NBC 2013-14 Schedule

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    DISTINCTIVE NEW FAMILY COMEDIES, ACTION-DRIVEN NEW DRAMAS AND QUALITY RETURNING SERIES HIGHLIGHT DIVERSE AND BALANCED 2013-14 NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

    Three New Comedies Anchor Thursday Lineup, With Sean P. Hayes and Michael J. Fox Returning to Their Sitcom Roots at NBC Coming Off Its Stellar Fourth Season, 'The Voice' Returns on Monday, Tuesday Riveting Drama 'The Blacklist' Earns Coveted Monday Lead-Out Timeslot From 'The Voice' 'NBC Sunday Night Football' Ready to Once Again Rock Ratings with Powerhouse Pigskin Schedule NBC Using Promotional Power of Winter Olympics to Launch Four New Series, Including Jason Katims' Comedy 'About a Boy' and J.J. Abrams' Drama 'Believe'

    NEW YORK CITY — May 12, 2013 — NBC has announced a new lineup of primetime shows for the 2013-14 season that provide a winning combination of popular returning series, fresh new comedies, compelling new dramas and the latest season of "The Voice," the top reality program on television.

    Highlights of the year-round schedule — which will be bolstered in February on the heels of the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia — include "Believe," a new drama from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron; the return of three-time Emmy winner James Spader in action thriller "The Blacklist"; and a comedy lineup that includes new series from "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood" executive producer Jason Katims, Will Ferrell, Bill Lawrence, Sean P. Hayes, and a return to NBC of one of the biggest TV stars of any generation, Michael J. Fox.

    The new comedy additions are "Welcome to the Family," "Sean Saves the World," and "The Michael J. Fox Show" as well as midseason comedies "The Family Guide," and "About A Boy."

    The new dramas are "The Blacklist," "Ironside," and "Dracula," plus mid-season dramas "Believe," "Crisis" and "Crossbones."

    NBC has also ordered dramas "Chicago PD" and "The Night Shift" and comedy "Undateable" as unscheduled midseason series.

    New alternative series premiering during the 2013-14 season include "The Million Second Quiz" and "American Dream Builders." Returning to the schedule are "The Biggest Loser" and "The Sing-Off." "Food Fighters" has been ordered as an unscheduled midseason show.

    Scripted series returning include "Grimm," "Parenthood," "Law & Order: SVU," "Revolution," "Chicago Fire," "Parks and Recreation" and "Community."

    Pick-up decisions on "Celebrity Apprentice" and "Hannibal" are still to be made in the next few weeks.

    "The Voice" will kick off its fifth season in September on Mondays (8-10 pm. ET). The current cycle of "The Voice" has been primetime's #1 show of the week on the Big Four networks, excluding sports, for four of six weeks thus far in adults 18-49.

    The announcements were made by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.

    "The overriding strategy this year was to develop enough strong comedies and dramas to take advantage of the promotional heft of the Winter Olympics and devise two schedules for the upcoming season: one for fall and a slightly different one for midseason. I'm pleased to say that our development groups — headed by Jennifer Salke (scripted) and Paul Telegdy (alternative/reality) — really delivered," Greenblatt said. "This is the most robust and highest-testing slate of new shows we have had in years."

    Greenblatt continued, "And aside from our Olympics planning, we also wanted to create better flow and compatibility on each night, and deploy our strongest lead-in ('The Voice') to maximum effect.

    "Sunday in the fall remains the night to beat with 'Sunday Night Football.' After football and the Olympics are over, we will launch two classy, attention-getting dramas in February: 'Believe' from J.J. Abrams, and 'Crisis' starring Dermot Mulroney and Gillian Anderson. We think it’s time for big dramas again on Sunday nights. And leading into these dramas at 8 p.m. will be an exciting home renovation competition hosted by Nate Berkus called 'American Dream Builders.'

    "Monday and Tuesday will again dominate with 'The Voice.' Our highly anticipated new James Spader drama 'The Blacklist' deserves to go into the 10 p.m. slot on Monday, and we’re moving 'Chicago Fire,' a show we really believe in, to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays to benefit from ‘The Voice’ lead-in that will be at 9 p.m. in the fall.

    "After the Olympics, however, 'The Voice' moves back to 8 p.m. on Tuesday so that we can launch two of our strongest new family comedies in the 9 p.m. hour: 'About a Boy' and 'The Family Guide.' Landing more comedy on the schedule is important and using 'The Voice' as a lead-in after the Olympics is the strongest way to do that.

    "I believe we’ll have a more compatible Wednesday line-up with three dramas: 'Revolution,' 'Law & Order: SVU' and 'Ironside,' starring Blair Underwood, which is another new show we've very high on.

    "Thursday will have a family theme, starting with a two-hour comedy block from 8-10 p.m. anchored by strong stars: Amy Poehler in 'Parks and Recreation,' Mike O'Malley in 'Welcome to the Family,' Sean Hayes in 'Sean Saves the World' and the new 'Michael J. Fox Show.' Then at 10 p.m. 'Parenthood' moves in to top off the night with what I know is the best family drama on television.

