Fall TV Preview

Fall TV Scoop: NBC Orders J.J. Abrams' Believe, Jason Katims' About a Boy, Sean Hayes Comedy

NBC New Series For Fall 2013Update: NBC is jumping into the fall pickup fray, ordering five dramas — including the Gillian Anderson-Dermot Mulroney thriller Crisis, a reboot of ’60s drama Ironside and J.J. Abrams’ Believe  — to series.

Also getting a green light are the Sean Hayes sitcom Sean Saves the World, DJ Nash’s Family Guide, Bill Lawrence’s Undateable and Jason Katims’ comedy About a Boy. They join the previously-ordered Michael J. Fox Show and Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Dracula.

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Among the noteworthy pilots not getting the go-ahead from NBC: Hatfields & McCoys, The Gates and The Sixth Gun. (NBC’s complete development slate can be found here.)

Here’s the logline/casting/pedigree info for all of NBC’s new series:

Believe (Drama)
EPs | Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk (Fringe)
CAST | Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives), Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin (Savages), Delroy Lindo (The Chicago Code), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil), Arian Moayed (The Following)
Follows an unlikely relationship between a gifted young girl and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.

Blacklist (Drama)
EPs | Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Stranger), John Eisendrath (Alias), John Fox, John Davis
CAST | James Spader (The Office), Megan Boone (Law & Order: LA), Ryan Eggold (90210), Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland), Harry Lennix (Dollhouse), Ilfenesh Hadera
The world’s most wanted criminal suddenly turns himself in and offers to give up anyone he’s ever worked with. The catch: He’ll only work with a new FBI agent, one with whom he has no known connection.

Crisis (Drama)
EPs | Rand Ravich and Far Shariat (Life)
CAST | Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Dermot Mulroney (New Girl), Rachael Taylor (666 Park Avenue), Michael Beach (Third Watch), James Lafferty (One Tree Hill), Lance Gross (House of Payne), Halston Sage (How to Rock), Max Martini (Revenge), Max Schneider (How to Rock), Joshua Erenberg (Suburgatory)
Examines what happens when an unlikely puppeteer pulls Washington’s elite — including the President of the United States — into an international conspiracy.

Ironside (Drama)
EPs | Michael Caleo (Sopranos, Rescue Me), Teri Weinberg.
CAST | Blair Underwood (The Event), Brent Sexton (The Killing), Pablo Schreiber (Weeds), Neal Bledsoe (Smash), Spencer Grammer (Greek), Kenneth Choi (Sons of Anarchy)
Based on the ’60s cop drama, a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective is relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting, but is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city.

The Night Shift (Drama)
EPs | Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (Freaks and Geeks, 90210)
CAST | Jill Flint (Royal Pains), Brigid Brannagh (Army Wives), Ken Leung (Lost), Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under), Brendan Fehr (Roswell) and Jeananne Goossen (Alcatraz)
Follows a team of doctors and nurses working the graveyard shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center.

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About a Boy (Comedy)
EP | Jason Katims (Parenthood)
DIRECTOR | Jon Favreau (Revolution, Iron Man)
CAST | David Walton (New Girl), Minnie Driver (The Riches), Anjelah N. Johnson (MADtv), Benjamin Stockham (1600 Penn), Leslie Bibb (GCB), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show)
Based on the book and subsequent 2002 film starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult, the single-cam comedy centers on the relationship between a man-child and the young boy who moves in next door.

Sean Saves the World (Comedy)
EPs | Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted), Todd Milliner (Hot in Cleveland)
CAST | Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Linda Lavin (Alice), Echo Kellum (Ben and Kate), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds, Grosse Pointe), Samantha Isler, guest star/recurring Vik Sahay (Chuck)
A multi-cam sitcom about a man attempting to both parent the teenage daughter who just moved in and appease a temperamental new boss.

