Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All the Right Moves?; Here's a Recap of What's Returning and What's New This Fall; TELEVISION

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All the Right Moves?; Here's a Recap of What's Returning and What's New This Fall; TELEVISION

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Now we know: Fall TV will be dramatic, thrilling, romantic, hilarious and completely brilliant, outstanding in every way. Or so the broadcast networks assured us and, more importantly, advertisers during a week of ceremonies and sales pitches in New York.

Will any of the new dramas be the next "Lost"? Is another "Friends" on the horizon? There's no way to tell at this point, with only descriptions and brief trailers to go on.

But here's a recap of what we do know, including what the networks renewed, what they canceled and what they will offer for the new season.


NBC will add three dramas and three comedies for fall, with six more new series set for midseason.

Renewed * "Chicago Fire," "Community," "Grimm," "Law & Order: SVU," "Parenthood," "Parks and Recreation" and "Revolution."

Canceled * "1600 Penn," "Animal Practice," "Deception," "Do No Harm," "Go On," "Guys With Kids," "The New Normal," "Smash," "Up All Night" and "Whitney." "The Office" and "30 Rock" are ending their runs. No decision: "Hannibal."

These are NBC's new shows:


"The Michael J. Fox Show" * Fox returns to TV as a beloved New York news anchor coming back to the job five years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"Sean Saves the World" * Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace") is a divorced gay dad, with Linda Lavin as his pushy mom.

"Welcome to the Family" * Mike O'Malley and Mary McCormack are parents whose pregnant daughter (Ella Rae Peck) plans to marry her Latino boyfriend (Joseph Haro). Ricardo Chavira and Justina Machado are his parents in the culture-clash comedy.

"About a Boy" (midseason) * Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood") and Jon Favreau adapt the Nick Hornby novel about a wealthy do-nothing (David Freeman) who develops a relationship with his precocious neighbor (Benjamin Stockham). Minnie Driver is the boy's single mother.

"The Family Guide" (midseason) * J.K. Simmons and Parker Posey are divorcing parents; he's blind, "but doesn't let that slow him down." Jason Bateman is an executive producer and does voice-over.


"The Blacklist" * James Spader is a former government agent turned most-wanted fugitive who surrenders to the FBI and promises to help catch a terrorist. But he'll speak only to a profiler (Megan Boone) new to the job.

"Dracula" * Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the vampire who arrives in late 19th century London posing as an American and seeking revenge on those who cursed him with immortality.

"Ironside" * In a remake, Blair Underwood is the detective, confined to a wheelchair.

"Believe" (midseason) * J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron are executive producers of a drama about an orphaned girl (Johnny Sequoyah) whose special gifts put her in danger. Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo and Kyle MacLachlan also star.

"Chicago PD" (midseason) * Dick Wolf spins off "Chicago Fire."

"Crisis" (midseason) * A bus carrying students from an elite Washington high school is taken hostage, igniting a national crisis. Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson, Lance Gross and Rachael Taylor star.

"Crossbones" (midseason) * John Malkovich is pirate Blackbeard in an action drama set in 1715.

NBC's fall schedule looks like this (new shows are in bold):


"The Voice," "The Blacklist"


"The Biggest Loser," "The Voice," "Chicago Fire"


"Revolution," "Law & Order: SVU," "Ironside"


"Parks and Recreation," "Welcome to the Family," "Sean Saves the World," "The Michael J. Fox Show," "Parenthood"


"Dateline," "Grimm," "Dracula"


"Sunday Night Football"


CBS will add just five series for fall, with three more at midseason. Five of the eight new series are comedies.

Renewed * "2 Broke Girls," "Big Bang Theory," "Blue Bloods," "Criminal Minds," "CSI," "Elementary," "The Good Wife," "Hawaii Five- 0," "How I Met Your Mother," "Mike and Molly," "The Mentalist," "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Person of Interest" and "Two and a Half Men," plus "The Amazing Race," "Survivor" and "Undercover Boss. …

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