    "On Fridays, anchored by 'Grimm' at 9 p.m., we will have a more fun genre night with the limited-series 'Dracula,' starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers at 10 p.m. In the spring, 'Crossbones' — with John Malkovich as the infamous pirate Blackbeard — replaces 'Dracula,'" said Greenblatt.

    Jordan Wertlieb, President of Hearst Television and Chair of the NBC Affiliate Board, commented, "This schedule is another example of NBC's continued commitment to restoring prime time to its traditional leadership position. I am sure the investment in partnering with some of the most recognizable names in television will be obvious and exciting to the affiliates."


    NBC FALL 2013-14 SCHEDULE
    (New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

    MONDAY
    8-10 p.m. – "The Voice"
    10-11 p.m. – "THE BLACKLIST"

    TUESDAY
    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)

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

    THURSDAY
    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)

    FRIDAY
    8-9 p.m. – "Dateline NBC"
    9-10 p.m. – "Grimm"
    10-11 p.m. – "DRACULA"

    SATURDAY
    Encore programming

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

    NBC MIDSEASON 2013-14 SCHEDULE
    (New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

    MONDAY
    8-10 p.m. – "The Voice"
    10-11 p.m. – "THE BLACKLIST"

    TUESDAY
    8-9 p.m. – "The Voice"
    9-9:30 p.m. – "ABOUT A BOY"
    9:30-10 p.m. – "THE FAMILY GUIDE"
    10-11 p.m. – "Chicago Fire"

    WEDNESDAY
    8-9 p.m. – "Revolution"
    9-10 p.m. – "Law & Order: SVU"
    10-11 p.m. – "IRONSIDE"

    THURSDAY
    8-8:30 p.m. – "Parks and Recreation"
    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"

    FRIDAY
    8-9 p.m. – "Dateline NBC"
    9-10 p.m. – "Grimm"
    10-11 p.m. – "CROSSBONES"

    SATURDAY
    8-10 p.m. – Encore and specials programming
    10-11 p.m. – "Saturday Night Live" (Encore)

    SUNDAY
    7-8 p.m. – "Dateline NBC"
    8-9 p.m. – "AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS"
    9-10 p.m. – "BELIEVE"
    10-11 p.m. – "CRISIS"

    2013-14 NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

    New Comedies

    "ABOUT A BOY"
    Based on the best-selling Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity," "An Education") novel, writer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood") and director Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Revolution") present a different kind of coming-of-age story. Will Freeman (David Walton, "Bent," "Perfect Couples") lives a charmed existence as the ultimate man-child. After writing a hit song, he was granted a life of free time, free love and freedom from financial woes. He's single, unemployed and loving it. So imagine his surprise when Fiona (Minnie Driver, "Good Will Hunting,' "Barney's Version"), a needy single mom and her oddly charming 11-year-old son, Marcus (Benjamin Stockham, "1600 Penn"), move in next door and disrupt his perfect world. When Marcus begins dropping by his home unannounced, Will's not so sure about being a kid's new best friend, until, of course, Will discovers that women find single dads irresistible. That changes everything and a deal is struck: Marcus will pretend to be Will's son and, in return, Marcus is allowed to chill at Will's house. Before he realizes it, Will starts to enjoy the visits and even finds himself looking out for the kid. In fact, this newfound friendship may very well teach him a thing or two that he never imagined possible — about himself and caring for others.

    Writer Jason Katims, director Jon Favreau, Tim Bevan ("Les Misérables," "About a Boy"), Eric Fellner ("Les Misérables," "About a Boy"), Liza Chasin ("Les Misérables," "About a Boy"), Robert De Niro ("About a Boy," "Meet the Parents") and Jane Rosenthal ("About a Boy," "Meet the Parents") serve as executive producers. "About a Boy" is a production of Universal Television, Working Title Television, True Jack Productions and Tribeca Productions.

    For the latest "About a Boy" news, videos, and photos, please like on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and follow on Google+:
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    "THE FAMILY GUIDE"
    It's not every family that's brought closer together by divorce, but then again, the Fishers aren’t exactly typical. Take Mel Fisher (J.K. Simmons, "The Closer," "Law & Order"), for example. Whether it's chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive or playing football with his son, he's never let the fact that he's blind slow him down. Then there's Joyce Fisher (Parker Posey, "Louie," "For Your Consideration"), possibly the only mom in Pasadena to smoke a pipe. For her, divorce is like a second coming of age, a chance to be the teen she never was. Just ask '80s-obsessed teenage daughter Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley, "Southland"), whose clothes Joyce is always borrowing. At the center of all this is Henry (Eli Baker), the Fisher's 11-year old son. Having always been his dad's eyes, ears and wingman, Henry's less than thrilled when Mel shows up with Elvis, a guide dog...which is also how Henry learns about the pending divorce. While reluctant to the changes this dog would bring, it's through the adult Henry's voice-over (Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development") that we find out his parent's split would "allow all of us to finally discover who we needed to be."

