FALL 2011: NBC Renews 3, Cancels 1 & Picks Up 7 New Series **UPDATED**


NBC gets one last Chuck, Axes The EVENT

As expected Chuck received a 5th season renewal, but a shortened one. Chuck, which has one of the most loyal followings on TV, will return for a 13 episode season that will be it’s last. It’s not often fans of a much loved serialized show get to have closure, but NBC was feeling charitable to Chuck fans.

They were not however feeling charitable to The Event, which after a really rocky and mostly awful first season has been cancelled. I wish the cadre of awesome actors in the series were available for pilot season… oh well I guess I’ll watch Zeljko Ivanek’s new show (cause he’ll have one for sure) next year.

Parenthood and Harry’s Law Renewed!

NBC has granted Parenthood a third season. The beloved family drama performed well but placed third behind Body of Proof and The Good Wife. The second season ended with Christina (Monica Potter) and Adam (Peter Krause) finding out they’re having another baby.

Harry’s Law, the David E. Kelley  midseason replacement series starring Kathy Bates, Rob Corddray and Brittany Snow premiered in the spring to decent ratings was expected to be picked up. With Kelley’s Wonder Woman officially dead – and thank god, lord did that ever look stupid – a renewal for Harry’s Law was a decent consolation prize.

A 13-episode renewal for perennial bubble series Chuck should come any day now but there’s no official word yet.

Smash! Whitney! Prime Suspect! Up All Night! Grimm! Awake! Playboy Club!


Smash: The Steven Spielberg produced musical series Smash got picked up. The series follows the struggles of putting on a broadway play. It stars Debra Messing as the lyricist, Tony Nominee Christian Borle as the composer, Katherine McPhee as the ingenue, Anjelica Huston as the producer and Jack Davenport as the Choreographer. Word from the screenings is that Messing is amazing and McPhee steals every scene she’s in. Could this be an adult’s Glee?

The Playboy Club: The 60’s set Playboy Club about the happenings of a girlie club stars Eddie Cibrian, David Krumholtz (Numbers), Amber Heard (Zombieland, left in costume), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Step-Up), Naturi Naughton (Fame remake), Laura Benanti (Eli Stone) and Wes Ramsey (The Event). Jeff Hephner was set to play the lead but Eddie Cibrian replaced him shortly before filming began.

Awake: A sci-fi series from Kyle Killen, rebounding after his Lonestar devestation, this one’s about a Detective (played by Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy in the HP film series) who awakes from a car crash to find he’s living in two different realities. Laura Allen (Terriers), Michaela MacManus (Law & Order: SVU), Tony Winner Cherry Jones (24) and Steve Harris (The Practice) co-star.

Grimm: A procedural set in a world populated by Grimm Fairy Tale figures. It stars Privileged’s David Guintoli, Sasha Roiz (Caprica), Silas Weir Mitchell (Prison Break) and Kate Burton (Ellis Grey on Grey’s)

Prime Suspect: Across the pond this series, about Detective Jane Tennison, launched it’s star Helen Mirren to a ginormous film career and an Oscar. Here Jane is played by Maria Bello (right, in costume), who should have been nominated for an Oscar for both The Cooler and A History Of Violence. I’ve watched a couple of the Mirren ones and they’re outstanding, with the right script this could be a real (and much needed) hit for NBC.

Wonder Woman, Ron Moore’s Harry Potter-meets-Law & Order series, the 17th Precinct and A Mann’s World, starring Don Johnson as a lothario hairdresser are dead. A Mann’s World’s producers are shopping the series around to cable nets. 


Whitney: Whitney Cummings has been on fire lately and now the red hot comedienne’s sitcom, that was considered a lock from the beginning, is being brought to series.

Up All Night: Stars Christina Applegate (YES!) as a single new mom and business woman.

I hear NBC is finished with their drama pick ups and are sifting through some comedies, which include Chelsea Handler’s series,  before the upfronts next week.


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