The schedules are coming, they are coming…
Before the unveils of the plans, the networks are busy greenlighting series to order today and below is the latest. (Note: this post will be updated throughout the day with new news.)
UPDATED: ABC has picked up two more dramas to its new slate for next year. Dana Delany will officially be moving off of Wisteria Lane to be a medical examiner in Body of Proof. The series revolves around Megan Hunt, who is a cop stuck in the morgue. Also in the series, Jeri Ryan and Sonja Sohn. Second pickup this afternoon is the Shonda Rhimes produced, Jenna Bans written Off the Map. Map is a medical drama set in the tropics about three doctors moving to a remote practice for a change in their lives. Wonderfall‘s Caroline Dhavernas and Mammie Gummer as two of the doctors. More ABC pickups are expected to be revealed soon.
NBC this morning confirmed the demise of one of the longest series in television history, Law & Order. The Dick Wolf stable ran for 20 years which ties the record set by Gunsmoke. The series will wrap on May 24th, but on the flip side is that NBC renewed its most successful spinoff, Special Victims Unit, while creating a new one, LOLA (aka Law & Order: Los Angeles). LOLA will debut in the fall and is ran by Brotherhood creator Blake Masters. No casting has been announced yet.
NBC then went on to order 4 more new series, including one comedy and three dramas. Friends with Benefits, a single-cam comedy from the writers of (500) Days of Summer, and stars Fran Kranz, Ryan Hansen, Jessica Lucas, and Danneel Harris among others. The series is a more modern take on Friends, and revolves around pals trying to navigate of dating world and it is not easy for them. The script was fresh and fun and will be a nice pairing to the already picked-up Perfect Couples.
The Cape, a superhero drama from Tom Wheeler, stars the likes of Summer Glau and David Lyons. Lyons plays a man Vince who was wrongly accused of something and is forced to leave his family and become a masked superhero in a Gotham-esque town full of them. It is a certainly originally concept and I applauded the script and NBC decision to pick it up, certainly for midseason due to the effects.
The last two dramas of NBC pickups today both come from familiar faces. Conan O’Brian (still in business with NBC) produces Outlaw (formally Garza) and it is a starring vehicle for Jimmy Smits as a Supreme Court judge that comes to a revelation of the system, quits, and change his life. Finally, David E. Kelly is no stranger to law dramas (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal) and he is at it again with NBC producing Harry’s Law (fka Kindreds). The drama was originally written in a lighthearted script centering around a man, but when they saw the wonderful Kathy Bates that changed. Bates took the lead and the role changed to a woman who is a troubled lawyer who meets some interesting folks that changes her direction. The show also stars the charming Brittany Snow as her secretary.
Below is NBC official release…. (more…)