    Writer DJ Nash ("Up All Night," "Guys with Kids"), Jason Bateman and Jim Garavente serve as executive producers. "The Family Guide" is a production of Universal Television and Aggregate Films.

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    "THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW"
    Look who's making the news again. One of New York's most beloved news anchors, Mike Henry (Michael J. Fox, "Spin City," "Family Ties"), put his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. But five years later, with the kids busy growing up and Mike growing restless, it just might be time for him to get back to work. Having never wanted Mike to leave in the first place, his old boss Harris Green (Wendell Pierce, "The Wire," "Treme") jumped at the chance to get him back on TV. The trick, as it’s always been, was to make Mike think it was his idea. Now the plan is in motion and Mike will be back to juggling home, family, and career — just like the old days, but only better.

    Writer Sam Laybourne ("Cougar Town"), director Will Gluck ("Easy A," "Friends with Benefits") and Fox serve as executive producers. "The Michael J. Fox Show" is a production of Sony Pictures Television and Olive Bridge Entertainment.

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    "SEAN SAVES THE WORLD"
    Sean (Sean P. Hayes, "Will & Grace") is a divorced gay dad who juggles a lot — his successful but demanding career, offbeat employees, pushy mom Lorna (Linda Lavin, "Alice") and weekends with his teenage daughter, Ellie (Sami Isler). So when she moves in full-time, it's a whole new world. Never one to do anything halfway, Sean's intent on being the best dad ever, so he loads up on parenting how-to books and plans Pinterest-worthy family dinners. But it seems his company's new owner has decided Sean and his team should work longer hours, putting a damper on his homemaking plans and throwing a kink in Sean's perfectly constructed work/life balance. Ellie sees this development as a plus. She loves her dad, but he's clearly going overboard. From keeping his boss happy, employees motivated and enduring his mother’s tactless "advice" to raising a smart, grounded and healthy kid, it's going to be a growing experience, to say the least. But if anyone can handle it all, it's Sean. Thomas Lennon ("Reno 911"), Lindsay Sloane ("Weeds") and Echo Kellum ("Ben and Kate") also star.

    Writer Victor Fresco ("Go On," "Mad About You"), director James Burrows ("Friends," "The Big Bang Theory"), Sean P. Hayes ("Hot in Cleveland," "Grimm") and Todd Milliner ("Hot in Cleveland," "Grimm") serve as executive producers. "Sean Saves the World" is a production of Universal Television and Hazy Mills Productions.

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    "UNDATEABLE"
    When confident slacker Danny Beeman (Chris D'Elia, "Whitney," "Glory Daze") takes Justin (comedian Brent Morin) on as a roommate, Danny unwittingly inherits Justin's group of romantically challenged friends. Seeing himself as the ultimate player, Danny decides to teach the crew (who he dubs "The Undateables") everything he knows about "the game of love." For their first lesson, Danny takes the guys to an event hosted by his sister, Leslie (Bianca Kajlich, "Rules of Engagement"), who is a single mom with dating difficulties of her own. At first, Danny's advice seems to pay off big-time: The shy guy talks to a girl, the no-filter dude learns it’s never OK to ask a woman when she's due, and his nebbish roommate, Justin, goes home with a mystery woman. It's not until the next day that they figure out it was Leslie. Here's a refreshing comedy about the "do's," "don'ts" and "duhs" of dating.

    Writer Adam Sztykiel ("Due Date"), Bill Lawrence ("Scrubs," "Cougar Town") and Jeff Ingold serve as executive producers. "Undateable" is a production of Warner Bros. Television and Doozer Productions.

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    "WELCOME TO THE FAMILY"
    Parents Dan Yoder (Mike O'Malley, "Glee," "My Name Is Earl") and wife Karina (Mary McCormack, "In Plain Sight," "The West Wing") find out on the day their daughter Molly (Ella Rae Peck, ("Deception," "Gossip Girl") is graduating from high school with an acceptance to college, she announces she pregnant. Across town in East L.A., Junior Hernandez (Joseph Haro, "Glee," "Awkward"), in the middle of his high school valedictorian speech, gets a text from girlfriend Molly that he's going to be a daddy. Expectedly, Junior's parents Miguel (Ricardo Chavira, "Desperate Housewives") and Lisette (Justina Machado, "Six Feet Under," "ER") are also upset, as they now have Caucasians in the family. What follows is a crash course in culture blending as Molly and Junior decide they want to get married and, in doing so, bring together two very different families. The dads have the most difficult time reconciling while the moms take a softer approach to get to know one another. When the parents fully realize that their kids are serious about making a life together, the adults exhale and begin to come to terms with this new blended family and start to understand it will take, humor, love and tolerance to make it all work.

