Summer’s not even here yet but the TV industry is generating some excitement about fall TV as the networks begin to announce plans for their fall schedules.
After Fox’s bloodbath Wednesday, it’s NBC’s turn to unleash its plans.
Riding high on the success of its breakout hit “The Voice“, NBC hopes to fuel the momentum by overhauling its lineup. The network began rolling out announcements that its picking up roughly 10 pilots–and on Friday confirmed that at least two shows are officially canceled. Read on for the details…
The new series picks ups are:
~The adaptation of the British series “Prime Suspect” starring Maria Bello
~The Christina Applegate comedy, currently titled “Up All Night”
~The Chelsea Handler pilot based on her book, “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” which does not star Chelsea Handler but Laura Prepon as a character based on the comedian.
~The Hank Azaria comedy “Free Agents,” based on the British series about coworkers attracted to each other
~”BFFs,” a divorce comedy from two alums of the Upright Citizens Brigade
~”Bent,” starring Amanda Peet as a recently divorced single mom trying to resist her attraction to the hottie hired to renovate her kitchen
~The untitled Whitney Cummings comedy pilot
~The Steven Spielberg-produced, “Glee”-inspired “Smash” TV musical drama starring “Will & Grace’s” Debra Messing and “American Idol’s” Katherine McPhee.
~“The Playboy Club”: Set in 1963, this drama (seemingly inspired by “Mad Men”) centers around the opening of the first Playboy Club in Chicago and stars Amber Heard, David Krumholtz and Eddie Cibrian.
~“Grimm”, a fantasy cop procedural featuring characters inspired by Grimm fairy tales.
~“Awake”: Formerly known as “Rem,” this is a mind-boggling drama about the parallel lives of a detective (played by Jason Isaacs) haunted by a devastating car accident that destroyed his family. Described as “Inception-like.”
Watch the Battle Rounds of “The Voice”:
Now that we know who’s in, let’s take a look at who’s out.
At least a few returning series have gotten good news: “Parenthood,” which continues to build steam, and the surprisingly well received “Harry’s Law” have both been officially renewed for another season.
And that likable and apparently indestructible fellow “Chuck” is also returning for a fifth — and final — season of 13 episodes.
Look for NBC to make their official upfronts presentation on Monday.