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NBC's 2013-14 schedule banks on new shows, past stars

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May 12, 2013|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

Hoping to change it prime time fortunes, NBC announced a bold new schedule Sunday filled with new shows and familiar stars.

The network plans to introduce 17 new series during the season, including six new comedies, eight new dramas and three new reality shows.

The schedule, announced by NBC's chairman of entertainment Robert Greenblatt, shakes up the network's schedule every night of the week except Sundays in the fall, which remains devoted to NBC's only sure thing--NFL football.

The network will try to rebuild its Thursday night comedy lineup using two stars from its glory days--Sean Hayes and Michael J. Fox. It's hoping to use "The Voice" to launch a high-profile new drama, "The Blacklist," on Mondays in the fall, and new Tuesday comedies in the second half of the season.

Below are the fall and midseason schedules, as well as descriptions of all the new NBC series. For all you "Community" fans, the show does not appear on either schedule, but NBC did confirm it has been renewed for a fifth season. NBC provided trailers for some of the new shows that you can see below. They also provided scenes from some of the show's pilots, which you can view by clicking here.

NBC FALL 2013-14 SCHEDULE

(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times CT)

MONDAY
7-9 p.m.: “The Voice”
9-10 p.m.: “THE BLACKLIST”

TUESDAY
7-8 p.m.: “The Biggest Loser” (New day, time)
8-9 p.m.: “The Voice” (New time)
9-10 p.m.: “Chicago Fire” (New day, time)

WEDNESDAY
7-8 p.m.: “Revolution” (New day, time)
8-9 p.m. – ”Law & Order: SVU”
9-10 p.m. – “IRONSIDE”

THURSDAY
7-7:30 p.m.: “Parks and Recreation” (New time)
7:30-8 p.m.: “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY”
8-8:30 p.m.: “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD”
8:30-9 p.m.: “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW”
9-10 p.m.: “Parenthood” (New day, time)

FRIDAY
7-8 p.m.: “Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m.: “Grimm”
9-10 p.m.: “DRACULA”

SATURDAY
Encore programming

SUNDAY
6-7:15 p.m.: “Football Night in America”
7:15-10:30 p.m.: “NBC Sunday Night Football”

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

MONDAY
7-9 p.m.: “The Voice”
9-10 p.m.: “THE BLACKLIST”

TUESDAY
7-8 p.m.: “The Voice”
8-8:30 p.m.: “ABOUT A BOY”
8:30-9 p.m.: “THE FAMILY GUIDE”
9-10 p.m.: “Chicago Fire”

WEDNESDAY
7-8 p.m.: “Revolution”
8-9 p.m.: ”Law & Order: SVU”
9-10 p.m.: “IRONSIDE”

THURSDAY
7-7:30 p.m.: “Parks and Recreation”
7:30-8 p.m.: “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY”
8-8:30 p.m.: “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD”
8:30-9 p.m.: “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW”
9-10 p.m.: “Parenthood”

FRIDAY
7-8 p.m.: “Dateline NBC”
8-9 p.m.: “Grimm”
9-10 p.m.: “CROSSBONES”

SATURDAY
7-9 p.m.: Encore and specials programming
9-10 p.m.: “Saturday Night Live” (Encore)

SUNDAY
6-7 p.m.: “Dateline NBC”
7-8 p.m.: “AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS”
8-9 p.m.: “BELIEVE”
9-10 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.

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