    Writer Mike Sikowitz ("Rules of Engagement," "Friends") and Jamie Tarses ("Happy Endings," "Franklin & Bash") serve as executive producers. "Welcome to the Family" is a production of Sony Pictures Television and FanFare Productions.

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    New Dramas

    "BELIEVE"
    Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature and even predict the future...Since she was 2 years old, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand, nor control. Raised by a small group known as the "True Believers," the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger and the threat has grown more dangerous. With her life and future now in jeopardy, the "Believers" turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. That is, once they break him out of jail. Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who's lost his will, is initially reluctant until he witnesses one of her extraordinary abilities. Bo sees people for who they truly are...and who they may become. Tate and Bo begin their journey, one in which trust must be earned. Traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. But they'll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo's power...because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever. "Believe" also stars Delroy Lindo and Kyle MacLachlan.

    Writer, director Alfonso Cuaron ("Children of Men," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"), Mark Friedman ("The Forgotten"), J.J. Abrams ("Revolution," "Star Trek: Into Darkness") and Bryan Burk ("Lost," "Fringe") serve as executive producers. "Believe" is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions.

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    TO BE CONTINUED...
     
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    NEW DRAMAS, Continued...

    "THE BLACKLIST"
    For decades, ex-government agent Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader, "The Office," "Boston Legal") has been one of the FBI's Most Wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as "The Concierge of Crime." Now, he's mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth "Liz" Keen (Megan Boone, "Law & Order: Los Angeles"), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it's going to be one hell of a first day on the job. What follows is a twisting series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins. What are Red's true intentions? Why has he chosen Liz, a woman with whom he seemingly has no connection? Does Liz have secrets of her own? Zamani is only the first of many on a list that Red has compiled over the years: a "blacklist" of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all...with the caveat that Liz continues to work as his partner. Red will teach Liz to think like a criminal and "see the bigger picture"...whether she wants to or not. "The Blacklist" also stars are Diego Klattenhoff ("Homeland"), Harry Lennix ("Man of Steel"), Ryan Eggold ("90210") and Ilfenesh Hadera ("Da Brick").

    Writer Jon Bokenkamp ("The Call," "Taking Lives"), John Eisendrath ("Alias"), John Davis ("Gulliver's Travels," "Predator") and John Fox serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Joe Carnahan ("The A-Team," "The Grey"). "The Blacklist" is a production of Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment.

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    "CHICAGO PD"
    District 21 of the Chicago Police Department is made up of two distinctly different groups: The uniformed cops who patrol the beat and deal with street crimes, and the intelligence unit, the team that combats the city’s major offenses, such as organized crime, drug trafficking and high-profile murders. Leading the intelligence team is Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), a man not against skirting the law in the pursuit of justice. Demanding and tough, only those who can take the heat survive under Voight's command. Take Det. Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda), for example. Despite a troubled history with his boss, Dawson has ambitions of running the unit. If that means facing off against Voight every day, he'll persevere. From the street cops with dreams of moving up to the elite crew who are already in, "life on the job" is a daily challenge.

    Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Peter Jankowski, Danielle Gelber and director Joe Chappelle serve as executive producers. "Chicago PD" is a production of Universal Television and Wolf Films.

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    "CRISIS"
    It's field trip day for the students of Ballard High School, a place that educates the children of Washington, D.C.'s elite, top-of-their-industry CEOs, international diplomats, political power players and even the president's son. But when their bus is ambushed on a secluded rural road, the teenagers and their chaperones are taken, igniting a national crisis. Now with some of the country’s most powerful parents at the mercy of one vengeful mastermind, the question arises: How far would you go and what would you become to ensure your child's safe return? With so many parents and dignitaries put into play with nowhere to turn and no one to trust, this unthinkable scenario grows from the select families at risk to an entire nation at stake.

    From writer/producer Rand Ravich ("Life," "The Astronaut's Wife") and starring Dermot Mulroney ("The Grey," "My Best Friend's Wedding"), Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files," "Hannibal"), Lance Gross ("Tyler Perry's House of Pain," "The Last Fall") and Rachael Taylor ("Transformers," "Red Dog"), "Crisis" is an emotionally charged action thriller.

    Writer Rand Ravich, Far Shariat ("Life," "I Love You Phillip Morris") and director Phillip Noyce ("Salt," "Patriot Games") serve as executive producers. "Crisis" is from 20th Century Fox Television.

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    "CROSSBONES"
    It's 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (John Malkovich, "In the Line of Fire"), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder's paradise, this is a place like no other on earth, and a mounting threat to international commerce. To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the pirates' haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can't help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard's rule. He is a man with many villainous rivals and one great weakness, a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.

    Writer Neil Cross, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold serve as executive producers. "Crossbones" is a production of Universal Television, Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Georgeville Television.

