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Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 05/12/2013

NBC’s new schedule: Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes comedies on Thursday, Dracula and Blackbeard on Friday


Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Alexander Grayson, Victoria Smurfit as Lady Jayne Wetherby in “Dracula.” (NBC - JONATHON HESSION)
Sunday afternoon, NBC released its new primetime schedule, and has decided to give a James Spader action thriller the coveted post-“The Voice” timeslot. NBC also hopes family comedies starring Sean Hayes, Mike O’Malley, and Michael J. Fox can resuscitate its Thursday, and hopes Dracula and Blackbeard can revive its Friday, but hasn’t made up its mind yet about Donald Trump or Hannibal Lecter.

Last Friday, NBC canceled virtually all of this season’s primetime series in comedy — a genre in which the network was once considered the gold standard — as well as several big-ticket dramas, including “Smash,” and the newsmag “Rock Center.”

Only “Parks and Recreation” and “Community” survived the comedy purge. They were joined by just five returning dramas: “Grimm,” “Parenthood,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Revolution,” and “Chicago Fire.”

NBC said Sunday the decision whether to pick up another season of “Hannibal” will be made in the next few weeks – as will a decision as to whether to order more of Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice”; neither program is on the primetime slate NBC unveiled late Sunday.


James Spader in “The Blacklist.” (NBC - DAVID GIESBRECHT/NBC)
“The Voice” is back, Mondays and Tuesdays, as expected, and new action thriller, “The Blacklist” gets the coveted Monday post-“Voice” timeslot. It stars James Spader as an ex-government agent who’s one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives.

Dick Wolf’s sophomore “Chicago Fire” is being moved to Tuesdays at 10, so as to benefit from a “The Voice” leadin, at 9, following “The Biggest Loser.”

After NBC’s coverage the Winter Olympics, Tuesday’s “The Voice” shifts back to 8, so NBC can launch two comedies off of it: a reboot of the Hugh Grant flick “About a Boy,” and “The Family Guide,” about a blind dad who finally gets a guide dog — at 9.

(Video: A look at NBC’s new series)

NBC really needs to rebuild its comedy brand, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt acknowledged in Sunday’s announcement.

Wednesdays, imagine “Revolution” at 8, followed by “Law & Order: SVU” at 9, leading into a reboot of “Ironside,” starring Blair Underwood in the paralyzed-cop role made famous in the 70’s by Raymond Burr.

NBC will attempt to broaden its Thursday comedy audience with a family slate that’s sure to make TV critics unhappy.

It includes “Welcome to the Family,” starring Mike O’Malley and Mary McCormack as parents of a high schooler who gets pregnant by an Hispanic teen which, NBC says, upsets the guy’s parents because “they now have Caucasians in the family.”


“Welcome to the Family” (NBC - ADAM TAYLOR)
That’ll be followed by Hayes’ new sitcom, then Fox’s show, in which the former “Family Ties” star plays a news anchor who’d put his career on hold to spend more time with the family after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Friday is Genre Night at NBC next season, with “Grimm” airing at 9, followed by “Dracula,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, at 10 in the fall, and, in spring, “Crossbones,” with John Malkovich as the infamous Blackbeard. Newsmagazine “Dateline” is the warm-up act, at 8.

Saturday, NBC returns Rerun Theatre.

Sunday, after football season, NBC has decided it’s time for “big dramas again,” Greenblatt said in Sunday’s announcement.

Setting aside “Dateline” at 7, and a home renovation reality competition show called “American Dream Builders” at 8, for the time being, what Greenblatt means is that, at 9, NBC will debut JJ Abrams new “Believe, ” followed by new “Crisis” at 10.

“Believe” is about a little orphan girl named Bo, who’s mastered levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, and future-forecasting. Her guardians, aka True Believers, want to safeguard her from harmful outsiders who would use her for personal gain — like the programming suits at HLN. Or Lifetime.

Anyway, the True Believers decide to spring — from death row — a wrongfully convicted felon, to take care of her. What could go wrong there?

“Crisis,” in which POTUS’s son is among those kidnapped during a school field trip, stars Dermot Mulroney. This is not to be confused with CBS’s new “Hostages,” whose cast included Dylan McDermott, about a doctor who has to operate on POTUS, only she gets distracted when her husband and kids get kidnapped.

In conclusion, Greenblatt said, “This is the most robust and highest-testing slate of new shows we have had in years.”

(R.I.P.: The network officially bids farewell to “30 Rock,” “1600 Penn,” “Animal Practice,” “Deception,” “Do No Harm,” “Guys With Kids” “Go On,” “The New Normal,” “Ready for Love,” “Rock Center With Brian Williams,” “Smash,” “Whitney,” “Up All Night,” and, of course, “The Office.”)

NBC, FALL 2013

New shows are in bold

MONDAY

8 p.m. The Voice

10 p.m. The Blacklist

TUESDAY

8 p.m. The Biggest Loser*

9 p.m. The Voice*

10 p.m. Chicago Fire*

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m. Revolution*

9 p.m. Law & Order: SVU

10 p.m. Ironside

THURSDAY

8 p.m. Parks and Recreation*

8:30 p.m. Welcome to the Family

9 p.m. Sean Saves the World

9:30 p.m. The Michael J. Fox Show

10 p.m. Parenthood*

FRIDAY

8 p.m. Dateline NBC

9 p.m. Grimm

10 p.m. Dracula

SUNDAY

7 p.m. Football Night in America

8:15 p.m. NBC Sunday Night Football

NBC, MID-SEASON 2013

MONDAY

8 p.m. The Voice

10 p.m. The Blacklist

TUESDAY

8 p.m. The Voice*

9 p.m. About a Boy

9:30 p.m. The Family Guide

10 p.m. Chicago Fire

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m. Revolution*

9 p.m. Law & Order: SVU

10 p.m. Ironside

THURSDAY

8 p.m. Parks and Recreation*

8:30 p.m. Welcome to the Family

9 p.m. Sean Saves the World

9:30 p.m. The Michael J. Fox Show

10 p.m. Parenthood*

FRIDAY

8 p.m. Dateline NBC

9 p.m. Grimm

10 p.m. Crossbones

SUNDAY

8 p.m. American Dream Builders

9 p.m. Believe

10 p.m. Crisis

* Moved to a new time slot

Read more news about the 2013 upfronts:

Blog: ABC’s 2013-2014 schedule

Video: A look at NBC’s new series

Blog: CBS, NBC, ABC make decisions on a slew of shows: What’s ordered and what’s gone?

Live chat: Do any of next year’s shows look particularly promising?

Blog: NBC cancels ‘Go On,’ orders ‘Chicago Fire’ spin-off

Blog: Two non-surprises: CBS renews ‘Criminal Minds,’ Fox orders another Gordon Ramsay cooking show

Blog: CW picks up four new shows, renews ‘Carrie Diaries,’ ‘Nikita’

Blog: NBC orders new batch of comedies and dramas

Blog: What has Fox ordered for the 2013-2014 season?

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