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NBC will try to extend ratings rebound with 12 new shows next season; Heigl back on TV

NEW YORK, N.Y. - 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.

Messing will star as a homicide detective and working mom in "The Mysteries of Laura," while Heigl will play a CIA agent in "State of Affairs."

Other familiar TV faces starring in new NBC programs will include David Duchovny, Kate Walsh and Craig Robinson of "The Office."

In the 2014-15 schedule announced Sunday before its New York presentation to advertisers, the network said it will move its freshman series "The Blacklist" to Thursday night starting in February. The hit show has been one reason for the network s ratings surge.

NBC decided to cancel "Community," Revolution," Growing Up Fisher," Believe," Crisis," Ironside," The Michael J. Fox Show," Sean Saves the World" and "Welcome to the Family."

Other series announced Sunday by NBC for next season include the Ferrell-produced sitcoms "Bad Judge" and "Mission Control" and the drama "Constantine," based on the DC Comics series "Hellblazer."

NBC was the first major broadcast network to announce its schedule for next season. It and other networks will present their new shows to Madison Avenue this coming week.
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