Fans of football, Adam Levine and/or James Spader, mark your calendars now. On Monday NBC announced premiere dates for its fall schedule, including returning favorites "The Voice," "The Blacklist" and "Sunday Night Football" and new series "The Mysteries of Laura" and "Marry Me."
"Sunday Night Football" kicks off Sept. 4 (which is actually a Thursday) with the Green Bay Packers against the Seattle Seahawks, and will return to its regularly scheduled day on Sept. 7.
Another kind of competition altogether, "The Voice," begins its seventh season on Sept. 22 with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani.
It will be followed immediately by the sophomore premiere of last season's highest-rated new series, "The Blacklist," starring James Spader as criminal mastermind "Red" Reddington. The drama, which currently airs on Mondays, will be given a post-Super Bowl berth on Feb. 1, before settling into its new Thursday time slot on Feb. 5.
And have the tissues ready: Tear-jerking family drama "Parenthood" begins its truncated final season on Sept. 25.
Seeking continuity in its new schedule, NBC is unveiling only a relatively limited number of new shows this fall with more to come at midseason. First up is "The Mysteries of Laura" (Sept. 24), in which Debra Messing stars as an NYPD detective juggling her career with a tumultuous home life.
Also on the drama side, comic book adaptation "Constantine" premieres Oct. 24 while the new "Homeland"-esque series "State of Affairs," with Katherine Heigle as a CIA analyst, begins Nov. 17.
As for comedies, "Bad Judge," in which Kate Walsh stars as a gifted jurist with a wild side, debuts Oct. 2, as will "A to Z," which traces the relationship of a young couple played by Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti. Another romantic comedy, "Marry Me," about a couple whose engagement does not go as planned, begins Oct. 14.
The network's complete schedule of premieres is below.
8-11 p.m. Sunday Night Football (Green Bay at Seattle)
7-8:20 p.m. Football Night in America
8:20-11:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (Indianapolis at Denver)
8-10 p.m. The Biggest Loser
8-10p.m. The Voice
10-11 p.m. The Blacklist
8-10 p.m. The Voice
10-11 p.m. Chicago Fire
8-9 p.m. The Mysteries of Laura
9-10p.m. Law & Order: SVU
10-11 Chicago P.D.
10-11 p.m. Parenthood
9-11 p.m. Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. The Biggest Loser (time period premiere)
9-9:30 p.m. Bad Judge
9:30-10 p.m. A to Z
8-9 p.m. The Voice (time period premiere)
9-9:30 p.m. Marry Me
9:30-10 p.m. About a Boy
8-9 p.m. Dateline NBC (time period premiere)
9-10 p.m. Grimm
10-11 p.m. Constantine