NBC Orders Full Seasons of 'Revolution', 'Go On' & 'The New Normal'

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October 2nd, 2012

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – October 2, 2012 – On the heels of winning its first premiere week in the A18-49 demographic in nine years, NBC has picked up three of its new fall series – the adventure-drama “Revolution” and the comedies “Go On” and “The New Normal” -- for full-season commitments for the 2012-13 season, it was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.


“We’re impressed with the imagination and creative direction of the entire team on ‘Revolution,’ not to mention the immediately strong response we got from the audience,” said Salke. “Ordering the full season of this show is a pleasure. Thanks to J.J. Abrams, Erik Kripke, Jon Favreau, and everyone at Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television for their dedication to making a truly unique series. And I personally love to escape into a world where there is no power, the phone doesn’t ring, and the pace of life slows down -- if only for one hour a week!”


She added: “We’re also very proud of our new comedy block of ‘Go On’ and ‘The New Normal.’ In partnering with Matthew Perry for ‘Go On,’ creator Scott Silveri has created a comedy with a highly original voice that deftly combines humor and emotion. And Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler have created a truly unique family in ‘The New Normal’ that is reflective of the changing dynamics of the world we live in. These shows are both welcome additions to our new lineup!”


"We're very pleased with early results of the last three weeks of our fall season roll-out,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “The strategy for this season was to draft off the promotional platform of the Olympics and then begin our season early and strong. I think we’ve accomplished both of those goals, yet we know it’s a long season and there’s much work ahead of us. We are so appreciative of all the great talent that is working so hard on these shows.”


“Revolution” is averaging a 3.6 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers in “live plus same day” results through its first three telecasts. “Revolution” debuted on September 17 with the highest 18-49 rating (4.1) for a premiering drama on any network in three years (since ABC’s “V” on October 3, 2009, 5.2) and the highest for a premiering NBC drama in five years (since “Bionic Woman,” September 26, 2007, 5.7). And in the two weeks since then, “Revolution” took on premiering competition from ABC’s “Castle” and CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0” and led that competition in every key demographic both weeks. And the first two weeks of “Revolution” have set time-shifting records for NBC, growing by 1.36 ratings points in 18-49 in week one and then 1.74 in week two when going from Nielsen’s “live plus same day” ratings to its “live plus three day” data. Those are the two biggest increases ever for an NBC telecast. Among series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, only ABC’s “Modern Family” has ever earned a bigger increases than “Revolution’s” week-two gain of 1.74.


“Go On” is averaging a 3.2 rating, 9 share in adults 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers overall in “live plus same day” averages for its first three regular-slot telecasts, ranking it currently as the #1 new comedy of the fall (a special preview of ABC’s “The Neighbors” also earned a 3.2). The 3.2 rating is a 33 percent increase on the 2.4 NBC averaged in the time period last season in 18-49. “Go On’s” September 11 regular-slot debut scored NBC’s top 18-49 rating for a comedy premiere (3.4) in the last two years.


“The New Normal” is averaging a 2.2 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 6.0 million viewers overall through its first three regular-slot episodes, according to Nielsen Media Research. The most recent “New Normal” telecast retained 74 percent of its 18-49 lead-in from “Go On,” matching its best retention to date and up from 65 percent the prior week. And in “live plus three day” ratings that add time-shifted viewing for the first three days after live broadcast, last week’s “New Normal” increased its retention of “Go On” to 87 percent (with a 2.77 rating vs. a 3.19).


What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and "Supernatural's" Eric Kripke, a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape where every single piece of technology -- computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights -- has mysteriously blacked out forever. A drama with sweeping scope and intimate focus, "Revolution" is also about family -- both the family you're born into and the family you choose. This is a swashbuckling journey of hope and rebirth seen through the eyes of one strong-willed young woman, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos, "Being Human"), and her brother Danny (Graham Rogers, "Memphis Beat"). When Danny is kidnapped by militia leaders for a darker purpose, Charlie must reconnect with her estranged uncle, Miles (Billy Burke, "The Twilight Saga"), a former U.S. Marine living a reclusive life. Together, with a rogue band of survivors, they set out to rescue Danny, overthrow the militia, and ultimately re-establish the United States of America. All the while, they explore the enduring mystery of why the power failed, and if -- or how -- it will ever return.