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    "DRACULA"
    Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("The Tudors") stars in this provocative new drama as one of the world's most iconic characters. It's the late 19th century and the mysterious Dracula (Rhys Meyers) has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He's especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night — useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan...until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. Victoria Smurfit ("About a Boy"), Thomas Kretschmann ("King Kong"), Jessica De Gouw ("Arrow"), Oliver Jackson-Cohen ("Mr. Selfridge"), Nonso Anozie ("Game of Thrones") and Katie McGrath ("Merlin") also star.

    Writer Daniel Knauf ("Carnival"), Tony Krantz, ("24," "Sports Night"), Colin Callender and Gareth Neame ("Downton Abbey") serve as executive producers. "Dracula" is a production of Flame Ventures, Sky Living, Playground Entertainment, Universal Television, NBCUniversal International Television Production and Carnival Film & Television.

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    "IRONSIDE"
    In the gritty world of the NYPD, no one's tougher than Det. Robert Ironside (Blair Underwood, "The Event," "In Treatment"). He's a fearless cop who won't stop until the guilty are brought to justice. He and his trusted, handpicked team of specialists — Virgil (Pablo Schreiber, "The Wire" "Lights Out"), Holly (Spencer Grammer, "Greek," "As the World Turns") and Teddy (Neal Bledsoe, "Smash," "Ugly Betty"), as well as his former partner Gary (Brent Sexton, "The Killing") and boss, Det. Ed Rollins (Kenneth Choi, "Sons of Anarchy") — will do whatever it takes to solve New York's most difficult and notorious crimes. As a detective, Ironside's instincts are second to none, and those around him have to stay on their toes if they want to keep up because when his spine was shattered by a bullet two years ago, Ironside swore he'd never let a wheelchair slow him down.

    Writer Michael Caleo ("Rescue Me," "The Sopranos") Teri Weinberg ("Ugly Betty"), John Davis, John Fox, Ron West and David Semel ("Heroes") serve as executive producers. "Ironside" is a production of Universal Television, Davis Entertainment, Yellow Brick Road Productions.

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    "THE NIGHT SHIFT"
    Welcome to the night shift, where every day is a fight between the heroic efforts of saving lives and the hard truths of running a hospital. At San Antonio Memorial, the men and women who work the wee hours are a special breed, particularly adrenaline junkie T.C. Callahan (Eoin Macken, "Merlin"). After a grueling tour of duty in the Middle East, T.C. is about to learn that his toughest battles will be fought right at home. He and his irreverent team of late-night docs, including Topher (Ken Leung, "Lost") and Drew (Brendan Fehr, "Roswell"), know how to let off steam with the casual prank or two, but when lives are at stake they are all business. Unfortunately, the night shift is now under new management and boss Michael Ragosa (Freddy Rodriguez, "Six Feet Under") is more interested in cutting costs than helping people. But T.C. has never met a rule he couldn’t break, or a person he won't stand up to. And it's clear that not even his ex-girlfriend (Jill Flint, "The Good Wife") who is a doctor and now Ragosa's second in charge, has a chance at keeping him in line. If Ragosa wants a war, he'll get one.

    Writers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid," "Freaks and Geeks") and Pierre Morel ("Taken") serve as executive producers. "Night Shift" is a production of Sony Pictures Television.

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    New Alternative Series

    "THE MILLION SECOND QUIZ"
    "The Million Second Quiz" is a state-of-the-art, electrifying new live competition where contestants test the limits of their knowledge, endurance and will to win as they battle each other in intense bouts of trivia for 12 consecutive days and nights. Live from a gigantic hourglass shaped structure in the heart of Manhattan, this setting will also serve as the living quarters of the reigning champions – the four players who have remained in the game the longest. The show will be the first fully convergent television experience, where viewers will be able to play along at home in real time and sync to the live primetime broadcast. When the million seconds draw to a close, the champions will battle it out and the ultimate winner could claim an unprecedented cash prize of up to $10 million.

    Stephen Lambert, Eli Holzman and David A. Hurwitz serve as executive producers. "The Million Second Quiz" is produced by All3 Media America, Studio Lambert and Universal Television.

    For the latest news, videos, and photos, please like on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and follow on Google+:
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    "FOOD FIGHTERS"
    The table is set for the ultimate culinary clash in this one part cooking competition, one part game show. Host Adam Richman ("Man v. Food") will give homegrown amateur cooks the chance to test their skills against professional chefs. Every down-home cook has that one signature dish or secret family recipe that always gains favor with friends and family. Now, imagine going head to head in the kitchen against five professional chefs, who try to cook your specialty dish even better than you in the hopes of winning over a dinner party made up of the American public. With each savored victory, the cash prize gets bigger and bigger as the home cooks rise to every challenge and outcook the professional chefs. Think you've got what it takes to serve up the competition?

    Ben Silverman, Tim Puntillo, Chris Grant and Jimmy Fox serve as executive producers. "Food Fighters" is a production of Universal Television and Electus.

