NBC Announces 2013-2014 lineup

The NBC network unveiled its 2013-2014 prime time lineup, where the network basically cleaned house with more news shows than returning shows on its schedule. As part of the announcement, three new dramas should appeal to fans of science fiction and fantasy.

New Genre Shows:

BELIEVE – Spring 2014 – Sunday 9 p.m.

Genre: Paranormal

Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature and even predict the future… Since she was 2 years old, Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) has had gifts she could neither fully understand, nor control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger and the threat has grown more dangerous. With her life and future now in jeopardy, the “Believers” turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. That is, once they break him out of jail. Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will, is initially reluctant until he witnesses one of her extraordinary abilities. Bo sees people for who they truly are… and who they may become. Tate and Bo begin their journey, one in which trust must be earned. Traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. But they’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo’s power… because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever. “Believe” also stars Delroy Lindo and Kyle MacLachlan.

Writer, director Alfonso Cuaron (“Children of Men,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”), Mark Friedman (“The Forgotten”), J.J. Abrams (“Revolution,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”) and Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Fringe”) serve as executive producers. “Believe” is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions.

CROSSBONES – Spring 2014 – Friday 10 p.m.

Genre: Pirates, Period

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, “(In the Line of Fire”), 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.

Writer Neil Cross, Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold serve as executive producers. “Crossbones” is a production of Universal Television, Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Georgeville Television.

DRACULA – Fall 2013 – Friday 10 p.m.

Genre: Vampires, Dark Fantasy

Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) stars in this provocative new drama as one of the world’s most iconic characters. 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. Victoria Smurfit (“About a Boy”), Thomas Kretschmann (“King Kong”), Jessica De Gouw (“Arrow”), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“Mr. Selfridge”), Nonso Anozie (“Game of Thrones”) and Katie McGrath (“Merlin”) also star.

Writer Daniel Knauf (“Carnival”), Tony Krantz, (“24,” “Sports Night”), Colin Callender and Gareth Neame (“Downton Abbey”) serve as executive producers. “Dracula” is a production of Flame Ventures, Sky Living, Playground Entertainment, Universal Television, NBCUniversal International Television Production and Carnival Film & Television.

Genre shows listed in bold underline italics, new shows in red

Fall 2013

Day 8 (ET/PT) 9 (ET/PT) 10 (ET/PT)
SUN Football
MON The Voice The Voice The Blacklist
TUE The Biggest Loser The Voice Chicago Fire
WED Revolution Law & Order: SVU Ironside
THU Parks&Rec / Welcome to the Family Sean Saves the World / The Michael J. Fox Show Parenthood
FRI Dateline NBC Grimm Dracula
SAT Repeats Repeats Repeats

Winter 2014

Day 8 (ET/PT) 9 (ET/PT) 10 (ET/PT)
SUN American Dream Builders Believe Crisis
MON The Voice The Voice The Blacklist
TUE The Voice About a Boy / The Family Guide Chicago Fire
WED Revolution Law & Order: SVU Ironside
THU Parks&Rec / Welcome to the Family Sean Saves the World / The Michael J. Fox Show Parenthood
FRI Dateline NBC Grimm Crossbones
SAT Repeats Repeats Saturday Night Live (encore)

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