Upfront week is upon us and news is breaking about which new shows will make it to air next fall and throughout the upcoming season. Previously, we told you about the new shows that will fill out Fox’s Fall Schedule and now it’s time to talk about the 11 new shows (5 comedies, 8 dramas) that will live on NBC next season.
A consistent ratings under-performer, NBC is aligning itself with some proven names to try and change their trajectory. Those names include former Better Off Ted showrunner Victor Fresco, Parenthood and Friday Night Lights producer Jason Katims, Michael J. Fox, Bill Lawrence, J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron for the sci-fi drama, Believe, as well as Luther creator Neil Cross for Crossbones. Is the next Revolution in here? Maybe the next Office, or another long-term performer that will help lead the way toward recovery for NBC?
To help with your quick assessments of each series, we’ve broken the shows down to give you a better idea of what you can expect. It’s creators’ vision which fuels the heart of the show; producers’ responsibility is to help shape those ideas for television audiences; pilot directors set the visual tone for the entire series and paint the picture that other directors follow.
About a Boy (Comedy)
Created by: Jason Katims
Producers: Jason Katims, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jane Rosenthal and Robert DeNiro
Pilot Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: David Walton (New Girl), Minnie Driver, Leslie Bibb and Al Madrigal
About a Boy follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child (David Walton) and the young boy (Benjamin Stockham) who moves in next door with his crazy, single mother (Minnie Driver).
About a Boy is set to air at mid-season.
Created by: Alfonso Cuaron and JJ Abrams
Producers: Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk (Fringe)
Starring: Jake McLaughlin (Savages), Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo and Johnny Sequoyah
An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and a man named Tate (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Believe is set to air at mid-season.
The Blacklist (Drama)
Created by: John Eisendrath
Producers: Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, John Davis and John Fox
Starring: James Spader, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold and Ilfenesh Hadera
The world’s most wanted criminal mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly-minted FBI agent (Megan Boone) with whom he seemingly has no connection.
Chicago PD (Drama)
Created by: Dick Wolf
Producers: Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Peter Jankowski, Danielle Gelber
Starring: Jason Beghe, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Kelly Blatz, Melissa Sagemiller and Jon Seda
District 21 of the Chicago Police Department is made up of two distinctly different groups: The uniformed cops who patrol the beat and deal with street crimes, and the intelligence unit, the team that combats the city’s major offenses, such as organized crime, drug trafficking and high-profile murders. Leading the intelligence team is Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), a man not against skirting the law in the pursuit of justice. Demanding and tough, only those who can take the heat survive under Voight’s command. Take Det. Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda), for example. Despite a troubled history with his boss, Dawson has ambitions of running the unit. If that means facing off against Voight every day, he’ll persevere. From the street cops with dreams of moving up to the elite crew who are already in, “life on the job” is a daily challenge.
Chicago PD is set to air in mid-season.
Created by: Rand Ravitch
Producers: Rand Ravitch and Far Shariat
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Max Martini, Gillian Anderson and Rachael Taylor
When Washington’s most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEOs to The President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear.
Crisis will air in mid-season.
Created by: Neil Cross
Producers: Neil Cross, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold
Starring: John Malkovich
It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (John Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown, part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other on earth, and a mounting threat to international commerce. To gain control of this fearsome society, Tom Lowe, a highly skilled undercover assassin, is sent to the pirates’ haven to take down the brilliant and charismatic Blackbeard. But the closer Lowe gets, the more he finds that his quest is not so simple. Lowe can’t help but admire the political ideals of Blackbeard, whose thirst for knowledge knows no bounds. But Lowe is not the only danger to Blackbeard’s rule. He is a man with many villainous rivals and one great weakness, a passionately driven woman whom he cannot deny.
Crossbones will air in mid-season.
Created by: Daniel Knauf
Producers: Daniel Knauf, Tony Krantz, Colin Callender and Gareth Neame
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Victoria Smurfit, Thomas Kretschmann, Jessica De Gouw, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Nonso Anozie and Katie McGrath
It’s the late 19th century and the mysterious Dracula (Rhys Meyers) has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night — useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
Created by: Michael Caleo
Producers: Michael Caleo, David Semel, Teri Weinberg, John Davis, Jon Fox and Ron West
Starring: Blair Underwood, Spencer Grammer, Brent Sexton (The Killing), Pablo Schreiber (Lights Out)
A remake of the 1960s series that starred Raymond Burr. The reboot stars Blair Underwood as a tough, sexy but acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who, hardly limited by his disability, pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city.
Family Guide (Comedy)
Created by: DJ Nash (Bent)
Producers: DJ Nash, Jason Bateman and Jim Garavente
Starring: Parker Posey, J.K. Simmons, Eli Baker, Ava Deluca-Verley
The single-camera sitcom centers on a son who idolizes his blind father and enjoys his mom’s newfound adolescence after his folks divorce and ultimately grow closer.
Family Guide is set to air at mid-season.
The Michael J. Fox Show (Comedy)
Created by: Michael J. Fox and Will Gluck
Producers: Sam Laybourne, Michael J. Fox, Richard Schwartz and Will Gluck
Pilot Directed by: Will Gluck
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Kate Finneran (I Hate My Teenage Daughter) and Wendell Pierce
Inspired by the former Family Ties actor’s life, Fox stars as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career and challenges — including Parkinson’s disease — as he goes back to work as a news anchor.
The Night Shift (Drama)
Created by: Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah
Producers: Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah and Pierre Morel
Starring: Brigid Brannagh, Eoin Macken, Freddy Rodriguez, Jeananne Goossen, Jill Flint, Ken Leung, Robert Bailey Jr., Brendan Fehr and J.R. Lemon
An ensemble medical show following Army doctors working the late shift at a San Antonio Hospital.
The Night Shift is set to air at mid-season.
Sean Saves the World (Comedy)
Created by: Victor Fresco
Producers: Victor Fresco and Todd Milliner
Pilot Directed by: James Burrows
Starring: Sean Hayes, Linda Lavin, Echo Kellum (Ben and Kate), Thomas Lennon and Lindsay Sloane (Weeds)
A multi-cam sitcom about a man attempting to both parent the teenage daughter who just moved in and appease a temperamental new boss.
Created by: Bill Lawrence
Producers: Adam Sztykiel (Due Date), Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold
Pilot Directed by: Scott Ellis
Starring: Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Matthew Wilkas, Rick Glassman, and Ron Funches
A young ensemble centering on a group of friends dubbed the “Undateables” whose lives are altered when a more confident character enters their world. Based on the book by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle.
Undateable is set to air at mid-season.
Welcome to the Family (Comedy)
Created by: Mike Sikowitz
Producers: Mike Sikowitz and Jamie Tarses
Starring: Mike O’Malley, Mary McCormack, Richardo Chavira, Ella Rae Peck, Aramis Knight, Justina Machado and Joey Haro
Cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy.
So, that is what NBC has planned, now we want to know what you think:
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news about NBC’s fall line-up.