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    "AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS"
    America's top designers, builders, architects and landscapers go head-to-head each week, putting their talents to the test on extreme home renovations. They'll tackle spaces that are architecturally diverse, resulting in epic transformations with impeccable design. These incredible transformations will be judged by host Nate Berkus and a panel of experts to determine which team achieved the best results. The losing team will then be forced to send one team member home. In the live finale, the two remaining competitors will each design and renovate a home on their own, bringing their unique visions to life. America will then vote and crown one contestant the winner. Finally, the two spectacular homes will be given away to two lucky viewers!

    Nate Berkus, Craig Plestis and Tom Shelly serve as executive producers. "American Dream Builders" is a production of Universal Television.
     
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    I have to say that I am looking forward to NBC's offerings the most. They have been down too long, and they seem to be serious about change. I hope they find some hits. CBS needs some fresh competition.

    I will probably sample all of their new shows, but I am most looking forward to Ironside and The Blacklist. I love Blair Underwood, and James Spader just seems tailor made for a creepy villain. I hope they're well written.
    I'm not necessarily a fan of vampire shows, but I'd watch Jonathan Rhys Meyers in anything; so I'll definitely check out Dracula.
    Also a fan of Sean Hayes and Michael J. Fox, so I'm hoping these are both good shows worthy of their talent.
    Crisis could be good. It's got some writing talent associated with it; and hello, Gillian Anderson!

    Looking forward to the new tv season. I'm excited that there are so many new shows to watch, since CSI has fallen off my radar screen.
     
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    June 21, 2013

    NBC ANNOUNCES FALL PREMIERE DATES FOR NEW SEASON
    'The Voice,' With the Original Coaches, Premieres Sept. 23 Followed By 'The Blacklist'; One Hour of 'The Michael J. Fox' Show Debuts Sept. 26 Following an Hourlong Episode of 'Parks and Recreation'



    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — June 21, 2013 — NBC has announced premiere dates for its fall schedule, which include the launch of two highly-anticipated new shows: "The Blacklist" on Sept. 23 and the series debut of "The Michael J. Fox Show" with back-to-back episodes on Sept. 26.

    "The Blacklist," starring James Spader as an international criminal who works with a rookie FBI agent in order to bring down some of the world’s most wanted, begins Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 p.m., immediately following the fifth-season two-hour premiere of "The Voice" at 8 p.m. that will reunite the four original coaches: Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. (All times are ET.)

    "Chicago Fire" will begin its second season at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 following the Tuesday edition of "The Voice."

    On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the sophomore season of "Revolution" will begin the night in its new time period at 8 o'clock, followed by the season premiere of the 15th season of "Law & Order: SVU" at 9 p.m. in which Det. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) will be fighting for her life against a madman.

    Highly-acclaimed comedy "Parks and Recreation" will launch its sixth season with an hourlong episode at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 that takes the show to London. That will be followed by back-to-back episodes for the debut of "The Michael J. Fox Show," starring the iconic actor as a father and husband returning to work as a news reporter in New York after a brief leave of absence to get his Parkinson’s under control.

    "Parenthood," which is beginning its fifth season this year, moves into the 10 p.m. time period on Sept 26 (immediately following "The Michael J. Fox Show") with special guest star Ray Romano.

    "Dateline NBC" will premiere with a two-hour episode Friday, Sept. 27 at 9 p.m.

    The new Blair Underwood-starring action drama "Ironside" will begin its run at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2.

    New first-year comedies "Welcome to the Family" (8:30 p.m.) — about the clash between two families forced to deal with the surprise pregnancy and marriage of their teenage kids — and "Sean Saves the World" (9 p.m.) — bringing Sean Hayes back to NBC as a single dad balancing his teenage daughter, opinionated mother and overbearing boss — both launch Thursday, Oct. 3

    The debut for the third season of "Grimm" will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. That will be immediately followed by the series launch of "Dracula," starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the iconic character returning to Victorian England to seek revenge on those who doomed him to immortal hell. Appropriately, both shows will launch within a week of Halloween.

    The night will be led off at 8 p.m. with "Dateline NBC," as the newsmagazine will shift to its regular timeslot.

    And finally, "The Biggest Loser" will start its newest cycle with an hourlong telecast at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.
     
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    July 27, 2013
    NBC EXPANDS EVENT PROGRAMMING SLATE WITH THREE MINISERIES AND ONE LIMITED SERIES

    "Hillary," Starring Diane Lane, "Rosemary's Baby," "Stephen King's Tommyknockers" and "Plymouth" Add to Growing Slate

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — July 27, 2013 — In ramping up its commitment to longform and event limited series programming along the lines of "A.D.: After the Bible," which was announced last month, NBC is in early development on a handful of new projects, including a behind-the-scenes look at Hillary Rodham Clinton, an updated retelling of "Rosemary's Baby," "Stephen King's Tommyknockers" and "Plymouth," based on the epic story of the Mayflower's landing in America.

