Rebounding NBC adding 12 new series next season

May 12, 2014 • Business

In this photo provided by NBC, Debra Messing, top, portrays Laura Diamond in the new NBC series, “The Mysteries of Laura.” Also pictured are Charlie Reina, as Harrison Diamond, left, and Vincent Reina as Nicholas Diamond. (AP Photo/NBC, KC Bailey)

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC, which rebounded this season from a stubborn ratings slump, will try to build on its gains with a dozen new series that include dramas starring Debra Messing and Katherine Heigl and a pair of comedies produced by Will Ferrell.

In the 2014-15 schedule announced Sunday before its New York presentation to advertisers, NBC also said it will move its freshman series “The Blacklist” to Thursday starting in February — surrendering for now its effort to bring a “must-see TV” comedy block back to the night that once housed “Friends” and other hits.

Messing will star as a homicide detective and working mom in “The Mysteries of Laura” on Wednesdays this fall, while former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Heigl will return to the small screen as a CIA agent in “State of Affairs” on Mondays starting in November.

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