Now we know: Fall TV will be dramatic, thrilling, romantic, hilarious and completely brilliant, outstanding in every way. Or so the broadcast networks assured us — and, more importantly, advertisers — during a week of ceremonies and sales pitches in New York.

Will any of the new dramas be the next “Lost”? Is another “Friends” on the horizon? There’s no way to tell at this point, with only descriptions and brief trailers to go on.

But here’s a recap of what we do know, including what the networks renewed, what they canceled and what they will offer for the new season.


NBC will add three dramas and three comedies for fall, with six more new series set for midseason.

Renewed • “Chicago Fire,” “Community,” “Grimm,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Parenthood,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Revolution.”

Canceled • “1600 Penn,” “Animal Practice,” “Deception,” “Do No Harm,” “Go On,” “Guys With Kids,” “The New Normal,” “Smash,” “Up All Night” and “Whitney.” “The Office” and “30 Rock” are ending their runs. No decision: “Hannibal.”

These are NBC’s new shows:


“The Michael J. Fox Show” • Fox returns to TV as a beloved New York news anchor coming back to the job five years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“Sean Saves the World” • Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) is a divorced gay dad, with Linda Lavin as his pushy mom.

“Welcome to the Family” • Mike O’Malley and Mary McCormack are parents whose pregnant daughter (Ella Rae Peck) plans to marry her Latino boyfriend (Joseph Haro). Ricardo Chavira and Justina Machado are his parents in the culture-clash comedy.

“About a Boy” (midseason) • Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Jon Favreau adapt the Nick Hornby novel about a wealthy do-nothing (David Freeman) who develops a relationship with his precocious neighbor (Benjamin Stockham). Minnie Driver is the boy’s single mother.

“The Family Guide” (midseason) • J.K. Simmons and Parker Posey are divorcing parents; he’s blind, “but doesn’t let that slow him down.” Jason Bateman is an executive producer and does voice-over.


“The Blacklist” • James Spader is a former government agent turned most-wanted fugitive who surrenders to the FBI and promises to help catch a terrorist. But he’ll speak only to a profiler (Megan Boone) new to the job.

“Dracula” • Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the vampire who arrives in late 19th century London posing as an American and seeking revenge on those who cursed him with immortality.

“Ironside” • In a remake, Blair Underwood is the detective, confined to a wheelchair.

“Believe” (midseason) • J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron are executive producers of a drama about an orphaned girl (Johnny Sequoyah) whose special gifts put her in danger. Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo and Kyle MacLachlan also star.

“Chicago PD” (midseason) • Dick Wolf spins off “Chicago Fire.”

“Crisis” (midseason) • A bus carrying students from an elite Washington high school is taken hostage, igniting a national crisis. Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson, Lance Gross and Rachael Taylor star.

“Crossbones” (midseason) • John Malkovich is pirate Blackbeard in an action drama set in 1715.

NBC’s fall schedule looks like this (new shows are in bold):


“The Voice,” “The Blacklist”


“The Biggest Loser,” “The Voice,” “Chicago Fire”


“Revolution,” ”Law & Order: SVU,” “Ironside”


“Parks and Recreation,” “Welcome to the Family,” “Sean Saves the World,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” ”Parenthood”


“Dateline,” “Grimm,” “Dracula”


“Sunday Night Football”


CBS will add just five series for fall, with three more at midseason. Five of the eight new series are comedies.

Renewed • “2 Broke Girls,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Mike and Molly,” “The Mentalist,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Person of Interest” and “Two and a Half Men,” plus “The Amazing Race,” “Survivor” and “Undercover Boss.”

Canceled • “CSI: NY,” “Golden Boy,” “Made in Jersey,” “Partners,” “Rules of Engagement” and “Vegas.”

These are CBS’ new shows:


“The Crazy Ones” • From David E. Kelley, the comedy stars Robin Williams as an eccentric advertising genius and Sarah Michelle Gellar as his daughter and partner.

“The Millers” • A multigeneration family comedy from Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl,” “Raising Hope”) stars Will Arnett as newly divorced news reporter and Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges as his divorcing parents.

