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NBC announces fall schedule (and 17 new fall/midseason shows)
NBC released its fall 2014 schedule on Sunday - and it's pretty conservative, at least through the end of the year.
You might expect that out of the network that's going to finish first in the all-important 18-49 demographic, but that win is built largely on three pillars - Sunday Night Football, the Winter Olympics and "The Voice," with a nice assist from "The Blacklist." And there are no more Winter Olympics until 2018.
(Although NBC would still win the 18-49 demo without the Sochi Games, just be less.)
"The Blacklist" will return on Mondays at 9 p.m. In the fall, but it will be doing some traveling. It's already slated to air an episode after the Super Bowl in February, and then it will move to Thursday at 8 p.m.
"Parenthood" will return for a 13-episode final season in the fall; "Parks and Recreation" is also headed into its final season sometime at midseason.
As for that midseasons, NBC has left itself plenty of flexibility. There are three new comedies on the fall schedule, with four more waiting in the wings. There are three new dramas on the fall schedule - one of those set to begin in mid-November - with five more series and two miniseries in reserve.
The network canceled "Believe," "Community," "Crisis," "Dracula," "Growing Up Fisher," "Ironside, "The Michael J. Fox Show, "Revolution," "Sean Saves the World" and "Welcome to the Family."
Here's NBC's fall schedule, along with the network's descriptions of the shows it has picked up:
NBC FALL 2014-15 SCHEDULE (new shows are in UPPER CASE; returning shows moving to new time slots are in italics.
7 p.m. - "The Voice"
9 p.m. - "The Blacklist" / "STATE OF AFFAIRS" (beginning Nov. 17)
7 p.m. - "The Voice"
8 p.m. - "MARRY ME"
8:30 - "About a Boy"
9 p.m. - "Chicago Fire"