Rebounding NBC adding 12 new series next season
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2012 file photo, actress Katherine Heigl poses at Variety's 4th annual Power of Women event in Beverly Hills, Calif. Heigl will star as a CIA analyst in the new NBC series "State of Affairs" also starring Alfre Woodard as the U.S. president. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - This June 10, 2013 file photo shows actress Casey Wilson at the Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wilson and Ken Marino will star as two apparently star-crossed lovers in the NBC comedy "Marry Me." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, FIle)
FILE - This Dec. 4, 2011 file photo shows actress Hope Davis at the world premiere of "War Horse", in New York. Davis and Scott Cohen star in the NBC drama "Allegiance," about a CIA analyst who learns his parents are former Russian agents being called back into service. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
FILE - This Oct. 23, 2013 file photo shows actor Peter Facinelli at the sixth annual GQ Gentlemen's Ball in New York. Facinelli will star with Anna Friel in the NBC the drama "Odyssey," about strangers fighting an international conspiracy involving the military, corporate interests and Middle Eastern terrorists. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
In this photo provided by NBC, Katherine Heigl portrays CIA agent Charleston Tucker in NBC's new series, "State of Affairs." (AP Photo/NBC, Michael Parmelee)
In this photo provided by NBC, Debra Messing, top, portrays Laura Diamond in the new NBC series, "The Mysteries of Laura." Also pictured are Charlie Reina, as Harrison Diamond, left, and Vincent Reina as Nicholas Diamond. (AP Photo/NBC, KC Bailey)
NBC, which rebounded this season from a stubborn ratings slump, will try to build on its gains with a dozen new series that include dramas starring Debra Messing and Katherine Heigl and a pair of comedies produced by Will Ferrell.
In the 2014-15 schedule announced yesterday before its New York presentation to advertisers, NBC also said it will move its freshman series The Blacklist to Thursday starting in February – surrendering for now its failed effort to bring a “must-see TV” comedy block back to the night.
Messing will star as a homicide detective and working mom in The Mysteries of Laura on Wednesdays this fall, while former Grey’s Anatomy star Heigl will return to the small screen as a CIA agent in State of Affairs on Mondays starting in November.
Alfre Woodard will play the president opposite Heigl. Other familiar TV faces starring in new NBC series or miniseries this coming season will include David Duchovny, Kate Walsh and Craig Robinson of The Office.
NBC decided to cancel Community, Revolution, Growing Up Fisher, Believe, Crisis, Ironside, The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World and Welcome to the Family.
The Amy Poehler comedy Parks and Recreation will get its final run in a midseason slot, the network said.
The Blacklist, one of the reasons NBC is poised to finish the season as No. 1 among advertiser-favored young adult viewers for the first time in a decade, is being rewarded with the January 2015 post-Super Bowl spot before the James Spader drama moves from Monday to Thursday.
In a statement, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said reinvigorating Thursday was a top priority for the network. He also said the network is introducing an unprecedented number of new original series after a “stellar year” in scripted programming development.
Other series for next season include the Ferrell-produced sitcoms Bad Judge starring Walsh as an unorthodox criminal court judge, which will air Thursdays, and Mission Control, with Krysten Ritter as an aerospace engineer in the 1960s. It’s planned for midseason.
The drama Constantine, based on the DC Comics series Hellblazer, is set for a fall debut and will air Friday nights.
Duchovny, last seen on network series TV on Fox’s The X Files, will star in the limited-run series Aquarius as a Los Angeles police sergeant who’s on the trail of future killer Charles Manson in 1967. The air date was not announced.
NBC was the first major broadcast network to announce its schedule for next season. NBC will present its new shows to Madison Avenue today, followed by the other networks.
Here are NBC’s other new shows, with scheduling yet to be announced for those without listed debuts:
∎ A to Z, a romantic comedy starring Ben Feldman of Mad Men and Cristin Milioti of How I Met Your Mother, scheduled to air Thursdays starting this fall.
∎ Marry Me, with Casey Wilson of Happy Endings and Ken Marino of Eastbound & Down as two lovers on the brink of engagement. The fall show will air Tuesdays.
∎ Mr. Robinson, a sitcom about a rock band frontman (Robinson) who daylights as a substitute teacher and crosses swords with a principal played by Jean Smart.
∎ One Big Happy, an Ellen DeGeneres-produced comedy about a gay woman (Elisha Cuthbert) and a straight man (Nick Zano) who are having a child together but run into complications.
∎ Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, produced by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper (The Office) as a woman rescued after 15 years of cult life and rediscovering the world with help from a friend, a wanna-be actor.
∎ Allegiance, a drama about a CIA analyst (Gavin Stenhouse) who discovers his parents (Scott Cohen, Hope Davis) are former Russian spies being called back to work.
∎ Emerald City, a drama about a young woman’s search for her roots that leads her to a reimagined Land of Oz.