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Scoop: NBC Picks Up Glee-Esque Musical Smash, Prime Suspect Redo, Two Others

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NBC is the latest broadcast net to get a jump on “upfront” week, ordering four pilots to series including the Steven Spielberg-produced musical drama Smash, a romantic comedy starring Chelsea Lately mainstay Whitney Cummings (titled Whitney) and a remake of the Brit hit Prime Suspect starring Maria Bello.

The Peacock also gave a green light to the Christina Applegate sitcom Up All Night, which finds the Samantha Who? actress playing a working mother. Will Arnett costars as her husband.

Chuck Spies Fifth Season, Parenthood Inching Closer to Renewal

NBC — which will unveil its fall schedule to advertisers on Monday — is expected to announce additional pickups on Thursday.



Comments (41)

  • So no 17th Precinct? D’OH!

    Comment by ScrubsGuy – May 11, 2011 05:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Anxiously waiting for this as well!!!

      Comment by Kathryn – May 11, 2011 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Don’t. It’s considered dead.

        Comment by Lambsilencer – May 11, 2011 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Dead? According to…? WTF

          Comment by luke – May 11, 2011 06:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • According to the Deadline website which has been tracking all the info and gossip surrounding the new Pilots. It’s not 100% accurate of course but it does appear that intrest in the show has dropped signigicantly.

            Comment by Dax – May 12, 2011 04:35 AM PDT  
    • Well it might get a mid-season pick up….Maybe even a pick up at Scfy…It does sound super interesting…

      Comment by Josh – May 11, 2011 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Silly Josh…SyFy isn’t interested in SciFi anymore. If it were wrestling that would be another story.

        Comment by Tam – May 12, 2011 04:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Sad. But true. But sad.

          Comment by Matt – May 12, 2011 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • anything on what is being cancelled..im still hoping Outsourced comes back next season!!

    Comment by Eva LePelley – May 11, 2011 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It will be interesting to see how NBC can justify renewing similarly low rated series yet not renew Outsourced which was their best performing new scripted series before they moved it to 10:30.

      Comment by DryedMangoez – May 11, 2011 05:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i’m having doubts :( The show has gotten significantly less funny as the season goes on, hoping theres still a chance for season 2 though!

      Comment by jenna – May 11, 2011 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s it?

    Comment by AJ – May 11, 2011 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When you say “Glee-esque” does that mean horrible writing, tired gimmicks and a plot-less mess?

    Comment by DryedMangoez – May 11, 2011 05:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Most reviews have said its not really like Glee. It seems more drama based and has original songs. Much better than Glee IMO.

      Comment by Joshua – May 11, 2011 06:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah it won’t really be like Glee but it will have Katherine McPhee so no thanks! Ugh!

      Comment by butter – May 11, 2011 06:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • anyone else feel like one musical show is more than enough? I mean add that to the number of music reality shows (American idol, X-factor, the voice etc.) its gets tiring listening to all of these covers

        Comment by jenna – May 11, 2011 06:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • This is about people actually creating Broadway productions. It is far more sophisticated and the musical numbers happen in actual performance context. It’s also being helmed by some pretty great people who know how to put on a good show, both television and theater wise, i.e. not Ryan Murphy. So I think it should be pretty good.

          Comment by Allie – May 11, 2011 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • haha… Katherine McPhee could be the deal breaker for me to not watch. Yeah, I voted for her to win against Taylor only because I didn’t want Taylor to win, but she didn’t deserve to be in the top 2 that year either.

        Comment by ErixN – May 11, 2011 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • McPhee is the reason i will be watching…I think she’s Great.She is going to break out acting.IMO

        Comment by NickC – May 12, 2011 01:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seriously though, it’s as if Glee is the first musical ever produced for television. Just because it is a musical doesn’t mean it’ll be anything like Glee. And if anything Glee is “High School Musical-esque.”

      I was just annoyed by the horrible headline.

      Comment by DryedMangoez – May 11, 2011 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Actually, all of these shows, glee including, should be called Cop Rock-esque

        Comment by Caio – May 12, 2011 04:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yep, and I didn’t like that show either. Musicals are best as one-offs, and they better be written by talented people! I believe that would exclude Ryan Murphy et al.

          Comment by sashay – May 12, 2011 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m sick of hearing this show is “Glee-esque” just because it’s a musical. It’s literally like comparing 42nd Street to High School Musical.

      I imagine the association between TV’s two musicals is being done to draw buzz for Smash, but I hope the showrunners eventually realize that it only creates NEGATIVE connections (bad writing, thin characters, etc).

      If anything, they should advertise it as the “anti-Glee.” Or “Glee for grownups”.

      Comment by Johnification – May 12, 2011 01:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cool on the Prime Suspect pickup

    Comment by bmospr04 – May 11, 2011 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Any word on My Life as an Experiment?

    Comment by Stevie – May 11, 2011 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m definitely interesting in this one, too. I want to know if Criminal Minds is getting Paget back!

      Comment by Tiffany – May 11, 2011 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No official word but Deadline reports intrest in the pilot is very low. I would love to get Paget back on CM but just because her pilot isn’t picked up doesn’t mean she will go back. She may just deside she wants to keep pursuing something else.

        Comment by LDSK – May 12, 2011 04:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GOD…Please cancel CHUCK!

    Comment by Sam – May 11, 2011 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • nope already picked up for season 5!

      Comment by JC – May 11, 2011 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Not officially, those are rumors.

        Comment by Steven – May 11, 2011 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Or hey, here’s a thought: NBC doesn’t cancel CHUCK, but “Sam” exercises his/her god-given right to NOT WATCH IT.

      Comment by I_Captain Blanco – May 12, 2011 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Totally agree. I can understand someone hating a show because it advocates treating women like garbage (21/2 Men), you cannot get away from it on any entertainment platform (Glee), its fans troll other threads (Harry’s Law), but Chuck and its fans never hurt or bothered anyone. Some people are just plain unpleasant to deal with or be near…

        Comment by sashay – May 12, 2011 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please. Just because the show is about the making of a musical doesn’t mean it has anything to do or is anything like Glee, thus calling it Glee-esque is ridiculous.

    Comment by Caio – May 11, 2011 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ah yes, but TV writers love to compare new shows to old shows as it saves them from actually having to come up with adjectives to describe the new show.

      Comment by JC – May 11, 2011 06:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Absolutely ridiculous.

      Comment by DryedMangoez – May 11, 2011 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I dislike Whitney Cummings….she is sort of like a not as great Sarah Silverman…and I’m not even a big Sarah Silverman fan.

    Comment by Josh – May 11, 2011 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RE: SMASH — you said before that JONATHAN GROFF might star in it. can this be confirmed? coz i don’t usually like musicals but i love GROFF. i didn’t watch GLEE this season until he came back and if SMASH has him, i’ll be watching it. if not, i don’t think i will.

    Comment by will – May 11, 2011 08:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What’s the word on the Playboy show? Anybody know? I actually thought that show sounded kind of promising.

    Comment by Stephen S. – May 12, 2011 01:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • NBC has only ordered shows produced by NBCUniversal. Playboy is produced by another studio, so no early pick-up, though it seems likely it’ll get a series order.

      Comment by Caio – May 12, 2011 04:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They’re going ahead with Prime Suspect? Helen Mirren’s portrayal is still way too big to step out from.

    Comment by deedeedragons – May 12, 2011 05:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like Maria Bello, but it’s going to be nigh near impossible to follow Helen Mirren.

    Comment by eviltwit – May 12, 2011 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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