Upfronts 2013: NBC

Occasionally even American television shows it has a conscience.

There was once a time when Michael J. Fox was shunned by showbiz because he was afflicted by Parkinson’s Disease. Now in the new order, this is celebrated with his own NBC comedy series, The Michael J. Fox Show.

New shows also coming to NBC include the James Spader espionage thriller Blacklist, plus an Ironside remake, Dracula and Crossbones, comedies Welcome to the Family, Sean Hayes’ Sean Saves the World. Mid-season shows will include Chicago PD, a spinoff of Dick Wolf’s Chicago Fire, plus The Night Shift and new comedy Undateable.

THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW:

THE BLACKLIST:

IRONSIDE:

SEAN SAVES THE WORLD:

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY:

DRACULA:

NBC:
NBC FALL 2013-14 SCHEDULE
MONDAY
8-10 p.m. – The Voice
10-11 p.m. – The Blacklist

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. – The Biggest Loser
9-10 p.m. – The Voice
10-11 p.m. – Chicago Fire

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. – Revolution
9-10 p.m. – Law & Order: SVU
10-11 p.m. – Ironside

THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – Parks and Recreation
8:30-9 p.m. – Welcome to the Family
9-9:30 p.m. – Sean Saves the World
9:30-10 p.m. – The Michael J Fox Show
10-11 p.m. – Parenthood
FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. – Dateline NBC
9-10 p.m. – Grimm
10-11 p.m. – Dracula

SATURDAY
Encore programming

SUNDAY
7:00-8:15 p.m. – Football Night in America
8:15-11:30 p.m. – NBC Sunday Night Football

NBC MIDSEASON 2013-14 SCHEDULE
MONDAY
8-10 p.m. – The Voice
10-11 p.m. – The Blacklist

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. – The Voice
9-9:30 p.m. – About a Boy
9:30-10 p.m. – The Family Guide
10-11 p.m. – Chicago Fire

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. – Revolution
9-10 p.m. – Law & Order: SVU
10-11 p.m. – Ironside

THURSDAY
8-8:30 p.m. – Parks and Recreation
8:30-9 p.m. – Welcome to the Family
9-9:30 p.m. – Sean Saves the World
9:30-10 p.m. – The Michael J Fox Show
10-11 p.m. – Parenthood

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. – Dateline NBC
9-10 p.m. – Grimm
10-11 p.m. – Crossbones

SATURDAY
8-10 p.m. – Encore and specials programming
10-11 p.m. – Saturday Night Live (Encore)

SUNDAY
7-8 p.m. – Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. – American Dream Builders
9-10 p.m. – Believe
10-11 p.m. – Crisis

Source: Hollywood Reporter

18 Comments:

  1. Very interested as well in Sean Hayes’ new show, I just hope I can cope not seeing him as Jack McFarland! One of my all time favourite characters. The premise of the new show sounds good and of course is very topical.

    Slightly off topic: have finally got around to watching Grimm (which I love!) and was surprised to discover Sean is involved behind the scenes with the series.

    James Spaders’ show is another must watch for me as well, I’ve found him intriguing in every role I’ve ever seen him in, from Less Than Zero to Boston Legal.

  2. Really excited about Michael J Fox’s show and loved him since Family Ties.

    I didn’t think he had been shunned? I was under the impression he voluntarily left Spin City when his Parkinson’s symptoms were becoming more difficult for him to manage. I imagine as well that he might have wanted a bit of privacy to deal with such a physically debilitating disease – for an actor (well anybody, but particularly someone who needs their face and body to help convey a story) to not have complete control over your own movements would be very confronting. He then still did quite a bit of voice work (Stewart Little, etc) but his primary focus was activism. I was actually surprised (and very pleased) when he started popping up on shows such as Boston Legal and The Good Wife. I will be absolutely astounded if this show isn’t a big hit, MJF is a national treasure in the US and Canada and there is a huge amount of goodwill and respect for him, for both his entertainment career and his philanthropy.

  3. I love Michael J Fox but I far prefer the serious stuff he’s done recently to any of the comedy/sit-coms he’s done (ok, well maybe except for Family Ties). I wish Alicia would go work for him on The Good Wife!

  4. Armchair Analyst

    I am looking forward to seeing the MJF show. I hope they try and poke fun at disability not disabled people. A lot of shows cant do the former, or people always think they are doing the latter. The others look good to just from the images. I cant believe how much hair James Spader has lost. Although during the final two seasons of Boston Legal another great show he was begining to show and i saw him on the view earlier this year or last year and he had shown signs of hair loss, shame. Anyway hope these are screened on FTA.

  5. Secret Squirrel

    James Spader? I’m there. Didn’t finish watching any of the others.

    @nevothirty – Not sure how you interpreted “James Spader espionage thriller Blacklist” as ‘sit-com’.

  6. I should have added it will be interesting to see if the 4x sitcom lead-in will help Parenthood’s move to Thursday night. With 3 of them untested and The Big Bang Theory on CBS the same night it’s a tough night for NBC to try and win.

  7. they axed the new normal for this sh*t… seriously? they have given the 3 most annoying people there own sitcoms? (James Spader, Michael Fox and Sean Hayes) all of these shows will bomb.

  8. carolemorrissey

    Heard about that Michael J Fox show a while ago. Always loved his work, didn’t realise he’d been shunned, he’s been making appearances in Boston Legal and The Good Wife. Be great to see him in his own show, lets hope one of our networks picks it up. Loved James Spader in Boston Legal, that sounds like a good show, hopefully we’ll get that one here too.

  9. It looks like The Blacklist and The Michael J Fox show are from Sony so they could end up anywhere. Hopefully Seven pick them up (and play them).

  10. The Michael J Fox Show looks good as to the other comedies but after NBC cancelled Go On, once touted as the top new comedy of the season (by NBC) I’m not sure if I can trust them.

  11. That’s great news about Michael J Fox and well-deserved. But I was hoping he would become a regular character on The Good Wife.

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