The series also stars Zak Orth ("Romeo + Juliet), JD Pardo ("A Cinderella Story"), Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad"), David Lyons ("The Cape"), Maria Howell ("The Blind Side"), Daniealla Alonso ("Friday Night Lights"), Tim Guinee ("Iron Man") and Elizabeth Mitchell ("Lost"). Kripke, Abrams and Bryan Burk ("Lost," "Star Trek") serve as executive producers, and Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Iron Man 2") serves as co-executive producer. "Revolution" is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Favreau.




Matthew Perry ("Friends," "Mr. Sunshine") stars as Ryan King, a recent widower and sports talk radio host ready to get back to work after the loss of his wife. Ryan's alpha-male boss, Steven (John Cho, "Star Trek," "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"), has a different plan in store for Ryan, making him attend grief counseling before returning to the air.


A reluctant Ryan finds himself in a support group for "life change" where he meets an oddball cast of characters. Ryan’s total lack of interest in "the healing process" proves distracting, and he soon butts heads with the by-the-books group leader, Lauren, played by Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti ("The Playboy Club"). Back at work, Ryan is confronted with the fact that he hasn't really processed his grief and realizes Lauren and the other members of the group might be key in helping him move on.


Also starring are Tony Award winner Julie White (“Transformers”), Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”), Suzy Nakamura (“Dodgeball”) and Brett Gelman (“30 Minutes or Less”).


In addition, Lauren Graham (NBC’s “Parenthood”) will guest-star in an upcoming episode of “Go On” as Ryan King’s (Perry) old college friend and his former radio talk show co-host. An airdate for Graham’s episode will be announced later. Multiple Emmy Award winner Bob Costas from NBC Sports and Chris Bosh from the NBA’s world champion Miami Heat also will appear as themselves in additional episodes.


"Go On" is a touching new comedy created by Emmy Award-winning writer/executive producer Scott Silveri (“Perfect Couples,” “Friends”). Todd Holland (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Karey Nixon (“Free Agents,” “Miss/Guided”) and Jon Pollack (“Up All Night,” “30 Rock”) also serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Holland. "Go On" is a production of Universal Television, Dark Toy Entertainment and Silver & Gold Productions.


For embeddable clips and full episodes from “Go On,” please visit NBC.com's official show site: www.nbc.com/go-on/


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These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It's 2012 and anything goes. Bryan (Andrew Rannells, "Girls," "The Book of Mormon") and David (Justin Bartha, "The Hangover") are a Los Angeles couple and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed, loving partnership, there is one thing that this couple is missing: a baby. And just when they think the stars will never align, enter Goldie (Georgia King, "One Day"), an extraordinary young woman with a checkered past. A midwestern waitress and single mother looking to escape her dead-end life and small-minded grandmother (Emmy and Tony Award winner Ellen Barkin), Goldie decides to change everything and move to L.A. with her precocious eight year-old daughter. Desperate and broke – but also fertile – Goldie quickly becomes the guys' surrogate and quite possibly the girl of their dreams. Surrogate mother, surrogate family.


Ryan Murphy serves as creator/executive producer and director along with creator/executive producer Ali Adler ("Glee," "Chuck") and executive producer Dante Di Loreto ("Glee," "American Horror Story"). "The New Normal" is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ryan Murphy Productions.





  • Alan

    Giving The New Normal a full season was a big mistake. i think it will still drop a lot.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    ““Last week’s “New Normal” increased its retention of “Go On” to 87 percent (with a 2.77 rating vs. a 3.19).”

    All that says to me is that New Normal has meh DVR #s.”

    And that NBC press release writers are retentionistas. ;)

  • Mike

    well no Smash on Mondays this coming Spring hope it moves to Sundays!!!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Giving The New Normal a full season was a big mistake. i think it will still drop a lot.”

    Full season orders are about filling your current season’s schedule up with whichever new shows are doing best right now. Nothing more.

    We don’t bother to predict them (for a variety of reasons), but they’d be *way* easier to predict than renewals and cancellations by the end of the season (most of which aren’t that hard), which have many more variables at play.

    Full season order does not equal second season renewal.

