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The News & Advance, Lynchburg, Va., Casey Gillis column

May 14, 2013

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May 14--The networks began presenting their 2013 fall schedules earlier this week, with NBC and Fox out of the gate first.

Here's what you can expect on both networks this fall. Make sure to check back in as the week progresses, to see what's in store for ABC, CBS and The CW.

NBC

Well, first off, both "Parks and Recreation" and "Community" have been renewed (I'm more excited about the former than the latter, which struggled this season without creator Dan Harmon), while a slew of comedies got the ax: "Go On," "The New Normal," "1600 Penn," "Guys With Kids" and "Whitney."

On the drama side, "Smash" and "Deception" were also cancelled.

"Parks" will be joined by three new comedies -- and returning drama "Parenthood" -- on Thursdays this fall: "The Michael J. Fox Show," starring Fox as a New York news anchor who puts his career on hold after being diagnosed with Parkinson's; "Welcome to the Family," about parents (Mike O'Malley, "Glee," and Mary McCormack, "In Plain Sight") who find out their teenage daughter is pregnant; and "Sean Saves the World," starring Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace") as a divorced gay dad.

New dramas include "The Blacklist," starring James Spader as one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, who suddenly surrenders and offers to help catch a presumed dead terrorist; the remake "Ironside," with Blair Underwood in the title role of the tough NYPD detective; and "Dracula," which follows the legendary vampire (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, "The Tudors") in London during the 19th century.

Come midseason, expect the premieres of the comedy "About A Boy," a TV version of the 2002 movie, with David Walton ("Bent," "New Girl") taking over for Hugh Grant; "Crossbones," a pirate drama starring John Malkovich as Blackbeard; "Believe," about a wrongfully imprisoned convict who breaks out of jail to protect a 10-year-old girl from evil forces; and "Crisis," which focuses on some kind of international conspiracy and stars Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney.

Fox

I think I'm most excited about the new comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which comes from the producers of "Parks and Rec" and stars Andy Samberg as an NYPD detective and Andre Braugher as his tough new captain.

It will join fellow newbie "Dads" -- about two thirtysomething guys (Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi) whose fathers move in with them -- for a Tuesday night comedy line-up that also includes returning series "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project."

"Enlisted," a comedy about three brothers living on a small Florida Army base, will also debut in the fall, along with two dramas with a sci fi/supernatural bent.

"Almost Human," from executive producer J.J. Abrams ("Lost," "Fringe"), takes place in the year 2048, when police officers are partnered up with human-like androids, while "Sleepy Hollow" is about, you guessed it, Ichabod Crane, but in modern times.

"X Factor" will return in the fall, followed by "American Idol" during the spring of 2014.

Other midseason entries include the drama "Rake," starring Greg Kinnear as a rakish lawyer; "Gang Related," about a gang member posing as a cop; "Surviving Jack," a 1990s-set family comedy starring Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order"); and "Us & Them," about a young couple (Alexis Bledel, "Gilmore Girls," and Jason Ritter, "Parenthood") embarking on a new romance.

Oh, and have you heard that Fox is resurrecting "24," now that Kiefer Sutherland's "Touch" has been cancelled? According to reports, it will return next May as a limited event series called "24: Live Another Day."

I'm not sure I needed another season of Jack Bauer, but at least it'll keep Sutherland on TV.

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