NEW YORK -- NBC is hoping that sitcom pros Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes can conjure their magic once more.
The beleaguered network announced its 2013-14 lineup Sunday with a focus on restocking its dwindling comedy pantry. "The Office" and "30 Rock" signed off this season, and the network just axed several freshman flops, including Matthew Perry's "Go On."
So in addition to the returning "Parks and Recreation," Thursdays will also see "Sean Saves the World," starring Sean Hayes of "Will & Grace" fame as a divorced gay dad, and "The Michael J. Fox Show," headlining the former star of "Family Ties" and "Spin City" as a newsman trying to restart his career after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (the affliction that Fox battles in real life).
Aiming for a family-friendly vibe, NBC will cap the night with "Parenthood," the one-hour comedy-drama entering its fifth season. Although the series has yet to catch on as a major hit, it has retained a consistent fan base over the years.
"The overriding strategy this year was to develop enough strong comedies and dramas to take advantage of the promotional heft of the Winter Olympics and devise two schedules for the upcoming season: one for fall and a slightly different one for midseason," Greenblatt wrote.