The Michael J. Fox Show (Comedy)
CAST | Michael J. Fox (Spin City), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Kate Finneran (I Hate My Teenage Daughter), Wendell Pierce (Treme), Juliette Goglia (Easy A), Ana Nogueira
The single-cam comedy is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease.

Family Guide (Comedy)
EPs | DJ Nash (Bent), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Jim Garavente (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium)
CAST | Parker Posey (LouieThe Good Wife), J.K. Simmons (The Closer), Eli Baker, Ava Deluca-Verley
The single-camera sitcom centers on a son who idolizes his blind father and enjoys his mom’s newfound adolescence after his folks divorce and ultimately grow closer.

Undateable (Comedy)
EPs | Adam Sztykiel (Due Date, Made of Honor), Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town)
CAST | Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement), Ron Funches, guest star Briga Heelan (Cougar Town)
The multi-cam project centers on a group of young friends dubbed the “Undateables” whose lives are altered when a more confident character enters their world.

Welcome to the Family (Comedy)
EP | Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement)
CAST | Mike O’Malley (Glee), Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight), Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives), Justina Machado (Private Practice, Six Feet Under), Ella Rae Peck (Deception, Gossip Girl), Joey Haro (Glee, Awkward), Aramis Knight
In the single-cam comedy, cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy.

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  1. JJ says:

    I thought that About a boy was a comedy?

  2. Fionna M says:

    NBC please renew Community!! #sixseasonsandamovie

  3. Spike says:

    yay at least someone of OTH is getting work this fall season ^^

    • B says:

      Shantel did and hopefully Burton will be kept on on Grey’s since her pilot didn’t get picked up

      • Arie says:

        Yes! Not familiar with hey on One Tree Hill, but I fell in love with her character instantly! Hopefully she sticks around for a while!

  4. B says:

    James Lafferty! #goothcrew

  5. Michelle says:

    I’m starting to worry about Parks and Rec. Could they please just announce their comedy renewals already?

    • Superhero says:

      Worry about any other NBC comedy, but don’t worry about Parks and Rec. It’s a lock.

      • Michelle says:

        That’s what everyone keeps saying, but if that’s the case, what’s the reason they’re delaying the announcement? Parks’ ratings are significantly higher than the bubble comedies and there’s no guarantee any of the new stuff will be successful, so seems like a no-brainer. Then again, this is NBC we’re talking about…

        • Josh says:

          They did this last year, too. They haven’t renewed the comedies yet because they probably have to figure out the schedule. And instead of renewing them a few at a time, they are more than likely going to announce them all at once, just like they did the dramas.

    • Babar Suhail says:

      NBC will announce their comedy renewal later today.

  6. Ram510 says:

    I’ll check out About a Boy for sure just cause David Walton is in it. Crisis is a maybe, but everything else doesn’t seem that great

  7. I was really hoping for NBC to pick-up NBC’s ‘Holiding Patterns’, but since Chyler (Leigh) was replaced I no longer have interest. Quite frankly, all of Fox’s and NBC’s sound pretty terrible. The only network I’ve got to look forward to is The CW.

    • Zach says:

      She was replaced with Erinn Hayes. IMO that’s one hell of an upgrade. But the script was pretty bad anyway.

  8. jenne says:

    I think ‘believe’ and ‘about a boy’ sound good.

  9. zacqua10 says:

    Knowing NBC, Crisis seems like it will be one of the first series canceled come Fall. I hope I’m wrong, but it just seems like NBC can’t keep a show like that on it’s feet.

  10. sarah says:

    No word on the ones I was interested in : the Chicago Fire spinoff, The Night Shift, Hatfields and McCoys or Bloodline. Fox did not pick up any I was really interested in. The CW also only picked up the Originals so far of the shows I was interested in. I wonder what ABC and CBS will do. I will wait until the final pilots lists for every network are out but for me this may be a disappointing fall.

    • Superhero says:

      The last two pilots you mentioned are both dead; Deadline reported that yesterday.

