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.

Related: 30 Rock Closes in on Final Season Renewal

  • alexjones

    I prefer not to make any guesses on whether a show will succeed or not until it actually airs, everyone thought grimm would be a failure and look how that turned out, I admit there’s a very good chance revoulution will crash and burn but I refuse to declare it dead when it hasn’t even aired a single episode.

  • SVU: Fringe Division

    Also David Lyons (and Summer Glau) was easily the best thing about The Cape. (You know, besides the reference on Community that aired WAY after it was dead and gone.) :)

    So hopefully Revolution will become the next LOST and not the Next FF/Event/TN. But then again I said that I hoped Event wasn’t the next FF and we all know what happened with that.

  • SJ


    At least you can change the channel. Imagine how I feel having to put up with your heterosexual lifestyle being thrown in my face everyday in real life.

    Also, Glee features the most offensive, stereotypical, one-dimensional portrayal of the GLBT community on TV. I know it’s been said before, but it cannot be said enough. The sooner it dies the better.

  • Petar

    Yep. Can be next x files or lost too! Just is better to be on HBO channel for example! Can you imagine Game of thrones in big 4 networks@ Not a chance. But in HBO will go till the end i think that they are 6 or 7 books! Third season will be only half of third book so at least 10 seasons GoT wich is great! In big 4 if is hit show(big if) 5-6 seasons max.

  • Chris

    *how much if any is true?

  • Tom

    I’m not going to comment on The New Normal (Will & Grace aired for years and neither the network nor society collapsed).

    But Revolution sounds exactly like the action-based, Monday scheduled show (either M9 if no Voice, or M10 if so) that has fizzled so often for NBC recently.

    Don’t get me wrong, Revolution, Last Resort, and the Ralph Lamb thing are the shows I am most likely to watch. But I just don’t see why this would succeed when so many others failed (or never even aired, like Day One).

  • Simone


    The generalization that “everyone” thought Grimm would be a failure is false. I thought the premises of Grimm and Once Upon a Time were great and was excited about the premieres of both shows long before the critics reviewed them.

  • Anthony

    Since you apparently have no life and have designated yourself as the show’s unofficial publicist, take the time tell NBC to describe the show properly. No one with a life has the time to investigate if the premise of a pilot that might or might be picked up is correct.

    Except that the majority of the population will NEVER read that log line (as poorly written as it is). Most people do not follow pilot news, they just wait and see what is advertised, so as long as the promos clearly relate the show, that will determine it’s ratings.

  • Lockemonster

    I hate when people say oh that show looks good but it’s on NBC. That kind of mindset is the problem. I’d watch anything on NBC over the crap CBS puts out.

    Really excited for Revolution. I’ll watch anything with JJ’s name on it.

    I love this time of year.

  • Concerned Citizen

    They’ve also picked up Animal Practice (formerly Animal Kingdom). I was worried that with the news that Friday Night Dinner probably wouldn’t be going forward, NBC might pick up a second multi-camera sitcom. Glad that’s not the case. Probably only one more comedy pilot left to be picked up, which will likely be Guys with Kids. I’d love it if NBC surprised us and picked up Friday Night Dinner instead, but between Animal Practice, 1600 Penn, and Go On, hopefully I’ll have at least one new NBC comedy to fall in love with.

  • edward

    why does NBC even bother more than half of its shows get the boot you can not even watch a new show on there cause next thing you know its gone.

  • Liz

    I liked the title Animal Kingdom a lot more. Animal Practice sounds awkward.

    Since Whitney appears to be dead, if Guys with Kids is picked up, what is it going to be paired with? There don’t seem to be any other multicams on the radar.

  • Concerned Citizen


    That’s confusing me as well. Deadline is saying Whitney probably won’t renewed (and given the amount of comedy pilots they’re picking up, you have to believe that’s likely) but do they really intend to have Guys with Kids as their only multi-cam show? Maybe they’re just picking it up to appease Jimmy Fallon, who’s an executive producer?

  • rob60990

    Animal Kingdom or whatever its called sounds horrible and with Tyler Labine it won’t last.

  • Liz

    @Concerned Citizen

    I guess they’re going to pair it with a single cam. And CBS is supposedly seriously considering a single cam too, which would naturally have to be paired up with a multicam, knowing their schedule. Ugh, can networks please stop doing this?

    Just looking at the loglines, Guys with Kids and Animal Practice seem more male-oriented. A possible pairing right there.

  • SarahL (not Simone)


    The generalization that “everyone” thought Grimm would be a failure is false. I thought the premises of Grimm and Once Upon a Time were great and was excited about the premieres of both shows long before the critics reviewed them.

  • Neil

    Revolution sounds a bit like the cartoon Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light.

  • DryedMangoez

    Oh, Revolution sounds interesting, but picking up that pilot, I hope NBC still picks up a few of their other big concept dramas.

  • alexjones

    NBC don’t seem to be picking up many dramas, revolution is the only one they’ve green lighted so far.

  • JTV

    I think they will order 1 more comedy (Guys With Kids) and then be done with comedies. With the outside chance of 1 other multicam like Guys to bring it to 11

    1. Animal Practice
    2. 1600 Penn
    3. Save Me
    4. Go On
    5. The New Normal
    6. Guys With Kids
    7. The Office
    8. Community
    9. Parks & Rec
    10. 30 Rock
    11. Other Multi-camera Comedy

    10 or 11 Comedies isn’t so abnormal

    2008-2009- 30 Rock,My Name is Earl, The Office, Parks & Rec, Kath & Kim + SNL Thursday (6 Total and they had a crapload of reality that year)

    2009-2010- 30 Rock, The Office, Parks & Rec, SNL Thursday, Community, 100 Questions (6 Total and this was the Jay Leno year)

    2010-2011- 30 Rock, The Office, Community, Parks & Rec, Friends with Benefits, Outsourced, The Paul Reiser Show, Perfect Couples (8 Total)

    2011-2012- 30 Rock, The Office, Community, Parks & Rec,Chelsea, Bent, BFF, Free Agents, Up All Night, Whitney (10 Total, 11 if you count Betty White)

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