“Mom” • An “edgy” family comedy from Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory”), stars Anna Faris as “a newly sober single mom raising two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls.” Allison Janney is her critical, estranged mother.

“We Are Men” • Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn, Chris Smith and Jerry O’Connell are “four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love.”

“Friends With Better Lives” (midseason) • Six friends at different stages in their lives wonder if their friends have it better. The cast includes James Van Der Beek, Majandra Delfino, Kevin Connolly and Brooklyn Decker.


“Hostages” • From Jerry Bruckheimer, the serialized suspense thriller stars Toni Collette as a surgeon taken hostage along with her family by a rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott). The season will wrap up in January.

“Intelligence” (midseason) • An action drama that will take over the “Hostages” slot stars Josh Holloway as a high-tech intelligence operative with a super-computer microchip in his brain. Marg Helgenberger is his boss.

“Reckless” (midseason) • A “sultry legal drama” finds a Yankee litigator (Anna Wood) and charming Southern attorney (Cam Gigandet) hiding their attraction amid political scandal.

CBS’ week will look like this:


“How I Met Your Mother,” “We Are Men,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Mom,” “Hostages”


“NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Person of Interest”


“Survivor,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI”


“The Big Bang Theory,” “The Millers,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Elementary”


“Undercover Boss,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Blue Bloods”


“60 Minutes,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Good Wife,” “The Mentalist”


ABC will add 13 series next season, including eight (four comedies and four dramas) for fall.

Renewed • “Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Last Man Standing,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Nashville,” “The Neighbors,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge,” “Scandal” and “Suburgatory,” plus unscripted series “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Shark Tank” and “The Taste.”

Canceled • “666 Park Avenue,” “Body of Proof,” “Family Tools,” “Happy Endings,” “How To Live With Your Parents,” “Last Resort,” “Malibu Country,” “Red Widow” and “Zero Hour.” “Private Practice” ended its run.

These are ABC’s new shows:


“Betrayal • Lovers find themselves on opposite sides of a murder investigation in a romantic-suspense drama with Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend. James Cromwell and Henry Thomas also star.

“Lucky 7 • Seven gas station employees in Astoria, Queens, chip in on a lottery pool. The ensemble includes Matt Long.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” • In Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the comic book/feature film property, Clark Gregg reprises his role of agent Phil Coulson, who assembles a select group of agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe.

“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” • In Victorian England, Alice (Sophie Lowe) falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a strange new land. John Lithgow is the White Rabbit in the spin-off from the creators of “Once Upon a Time.”

“Resurrection” (midseason) • The deceased of Arcadia, Mo., begin returning to life in a supernatural thriller with Omar Epps, Kurtwood Smith, Matt Craven and Frances Fisher.

“Killer Women” (midseason) • Tricia Helfer is a female Texas Ranger.

“Mind Games” (midseason) • Steve Zahn and Christian Slater are brothers and partners in an agency that solves clients’ problems via psychological manipulation. Kyle Killen is executive producer.


“Back in the Game” • Maggie Lawson is a former star softball player forced to move in with her estranged father (James Caan).

“The Goldbergs” • Adam Goldberg tells the story of his own family in the 1990s, with Wendi McClendon-Covey as his mother and Jeff Garlin as his father.

“Super Fun Night” • Rebel Wilson is a lawyer who has a standing date every Friday night with her two best friends (Liza Lapira and Lauren Ash). Now, though, things are changing.

“Trophy Wife” • Malin Akerman is a reformed party girl and the third wife of Bradley Whitford, whose exes and kids complicate the relationship.

“Mixology” (midseason) • Set during a single night in a bar, 10 people share their stories.


“The Quest” (midseason) • The producers of “The Amazing Race” and “Lord of the Rings” combine to take 12 contestants into the world of “Everealm,” where they engage in epic challenges.

ABC’s week will look like this:


“Dancing with the Stars,” “Castle”


“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Goldbergs,” “Trophy Wife,” “Lucky 7”


“The Middle,” “Back in the Game,” “Modern Family,” “Super Fun Night,” “Nashville”


“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”


“Last Man Standing,” “The Neighbors,” “Shark Tank,” “20/20”


“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge,” “Betrayal”


Fox picked up six comedies and four dramas, plus an “event series” and the limited-run return of “24” for next summer.

