2013 UPFRONT: NBC
NBC took over the stage at Radio City Music Hall to announce its new lineup of primetime shows for the 2013-14 season, which its execs say will be a winning combination of returning series, new comedies and dramas, and the latest season of The Voice, the top reality program on television. First, Parks & Recreation’s Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson (Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman) assessed last year’s season and offered some terrifying new programming ideas. Here’s a look at what’s actually coming up on NBC.
About a Boy (from Universal Television, Working Title Television, True Jack Productions and Tribeca Productions) centers on a man-child whose carefree world is disrupted when a needy single mom and her 11-year-old son move in next door.
The Family Guide (from Universal Television and Aggregate Films) focuses on the Fishers, a clan brought closer together by divorce.
The Michael J. Fox Show (from Sony Pictures Television and Olive Bridge Entertainment) centers on Mike Henry, a news anchor who decides to return to work, five years after putting his career on hold to spend more time with his family and focus on his battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Sean P. Hayes stars as a divorced gay dad who juggles a career, his pushy mom and weekends with his teenage daughter in Sean Saves the World (from Universal Television and Hazy Mills Productions).
Undateable (from Warner Bros. Television and Doozer Productions) centers on a confident slacker, who teaches his roommate and romantically challenged friends all about the game of love.
The families of a pregnant teenage girl and her boyfriend collide, when they learn they’re expecting and decide to wed on Welcome to the Family (from Sony Pictures Television and FanFare Productions).
Believe (from Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions) tells the story of an orphaned girl with special powers and her quest to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after it.
James Spader stars in The Blacklist (from Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment) as a former FBI’s Most Wanted fugitive, who surrenders to help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist.
Chicago PD (from Universal Television and Wolf Films) centers on the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and the intelligence unit of District 21 of the Chicago Police Department.
Students of Ballard High School, a place that educates the children of Washington, D.C.’s elite, are taken hostage by a vengeful mastermind in Crisis (from 20th Century Fox Television).
Crossbones (from Universal Television, Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Georgeville Television) centers on diabolical pirate Blackbeard as he reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars in Dracula (from Flame Ventures, Sky Living, Playground Entertainment, Universal Television, NBCUniversal International Television Production and Carnival Film & Television), a provocative new drama about one of the world’s most iconic characters.
Blair Underwood stars in Ironside (from Universal Television, Davis Entertainment and Yellow Brick Road Productions), a retread of the Raymond Burr series, as a detective refused to be defined by the wheelchair that confines him.
The Night Shift (from Sony Pictures Television) focuses on the special breed of men and women who work at San Antonio Memorial into the wee hours of the night.
New alternative series include: The Million Second Quiz (from All3 Media America, Studio Lambert and Universal Television), a live competition that spans 12 consecutive days and nights;Food Fighters (from Universal Television and Electus), an ultimate culinary clash that’s one part cooking competition, one part game show; and American Dream Builders (from Universal Television), which features America’s top designers, builders, architects and landscapers putting their talents to the test on extreme home renovations.