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NBC has over a dozen new shows to roll out during the 2016-2017 season but is only premiering three of them in the fall. Certainly surprising since the network has the Olympics this summer to serve as a major launching pad to promote new shows.

Even more surprising is the fact, the more highly-anticipated series are being held for midseason. Emerald City, Taken, The Blacklist spinoff and the DC Comics comedy Powerless were the ones I was most excited about, but sadly I’ll have to wait until the new year.

The three shows debuting this fall are the dramas Timeless and The Good Place, along with the Ted Danson and Kristen Bell-fronted comedy The Good Place. Of the three, Timeless interests me most with its time-traveling premise. NBC is bullish about its prospects too. It gave the action adventure series the coveted post-Voice slot. The Good Place also looks promising. Bell looks absolutely adorable in it.

Among the returning shows, the most notable change is freshman breakout hit Blindspot loses its cushy Monday slot to lead off Wednesday night. Hopefully, it doesn’t fizzle like Revolution after that show lost its strong Voice lead-in.

Check out all the new series coming to the peacock network, along with its new schedule below. Be sure to comment on which shows you’re excited for afterwards.

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This isn’t your grandparents’ Kansas folks.

NBC’s on-again, off-again gritty spin on The Wizard of Oz has been two years in the making and it looks like it was worth the wait. Emerald City looks fantastic based on the first few pics. How fierce does Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the East look above? Slay bitch, slay!!!

The 10-episode drama will take inspiration from all 14 of L. Frank Baum’s Oz-based books. The Cell and Mirror, Mirror’s Tarsem Singh will direct all the episodes. With his keen eye, the series will no doubt deliver amazing visuals.

Adria Arjona will play Dorothy Gale while Oliver Jackson-Cohen will play her love interest Lucas aka Scarecrow. Also included in the cast are Vincent D’Onofrio as the Wizard and Joely Richardson as Glinda to name a couple.

Check out more preview pics below. Don’t expect a yellow brick road in this adaptation. It looks like the path to the Emerald City is more of a brown dusty one. Also, Toto isn’t the same either.

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NBC Finds Its Corny Collins For Hairspray Live!

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Just the other day NBC announced Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein as the first cast members of Hairspray Live!. The peacock network has revealed two more names taking part for their annual live musical production.

First up is Martin Short. The 66-year-old comedian has been tapped to play Wilbur Turnblad, Tracy’s father. The role was played by Christopher Walken in the 2007 feature film. “We are very happy to have the inimitable Martin Short to play Edna’s loving husband, Wilbur,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.

Find out below who’ll step into James Marsden’s shoes to play Corny Collins for the live event.

find out who after the jump

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For its 2016 live musical event, NBC selected Hairspray. Wise choice if you ask me. Love the stage production and feature film musical. The peacock network has announced its first two cast members.

Fresh off her Broadway debut in The Color Purple, Jennifer Hudson heads over to Baltimore to play Motormouth Maybelle. Queen Latifah memorably played the character in the 2007 film. Inspired casting if you ask me. J-Hud is going to absolutely slay it. Find out which Broadway legend is also joining the project.

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and that’s exactly what NBC is doing.

On the heels of FX’s successful American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the peacock network has greenlit a Law & Order anthology series based on true crimes. To be fair, Dick Wolf has been ripping from the headlines years before Ryan Murphy’s hit series captured the nation.

Learn below what real-life crime Law & Order: True Crime will tackle for its first installment.

find out which case will be the focus after the jump

Grimm Earns A Sixth Season Renewal

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Portland will continue to be weird for at least another year. NBC announced it renewed Grimm for a sixth season.

“We absolutely love what our producers and cast have accomplished over the past five seasons,” NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke says in a statement. “They have created a whole new world of creatures and have a truly devoted fan base. We can’t wait to see what comes next.”

The supernatural series has been averaging roughly four million viewers weekly with a 0.9 demo rating. Not too shabby for a veteran show airing on Friday nights. When DVR playback is factored in, it increases by 61 and 90 percent to 6.4 million and 1.7 rating respectively.

Grimm joins previously renewed shows Shades of Blue, The Blacklist, Superstore, Chicago PD, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Blindspot. The fates of Telenovela, You Me and the Apocalypse, Undateable, Heartbeat, The Mysteries of Laura, Crowded and The Carmichael Show are still unknown.

I practically broke up with the show over a year ago, but then one lazy rainy weekend recently, I decided to clear out all the backlogged episodes on my digital recorder. The romance between Nick (David Giuntoli) and Adalind (Claire Cofee) renewed my interest. Love them together. Naturally, this renewal makes me happy. I’m hooked again.

Do you watch Grimm? Glad that Portland’s Scooby Gang will continue to hunt Wesens? Sound off below.

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Aaron Sorkin has found his next television project after wrapping up The Newsroom. He’s taking his hit 1992 film, A Few Good Men, to the small screen.

The 54-year-old producer is staging a live production of the legal drama for NBC. He’s enlisted Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to assist. Very savvy move given that duo has successfully produced several live musicals for the peacock network including The Sound of Music Live and The Wiz Live.

“I am thrilled that Aaron Sorkin is coming back to NBC to adapt and produce a live broadcast of his electrifying play ‘A Few Good Men,’ which seems as timely as ever today,” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment told Variety. “Aaron is one of the most acclaimed theater, television and film authors of our time, and I am pleaed that the live event business that we pioneered with musicals is now expanding into other genres and attracting artists of his caliber. I look forward to his collaboration with out ‘A-team’ producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, to bring another exciting piece of live drama to a broad audience.”

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I love me some Famke Janssen and been a fan ever since her Bond Girl days. Xenia Onatopp was bad-ass. Naturally, I’m all about this.

The Blacklist is currently airing its third season and still pulling in decent numbers, despite losing it’s plum post-Voice timeslot. With The Blacklist being the network’s No. 2 show after Blindspot, naturally NBC is eyeing a spinoff. Reportedly, Janssen will helm the series the way James Spader does with the flagship.

Find out below how the spinoff will tie-in to its parent show.

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