “The Tudors” on Showtime.

“Dracula” is scheduled for Friday nights at 10/9c this fall, following “Grimm,” which stays put at 9/8c. “Dateline” remains at 8/7c on Fridays.

But most of the other nights on NBC’s fall schedule are in for major changes — most notably, Thursday nights, which will see the introduction of three new half-hour comedies, plus the addition of “Parenthood,” which is moving to Thursday nights at 10/9c from Tuesdays at 10.

The show is one of four that will take up residence in new time periods next fall. The others are: “The Biggest Loser,” moving to Tuesday nights at 8/7c; “Chicago Fire,” moving from Wednesday night at 10/9c to Tuesday night at 10; and “Revolution,” moving from Monday to Wednesday night at 8/7c.

Thursday’s comedy lineup leads off with the return of “Parks and Recreation” at 8/7c; followed by “Welcome to the Family,” starring Mike O’Malley and Mary McCormack, at 8:30; “Sean Saves the World,” starring Sean Hayes as a divorced dad, at 9; and “The Michael J. Fox Show” at 9:30.

One comedy not seen on either the fall lineup or the midseason lineup that NBC also announced Sunday: “Community,” although the network did confirm it renewed the sitcom. It will likely be used as a replacement show some time during the season.

NBC made its fall lineup announcement in advance of Upfront week, the annual week in May in which all the networks announce their fall lineups in New York. NBC will make a formal presentation of its new slate to advertising agencies and other buyers of commercial time on Monday morning.

Here’s NBC’s fall lineup, from the network’s own press release:

(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “THE BLACKLIST”

8-9 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser” (New Day and Time)
9-10 p.m. – “The Voice” (New time)
10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire” (New Day and Time)

8-9 p.m. – “Revolution” (New Day and Time)
9-10 p.m. – ”Law & Order: SVU”
10-11 p.m. – “IRONSIDE”

8-8:30 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation” (New time)
8:30-9 p.m. – “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY”
9-9:30 p.m. – “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD”
9:30-10 p.m. – “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW”
10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” (New Day and Time)

8-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”
9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”
10-11 p.m. – “DRACULA”

Encore programming

7:00-8:15 p.m. – “Football Night in America”
8:15-11:30 p.m. – “NBC Sunday Night Football”

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