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NBC, Fox Announce Fall Schedules

May 14, 2013


May 14--NBC and Fox have announced their fall schedules, starting this week's "upfronts," where advertisers and audiences learn what the next TV season will look like.

NBC is adding three new Thursday night comedies starring Michael J. Fox ( "The Michael J. Fox Show"), Sean Hayes ( "Sean Saves the World") and Mike O'Malley ("Welcome to the Family"), in addition to the return of "Parks and Recreation" and the 10 p.m. drama "Parenthood."

Other new shows are "The Blacklist," a thriller starring James Spader as a mysterious criminal who decides to help the FBI for unknown reasons; a remake of "Ironside," with Blair Underwood as a detective in a wheelchair; and "Dracula," with Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the seductive vampire.

"Revolution," the hit sci-fi drama that is filmed in Wilmington, will move to Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Midseason shows will include "Crossbones," a pirate adventure show with John Malkovich as Blackbeard; a TV version of "About a Boy"; "Chicago PD,"' a spinoff of "Chicago Fire"; "Crisis," starring Gillian Anderson; and "Believe," a science-fiction drama from J.J. Abrams.

"Community," with Ken Jeong, a former Greensboro resident, was picked up and will air in midseason. "Go On," with Brett Gelman, a UNC School of the Arts alum, in a supporting role, was canceled. Other cancellations include "1600 Penn," "Deception," "Do No Harm," "Guys With Kids," "The New Normal," "Rock Center with Brian Williams," "Smash" and "Whitney."

The fates of three NBC shows -- "Fashion Star," "Hannibal" and "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" -- will be announced in coming weeks, according to the network.

The biggest news at Fox is the return of Jack Bauer in "24," though that is currently scheduled to air in the summer of 2014. It will be a 12-hour miniseries called "24: Live Another Day."

Fox's fall schedule will include "Sleepy Hollow," a supernatural thriller, the pilot of which was shot in Charlotte; "Almost Human," a futuristic crime drama about a police officer teamed up with a humanoid robot; "Dads," a live-action comedy from Seth MacFarlane, the creator of "Family Guy" and "American Dad"; "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," a workplace comedy about police detectives, with Andre Braugher and Andy Samberg; "Enlisted," a military comedy about three brothers on the same Army base; "Junior Masterchef," a culinary competition show.

Midseason dramas will include "Rake," starring Greg Kinnear as a charming but self-destructive defense attorney, and "Gang Related," about a Los Angeles task force fighting street gangs, as well as "Wayward Pines," a miniseries from M. Night Shyamalan. Comedies for the midseason will include the animated "Murder Police"; "Surviving Jack," with Christopher Meloni; and "Us & Them," with Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel.

Cancellations on Fox include "Ben & Kate," "Touch" and "The Cleveland Show."

ABC announces its fall schedule today, followed by CBS on Wednesday and CW on Thursday.


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