    The four-hour miniseries titled "Hillary," based on the life of former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, stars Diane Lane and will be written and directed by Oscar nominee Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River"). The miniseries will recount Clinton's life as a wife, mother, politician and cabinet member from 1998 to the present. The script will begin with Clinton living in the White House as her husband is serving the second of his two terms as president. In the years following, she would eventually become a United States senator, run for president and, ultimately, serve the country as secretary of state.

    Lane is one of the most well-regarded actresses working in Hollywood today. She is a three-time Golden Globe nominee (feature films "Unfaithful," "Under the Tuscan Sun" and TV movie "Cinema Verite") and is an Independent Spirit Award nominee (“A Walk in the Moon”). She has also been nominated for two SAG Awards ("Unfaithful" and "Cinema Verite").

    Lane has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards: "Cinema Verite" and as a lead actress in "Lonesome Dove."

    Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark will serve as executive producer along with James D. Stern and producers Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith of Endgame Entertainment. Stern was a producer on the critically acclaimed motion picture "Looper" and was nominated for both a Gotham Award and Independent Spirit Award as producer on the film "I'm Not There."

    "Rosemary's Baby" is a four-hour updated retelling of the bestselling novel by Ira Levin that was later adapted as a feature film about devil worship and the complex relationship between a young husband and wife. In the new version, the couple lives in Paris where this edge-of-your-seat thriller unfolds. Lionsgate is the production company. Scott Abbott ("Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," "Winchell") will serve as writer on "Rosemary's Baby." Executive producers are Joshua Maurer, David Stern, Perri Kipperman and Alix Witlin.

    "Stephen King's Tommyknockers" is based on the renown author's chilling 1987 novel about how the residents of a small Maine town deal with what they believe is an alien spacecraft that has landed nearby. Executive producers are Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky. Emmy Award winner Yves Simoneau ("Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee") is attached to direct.

    Limited series "Plymouth," which examines the challenges and drama of the Pilgrims' journey across the Atlantic and the difficulties of settling in a new country, will be executive produced by Mark Burnett and Anne Thomopolous of Mark Burnett Productions, and Gina Matthews and Grant Sharbo (Little Engine). Oscar ("The Hellstrom Chronicle") and Emmy winner ("NYPD Blue") Walon Green will write.

    FYI: Marg Helgenberger was in the original Stephen King mini-series of The Tommyknockers in 1993. Check that version out if you can. :thumbsup:
     
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    October 30, 2013
    NBC, PEOPLE AND DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS TEAM UP FOR 'THE PEOPLE MAGAZINE AWARDS' TO AIR IN LATE 2014

    Special to Honor Cultural Forces of the Year

    (NEW YORK, October 30, 2013) – NBC, along with PEOPLE and dick clark productions, announced today that it will air the two-hour special "The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards" in late 2014, honoring the cultural forces of the year.

    PEOPLE, the world's most successful and popular magazine and celebrity brand reaching more than 53 million consumers each week, is teaming up with NBC and dick clark productions, the world's largest producer and proprietor of television events, for the special.

    "The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards" is a celebration and recognition of the year's most influential and talked-about people in pop culture, celebrity and Hollywood that have fueled the country's conversations.

    "The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards" will bestow an assortment of newly-created top honors capturing the year in pop culture, including the Biggest Phenomenon of 2014 and the show's top honor of the night given to the year's Most Popular Person. Awards in other categories include the Most Stylish Person, Funniest Person, Sexiest Woman of 2014 and more. In addition, the show will feature spectacular performances from the most exciting and influential artists and will feature a variety of the year's compelling personalities as presenters. Viewers across the country will also have an opportunity to participate in a fan-voted award.

    "There is no better barometer of the cultural events and top personalities of the world than PEOPLE magazine," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "This awards show will bring to light all who have broken through the clutter to make their voices heard throughout the year."

    "We are thrilled to be partnering with dick clark productions and NBC on 'The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards,' which will provide a snapshot of the most compelling and talked about people and pop culture topics that grabbed our attention and drove the conversation throughout the year," said Larry Hackett, Editor, PEOPLE magazine.

    "People magazine is the most influential celebrity and entertainment news vehicle in America, making them the perfect partner for us to create a year-end awards show recognizing the year's best and most talked about people across, film, television, music, sports and the social landscape,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions.

    "The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards" deal was brokered by WME.
     
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    November 18, 2013

    TEN GROUPS COMPETE FOR THE A CAPPELLA CROWN ON FOURTH SEASON OF 'THE SING-OFF'

    Musical Competition Series Returns Dec. 9 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) with Celebrity Judges Jewel, Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Host Nick Lachey

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — November 18 , 2013 — NBC's "The Sing-Off," hosted by multi-platinum recording artist Nick Lachey, returns for its fourth season Monday, Dec. 9 (9-11 p.m. ET).

