'The Night Shift,' 'Food Fighters' and more NBC summer 2014 premiere dates
The network will roll out six scripted shows -- two dramas, three comedies and an "action-comedy" cop show -- and one new unscripted show to go along with returning series "America's Got Talent," "American Ninja Warrior" and "Last Comic Standing."
The full summer schedule (all times Eastern/Pacific):
Thursday, May 22
9 p.m. "Last Comic Standing" (two hours)
Tuesday, May 27
8 p.m. "America's Got Talent" (two hours)
10 p.m. "The Night Shift"
Thursday, May 29
9 p.m. "Undateable" (back-to-back episodes each week)
Friday, May 30
10 p.m. "Crossbones"
Wednesday, June 25
10 p.m. "Taxi Brooklyn"
Thursday, July 10
9 p.m. "Welcome to Sweden"
9:30 p.m. "Working the Engels"
Tuesday, July 22
8 p.m. "Food Fighters"
The new shows:
"The Night Shift" follows the doctors and nurses who work the overnight hours at a San Antonio hospital. The cast includes Eoin Macken, Freddy Rodriguez, Daniella Alonso, Brendan Fehr, Jill Flint, Ken Leung and Jeananne Goossen.
"Undateable": Comedians Chris D'Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman star in a comedy about Danny (D'Elia), who decides to take his roommate (Morin) and his oddball friends (Funches, Glassman and David Fynn) under his wing. Bianca Kajlich also stars as Danny's sister.
"Crossbones" stars John Malkovich as legendary pirate Blackbeard, who rules the Bahamian island of New Providence circa 1715. With piracy disrupting the shipping trade, commercial interests send in an assassin (Richard Coyle) to kill Blackbeard. "Luther" creator Neil Cross is behind the series.
"Taxi Brooklyn": Based on Luc Besson's "Taxi" film franchise, "Brooklyn" stars Chyler Leigh ("Grey's Anatomy") as a headstrong NYPD detective who's demoted to foot patrol. She teams up with a cabbie (Jacky Ido) to help her get around town and solve cases.
"Welcome to Sweden": Greg Poehler (Amy's brother) plays an American who moves with his girlfriend (Josephine Bornebusch) to her native Sweden and has to adjust to a different culture, look for work and deal with his girlfriend's eccentric family.
"Working the Engels": A storefront lawyer dies, leaving his wife and three kids deep in debt. They decide to keep his business running, even though only one of them has any legal training. Andrea Martin heads the cast.
"Food Fighters": Amateur cooks take on professional chefs in a culinary competition hosted by Adam Richman. The home cooks have one built-in advantage -- they're cooking their own best dishes.