Amongst the new shows coming to NBC next season are new dramas for Katherine Heigl, Debra Messing, a new comedy from Kate Walsh and another spectacle from David S. Goyer.
“We’re No. 1,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told media buyers at their New York Upfronts. “Get ready, you’re going to hear it a lot more.” The network trumpeted the performance of The Blacklist, events, sports and The Voice.
In NBC-land, everything is an Event.
State Of Affairs – Drama
Produced by Universal Television, Bob Simonds Company and Abishag Productions. From Writer/director/executive producer Joe Carnahan and executive producers Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Robert Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon and Julia Franz.
The Mysteries Of Laura – Drama
Produced by Warner Bros Television, Berlanti Productions and Kapital Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Jeff Rake, director/executive producer McG and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Aaron Kaplan, Todd Lituchy and Sarah Schechter.
Constantine – Drama
Produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television based upon characters published by DC Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Daniel Cerone and executive producer David S. Goyer.
Marry Me – Comedy
Produced by Sony Pictures TV and FanFare Productions. From writer/executive producer David Caspe, director/executive producer Seth Gordon and executive producer Jamie Tarses.
A To Z – Comedy
Produced by Warner Bros. Television and Le Train Train. From writers/executive producers Ben Queen, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
Bad Judge – Comedy
Produced by Universal Television and Gary Sanchez Productions. From writer/executive producer Chad Kultgen and executive producers Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Anne Heche, Jill Sobel Messick, Kevin Messick and Kate Walsh.
Houston, we have a problem! Dr. Mary Kendricks (Krysten Ritter, “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23”) is a tough but brilliant aerospace engineer, leading a team of NASA scientists at the cutting edge of space exploration. The only problem is, this is the 1960s and she’s a woman. Navigating the ridiculous boys’ club of astronauts and engineering nerds is no easy task, but she’s up to the challenge … until her boss brings on Tom (Tommy Dewey, “The Mindy Project”) — a former hotshot test pilot and overall man’s man — to co-manage her team. It doesn’t help that he initially mistakes her for a secretary.
As lead singer and keyboardist of a rock band, Craig (Craig Robinson, “The Office”) knows a thing or two about working the crowd, but his day job is where he really makes the grade. Every struggling artist knows the drill: you got to pay the bills while you wait for that big break. So when Craig finds himself short on cash, he takes a job as a substitute teacher. It’s an easy gig, right? Throw a DVD in the player, dim the lights and sleep off last night’s party. Yet when he realizes that the kids think his class is an easy A, Craig’s moved to inspire his students. Music is his passion and he’s not about to let anyone sleep though this period … period.
One Big Happy
Best friends Lizzy (gay and a bit type-A) and Luke (straight and more laid back) are like family. When they were kids and both of their parents were getting divorces, Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert, “Happy Endings”) and Luke (Nick Zano, “2 Broke Girls”) stuck together, and they’ve been there for each other ever since. Now, all grown up and still single, they’ve decided to start a family of their own. No, not like that (there are some lines even they won’t cross), we’re talking the non-romantic, go-to-the-doctor’s-office type of baby-making. Then one night, after yet another failed attempt at conception, the two head out to a bar to let off some steam. That’s where Luke meets Prudence (Kelly Brook, “Smallville”), a free-spirited British girl who’s slated to go back to England in a matter of days.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
After 15 years of living in a cult, the unbreakable and wide-eyed Kimmy (Ellie Kemper, “The Office”) is rescued along with four other women, causing a national sensation that culminates with an appearance on the ”Today” show. Before getting back on the bus to Indiana, however, Kimmy decides it’s time to reclaim her life. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, a couple way-past-due library books and a big wad of rescue-fund cash, she’s ready to take on New York City. It’s easily the best time of Kimmy’s life as she rides subways, plays with street performers, frees Central Park horses and makes a spontaneous decision to rent a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor who makes a living dressing as a robot in Times Square. This unlikely pairing may not seem ideal, but it quickly becomes clear that they can really help each other out.
In the follow-up to the eye-opening success of “The Bible” miniseries on History, the 12-hour miniseries “A.D.” — from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey — will look at the lives that were instantly altered following the death of Christ. His disciples, mother Mary and key political religious leaders at the time saw their world turned upside down and their lives forever altered. Beginning at that fateful moment of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, part two of the greatest story ever told will focus on the disciples who had to go forward and disseminate the teachings of Christ to a world dominated by political unrest and the start of a whole new religion that would dramatically reshape the history of the world.
Alex O’Connor (Gavin Stenhouse, “Person of Interest”), a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark (Scott Cohen, “Necessary Roughness”) and Katya (Hope Davis, “The Newsroom,” “In Treatment”) are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees. Years ago, Russian-born Katya was tasked by the KGB to recruit American businessman Mark O’Connor as a spy — and the two fell in love. A deal was struck: As long as Katya remained an asset for Russia, and it was agreed that her services could be called on in the future, she would be allowed to marry Mark and move to America.
It’s 1967 and the era of free love, drug experimentation and the Vietnam War is in full effect. When the teenage daughter of a respected lawyer goes missing, L.A. Police Sgt. Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, “Californication,” “The X-Files”) starts asking around. He soon discovers that the hippie kids he’s questioning don’t take kindly to cops, especially one with hair as short as his. Needing the help of someone they will trust, he partners with rebellious undercover cop Brian Shafe, a man who’s more comfortable rolling a joint than patrolling a beat. It’s not long before they stumble upon a small-time cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his cause.
Desperate for clues that will lead to the identity of her biological mother, a young woman breaks into a sinister underground facility somewhere in the Midwest. Unable to complete her mission and surrounded by security, our feisty heroine steals a K9 police dog and drives away into the night… and headlong into the path of a raging tornado. In the blink of an eye, she is transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before.
The saga behind the 2006 breakout series “Heroes” will continue as creator Tim Kring returns to the fold and develops new layers to his original superhero concept. This highly anticipated 13-episode miniseries will reconnect with the basic elements of the show’s first season where ordinary people were waking up to the fact that they had extraordinary abilities.
8-10 PM — The Voice
10-11 PM — The Blacklist / State Of Affairs (beginning Nov. 17)
8-9 PM — The Voice
9-9:30 PM — Marry Me
9:30-10 PM — About a Boy
10-11 PM — Chicago Fire
8-9 PM — The Mysteries Of Laura
9-10 PM — Law & Order: SVU
10-11 PM — Chicago P.D.
8-9 PM — The Biggest Loser
9-9:30 PM — Bad Judge (The Blacklist beginning Feb. 5)
9:30-10 PM — A TO Z
10-11 PM — Parenthood/Allegiance
8-9 PM — Dateline NBC
9-10 PM — Grimm
10-11 PM — Constantine
8-11 PM — Encore programming
7-8:20 PM — Football Night in America
8:20-11:30 PM — NBC Sunday Night Football
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