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NBC’s 2013-2014 slate includes six new shows

Villians And HeroesComedy is killing NBC. Once the home for some of the best TV comedies — “Seinfeld,” “Cheers,” “The Cosby Show” — NBC is struggling to find good shows to make viewers laugh. Heading into the 2013-2014 season, NBC will return only two comedies — “Parks & Recreation” and “Community.”

Gone are the comedies “The Office,” “Whitney,” “Up All Night,” “Animal Practice,” “Are You There, Chelsea?,” “The New Normal,” “Go On”,” “Guys With Kids” and “1600 Penn.”

The curtain is coming down on “Smash” after two seasons and the network has killed “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” “Fashion Stars,” “Do No Harm” and “Deception.” The end of “Smash” comes as no surprise once NBC moved it to Saturday nights. There’s no word on the futures of “Hannibal” or “Celebrity Apprentice” but neither is on the fall or mid-season schedules.

The network’s efforts to find a new comedy hit will include “Welcome to the Family,” “Sean Saves the World,” and “The Michael J. Fox Show.” The new comedy “Sean Saves the World” stars Sean P. Hayes, who was such a hit on “Will & Grace.”

New on the fall schedule in the way of dramas are “The Blacklist,” “Ironside,” and “Dracula.” “Blacklist” brings James Spader back to TV while “Ironside” is a remake of the Raymond Burr series about a lawyer confined to a wheelchair. Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) stars in “Dracula,” set in the 19th century.

NBC has several new shows waiting to launch in mid-season including “Believe” from J.J. Abrams.

Here’s what the NBC fall schedule will look like:

Monday: “The Voice,” 8 p.m.; “The Blacklist,” 10 p.m.
Tuesday: “The Biggest Loser,” 8 p.m.; “The Voice,” 9 p.m.; “Chicago Fire,” 10 p.m.
Wednesday: “Revolution,” 8 p.m.; “Law & Order: SVU,” 9 p.m.; “Ironside,” 10 p.m.
Thursday: “Parks and Recreation,” 8 p.m.; “Welcome to the Family,” 8:30 p.m.; “Sean Saves the World,” 9 p.m.; “The Michael J. Fox Show,” 9:30 p.m.; “Parenthood,” 10 p.m.
Friday: “Dateline NBC,” 8 p.m.; “Grimm,” 9 p.m.; “Dracula,” 10 p.m.
Saturday: Repeat programming
Sunday: “NBC Sunday Night Football,” 5:15 p.m.

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