(WXIA) -- In the TV business, this week is called "Upfronts Week" and is traditionally the week that the networks announce the new shows for the coming fall television season.
This year, NBC has brought forward a total of 16 shows, including vehicles for well-known names as James Spader, Blair Underwood, Sean Hayes, Gillian Anderson, John Malkovich, Minnie Driver and Michael J. Fox.
PHOTOS | NBC's new fall shows
The Blacklist (Mondays at 10) stars James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted men. Mysteriously, Reddington shows up at FBI headquarters and surrenders. When interrogated, he makes an incredible offer. Reddington says he will help catch a major terrorist on a single condition -- that he only works with a wet-behind-the-ears profiler fresh out of the FBI's academy at Quantico, Va. But the terrorist is only the first name on Reddington's list of the world's most dangerous individuals. And he offers to help find them all, provided he continues to work with that same profiler.
Blair Underwood returns to NBC in Ironside (Wednesdays at 10), a reimagining of the Raymond Burr detective series of the late 60s and early 70s. In this new series, Underwood plays NYPD Detective Robert Ironside, who was put into a wheelchair by a bullet two years ago, but who refuses to allow that wheelchair to slow him down.
In Welcome to the Family (Thursdays at 8:30), Dan and Katrina Yoder are thrilled when their daughter Molly makes it through high school and prepares to go to Arizona State. Across town, Junior Hernandez is delivering his valedictorian high school address when he receives a text from his girlfriend Molly: "I'm pregnant." The two decide to get married, bringing the two families from two very different cultures together. The fathers, Dan and Miguel, have a history and do not see eye to eye.
In Sean Saves The World (Thursdays at 9), Sean Hayes plays a divorced gay dad trying to juggle work, his pushy mom and weekends with his teenage daughter. When his daughter moves in with him full time, his life becomes an even more intense juggling act.
The Michael J. Fox Show (Thursdays at 9:30) marks the return of Fox to NBC as a New York television anchor who put his career on hold five years ago to spend more time with his family and focus on his health after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Now, he's getting restless and figures it's time to go back to work.
Dracula (Fridays at 10) was announced in January 2012 and stars Jonathan Rhys Myers as the vampire, who arrives in London in the late 19th century posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. His ulterior motive: gaining revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Things appear to be moving well -- until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
Sunday Night Football returns to NBC, and after the season, three new shows will be added to Sunday nights.
American Dream Builders (Sundays at 8) is hosted by Nate Burkus and pits designers, builders and architects against each other to come up with dramatic transformations of spaces which will be judged by a panel of experts, leading up to the show's live finale, which will be judged by viewers. In an exciting final twist to the show, the two homes designed by the teams on the show will be given away to two lucky viewers.
Believe (Sundays at 9) follows an orphaned girl, Bo, who has had mental gifts -- levitation, telekinesis and the ability to control nature among those -- since she was a young child. Her life and future are in danger, and she is on the run with her protector as forces who want to only user her gifts for their personal gain are in hot pursuit.
In Crisis (Sundays at 10), a high school field trip is hijacked. The students are from a school that educates the children of Washington, DC's elite -- CEOs, diplomats, politicians and even the son of the President of the United States. How far would a parent go to ensure their children's safe return?
NBC announced other shows to add to the schedule over the course of the season.
Neil Cross' Crossbones (Fridays at 10 starting mid-season) with John Malkovich was announced a year ago with a straight-to-series commitment of 10 episodes. While it is not on the fall schedule, it has been touted as a possible mid-season replacement. The series stars Malkovich as Blackbeard the Pirate, who reigns over the Bahamian island of New Providence in the early 1700s. An assassin has been sent in to take out Blackbeard and regain Crown control of the island nation. According to Variety, production was previously held up by casting and other issues.
In About a Boy (Tuesdays at 9 starting mid-season), songwriter Will Freeman (David Walton) is footloose and carefree after penning a hit song. After Will's next door neighbor, 11-year-old Marcus, stops by, he's not too sure about becoming the boy's friend, until he figures out -- at least in his mind -- that women find single dads hot. Marcus and Will strike a bargain: Marcus pretends to be Will's son; in return, Marcus can chill out at Will's house, playing ping-pong and gorging on steaks -- something Marcus' single, needy (and very vegan) mother (Minnie Driver) would never allow.
J.K Simmons is Mel Fisher, the blind patriarch in The Family Guide (Tuesdays at 9:30 starting mid-season). Mel never allowed being blind to slow him down. He doesn't intend divorce to slow him down either. Joyce Fisher is quite possibly the only mom in Pasadena to smoke a pipe. She sees divorce as a second coming of age and perhaps a chance to be the teen she never was. From executive producer DJ Nash comes a comedy about a family in transition and what drives them forward.
Slacker Danny takes on Justin as a roommate and inherits Justin's group of romantically challenged friends in Undateable. Danny, seeing himself as someone who can help the friends out takes them on as his charges to help them learn about the game of love. Chris D'Elia, Brent Morin and Bianca Kajlich star.
The Night Shift follows the doctors and nurses on the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. The shift is now under new management, and the boss is more interested in cutting costs than helping people. Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Freddy Rodriguez and Ken Leung star.
From Chicago Fire executive producer Dick Wolf comes Chicago PD, which follows the uniformed cops of District 21 and the members of the Chicago Police Intelligence Unit, the team that combats major offenses, including organized crime, drug trafficking and high profile murders. Jason Beghe, Jon Seda and Melissa Sagemiller star.
Two other reality shows are on tap for NBC this coming season -- Food Fighters is a cooking competition hosted by Man v. Food host Adam Richman, and The Million Second Quiz is a 24-hour-a-day-7-day-a-week competition that will go on for 12 consecutive days and nights.
Here's the fall schedule:
8:00 - The Voice
10:00 - The Blacklist (new)
8:00 - The Biggest Loser (new day/time)
9:00 - The Voice (new time)
10:00 - Chicago Fire
8:00 - Revolution (new day/time)
9:00 - Law & Order SVU
10:00 - Ironside (new)
8:00 - Parks & Recreation (new time)
8:30 - Welcome to the Family (new)
9:00 - Sean Saves The World (new)
9:30 - The Michael J. Fox Show (new)
10:00 - Parenthood (new day/time)
8:00 - Dateline NBC
9:00 - Grimm
10:00 - Dracula (new)
8:00 - Encores & Specials
10:00 - SNL Primetime (encores)
Football Night in America/SNF
After football season:
7:00 - Dateline NBC
8:00 - American Dream Builders (new)
9:00 - Believe (new)
10:00 - Crisis (new)