NBC's 2013-14 Season: Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes Back (in New Series) on Thursday Nights
NBC is not only trying to return to its Thursday night comedy glory next season, but the network has called on two former Thursday night comedy champs -- "Family Ties" star Michael J. Fox and "Will and Grace" star Sean Hayes -- to help.
NBC, which makes its presentation to advertisers and the media Monday morning in New York City, officially announced its fall 2013-14 over the weekend, and while Fox and Hayes lead NBC's new comedies, the network also called on stars from its past for a pair of high-profile dramas, including former "Office" star James Spader in "The Blacklist" (which will air Mondays at 10 PM after "The Voice") and "L.A. Law" alum Blair Underwood in an "Ironside" remake.
In all, NBC adds 14 new scripted series -- eight dramas and six comedies -- to its new-season roster, along with new reality series "The Million Second Quiz" and "American Dream Builders."[Related: See Which New Shows Are Joining The CW Lineup This Fall]
Among the network's biggest scheduling switcheroos: "The Biggest Loser" moves to Tuesdays (from Monday); "Parenthood" moves from Tuesdays to Thursdays, where, along with the comedy lineup, NBC is pitching the schedule as a family-themed night; "Revolution" moves from Mondays to Wednesdays, with the goal of leading off an evening of strong dramas; and "Chicago Fire" -- which earned its own spinoff series in its freshman season -- moves from Wednesdays to Tuesdays at 10 PM, where NBC hopes it will benefit from lead-in "The Voice."
A description of the new NBC series, along with our first impressions about which ones might make our must-see list next fall:
Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo, Jake McLaughlin ("Crash"), Jamie Chung ("The Real World: San Diego," "Once Upon a Time"), and Johnny Sequoyah
Producers: Alfonso Cuaron, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk
Plot: A young girl named Bo (Sequoyah) with special powers forms a friendship with Tate (McLaughlin), a man just released from prison, who travels with her from city to city (like "Kung Fu"? Or "Highway to Heaven"?) while they try to avoid the evil forces who want to control Bo's powers.
First Impression: "Children of Men" Oscar nominee Cuaron and frequent futuristic-themed project collaborators Abrams and Burk are the go-to guys in this arena, but between this and "About a Boy," NBC may have one too many series involving pseudo-creepy relationships between adults and children on its fall schedule.
"The Blacklist" (Drama)
Stars: James Spader, Diego Klattenhoff ("Homeland"), Harry Lennix ("Dollhouse" and "24"), Ryan Eggold ("90210"), and Megan Boone ("Law & Order: LA")