    Although the flipside is true. No full season order equals you’re canceled (except for a few crazy Pan Am fans who maintained that the show had not been canceled until May)

  • Ultima

    Giving The New Normal a full season was a big mistake. i think it will still drop a lot.

    Do you think that it will drop below Animal Practice and Up All Night?

    NBC will probably have four hours of comedies come midseason. They already had five midseason shows (Office, P&R, Save Me, 1600 Penn, Off Their Rockers) so they need three of the comedies to get back-9s to fill out the schedule.

    That means that three of Go On, The New Normal, Guys With Kids, Animal Practice, Up All Night, Whitney and Community.

    I’m not really sure what kind of scenario people are envisioning that The New Normal is not in the top three of those seven shows.

  • Don

    The New Normal is one of those 30 Rock type shows. Loved by the Media elites for its promotion of Gay Couples…and Modern Family is not good enough for them. So its an Media Elite show…doing good enough to hang around for awhile.

  • dee

    I don’t think NBC is really on the raise but that fact the all the other networks have seen a decline.

    As for Revolution, in a previous post I compared to to “Flash Forward”. I should have compared it to “The Event”

    The Event started high but kept declining week after week. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Event_Ratings.png

    But NBC stuck with it. First they expanded the order from 9 to 13 episodes, then finally a full 22 episode. But the show never recovered.

    I am seeing the same decline in Revolution, about a million viewers being lost each week and falling demo (as provided by this website). Today, NBC has order a full season.

    What does TVbythenumbers think?

  • Tom

    New Normal may be one of those deals they regret come Spring, but not really any surprises here.

  • Timliu

    Good, I can start to watch ‘revelation’ now.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I don’t think NBC is really on the raise but that fact the all the other networks have seen a decline.”

    Certainly both this Fall. And not a huge surprise given that The Voice was added for the Fall.

    Given the cyclicality of the business over time, the surprise is that NBC was down as far and for as long as they were.

  • Dan

    So excited about this news! I absolutely love Revolution and The New Normal and am thrilled that they have been picked up for a full season! I don’t watch Go On, but glad for its’ fans that it got renewed!

  • Dan

    I mean got a full season pick up…my mind is still in May lol.

  • Chazz

    Spin, spin, spin.

    That’s a lot of episodes to burn off in the summer when the bottom drops out by the New Year.

  • Petar Ivanov

    @Bill Gorman

    Is this mean that CBS will go down too…..

    Why compare with these shows not with Once or revenge or waking dead or others….i mean you can compare RVN with whatever show you want, but # don’t lie. RVN is way better then smash was last season after The voice(and the voice than was even bigger lead-in) and better then Revenge wich was best 10 pm show for last season. #1 new drama and #1 10 pm show. That is all about. And is air against big football games too. For example last night ESPN hit almost 7 in the demo with cowboys football game.

  • Data

    Very happy for Go On – I am growing more fond of that show with every week. Revolution is okay – not great, but okay. I will keep watching it. The New Normal, I could have done without, but whatever.

    Now that that’s said: Where, do you guys think, will NBC put Smash, Hannibal and that Pirate show they’ve ordered?

  • thesnowleopard

    Full season pickups this early? Yeah, that’s never backfired or anything [/sarcasm]. But, as Bill has said, it’s about filling the schedule and NBC’s not overly blessed in that area right now.

  • Ultima

    That’s a lot of episodes to burn off in the summer when the bottom drops out by the New Year.

    Because NBC will replace it with…?

    That’s rhetorical, by the way; I realize that you have no interest in actually thinking.

  • Shabbir

    yay I watch all 3 shows. I feared for Go On after the pilot but im glad its getting a full season. The writing is very good and funny as well.

    New normal.. fun and edgy. Revolution..meh.. With so much solar energy, no one has figured out how to turn the lights on?. Will probably wait until the series is over and then catch up all at once.

    Good day for NBC. Still waiting for Mob doctor’s annonucement as the first cancellation.

  • Bookworm

    The New Normal is the only one I’m not too hyped about. I seriously couldn’t take that show for more than one episode.

  • RS

    I love Revolution (In Kripke we trust), and like New Normal. I don’t care for Go On, but I’m happy for its fans. It doesn’t threaten the only other NBC show I watch – Grimm.

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