NEW YORK - Sean Hayes, Parker Posey, Minnie Driver and Gillian Anderson will have prominent roles in new television series that NBC has decided to air next season.
The network said Thursday that it had ordered five new series, in advance of its annual schedule announcement Sunday. That's when it will become clear what current shows the network will cancel to make way for the new ones, and where the rookie shows will be placed on the schedule.
NBC also said that it had renewed "Parks and Recreation," the comedy that gets much critical respect but generally poor ratings.
The long-struggling network had a strong fall this season behind NFL football and "The Voice" but tumbled in midseason and recorded some of its worst ratings ever.
NBC's biggest hope for next season is its comedy starring Michael J. Fox, which was announced in the winter.