By James Hibberd
May 12, 2013 at 09:15 PM EDT
The Michael J. Fox Show

NBC is making some big moves. The broadcaster just released its 2012-13 prime-time schedule (below), revealing several returning shows that are changing time slots while the network launches new titles that executives hope will turn around the network’s performance in the ratings.

New action-drama The Blacklist, starring James Spader as a master criminal (trailer here), gets the most valuable piece of one-hour real estate — Mondays at 10 p.m. after The Voice. That move will boot Revolution out of its protected post-Voice nest to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. This year’s surprisingly sturdy freshman soap Chicago Fire will shift to Tuesdays at 10 p.m., thus gaining a lead-in from The Voice results show in the fall (clearly NBC hopes to fan Chicago Fire’s ratings into a full-fledged ratings bonfire during its second season, just like ABC did with its breakout soap Scandal). Parenthood is also on the march, shifting to Thursdays at 10 p.m. (a tough time period for NBC lately, but you can see why the network would think the family dramedy would be a good fit with its new family oriented comedies).

NBC will continue to program a two-hour comedy block on Thursdays despite its struggles on the evening. Parks and Recreation will shift to Community‘s 8 p.m. slot in the fall (Community will be a midseason replacement at some point). NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt says the rest of the Thursday comedy lineup will have a “family theme” moving forward, continuing to signal a shift back toward more traditional comedies after years of more hipster-friendly titles that often couldn’t deliver broad audiences.

The new Thursday shows include multi-cultural/generational comedy Welcome to the Family and two sitcoms heralding the return of NBC comedy stars from yesteryear: Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes in Sean Saves the World, and Family Ties star Michael J. Fox in the rather plainly titled The Michael J. Fox Show. In a concept that echos Fox’s prime-time history, the actor will play a news anchor and family man who returns to the workplace after putting his career on hold due to having Parkinson’s disease.

There’s been some worrisome buzz over NBC’s long-gestating direct-to-series project Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and that title is going into Fridays at 10 p.m. and will be considered a limited series (first Dracula photos here). Grimm, despite some speculation that it might get an upgrade to earlier in the week, will stay on Fridays.

Saved for midseason: New comedies About a Boy and The Family Guide. New J.J. Abrams-produced drama Believe and political thriller Crisis will go on Sundays after football season concludes, with pirate drama Crossbones eventually going to Fridays. No word yet on Hannibal. Celebrity Apprentice is also awaiting a pickup verdict, though a return seems likely. New dramas Chicago PD, The Night Shift and comedy Undateable will also air sometime in midseason. Earlier Sunday, NBC also announced that Seth Meyers will take over as host of Late Night when Jimmy Fallon takes control of The Tonight Show next year.

See the complete schedule below:

NBC FALL 2013-14 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)
 
MONDAY

8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”

10-11 p.m. – “THE BLACKLIST”

 
TUESDAY

8-9 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser” (New Day and Time)

9-10 p.m. – “The Voice” (New time)

10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire” (New Day and Time)

 
WEDNESDAY

8-9 p.m. – “Revolution” (New Day and Time)

9-10 p.m. – ”Law & Order: SVU”

10-11 p.m. – “IRONSIDE” 

 
THURSDAY

8-8:30 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation” (New time)

8:30-9 p.m. – “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY”

9-9:30 p.m. – “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD”

9:30-10 p.m. – “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW”

10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” (New Day and Time) 

 
FRIDAY

8-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”

10-11 p.m. – “DRACULA”

 
SATURDAY

Encore programming 

 
SUNDAY

7:00-8:15 p.m. – “Football Night in America”

8:15-11:30 p.m. – “NBC Sunday Night Football”

 
NBC MIDSEASON 2013-14 SCHEDULE
(New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)
 
MONDAY

8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”

10-11 p.m. – “THE BLACKLIST”

 
TUESDAY

8-9 p.m. – “The Voice”

9-9:30 p.m. – “ABOUT A BOY”

9:30-10 p.m. – “THE FAMILY GUIDE”

10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire”

 
WEDNESDAY

8-9 p.m. – “Revolution”

9-10 p.m. – ”Law & Order: SVU”

10-11 p.m. – “IRONSIDE” 

 
THURSDAY

8-8:30 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”

8:30-9 p.m. – “WELCOME TO THE FAMILY”

9-9:30 p.m. – “SEAN SAVES THE WORLD”

9:30-10 p.m. – “THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW”

10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”

 
FRIDAY

8-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”

10-11 p.m. – “CROSSBONES”

 
SATURDAY

8-10 p.m. – Encore and specials programming

10-11 p.m. – “Saturday Night Live” (Encore) 

 
SUNDAY

7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

8-9 p.m. – “AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS”

9-10 p.m. – “BELIEVE”

10-11 p.m. – “CRISIS”

Here’s an extensive statement from NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt walking readers through the new schedule:
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