    The season will run for seven episodes, with the two-hour finale set for Monday, Dec. 23 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT). The groups, who are competing for the prize of $100,000 and a Sony Music recording contract, will perform for celebrity judges Jewel (Two Hearts Breaking, Ring of Fire) Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) and Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men).

    The 10 groups that will vie to be the best a cappella group in the country were revealed today. The announcement was made today by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. They are:

    ACOUSTIKATS (Lexington, KY): This collegiate group has been serenading sorority girls all over the University of Kentucky campus, but now it's their time to make it on the big stage. With their southern charm they hope to win over America's hearts.

    CALLE SOL (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico): From the island of Puerto Rico, this group of six professional musicians has only been together for a few short months. Their Latin style is sure to bring a flare to the competition.

    ELEMENT (New York City): This all-female group brings a New York attitude to the stage. They all work day jobs and pursue their showbiz dreams in the concrete jungle during their time off. These powerful female voices hope to bring a buzz to the a cappella world.

    THE FILHARMONIC (Los Angeles): This locally based group is made up of male Filipino singers. Their knack for '90s R&B, mixed with their Filipino culture, is sure to bring a new twist to the music of the past.

    HOME FREE (Minneapolis): This all-male group has already been on the road touring the country and the transcontinental journeys have made them all very close. Their years of performance experience add to their refreshing country sound.

    THE PRINCETON FOOTNOTES (Princeton, N.J.): A 50-year-old tradition is holding strong with this Ivy League group — classically trained, perfectly polished and technically great. Although they stick to tradition, they also like to mix a modern flair.

    STREET CORNER RENAISSANCE (Los Angeles): This soulful group put aside their dreams of becoming musicians to raise their families. Now it’s time to shine. Their roots are in doo-wop and they strive to pay homage to this classic sound.

    TEN (Dallas): Many of these eclectic artists have experienced traveling with professionals in well-known bands. Their group leader brought them together. The gospel influence and impressive backgrounds produce a perfected sound.

    VOCAL RUSH (Oakland, CA): The youngest group in the competition is a force to be reckoned with. They have won the high school a cappella groups’ international championship two years in a row. Their pop and R&B influence are sure to put a spin on modern chart-topping hits.

    VOICEPLAY (Orlando, FL): These three best friends have been together since high school and expanded their group to six, added the influence of a female voice. They toured the U.S. and ended up back in Orlando performing before auditioning for "The Sing-Off." This pop-inspired group blends the male and female voices perfectly.

    Music from season four of "The Sing-Off" will be available on iTunes the day of each telecast.

    "The Sing-Off" scours the country in search of the best a cappella groups who will perform chart-topping songs in weekly competition. The groups will be competing for America's vote and a chance to walk away with the ultimate prize: A Sony Music recording contract and $100,000.

    A new twist will be added this season. At the end of every show, the bottom two groups decided by the judges will face off in an Ultimate Sing Off, trying to knock their opponent out of the competition with the power of only their voices. At the end of the night, one group will be eliminated from the competition. One song, two teams, with their dreams on the line.

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    November 19, 2013

    NBC’S FESTIVE 'CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER' SPECIAL BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER ON WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 (8-9 P.M. ET)

    Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande and Jewel Set to Perform

    NEW YORK – November 19, 2013 – NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree with a live broadcast from Rockefeller Center in New York City on Wednesday, Dec. 4 (8-9 p.m. ET). The star-studded holiday special is hosted by Today anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, and will feature performances from Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande and Jewel.

    The 81st annual holiday extravaganza will feature a 76-foot Norway Spruce that is 47 feet in diameter and weighs approximately 12 tons. The tree is estimated to be about 75 years old. More than 45,000 energy-efficient multi-colored LED lights will be strung to decorate the tree, topped with a 9½ foot wide LED-lit Swarovski crystal star.

    The tradition of the Rockefeller Christmas tree dates back to the Great Depression. First erected in 1933, the inaugural tree was decked with 700 lights and placed in front of the then eight-month-old RCA Building (the current GE Building). The Christmas tree gathering was enhanced in 1936 with the opening of the Rockefeller Plaza outdoor ice-skating pond. NBC-TV televised the tree lighting for the first time in 1951 on The Kate Smith Show and as part of the nationwide Howdy Doody television show from 1953-55.

    Prior to this year's primetime telecast, an additional live hour of the special (7-8 p.m. ET) will be broadcast by the following NBC stations: WNBC/New York; WCAU/Philadelphia; KSNV/Las Vegas; WBBH/Fort Myers, Fla.; KHNL/Honolulu, Hawaii; WNWO/Toledo, Ohio; WTWC/Tallahassee, Fla.; WVIR/Charlottesville, Va., WETM/Elmira, N.Y.; WGBC/Meridian, Miss.; KHBC/Hilo, Hawaii; and KOGG/Wailuku, Hawaii.

    "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" is produced by Brad Lachman Productions with Lachman serving as executive producer. Bill Bracken will produce.
     

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