Newswire: Upfronts 2015: NBC adds nine new dramas, officially no longer peacocks comedy

Richard Bach once said, “If you peacock something, set it free; if it comes back it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.” And so goes NBC’s 2015-2016 programming schedule, which the network introduced at its Monday upfront presentation, a slate consistent with its recent strategy of aggressively developing hour-long dramas at the expense of its ratings-challenged comedies. NBC previously euthanized the four comedies it introduced last season—A To Z, Bad Judge, and Marry Me in the fall; One Big Happy in the spring—as well as second-year sitcom About A Boy. The network committed to five of its comedy pilots for the upcoming season, but of the new sitcom crop, only one, the multi-camera People Are Talking, landed on the fall schedule, leaving the others in mid-season limbo.

The result is a schedule heavy on new dramas (with four scheduled for fall) and anchored by …

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