NBC Picks Up ‘Revolution,’ ‘Go On’ and ‘New Normal’ for Full Seasons

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It’s that time of the year when networks see how their new fall shows are faring in the ratings and either give them longer life or bring down the axe. Today NBC has good news for three of their freshman series.

The network has just announced full season orders for Matthew Perry’s comedy series Go On, Ryan Murphy’s family comedy The New Normal and Bad Robot’s sci-fi drama, Revolution.

Starting with the more expensive, high concept series, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said:

“We’re impressed with the imagination and creative direction of the entire team on ‘Revolution,’ not to mention the immediately strong response we got from the audience. Ordering the full season of this show is a pleasure. Thanks to J.J. Abrams, Erik Kripke, Jon Favreau, and everyone at Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television for their dedication to making a truly unique series. And I personally love to escape into a world where there is no power, the phone doesn’t ring, and the pace of life slows down — if only for one hour a week!”

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So far Revolution hasn’t blown audiences away, but the characters show some great potential for development, and there’s already an intriguing mystery to keep audiences glued to their TVs for at least one season. Since the end of Lost, only Bad Robot’s Person of Interest and Fringe have been given more than one season on network television. Revolution is at least on the right path.


Go On & The New Normal

Meanwhile, on the comedy side of things, Salke says:

“We’re also very proud of our new comedy block of ‘Go On’ and ‘The New Normal.’ In partnering with Matthew Perry for ‘Go On,’ creator Scott Silveri has created a comedy with a highly original voice that deftly combines humor and emotion. And Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler have created a truly unique family in ‘The New Normal’ that is reflective of the changing dynamics of the world we live in. These shows are both welcome additions to our new lineup!”

The renewal of Go On is good news for Matthew Perry, who has been looking for a solid series to lead for years. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was a great effort on his part (along with writer Aaron Sorkin), but the lack of real comedy writing within a series based on a late night sketch series really hurt; Mr. Sunshine just didn’t work out for audiences last year. This new show not only allows Perry to do what he does best, there’s a great ensemble of comedic actors like Brett Gelman, Seth Morris, Julie White and John Cho to keep things interesting.

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As for The New Normal, the pilot felt like Ryan Murphy trying to bring the edgy humor of Glee character Sue Sylvester to a Modern Family setting. Thankfully, the following episodes have let the series come into its own. Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha make for a great couple, and Ellen Barkin has pulled back on her theatrical performance a bit. There’s a great progressive family series here, and hopefully the quality in comedy is more consistent than Glee.

Frankly,  it’s just good to see NBC show some confidence in their fall line-up. With The Office officially on its way out, the network can use some solid new comedy, and Revolution will hopefully mark another staple TV series for Bad Robot, rather than one of their forgettable cancellations.

Revolution airs Mondays at 10pm.

Go On airs Tuesdays at 9pm and The New Normal follows at 9:30pm.

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  1. this surprises me, especially for all 3 shows. i don’t think they are that good, but i don’t make those decisions, i just don’t watch the shows.

  2. I really like Go On. Brett Gelman is hilarious on it. Revolution interests me, and each week it grows on me more. The New Normal isn’t for me but my wife likes it for some reason. It’s not the worst thing she watches. So all 3 having a full season is a good thing.

  3. This surprised me. I thought Go On & The New Normal might be picked up but Revolution surprised me. I just can’t get into the show. I have watched all 3 episodes and just find myself either doing something else or changing the channel to something else while it records. And no, it’s not on my Hopper, LOL

  4. How in 7 Hells did Revolution get picked up??

    The world is ending..

    • My guess is the production costs of Revolution when measured against the early ratings helped keep it on for the whole first season. They are probably going to see where the ratings level off to decided the shows future. It has already dropped each week since the good pilot numbers, so who knows where it will level off at.

  5. Wow! I’m surprised to see the renewal of these shows. I heard mixed reviews about them from a few of my friends and DISH coworkers, so I never bothered to watch. Now I’m going to have tune in and see what all the hype is about. It’s a good thing that it’s not too late for me to catch up, since my Hopper DVR’s PrimeTime Anytime feature auto-records these shows and everything else on the major networks during primetime hours. I hope they don’t disappoint!

    • I’m not taking the advice of someone who can’t make a judgement on their own and based their poor decision on the opinions of friends and co-workers and now wants to jump on the bandwagon with their magical digital device…which probably didn’t record at least half an episode because the wind was blowing or a storm passed by or the sun shone too brightly upon the precious dish.

      • Why are you arguing with a spam-bot?

        • It was for my own personal pleasure. I can’t stand DISH and these stupid comments.

          • Ask them how they like those AMC shows……

  6. Getting picked up for a full season doesn’t mean much.

    Say hi to Flash Forward and Terra Nova for me, Revolution.

  7. I know not everyone is a huge fan of Revolution but I’m happy it got picked up. I think it’s really good so far and I’m excited to see what will happen the rest of the season.

    You have to check out this awesome video about all of JJ Abrams’ shows. Even if you aren’t a super fan, you’ll find it entertaining…