Seeking a comeback, NBC bets heavily on comedy

By David Bauder

Associated Press

Published: Monday, May 14 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

"Animal Practice," a comedy about a veterinarian who learns his ex-lover is taking over his business.

"Guys With Kids," a comedy executive produced by Jimmy Fallon. The show is what it sounds like: three guys in their 30s trying to hold onto their youth despite being new fathers. Jamie Lynn Sigler of "The Sopranos" and Tempestt Bledsoe of "The Cosby Show," are featured.

"Revolution," a J.J. Abrams action series where the world is plunged back into a time when electricity doesn't work.

"Chicago Fire," a drama about a fire rescue unit from "Law & Order" executive producer Dick Wolf.

Midseason shows include a comedy about a president and first lady played by Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman, a comedy with Dane Cook as a foulmouthed DJ forced to share his microphone with a feminist and a drama about Hannibal Lecter.

Today on TV

NBA basketball: Celtics at 76ers (5 p.m., TNT); Lakers at Thunder (7:30 p.m., TNT)

NCIS (7 p.m., Ch. 2): Shaken by terrorism, the NCIS faces devastating surprises.

Cougar Town (7, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 4): After Grayson's house sustains hurricane damage, he moves in with Jules.

America's Got Talent (7 p.m., Ch. 5): Hopefuls perform for the judges in San Francisco.

Glee (7, 8 p.m., Ch. 5): New Directions prepares a high-concept routine.

NCIS: Los Angeles (8, 9 p.m., Ch. 2): Callen and the team pursue a criminal mastermind motivated by revenge.

Dancing With the Stars (8 p.m., Ch. 4): Carrie Underwood and Alanis Morissette perform; the couples face elimination.

Private Practice (9 p.m., Ch. 4): The Seaside doctors go to Amelia's side as she begins labor.

Fashion Star (9 p.m., Ch. 5): The three remaining contestants must create a showcase for each of the retailers.

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