Rebounding NBC adding 12 new series next season

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm •  Published: May 11, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — 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 Sunday 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 effort to bring a "must-see TV" comedy block back to the night that once housed "Friends" and other hits.

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 "Dracula," ''Community," ''Revolution," ''Growing Up Fisher," ''Believe," ''Crisis," ''Ironside," ''The Michael J. Fox Show," ''Sean Saves the World" and "Welcome to the Family."

"Parenthood" will air its final season starting this fall. 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.