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

 
  • sam

    i love NBC but there shows are not mainstream anymore ex) big bang theory v.s 30 Rock or Modern Family v.s Community

  • Mi

    From what I heard about Revolution, the show is also supposed to feature a strong young female lead Hunger Games-esque. If they play that well in the promos, and place Revolution after The Voice, it could have a good opening, and from then it’ll depend on its quality.
    It certainly sounds like it has more chances than the CW’s version of Hunger Games (The Selection) to me..

  • Ultima

    @JTV
    -The Apprentice and The Biggest Loser will return (only as 1 hour now)

    Outside of a significant change to the format of The Voice, The Biggest Loser will stay at two hours, cutting back to one when The Voice goes live.

    The lenght of The Apprentice will likely be dependant on how well shows perform in the fall. If they need to fill a lot of holes once midseason arrives, then The Apprentice will be two hours by necessity.

  • It Girl

    I’m happy about REVOLUTION , but WE WANT MIDNIGHT SUN , NOTORIOUS , COUNTY & CHICAGO FIRE !

  • Alloy

    I definitely Chicago Fire, County, and Bad Girls. I think Chicago Fire and County could be hits if protected in the right timeslots.

    NBC needs to pickup all of their multi-cams as well as their sure to get at least one super hit out of them and that could be Downwardly Mobile.

  • Simon

    Was hoping that Revolution would get picked up! ANY show that combines JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke is sure to be worth the watch!

  • KevinY

    YESSS!!!! Justin Kirk and Ty Labine!!!

  • Grace

    REVOLUTION sounds like JERICHO. JERICHO was a GREAT show that nobody watched. :(

  • Amanda

    YES, CHICAGO FIRE please!! I LOVE Jesse Spencer from [H]OUSE!

  • Nancy

    ANNE HECHE……….SERIOUSLY??? POOR NBC!!

  • Petar

    Most scripts never become pilots. Most pilots never get picked up. Most series that air don’t make it to a second season. It’s a harsh business.

    @Ultima
    This is very, very smart. Well said, clever guy. Just I can’t to not congratulate you.

  • Riff Rafferty

    NBC has picked up Ryan Murphy comedy The New Normal

    Oh, good. I was wondering what the first cancellation of the season was going to be. Now I don’t have to wonder anymore.

  • Petar

    From what I heard about Revolution, the show is also supposed to feature a strong young female lead Hunger Games-esque. If they play that well in the promos, and place Revolution after The Voice, it could have a good opening, and from then it’ll depend on its quality.
    @Mi
    This is critic/writer review for revolution that you heard:
    The series focuses on a father (who may know more than he lets on about the cause of the worldwide blackout) and his children, trying to survive in new world. His daughter Charlie longs for more and winds up getting it when events send her on a dangerous mission to Chicago, searching for her mysterious uncle. It’s a pretty fun ride and with hints of “The Hunger Games” to it (strong, young female lead), it could prove successful for the network.

    To be succesful show revolution must be procedural not serialized show – outside ABC all serialized dramas are bad last 3-4 years. Schedule. Billy Burke is BIG plus(twilight open in november can help too. think they have second actor from twilight BD part2) So timetable is important. And most important thing – showrunner! Abrams play big boss now and after lost he don’t stay with his shows after pilots(max for first season but only for fox and cbs) and don’t write/direct so may be Eric Kripke will be “the man”. And he is with no experience in big 4 networks. But is so smart guy and talent is there so deserve a chance! Stay wise Kripke.

  • Petar

    ps(no misunderstandings)after to be…. is my opinion. Just first part is review.(smile)

  • rob60990

    So according to Deadline, Downwardly Mobile is dead. Absolutely unbelieveable. NBC won’t be getting out of its ratings disaster anytime soon with these pick-ups.

  • Riff Rafferty

    NBC seems to be ordering the same stuff that’s put them in the position their in now. More low-rated single-cams and complicated dramas that won’t last more than a season on the air. Would NBC wake up already?

    You know things are bad when I’m actually rooting for Ted Harbert to get a promotion. At least he understands what the “broad” in “broadcasting” stands for.

  • Simon

    @Petar
    You said: ”To be succesful show revolution must be procedural not serialized show – outside ABC all serialized dramas are bad last 3-4 years”

    And why may I ask? You seem to be forgetting that little successful show known as ”24” which was HEAVILY SERIALIZED and was a huge success lasting a total of 8 seasons plus a TV movie and possible big screen movie if Kiefer’s scheduale frees up.

    So yes, serialized shows DO WORK.

  • SmG

    By the way, there is also Hannibal with a 10-episode order for midseason. I hope Midnight Sun makes it too, but Deadline says it has cooled off and not a frontrunner anymore.

  • rob60990

    That fake schedule is horrible.

  • Hades

    Well if the folks on the net are already writing NBC comedies off then I’m gonna bet they’re going to be ratings/comercial hits and with so many folks on the net are really excited about Revolution I’m betting it’ll be this years ‘The Event’ (Flashforward/Terra Nova/Alcatraz?.

    Personally I’m rooting for NBC to have a good year and produce lots of hits just so they can finally cancel the poorly rated crap they have on the air now.

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