Let’s talk TV pickups. Again. NBC has announced its lineup for next season and it’s bad news for comedy fans. The network is moving in a drastically different direction with the 12 shows announced for 2015/16. After struggling to launch new comedy hits for years, the broadcaster will relegate sitcoms to only one hour per week next season—and that hour is on Fridays, an evening that’s traditionally the lowest-rated weekday for networks. One comedy is the returning series Undateable (which will have all-live episodes for its third season), and the second is new couples sitcom People Are Talking, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar
 Mark-Paul Gosselaar stars in NBC's upcoming People Are Talking.

Nothing too exciting there. Instead, NBC is banking on thriller and action for this season’s big hitters. New thrillerBlindspot, about a woman (Jaimie Alexander) who wakes in Times Square covered with mysterious tattoos, will get the coveted post-Voice slot on Mondays. The revival of Heroes (titled Heroes Reborn), which includes the return of fan favorites Jack Coleman (HRG) and Masi Oka (Hiro), will debut on Thursdays to help bolster The Blacklist.

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Then, afterThe Blacklist, the network is premiering its other new thriller, The Player, starring Philip Winchester (Strike Back) and Wesley Snipes (Blade), and follows a former sniper who is drawn into a high-stakes game where wealthy individuals bet on his ability to stop major crimes.  Definitely caught our interest there, NBC.