NBC Fall: ‘Awake’, ‘Playboy’ & ‘Grimm’ Are In, ‘The Event’ & ‘Outsourced’ Canceled

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It’s crunch time for the TV networks as stations make their final decisions on what to keep and what to toss. NBC made a splash this week by declining David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman, but there’s plenty of other series that are down to the wire.

Wonder Woman you already know about, but joining it in the failure column are Ronald Moore’s 17th Precinct, A Mann’s World, Brave New World, Family Practice, I Hate That I Love You, Lovelives, Metro, My Life As An Experiment and Reconstruction. Criminal Minds fans may actually be happy about Experiment‘s failure, as it frees up Paget Brewster for a possible return.

Now for the good news…

Confirmed New Series

Awake: Previously titled REM, this sci-fi drama is drawing a lot of comparisons to last year’s blockbuster, Inception. Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) stars as a policeman who wakes up in two alternate universes at the same time. Lone Star scribe Kyle Killen wrote the pilot.

Playboy Club: A period piece set in the 1960s in the iconic magazine’s first nightclub, this series is seen by many as NBC’s answer to Mad Men. Eddie Cibrian (CSI: Miami), Amber Heard (Zombieland) and Laura Benati are set to star, with Chad Hodge of Tru Calling is tackling the initial writing duties.

Grimm: The first of several new supernatural cop shows to get a season order, this entry follows a group of policemen who investigate fantastical crimes and happenings inspired by the dark brothers’ fairy tails. David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell (Prison Break), Sasha Roiz (Caprica) are set to star.

Prime Suspect: Another British import for NBC, this time in the crime procedural genre. The UK original was famous for its high-tension drama between the detective and chief characters, played by Brian O’Byrne (FlashForward) and Maria Bello (Grown Ups).

Smash: A Glee competitor executive produced by none other than Steven Spielberg. This time the singing and dancing comes from Broadway, with Debra Messing (Will & Grace) in the starring role.

Whitney: A sitcom featuring the stylings of raunchy stand-up comedienne Whitney Cummings.

Up All Night: Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?) stars in a comedy about a professional trying to balance her home life. Emily Spivey will produce.

Cancelled Series

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The Event: NBC’s troubled science fiction has been a non-event with viewers and is going away for good. There are rumors of the show moving to a more supportive home, but nothing’s set in stone. The last episode of The Event‘s first season will air May 23rd.

Outsourced: The Thursday night Indian-themed comedy is getting the pink slip. After lackluster ratings for its first season, the show was one of the only ones passed over in NBC’s last round of sitcom renewals.

Law & Order: Los Angeles: The westernmost spin-off of Dick Wolf’s most famous franchise is no more. NBC tried rebooting the series earlier this year to no avail.

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Source: Deadline Hollywood

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  1. I can’t believe I watched The Event teasers for 6 months and then watched almost every episode of a show that NBC heavily “supported” only to have it canned after only one season. From now on I won’t be watching more shows like The Event for at least the first two seasons. You may not think this practical but I didn’t start watching Lost until the third season and I didn’t start watching the X-Files until it went into syndication. It’s kind of fun trying to catch up and it adds a new level of non-linearity. From now on any show this heavily hyped will be non-starter for me.

    • Totally agree. At this point, I hate investing my time weekly only to have the proverbial rug pulled out from under me with a cancellation of something I have really come to enjoy (or something I am too stubborn to stop watching). At this point, I rent full seasons of shows after the fact, even if they only went for a season, just so I don’t get invested in something which might disappear midway through.

  2. I’m really disappointed to see 17th Precinct didn’t get picked up. The cast looked great and premise was really cool.

    Grimm and Awake both sound interesting, and I would be down with a show about a Playboy nightclub, but I don’t see how it’ll be any good on network. Imagine Mad Men on NBC… totally lame. But it has the uber hot Amber Heard so I’ll have to check it out.

  3. Too bad about Outsourced. It may not have been the greatest show ever, but it was pretty unique and definitely worth watching. It had a tough time slot for a sitcom.

    • I agree. It seemed about as original as an “workplace” sit-com could be. It had interesting characters a good amount of chuckles throughout and a love triangle with a couple hot chicks. Given another season i thought it could start to blossom a bit. Sad to see it go.

  4. Man, I can’t believe 17th Precinct didn’t make it. I was so looking forward to that.

  5. I thought Outsourced would make it but I think being put in the 10:30 spot really hurt its chances.

  6. /pulls hair out

    I too watched “The Event” faithfully. There was a bit of a lull at the end of the last hiatus but the new episodes have been much more interesting and I was actually getting into it. Man oh man this really torques me! :/

    NBC you WERE at a +1 with me for canceling the WW show but you just lost your kudo point with this bone headed move.

  7. sniff!!!
    brave new world not picked up!!

  8. Another one bites the dust (The Event)! After the hiatus, the show was getting into the great range. They could have trimmed the Ritter storyine and just kept the government vs. alien arc. I stayed with this show hoping it would get better, and it did. And what was the prize to the writers for making it better? Cancellation. TV will become nothing but cooking shows, wrestling and reality garbage.

    • get your spelling correct

      • I didn’t know this was a spelling bee, but could you be a bit more specific.

  9. i want the event back.. not some nasty playboy show..

  10. The event was a fine show, man its just so frustrating investing time and emotional energy into a television program only to have it removed before it’s time.

  11. I am done with network tv untill they get their head out of their butt, and learn that it takes time for people to get into a show. No show is going to every last if they dont give it time to mature and people dont want to waste their time with a new show every few months.

  12. NBC, if I wanted to watch Playboy Club, I would have purchased the Playboy Channel. I didn’t because I didn’t want that type of programing coming into my home. In 2011, many children watch TV at many different times of day and night. Programs like Playboy Club are not suitable for children in almost everyones estimation; and offends p the personal decency standards of all the adults in our home.

    • I have started a group on Facebook for people to vent and share information on NBC programming. My page is called Dear NBC, Please stop cancelling good TV shows Come join us!