Season 7 of “Parks and Recreation” will be its last, NBC announced Sunday, revealing its new fall lineup for the 2014-2015 television season. The critically beloved comedy about local government — and a show with a slew of political cameos – will return to the network midseason. Meanwhile, weepy drama “Parenthood” has been renewed for a sixth and final season. (See the complete schedule below.)
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Plus, big changes to Thursday nights: The network’s weight-loss competition series will kick off next fall on Thursday nights at 8, leading into two new comedies, followed by “Parenthood.” And in February, “The Blacklist” (which also lands the post-Super Bowl slot) will return, bumping both comedies for an all-drama night Thursday. That looks like the biggest change to the network’s schedule, which is otherwise keeping much in tact, including “The Voice,” “The Blacklist,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and more.
As for the rest, three new dramas and three new comedies will join the fall lineup. That includes a thriller starring Katherine Heigl as a CIA analyst; a sci-fi show based on DC Comics series “Hellblazer”; and a sitcom from executive producer Will Ferrell. (Watch trailers for all the new NBC shows here.)
Saved for midseason? That would be a comedy from Tina Fey, a “Heroes” reboot and “A.D.,” which picks up where History Channel’s “The Bible” miniseries left off.
(Get ready for a lot of similar news over the next few days — this week marks Upfront Week, when the five broadcast networks travel to New York City to unveil their fall schedules to advertisers. NBC goes first; Fox will go Monday, followed by ABC, CBS and CW.)
Meanwhile, NBC’s new night by night: On Mondays, “The Voice” will kick off its two-hour performance show at 8 p.m., as judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will be joined by Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. “The Blacklist” will stay in its 10 p.m. slot until Nov. 17, when “State of Affairs” takes over. That’s the Katherine Heigl drama — she stars as Charleston (“Charlie”) Tucker, a top CIA analyst in charge of the president’s daily briefing. In addition to the craziness of that job, she also happens to be close to the president (Alfre Woodard) because she was once engaged to her son, who died in a terrorist attack.
On Tuesdays, “The Voice” results show starts the night, followed by “Marry Me,” a comedy from the creator of “Happy Endings.” It stars Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as a dysfunctional couple who have been together for six years. Fun! That leads into “About a Boy,” the family comedy based on the book and movie of the same name that did surprisingly well on NBC’s midseason schedule this year. Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Fire” ends the night at 10.
On Wednesdays, Debra Messing returns to NBC on “The Mysteries of Laura” at 8 p.m., a “light” detective drama. Messing plays “a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her ‘Columbo’ day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband.” Naturally, that soon-to-be-ex becomes her boss at the precinct. Otherwise, Wednesdays stay the same with returning dramas “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago PD” at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively.
On Thursdays, the biggest change takes place as “The Biggest Loser” launches the night at 8, followed by two new comedies. “Bad Judge” (exec produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay) at 9 p.m. follows Kate Walsh as Rebecca Wright, a respected Los Angeles criminal court judge who also happens to have a reputation for “unorthodox behavior” in the courtroom. Afterwards, “A to Z” follows will-they-won’t-they couple Andrew and Zelda through the wacky world of dating. And you can have a good cry with “Parenthood” right after at 10 p.m. (Note: “The Blacklist” will move to Thursdays and replace the two comedies during midseason.)
On Fridays, after “Dateline” and “Grimm,” new drama “Constantine” is based on DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” about a seasoned demon hunter.
Sundays, of course, remain the same with football.
In addition the fall shows, the network picked up quite a few new series for midseason. That includes comedies “Mission Control,” another Will Ferrell/Adam McKay-produced show, starring Krysten Ritter as a tough-but-brilliant aerospace engineer navigating the boys’ club of astronauts; “Mr. Robinson,” featuring Craig Robinson (“The Office”) as a struggling singer who takes a job as a substitute teacher to make ends meet; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” produced by Tina Fey, in which Ellie Kemper stars as a small-town girl from Indiana who moves to New York City; and “One Big Happy,” about best friends Lizzy (gay and a bit type-A) and Luke (straight and more laidback).
On the drama midseason side, there’s “A.D.,” a follow-up to History Channel’s “The Bible” miniseries; “Allegiance,” about a young CIA agent specializing in Russian affairs who discovers that his parents are former Russian spies; “Aquarius,” a detective drama starring David Duchovny set in the 1960s; “Emerald City,” a dark-sounding takeoff on “Wizard of Oz”; and that 13-episode “Heroes” reboot.
Meanwhile, here’s the whole schedule. (Canceled shows: “Believe,” “Community,” “Crisis,” “Dracula,” “Growing Up Fisher,” “Ironside,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Revolution,” “Sean Saves the World,” “Welcome to the Family.”)
FALL PRIME-TIME LINEUP ON NBC
New shows are in bold
8 p.m. The Voice
10 p.m. The Blacklist/State of Affairs (Nov. 17)
8 p.m. The Voice
9 p.m. Marry Me
9:30 p.m. About a Boy*
10 p.m. Chicago Fire
8 p.m. The Mysteries of Laura
9 p.m. Law & Order: SVU
10 p.m. Chicago P.D.
8 p.m. The Biggest Loser*
9 p.m. Bad Judge
9:30 p.m. A to Z
10 p.m. Parenthood
8 p.m. Dateline NBC
9 p.m. Grimm
10 p.m. Constantine
7 p.m. Football Night in America
8:20 p.m. NBC Sunday Night Football
* Moved to a new time slot