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NBC reveals new fall lineup

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NEW YORK, NY (NBC) - NBC is the first of the major networks to officially unveil its new program lineup for next season.

"Harry's Law" is returning, along with "Parenthood" and "Chuck".

NBC is bringing back those three series next season, while adding 12 new ones aimed at turning around the network's prime-time ratings.

New NBC Entertainment President Bob Greenblatt has picked six new dramas for next season.

They include the police saga "Prime Suspect" starring Maria Bello, the fantasy procedural "Grimm" and "The Playboy Club", which focuses on the famed club's early days in 1960s Chicago.

"On the surface, it sounds salacious and off limits, but it's actually pretty innocent," Greenblatt says.

NBC also has six comedies on the way, including Christina Applegate and Will Arnett in "Up All Night", Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn in "Free Agents" and "Whitney", based on the humor of comedian Whitney Cummings.

"The Voice" will take a break after this summer, coming back next winter.

"We want to make it a long term asset for multiple years ahead and we didn't want to do anything that might endanger that," Greenblatt says.

In the meantime, the a cappella competition series "The Sing Off" returns in the fall, while at midseason, Debra Messing stars in the Broadway-based drama "Smash", a title NBC hopes turns into reality.

NBC also announced Sunday that "Celebrity Apprentice" will return next winter, with or without potential presidential candidate Donald Trump.

"30 Rock" won't be back until after the first of the year to accommodate star Tina Fey's pregnancy.

Despite optimism the NFL lockout will be settled by September, the network's making contingency plans for special event programming to fill the void left if there's no "Sunday Night Football".

Among the shows canceled for next season are "The Event", "Law and Order LA" and
"Outsourced".
 
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