Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

NBC unveiled its fall prime-time lineup which includes two new dramas and a new comedy starring Ted Danson, while canceling the comedy “Undateable,” which ran for three seasons and the crime drama “The Mysteries of Laura,” which ran for two.

Other series not returning include the comedies “Crowded” and “Telenovela” and the dramas “Game of Silence” and “Heartbeat,” which all premiered at midseason.

Of the five series that premiered on NBC at the start of the 2015-16 season, only the drama “Blindspot” will return for a second season. Two other series that premiered later in the season will also be part of the fall schedule — the comedy “Superstore” and the medical drama “Chicago Med.”

Two other series that premiered during the 2015-16 season will air on Sundays following the conclusion of “Sunday Night Football,” the unscripted comedy/variety series  “Little Big Shots” and the crime drama “Shades of Blue.”

NBC’s post-football Sunday schedule will also include the fourth element of its “Chicago” franchise, “Chicago Justice,” about the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The new dramas on NBC’s fall schedule are:

— “This Is Us,” about a group of people, some of whom share the same birthday and “so much more than that,” according to NBC. It was created by Dan Fogelman, who created the musical comedy “Galavant” and the comedy “The Neighbors,” which both ran on ABC, and the screenplays for the animated film comedies “Cars” and “Tangled.” Its cast includes singer-actress Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown, who portrayed prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”;

— “Timeless,” an action-adventure series where a scientist, solider and history professor who battle a mysterious criminal who seals a time machine and is intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Its pilot was co-written by Shawn Ryan, who created the critically acclaimed 2002- 2008 FX police drama “The Shield.”

The lone new comedy on NBC’s fall schedule is “The Good Place,” which stars Kristen Bell as a woman who enters the afterlife where she comes to realize she has not been a very good person, who then with the help of her afterlife mentor (Danson), is determined to shed her old way of living and “discover the awesome (or at least pretty good) person within,” according to NBC.

“The Good Place” was created by Michael Schur, who created the 2009- 2015 NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation” and the Fox comedy “Brooklyn Nine- Nine,” which has aired since 2013.

NBC’s Thursday lineup will be pre-empted for six weeks beginning Nov. 17 for “Thursday Night Football,” which is new to the network.

Series to premiere at midseason include “The Blacklist: Redemption,” a spinoff of “The Blacklist”; “Taken,” an adaptation of the film franchise; “Emerald City,” a reimagination of “The Wizard of Oz”; and “Powerless,” the first comedy set in the universe of DC Comics.

NBC’s fall prime-time schedule will consist of nine hours of drama, four hours of sports programming, three hours each of competition and news, and one hour each of comedy, video clips and reruns.

Here is NBC’s fall schedule:

Sunday: “Football Night in America”; “NBC Sunday Night Football”;

Monday: “The Voice”; “Timeless”;

Tuesday: “The Voice”; “This Is Us”; “Chicago Fire”;

Wednesday:  “Blindspot”; “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”; “Chicago P.D.”;

Thursday:  “Superstore”; “The Good Place”; “Chicago Med”; “The Blacklist”;

Friday:  “Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon”; “Grimm”; “Dateline NBC”;

Saturday: “Saturday Dateline Mysteries”; “Saturday Night Live” reruns.

—City News Service

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