NBC will turn to network alumni Michael J. Fox, Sean Hayes, Blair Underwood and Ironside for ratings help next season.

In the fall, NBC will add three comedies and three dramas:

“L.A. Law” star Underwood takes the title role in “Ironside,” about a paralyzed detective. Raymond Burr had the role when “Ironside” aired on NBC from 1967 to 1975.

In “The Michael J. Fox Show,” the "Family Ties" star plays a news anchor who wants to resume his career after a five-year pause. The anchor has Parkinson’s disease, just as Fox does.

“Sean Saves the World” brings back “Will & Grace” favorite Hayes. He plays a gay divorced dad with a demanding career, a teen daughter and a pushy mother (Linda Lavin of "Alice").

“Welcome to the Family,” a sitcom, focuses on parents (Mike O’Malley of "Glee" and Mary McCormack on "In Plain Sight") who are stunned when their daughter announces she is pregnant on the day she graduates from high school.

“The Blacklist,” a drama, presents James Spader (“Boston Legal”) as a criminal mastermind who helps the FBI.

“Dracula” brings back “Tudors” star Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the old blood-sucker.  

The broadcast networks will announce their new series this week in New York with great fanfare. But the survival rate for TV series isn’t great. Of the six series that NBC introduced last fall, only two made it to next fall: “Revolution” and “Chicago Fire.” Both will have new times slots this autumn.

Gone are the four fall  comedies: “Go On,” “The New Normal,” “Animal Practice” and “Guys With Kids.”

NBC ranks fourth in total viewers season to date. CBS averages 11.9 million viewers to ABC’s 7.8 million, Fox’s 7.1 million and NBC’s nearly 7 million. CBS also wins the 18-to-49 age group. Fox edges NBC for second in that count.

NBC was No. 1 in the fall in young adults, but the network’s fortunes sank when “Sunday Night Football” ended and “The Voice” and “Revolution” took breaks. The network had a disastrous midseason with the failures of “Do No Harm,” “Deception,” “1600 Penn” and “Ready for Love.”

For next midseason, NBC’s series include “The Family Guide,” a sitcom about a blind father (J.K. Simmons) and his adoring son; “About a Boy,” a comedy based on the Hugh Grant movie; “Believe,” a supernatural drama from producer J.J. Abrams about a girl with special powers; and “Crisis,” a thriller about the search for kidnapped children from an elite Washington high school. Dermot Mulroney and Gillian Anderson star in “Crisis.”

But NBC's most unusual midseason entry may be "Crossbones" with John Malkovich as Blackbeard. The series is set in 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence.

The other cancellations include “Rock Center With Brian Williams,” “Smash,” “Whitney” and “Up All Night.” NBC said the fates of “Celebrity Apprentice” and “Hannibal” will be decided in a few weeks. “Community” has been renewed.

NBC also announced Sunday that “Saturday Night Live” star  Seth Meyers will host “Late Night” when Jimmy Fallon replaces Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” next year.

The fall lineup:


8 p.m.: “The Voice”

10 p.m.: “The Blacklist”


8 p.m.:  “The Biggest Loser”

9 p.m.: “The Voice”

10 p.m.:  “Chicago Fire”


8 p.m.: “Revolution”

9 p.m.: “Law & Order: SVU”

10 p.m.: “Ironside”


8 p.m.: “Parks and Recreation”

8:30 p.m.: “Welcome to the Family”

9 p.m.: “Sean Saves the World”

9:30 p.m.: “The Michael J. Fox Show”

10 p.m.: “Parenthood”


8 p.m.: “Dateline NBC

9 p.m.: “Grimm”

10 p.m.: “Dracula”




7 p.m.: “Football Night in America”

8:15 p.m.: “NBC Sunday Night Football”