'Blacklist' moving from Mondays to Thursdays next season

"Parenthood" and "Parks and Recreation" to end next season.
By Karen Butler  |  May 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) -- NBC says it has renewed its scripted series About a Boy, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Grimm, Hannibal, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Parenthood and Parks and Recreation for the 2014-15 television season.

Blacklist will move from Monday nights to Thursdays for Season 2. Not on the schedule are Revolution, Believe, Community and Dracula.

Also returning next season will be the alternative series America Ninja Warrior, America's Got Talent, The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Apprentice, Hollywood Game Night and The Voice.

The network's slate of new programming will include the comedies A to Z, Bad Judge, Mission Control, Marry Me, Mr. Robinson, One Big Happy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and projects from Ellen DeGeneres and the producing team of Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.

On the drama side, Debra Messing stars as a cop balancing her job and stressful home life in {The Mysteries of Laura}; Katherine Heigl returns to television as a high-level CIA analyst in State of Affairs; Hope Davis is forced to choose between family and country in the modern-day spy drama Allegiance; and a wildly popular DC Comics character gets a prime-time makeover in Constantine.

"We had a stellar year in scripted programming development that resulted in the unprecedented number of new original series joining the line-up during the coming year, which spans from September 2014-September 2015," Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.

"We have grown substantially year-to-year, even factoring out the boost from the Olympics, to get us to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo and No. 2 in total households. The overall goal was to maintain stability from our growing number of anchor shows, while, at the same time, striving to make every show an event -- a guiding principle of our development strategy. And reinvigorating Thursday was a top priority, made possible by moving The Blacklist there in the 9 p.m. time slot after exposing it to the audience watching the Super Bowl."

"The multi-pronged strategy behind moving The Blacklist, which has shown enormous linear ratings and record time-shifting, is to not only enliven our Thursday night lineup but also create two desirable time slots -- lead-outs from The Voice -- 8-10 p.m. Monday -- and The Blacklist -- 9-10 p.m. Thursday," Greenblatt said.

"Comedy is very important to this network, which is why we are launching new series on Tuesdays following The Voice and on Thursdays in the fall as CBS frees up some of the comedy audience when it turns to NFL football," said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment.

"Furthermore, we have several of our strongest comedies by some of our best auspices being held for mid-season, including the final season of Parks and Recreation, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,' the Ellen DeGeneres-produced One Big Happy, and Mission Control from Will Farrell and Adam McKay. We also have the previously announced Mr. Robinson, starring Craig Robinson."

"On the drama front, no fewer than seven new series and two new event miniseries will bolster a line-up that already includes three Dick Wolf shows -- Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. -- the final season of Parenthood, plus Grimm and Hannibal," Salke added.

"And, of course, we bring back The Blacklist, the most successful new show on broadcast television. A trio of sophisticated new 10 p.m. dramas -- State of Affairs, starring Katherine Heigl, Allegiance and Odyssey -- have a cinematic look and feel, as well as compelling action story lines. Part of NBC's legacy is its strength in drama, and we're extremely proud of both our rich history and what's ahead."

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