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.
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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