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NBC Has 14 New Shows: Network Purges Lineup to Pump up Fall Sweeps

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 06:29 AM

NBC has scheduled 14 new shows for its fall lineup, which will see a Neil Patrick Harris variety show and a "Heroes" reboot about humans with super powers.

The network appears to want a fresh start, as it purged all its first-year comedies from last season, Deadline.com reported. "Undateable," a summer replacement series, is the only one that made the cut and will return in the fall.

Harris, the serial awards show host and former star of the CBS hit "How I Met Your Mother," will take a shot at reviving the variety show genre with "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris," modeled after the British television show "Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway," according to Entertainment Weekly.

NBC announced in January it had ordered 10 episodes of the show that will "feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities, and appearances by A-list stars," the site noted.

"As I watched the show, I couldn't stop smiling," Harris said earlier this year of the British show that inspired his own. "Now that I've seen many seasons, my face hurts. It's a game changer. Nothing like this has been done before, and its unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun."

"Heroes Reborn" will breathe new life into "Heroes," the original former NBC hit that ran from 2006-2010. Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, and Jimmy Jean-Louis all return to reprise their roles from the original "Heroes" series as Noah Bennett, Hiro Nakamura, and the Haitian, respectively, according to TV.com.

"Coat of Many Colors," starring Dolly Parton, will also premiere this fall, while some other shows — Jennifer Lopez's "Shade of Blue" and the "Coach" reboot with Craig T. Nelson — will be held to later dates next season, according to E! News.

"We're attacking the new season with the same programming strategy that successfully turned NBC around — a slate of provocative and innovative series and events that cut through the clutter and will continue to build on our momentum," Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.

"We have several powerful new dramas and attention-getting new comedies, including the return of Undateable, which will be broadcast live every week next season. Live programming is one more way to make a show undeniable," he added.

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