NBC announces fall premiere schedule

NBC has announced premiere dates for its fall schedule, which include the launch of two new shows: The Blacklist on Sept. 23 and the series debut of The Michael J. Fox Show with back-to-back episodes on Sept. 26.

The Blacklist, starring James Spader as an international criminal who works with a rookie FBI agent in order to bring down some of the world’s most wanted, begins Monday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. CT, immediately following the fifth-season two-hour premiere of The Voice at 7 p.m. CT that will reunite the four original coaches: Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton.

Chicago Fire will begin its second season at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 following the Tuesday edition of The Voice.

On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the sophomore season of Revolution will begin the night in its new time period at 7 o’clock, followed by the season premiere of the 15th season of Law & Order: SVU at 8 p.m. in which Det. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) will be fighting for her life against a madman.

Parks and Recreation will launch its sixth season with an hourlong episode at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 that takes the show to London. That will be followed by back-to-back episodes for the debut of The Michael J. Fox Show, starring the iconic actor as a father and husband returning to work as a news reporter in New York after a brief leave of absence to get his Parkinson’s under control.

Parenthood, which is beginning its fifth season this year, moves into the 9 p.m. time period on Sept. 26 (immediately following The Michael J. Fox Show) with special guest star Ray Romano.

Dateline NBC will premiere with a two-hour episode Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.

The new Blair Underwood-starring action drama Ironside will begin its run at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2.

New first-year comedies Welcome to the Family (7:30 p.m.) — about the clash between two families forced to deal with the surprise pregnancy and marriage of their teenage kids — and Sean Saves the World (8 p.m.) — bringing Sean Hayes back to NBC as a single dad balancing his teenage daughter, opinionated mother and overbearing boss — both launch Thursday, Oct. 3.

The debut for the third season of Grimm will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. That will be immediately followed by the series launch of Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the iconic character returning to Victorian England to seek revenge on those who doomed him to immortal hell. Appropriately, both shows will launch within a week of Halloween.

The night will be led off at 7 p.m. with Dateline NBC, as the newsmagazine will shift to its regular timeslot.

And finally, The Biggest Loser will start its newest cycle with an hourlong telecast at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

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