Updated - More NBC New Show Pickups: 'The New Normal' and 'Revolution' +'1600 Penn' & 'Animal Practice'

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May 7th, 2012

NBC has picked up Ryan Murphy comedy The New Normal and the J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke drama Revolution.

Update: NBC has also picked up White House comedy 1600 Penn starring Bill Pullman to series for 13 episodes and comedy Animal Practice.

Earlier today NBC picked up comedy Save Me.

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  • SJ


    Yeah, cause all gay parents are exactly the same. :roll:

    I’m interested in The New Normal, Go On and possibly Save Me (don’t those two have kind of a similar concept, though?) Revolution looks DOA.

  • Joakim

    If NBC can’t pickup Downwardly Mobile over these stale single-cams then I feel like NBC will never recover as a network. They simply don’t learn from their lessons.

  • CrimTV

    I really hope Beautiful People is picked up it sounds amazing and I thought it had a lot of chance

  • Polar Bear

    i agree with the sitcoms (nothing is ever gonna be at the level of community, parks and rec, and the old office/30 rock),
    but would u rather have CBS-like procedurals? i don’t want cable to be the only place i can watch good drama.

  • Tony


    Sadly there has been zero news of beautiful People :(

    I’d say it was knocked out early on

  • V

    Agreed, Revolution has promise, but its on NBC.
    It sounds like Jericho/Terra Nova.
    Its all about execution.

  • Concerned Citizen


    Single-camera comedies being “stale” is an opinion. The fact of the matter is, they’ve had far, FAR more critical success over the past decade than multi-camera shows. None of the broadcast networks other than CBS has had much commercial success with multi-camera shows either. NBC is not in the position they’re in because they abandoned the format, and they’re not going to magically get out of it by re-embracing it.

  • Raykov

    I hope they’ll pick up Kari Lizer’s sitcom Ladyfriends

  • SmG

    Maybe they’ll launch it after The Voice like Smash :) Other frontrunners are medical drama County and the firefighter drama Chicago Fire. Revolution should have the upper hand.

  • Nick

    Revolution looks good, but anything that JJ Abrams is involved in is bound to be GREAT!!!

  • Dan S

    I’ll never watch another multi-cam so NBC is always my 1st place to go for new comedies. Revolution sounds real interesting & hopefully it won’t be in a failed timeslot such as Thur at 10pm. I wonder how many comedies there going to have & which shows won’t be back ? Only 1 week to go to find out.

  • tvfreak

    @still good shows on tv: Or it could be the next Lost. I mean, with Abrams AND Kripke working together…could there be a better combination?

    Oh well, I am now super happy because Revolution was the one NBC pilot I was hoping for the most! Now if only ABC could pick up Last Resort, I would be golden for another highly enjoyable TV season.

  • r0ckmypants

    I love Justin Bartha and Nene, so I can’t wait for The New Normal. So far it’s the only show NBC has picked up that I’ll watch.

  • Nick

    Justin Bartha is awesome, Cant wait for The New Normal.

  • alexjones

    I heard that revolution name had been dropped and they decided to go with something else but seems they’re going with that name after all.

  • Xavier

    “Revolution seems like a high concept fail”

    That’s probably correct. Hopefully not, as I do think Kripke has a lot of talent. But ratings indicate that the majority of people just don’t want to see this kind of show. Even though the nets just keep trying to make them.

    “Revolution looks good, but anything that JJ Abrams is involved in is bound to be GREAT!”

    That’s just not true.

    Firstly, I’m not sure what Abrams actual involvement in this will be — he really has had very little involvement in most things he has his name on.

    Secondly, he has three successes that bear his name: Alias, a dumb show that did better than its scripts and acting deserved, Lost, a very well-produced show that also did well, and PoI an excellent show that’s also doing really well.

    Other than that, pretty much everything Abrams has had his name on, on TV, has failed miserably. Six Degrees, the epic fail that was Undercovers, Alcatraz, and of course, the now-canceled Fringe. (yes, I know it has more episodes next season, but it is still canceled. Should have been canceled 3 seasons ago though. And it’s still a failed show, regardless)

    As to The New Normal… It’s Ryan Murphy, so here’s how it goes… great first season. Whiny, preachy, annoying, social-engineering second season. Canceled in 3rd or 4th season, after plots become utterly preposterous. Count on it.

  • KS

    Why can’t Kripke and Abrams, make this show to some cable network. Genre shows are never usually welcomed on broadcast network, in spite of having a very great quality.

  • William Haney

    Is there any info on “Revolution” like any video clips? Got my curiousity.

  • Andrea

    Revolution=the new Lost wannabe.

  • SJ

    NBC should probably do something like this next season:


    New multi-cam (Lady Friends?)
    The Office
    Parks and Recreation


    The New Normal
    Save Me
    Go On
    1600 Penn (looking like it will get a pick-up)

    The Thursday block starts up in August, to take advantage of the London 2012 promotion.

    30 Rock, Community, Up All Night, Off Their Rockers(?) – mid-season.

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