The march to the fall TV season is officially underway. NBC was the first of the major networks to show off its new schedule to advertisers in New York Monday. It's a presentation known in the business as "The Upfront".
NBC officially unveiled a fall lineup heavy on comedy; four new ones, including former "Friends" star Matthew Perry in "Go On." He plays a wisecracking sportscaster forced into group therapy.
"I like that he has dark emotional stuff to deal with, but doesn't want to, so he masks that by being funny" said Perry.
There's also some monkey business afoot with "Animal Practice". Justin Kirk stars as an irascible veterinarian.
"Are you about to have the most talked about co-star of the new season? Seems like it" said Kirk. "I could choose to be jealous about the attention Crystal receives, or I can just ride this monkey all the way to the top."
Babies are also part of the comedy mix in "Guys with Kids," about young dads coping with parenthood.
Meanwhile, "The New Normal" is about a gay couple who hire a surrogate to have a child, and the cast welcomes the discussion that storyline could generate.
"Let's hold a mirror up to what's divisive in our society" said co-star Ellen Barkin. "Let's do it with love, tenderness and humor."
Now while the new fall schedule emphasizes comedies, there are also two new dramas in the mix. "Chicago Fire" is from "Law and Order" creator Dick Wolf. it spotlights firefighters and paramedics in the windy city.
"There's a lot of heart and a lot of personality" said Lauren German.
The futuristic drama "Revolution" shows society trying to reconnect decades after a world wide loss of electricity.
"It's a return to a world where we'll see humanity rediscovered on the backs of some really great action" said co-star Giancarlo Esposito. "Action the network hopes leads to big ratings."
Also Monday, NBC confirmed that this will indeed be "30 Rock"'s final season, ending with an hour long episode this fall.
On Sunday, the network said the show's long term future was up in the air.
The network also made it official, "The Voice" will be back in the fall. It will also have an edition next spring.
First year hit "Smash" will return at mid season, as will The Biggest Loser".
Fan favorites "Parenthood" and "Community" are among the shows returning in the fall, along with "Up All Night", "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation".
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