NBC has officially unveiled their 2014-2015 lineup, which reveals some big changes to their schedule the most notable of which is a very different Thursday night line-up. NBC has traditionally blocked out four half-hour slots for comedies on Thursday night, however this Fall, they've set The Biggest Loser in the 8:00 p.m. slot, followed by two new comedies and then the return of Parenthood, which is officially locked in for a sixth season, which will be its last. Parenthood is the only thing that's staying the same for NBC's Thursday night, at least for now. Parks and Recreation will return for its (confirmed) last season during Midseason 2015, but NBC hasn't specified what day they plan to air it.
NBC stated that "reinvigorating" Thursday night was a big priority, and you'll note in the line-up below, they plan to move The Blacklist to Thursday night starting in February.
Here's the lineup. New shows are in all caps. Click the links to watch the trailers!
It's no secret that NBC has struggled with their Thursday night comedy block. The line-up that once included shows like Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends and The Office hasn't managed to find any other hugely successful shows to keep the ratings rolling in recent years. We learned last week that NBC cancelled Community, which probably should've been a clue that the Peacock was ready to make a big change to Thursday programming.
So Thursday night will be very different. But NBC hasn't abandoned comedy entirely. There are a number of new half-hour shows listed on the line-up, including a couple on Thursday night, wedged between The Biggest Loser and Parenthood (Bad Judge and A to Z) and NBC notes that Parks and Recreation will return for its last season during midseason. Also held for midseason are Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the Ellen DeGeneres produced One Big Happy and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Mission Control. There's also Craig Robinson's Mr. Robinson.
Grimm remains on Friday nights, but cancelled drama Dracula has been replaced by DC comic adaptation Constantine. Hannibal is set to return, but the same can not be said for Revolution, Crisis and Believe, all of which were cancelled.
NBC also announced that they've ordered the Katherine Heigl-starring State of Affairs, as well as spy-thriller Allegiance, detective drama The Mysteries of Laura, Among the event series, there are Emerald City, Aquarius, Heroes Reborn and The Bible followup A.D..
Stay tuned for more information, photos and video from NBC's new series!
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