NBC’s primetime schedule for 2013-2014, presented at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall this morning, is all about accentuating the positive.
After a dismal season, NBC is using its few bright spots — The Voice, Sunday Night Football and the 2014 Winter Olympics — as building blocks. It’s also bringing back an old network hero, Michael J. Fox, for a new sitcom.
NBC will roll out three dramas and three sitcoms in the fall. (see full schedule, below).
* James Spader stars in The Blacklist, which gets The Voice as a lead-in on Mondays. In a premise similar to Denzel Washington’s Safe House, Spader plays an American espionage agent gone ultra-rogue. He reemerges, offering to catch terrorists for us, with the caveat that he will only work with a specific FBI agent (Megan Boone).
Here’s the trailer:
* Blake Underwood gets the title role in a remake of Ironside, the classic series featuring Raymond Burr as a cop who solves crimes from a wheelchair. Underwood’s disabled detective works in New York, not San Francisco.
* Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors), stars in another title you may recognize: Dracula. Posing as an American, the Count moves to Victorian London — with revenge on his lips.
NBC’s new sitcoms are all in a cluster on Thursday, a night depleted by the extinction of 30 Rock and The Office. (None of the sitcoms NBC debuted this year got renewed.) Onward and laughward: * It’s a rough high school graduation in Welcome to the Family when the daughter of Mike O’Malley (Glee) and Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) announces she’s pregnant. Her boyfriend’s parents (Ricardo Chavira and Justina Machado) aren’t too thrilled either.
* The life of divorced gay dad Sean P. Hayes (Will & Grace) gets complicated in Sean Saves the World. His teenage daughter moves in with him just as his job gets crazy.
* In The Michael J. Fox Show, the sitcom veteran (Family Ties) plays a retired New York news anchor with Parkinson’s disease who decides to return to work.
NBC also has an ambitious slate of midseason shows that it will unveil in February after shamelessly promoting them during the Olympics in Russia. Curiously, even with its new schedule locked in place, the network had not yet decided the fates of Hannibal and Celebrity Apprentice. Do we get a vote? 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 9-10 p.m. – The Voice 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. – 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