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The Calm Before the Storm: Friday’s Upfront News

The schedules are coming, they are coming…

David Lyons in "The Cape"

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.

Friends with Benefits

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.

Kathy Bates in "Harry's Law"

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.

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Thursday’s Upfront Frenzy: The Renewals, Pickups, and Cancellations

Thursday was a pretty quiet day in terms of upfront news as it is fast approaching. That statement worked until tonight when the craziness started!

Matthew Perry in Mr. Sunshine

It all started with the report by Deadline.com that the staple Law & Order was cancelled by NBC because of a dispute with creator Dick Wolf. That was quickly called out too soon as reports of troubles are true, but negotiations are still ongoing but unlikely to change by Monday. NBC reversely picked up the David E. Kelly/Kathy Bates starring vehicle Kindreds for midseason and according to THR, the intelligent Garza legal pilot which is a chance for Jimmy Smits to shine. But the best news from NBC, CHUCK IS RENEWED. Enough said. (The other bubble show Heroes, may get a limited pickup to finish the series.)

ABC took to the waves by announcing six new pickups of series following the announcement of the first drama No Ordinary Family.

First up the new comedies, the fantastically written by star Matthew Perry and pals pilot Mr. Sunshine and starring Allison Janney was one of the three laffers. Mr. Sunshine focuses on a sports center manager (Perry) and his friends, think of it as the male-led Cougar Town). Second is Happy Endings, starring Elisha Cuthbert and Eliza Coupe, and centers around an almost married couple and their eclectic friends. I have read the script by David Caspe flows nicely and is a good adult sitcom. The last official pickup is the only multi-cam by the network, Better Together, which features Joanna Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan as sisters who are both in a relationship as well as their parents. Debra Messing’s ABC pilot Wright vs. Wrong is very close to a pickup as well.

The Cast of ABC's Detroit 1-8-7

The new dramas on ABC (more pickups to come tomorrow) include the Michael Imperioli fronted cop drama, Detroit 1-8-7, which had a solid script and a very nice cast including the underrated Aisha Hinds, and The Whole Truth which brings back Joely Richardson to the Jerry Bruckheimer drama, that focus on both sides of the law, with the other side shown by Rob Marrow. Joely is one of my favorite actresses and the script was a refreshing legal concept. The third drama pickup is My Generation (also called Generation Y), written tremendously by Noah Hawley (The Unusuals), focuses on a class of kids that were in a documentary in high school, and now are being looked at once again 10 years later. The class includes actors such as Mechad Brooks, Jamie King, and Kelli Garner.

In terms of current shows at ABC, a personal favorite V has been renewed for a second season, and now multiple sources including EW, are reporting that Better off Ted, Romantically Challenged, Scrubs, and FlashForward, are all cancelled.

CBS picked up their first freshman entry today, Mike and Molly. The pilot about a couple that meets at a meeting for “larger” people is from their favorite creator Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) and stars the wonderful women Melissa McCarthy and Swoosie Kurtz.

Lastly on the cable side, partner networks TBS and TNT, who are both doing presentations next week, picked up new series. TBS greenlit Glory Daze, which stars a crew of unknowns that play 80’s college students in Wisconsin. Finally in a pilot started at TBS, Franklin and Bash moved to TNT and Lynette Rice at EW is reporting has been okay-ed for series. The pilot about street smart lawyers stars Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Stay tuned throughout the night, tomorrow, and the weekend for the latest in advance of the Upfronts next week.