    • .. says:

      Really? I’m pretty satisfied with the pick-ups by Fox and NBC. Imo, they have picked more of the best compared to passing out on some of the best stuff. Only about 2-3 shows that were passed out on that I was hoping would make it.

  11. EJ says:

    What about James Spader’s show The Blacklist? I wonder if NBC will hold it for midseason.

  12. julio says:

    Can anyone please tell me when cbs, the cw and abc are choosing which shows they’ll pick up.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      In the coming days.

    • Jax says:

      NBC – May 13 morning
      FOX – May 13 Afternoon
      ABC – May 14 Afternoon
      CBS – May 15 Afternoon
      CW – May 16 Afternoon

      Of coures, they networks may announce something sooner, but you will definately know by these dates.

  13. Joe says:

    I guess with the About a Boy pick up, 1600 Penn is dead?

    • Zach says:

      It was dead either way. Everyone hated it, but I thought it was pretty awesome. And it ended on a cliffhanger. But I’d rather have About a Boy. Look at that cast and crew. That is orgasmic.

  14. Millie says:

    When will we find out about the new normal??

  15. Rachel says:

    Someone remind me, was John Mulaney’s pilot on NBC. I remember it being talked about but I haven’t heard anything about it since.

  16. Erik says:

    So looks like Mulan won’t be sticking around Once Upon a Time next season.

  17. DreamRose311 says:

    Looks like Parks and Rec is the only dead lock for comedy renewal, but surely they’d want to renew more than one? Especially with only 4 comedy pick ups… Come onnnn Go On and Community!! And… maybe Guys with Kids?

  18. Brendan says:

    NBC is trying out Dracula, eh? Didn’t work out to well for NBS…
    (Studio 60 reference, move along)

  19. Joel says:

    Will NBC make any more pickups by upfronts or is this their complete slate of new shows?

  20. Richard says:

    My guess is with Sean Hayes new show being picked up, that pretty much means cancellation for “The New Normal”. Unfortunately,I can’t see NBC having two comedies with gay leads.

  21. S. from E. now says:

    So many new comedies… this is an even worse sign for Community )=

  22. Eric says:

    All of the single-cam comedies that they ordered seem pretty interesting. I’m quite happy! Well, I will be if Community and The New Normal get renewed… Parks & Rec as well, but that’s a shoo-in.

  23. Boone says:

    Yeah for Crisis and Believe! Im waitin for the Blacklist noW.

  24. Jax says:

    To be honest, there isn’t a whole lot on that list I’m looking forward too. Maybe Crisis but that’s only because Gillian Anderson is in it. I don’t think it’s going to last long though.

  25. Luis says:

    COME ON RENEW WHITNEY!!!!! NBC you can pair it with the new multi-cam Sean Saves the World !!

  26. Lord Byron says:

    I would love to see The blacklist, hope it gets picked up. Can’t wait to see how crisis turn out, I loved Life. Ah, a series gone too soon

  27. Joe says:

    Sean Hayes will always be ” just jack ” to me …….

  28. topoopon says:

    “Brenda Forever” with Ellie Kemper, please.

  29. Midori says:

    So The Michael J Fox show main character isn’t called Michael J Fox? Weird.

  30. Rjrtist says:

    I hope “Crisis,” doesn’t turn into “Muppets invade Washington.”

  31. bobbie says:

    Believe sounds like something I would enjoy, esp. considering the EPs. and since I loved Better off Ted and like Hot in Cleveland, I’m looking forward to Sean Saves the World

  32. Zoe says:

    I love me some JJ, but Believe just sounds like a Touch redux.

    • Miranda says:

      Except it’s not a father and son series, where one character is mentally challenged in some way. The character is just gifted, and that could mean any number of things.

  33. GK says:

    I’m so there for Crisis and Believe.

  34. Razzy9 says:

    So excited Crisis got picked up, I’m so tuning in for that one! Happy Gillian Anderson is making her US comeback although I’ve loved everything she’s done overseas. (Lady Deadlock anyone?)

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