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.





  • Chazz

    There is no reason for Bob Greenblatt to present a politically correct stance for a gay show. He is gay.

  • Chazz


    Shows can get cancelled all the time. Most shows don’t make it to season 2. Most shows stumble through season 1. Know SOMETHING about TV.

    Renewing these shows now after two or three weeks is ALL public relations to make it appear NBC is doing well.

  • Stubing

    I couldn’t watch more than 5 minutes of these new shows.

  • Stubing

    Does anyone here remember season 1 of The Apprentice? Or any other surprise hit? No one could have predicted weeks before its premiere that the Must See Thursday line-up would be tossed aside for Apprentice Thursdays at 9. Mild success two weeks into the season (or failure for that matter) does not determine what midseason and next season will be like.

    This season is a bloodbath compared to previous years, with no apparent gamechanging new shows, that could not have been anticipated a year ago.

  • Stubing


    How does renewing bad shows stabilize ratings?

    There is no way for them to affect the numbers with those shows. Not any of those three are likely to explode.

    The word “band-aid” comes to mind.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Chazz, announcements are certainly timed for PR purposes, but are you claiming that other new NBC shows will outrate these? If so, which ones?

  • david

    I am not surprised about this. Revolution is a good drama, Go On is funny and the New Normal i have not seen yet.

  • Ricky

    Very very very VERY FREAKING HAPPY for RVN and Go On! :mrgreen:

    But they should have waited to renew TNN. If its ratings continue to plunge (and I hope they do), it might become this year’s UAN/Whiney – a highly polarizing sitcom whose ratings really aren’t quite high enough to justify renewal (even on NBC standards).

  • cas127

    Just FYI, last year NBC pulled the plug on all scripted shows with a 1.9 18-49 rating or lower (with the exception of Community, which likely got a syndication reprieve).

    Assuming 10% annual erosion, the cancellation “line of death” (where the bear chases you) would be about 1.7.

    We’ll see if NBC’s “New Normal” holds anywhere near 2.2.

    I sense more than a bit of the “Will and Grace” card being played.

  • Ultima

    Shows can get cancelled all the time. Most shows don’t make it to season 2.

    I’m well aware, no one is talking about shows being renewed.

    Renewing these shows now after two or three weeks

    They haven’t been renewed!

    Ok, you’re talking about shows being renewed because apparently you don’t “Know SOMETHING about TV.”

    They have had additional episodes ordered for midseason, because, wait for it, NBC actually has to fill 22 hours of primetime for 35 weeks. Even if it has to do so with shows that are getting terrible ratings. Because anything is better than static!

    Your claim that the show will crash and the episodes will be burned off during the summer is complete nonsense. Even if the show does crash, the episodes will still air during the season because NBC won’t have anything to replace them with.

  • Sam vs. Liz

    I think The New Normal is going to be in trouble just like Up All Night. Once NBC pushes it out at 9:30pm to boost a new program its in trouble.

    Revolution totally deserves its renewal I’m surprised its held up this well. Go On is like I got to see, its protected too well.

  • Carl

    Does this mean NBC soon might not be the broadcast network punching bag anymore?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Just FYI, last year NBC pulled the plug on all scripted shows with a 1.9 18-49 rating or lower (with the exception of Community, which likely got a syndication reprieve).”

    Am away from my desk, and will update later, but that 1.9 number is complete nonsense.

    Update: Yep, complete nonsense. Only Smash and The Office had Spring averages above 1.9.

    NBC renewed shows with spring averages as low as 1.59 (Whitney).

    Ultima beat me to it.

  • s0303

    new normal may have been picked up a bit early, since its last rating was only 2.0…but considering the thursday comedies and animal practice numbers…i guess it can’t go too much lower than those :)

  • Ultima

    Does anyone here remember season 1 of The Apprentice? Or any other surprise hit?

    The Apprentice was a surprise hit? Reality shows were extremely popular at that point in time and it was airing on NBC Thursdays.

    No one could have predicted weeks before its premiere that the Must See Thursday line-up would be tossed aside for Apprentice Thursdays at 9


    Coupling was a complete bomb and was pulled before November sweeps.

    Friends was no longer able to prop up Scrubs and Will & Grace against the CBS juggernaut of Survivor and CSI.

    NBC had nothing meaningful on its comedy bench (only Scrubs and W&G were renewed that season – every new show failed) and very few episodes left of Friends for the second half of the season (due to the short order).

    I guarantee on TV ratings boards on the net, there were plenty of people saying blow up the Thursday night comedy block.

  • Ultima

    Just FYI, last year NBC pulled the plug on all scripted shows with a 1.9 18-49 rating or lower

    That’s complete nonsense.

    Live+SD average for new episodes for renewed NBC scripted series
    The Office – 2.8
    Smash – 2.3
    Law & Order SVU – 1.9
    Parenthood – 1.9
    Up All Night – 1.9
    Whitney – 1.9
    Parks & Recreation – 1.8
    30 Rock – 1.5
    Community – 1.5
    Grimm – 1.5

    You obviously didn’t bother looking at the numbers. I’m not sure why you thought no one else would.

  • Leoben Conoy

    ughhh *shakes head*

    Revolution is without a doubt one the worst written and acted shows to debut in years.

    It makes The Cape look like Dexter

    It makes Terra Nova look like Lost

    It makes Rookie Blue look like Criminal Minds


  • Bob

    Congrats New Normal….it has heart but is a bit nasty at times….hopefully they settle down some.

  • RS

    I love Revolution. “Makes Terra Nova look like Lost.”? Sorry, I’ll take dinos over an ending in which everyone is dead after how many years! If I had watched that show for how many years, I would have revolted. You do not end a story “the little boy woke up/is dead”. In contrast, Kripke ends a show (yes, he had to change his ending for Supernatural due to the writers’ strike and season 6 renewal); he does have an end game.

  • Leoben Conoy

    If you didnt watch every season of Lost, you really have no right stating any opinion on Lost.

    Watch it all and then you earn that right.

    I’ve watched all 3 episodes of Rev. They are some of the worst television I have ever watched. You see what I did there? I formed an opinion on something I actually watched.

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