Renewed • “American Dad,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy,” “The Following,” “Glee,” “The Mindy Project,” “New Girl,” “Raising Hope” and “The Simpsons.”

Canceled • “Touch” and “Ben and Kate.” “The Cleveland Show” is still in limbo. “Fringe” ended its run.

These are Fox’s new shows:


“Dads” • In a live-action comedy from Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”), Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi star as gaming entrepreneurs — and childhood best friends — whose fathers (Martin Mull and Peter Riegert) move in.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” • Andy Samberg is a hotshot detective and Andre Braugher is his new captain “with a lot to prove.”

“Enlisted” • Geoff Stults is an older brother who comes home to reconnect with his siblings (Chris Lowell and Parker Young) and lead a group of misfits on a small Florida Army base.

“Surviving Jack” (midseason) • Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs,” “Cougar Town”) adapts Justin Halpern’s book “I Suck at Girls.” Christopher Meloni and Connor Buckley are father and son in the 1990s.

“Us & Them” (midseason) • Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel are a young couple with screwed-up families.

“Murder Police” (midseason) • An animated comedy promises to “expand the boundaries of the cop show as only animation can.”


“Sleepy Hollow” • Tom Mison is Washington Irving’s Ichabod Crane, who wakes up in the present and learns he’s humanity’s last hope to avoid destruction. The fantasy drama is from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (“Fringe”).

“Almost Human” • An action drama from J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams is set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.”

“Rake” (midseason) • A legal drama that stars Greg Kinnear.

“Gang Related” (midseason) • Terry O’Quinn, Ramon Rodriguez and RZA fight LA’s gang problem.


“Junior Masterchef” • Gordon Ramsay tests cooks 8 to 13 years old.

Fox also announced an “event series,” “Wayward Pines,” from movie director M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”). Matt Dillon stars in the “intense, mind-bending thriller in which nothing is what it seems.” And “24: Live Another Day” will air over 12 weeks next summer.

Fox’s week will look like this:


“Bones” (fall), “Almost Human” (late fall); “Sleepy Hollow” (fall), “The Following” (midseason).


“Dads,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “New Girl,” “The Mindy Project”


“The X Factor” (fall), “American Idol” (midseason)


“The X Factor” results (fall), “American Idol” results (midseason), “Glee” (fall), “Rake” (midseason)


“Junior Masterchef” (fall), “Bones” (late fall); “Sleepy Hollow” encores (fall), “Raising Hope” and “Enlisted” (late fall)


“The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad”


The CW picked up five dramas, two of those for midseason.

Renewed • “Arrow,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “Hart of Dixie,” “Nikita,” “Supernatural” and “The Vampire Diaries.”

Canceled • “Cult” and “Emily Owens, M.D.” “Gossip Girl” and “90210” ended their runs.

These are the CW’s new shows:

“The Originals” • A spin-off of “The Vampire Diaries” tells the story of the Original Vampire family, coming back together after centuries of rift.

“The Tomorrow People” • Humans are born with paranormal abilities and represent “the next evolutionary leap of mankind.” Mark Pellegrino (“Lost”) and Robbie Amell star.

“Reign” • Adelaide Kane is Mary, Queen of Scots, in a historical romance that follows her as a teen, arriving in France to meet her betrothed, Prince Francis (Toby Regbo).

“Star-Crossed” (midseason) • Aliens on Earth attend high school with humans, reuniting a girl (Aimee Teegarden of “Friday Night Lights”) with the boy from another planet (Matt Lanter) she befriended as a child.

“The 100” (midseason) • People who survived the destruction of Earth a century earlier send 100 young people back to see whether the planet is habitable.

The CW’s week will look like this. “Nikita” will return at midseason.


“Hart of Dixie,” “Beauty and the Beast”


“The Originals,” “Supernatural”


“Arrow,” “The Tomorrow People”


“The Vampire Diaries,” “Reign”


“The Carrie Diaries,” “America’s Next Top Model”

Gail Pennington is the TV critic for the Post-Dispatch. Follow her at, @GailPennington on Twitter and