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

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October 2nd, 2012

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NBC PICKS UP FULL SEASONS OF THREE ACCLAIMED FRESHMAN SERIES -- ‘REVOLUTION,’ ‘Go On’ AND ‘The New Normal

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 
  • Trey

    Things are going just how I predicted. They got all giddy because of the ratings despite the fact that it’s seen drops in its first weeks. If it were a quality show, I wouldn’t be as concerned. but the show just isn’t good, which means it will keep falling and wont hit its floor until it’s in the mid 1′s. It’s The Event all over again.

    Just look at what Heroes did, it GAINED viewers in its first episodes, that’s because it was a great show, one that people COULDN’T wait to see. That’s when the show was pulling in 6+ in the demo with 14-16 million viewers.

    Revolution starts with 11.6 million viewers and it’s already down to 8.3. The demo started at 4.1 and is already down to 3.2. That means the show has lost over 3 million viewers and a .9 in the all important demo. Only 3 episodes in. that is not good. Show needs to get better. The main character is so annoying.

  • Ultima

    @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.

    I watched the first three episodes of Lost. They were some of the worst television I have ever watched. You see what I did there? I formed an opinion on something I actually watched while also destroying the first part of your argument by mimicing the second part.

  • Dan C.

    Excellent! I watch The New Normal and Revolution, so this is great news!

  • CeeKay

    I thought Go On was just AWFUL! I really want to like Matthew Perry’s new shows, but then I never do. I guess I’m glad for him regardless. New Normal is my absolute FAVE new show. Really glad to hear it’s doing well (enough)!

  • Networkman

    @Ultima, there is no need to get offensive and rude. You are taking things too personally. If you continue, I will not respond to you.

    Of course I am aware of the ratings. NBC knew before the season began that the Wednesday comedies didn’t stand a chance in hell. So why should we really take in consideration what they are doing. Since Go On is a decent hit, the network can do better at 9:30pm. They could schedule 1600 Penn after it. And by the way, who cares about the Thursday comedies. They should all be cancelled at the end of the season. Just because they are doing bad, does not mean The New Normal should simply get a pass. NBC has dramas that are waiting in the wings, they can take the timeslot of some of these comedies. Whitney should be given a chance to air on Wednesday once more. So please don’t show me a list of ratings of NBC’s low rated comedies and use that as an excuse to justify The New Normal staying on the air. If need be NBC could put Off their Rockers behind Go On and that most likely would do better.

  • Hugh

    Woo hoo! NBCs best season in a long time.

  • a p garcia

    Revolution is a show I agree on. Go On is just not that funny. Mr.Sunshinbe was a funnier program. A rating average of 2.2 for TNN doesn’t scream “HIT”, but then it is NBC.

  • Ultima

    @Networkman
    NBC knew before the season began that the Wednesday comedies didn’t stand a chance in hell.

    The amount of money they spent on promoting Animal Practice says differently.

    And by the way, who cares about the Thursday comedies.

    NBC, otherwise they wouldn’t be airing them.

    They should all be cancelled at the end of the season.

    Yes, but the topic was what will be on the network come midseason, not next season.

    Just because they are doing bad, does not mean The New Normal should simply get a pass.

    “The two best words in the English language: De. Fault.” -Homer Simpson

    NBC has dramas that are waiting in the wings, they can take the timeslot of some of these comedies

    Yes, and the Biggest Loser. Does anyone actually expect NBC to run five horus of comedy the entire year?

    I was assuming four hours of comedy (with The Office and Parks & Rec going on hiatus for a while for The Biggest Loser).

    Even if you think NBC will cut down to three hours of comedy, that would leave them with The Office, Parks & Rec, Go On, Save Me, and 1600 Penn – with Off Their Rockers held to replace whichever new comedy flops or for use in the summer. In that case, do you really think that Guys With Kids (or Whitney) is going to do better than The New Normal?

    Also, if The New Normal is the third best new comedy with a ~2.0 rating in the fall, then why would NBC be cutting back their comedy hours so severely?

    So please don’t show me a list of ratings of NBC’s low rated comedies and use that as an excuse to justify The New Normal staying on the air. If need be NBC could put Off their Rockers behind Go On and that most likely would do better.

    Maybe The New Normal won’t air at 9:30pm on Tuesdays come January. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on the schedule.

    It seems like your stance is that NBC should just dump every comedy airing right now except for Go On, stick a new comedy after it midseason, with the other new one after Off Their Rockers, I guess, and wrap up the Thursday comedies. Then, if neither midseason comedies hits – then what? They go into next season with just Go On?

  • Jojo

    Didn’t NBC give Whitney an order for new shows after a few episodes last season and now it is no where to be found.

  • Alex

    Very happy about Revolution. The good news is if the show doesn’t get a second season, we’ll at least get a complete story (as opposed to the waste that would happen if it were cancelled in 6 or something). It and Once Upon a Time are my favorite shows of the fall so far (jury is out on Elementary and Last Resort, since I only have one episode to go by for those).

  • Ultima

    @Jojo
    Didn’t NBC give Whitney an order for new shows after a few episodes last season and now it is no where to be found.

    Except on NBC, Fridays at 8pm, starting in two weeks? :roll:

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Very happy about Revolution. The good news is if the show doesn’t get a second season, we’ll at least get a complete story (as opposed to the waste that would happen if it were cancelled in 6 or something)”

    If Revolution is canceled at the end of this season (this is not a cancellation prediction!), you’re going to get an incomplete story. Count on it.

  • Ultima

    @Bill Gorman

    At least give him credit for preemptively trying to skip all the way to the final stage of grief. ;)

  • Chazz

    @Bill

    Nowhere do I say other NBC new shows will outrate the renewals. Honestly, they will all fail.

    But having renewed three already for the back nine, they are already using up budget that will prevent many of the other shows from being renewed.

  • Chazz

    @Ultima

    Whatever you do for a living or study, stick with that as long as it’s nowhere near television.

    Clearly, getting a back nine is a renewal. A renewal for the rest of the season. Look up “renewal.”

    The odds are against most shows. They expect many, and sometimes all to fail. They have back-ups and pick up reality shows sometimes as the season goes along. So, if most or all of the new shows don’t air all their episodes, don’t be surprised. NBC especially has had to stunt with repeats of other shows, expanding reality shows, etc. They did that in the first week of The Voice by adding its third night!

    If someone else wants to spend the time, say going back five or six years and mention all the 22-episode series that are pulled from the schedule or pushed to Saturday night and have episodes unaired, fine. I’ll start: Studio 60. The Firm.

    A back-nine means nothing. Especially when its a PR move to look good when the other new shows are cancelled likely beginning this week.

  • Chazz

    @Ultima

    But as JoJo clearly infers, the show went nowhere (creatively, ratingswise) and the renewals were unjustified. They just picked it up to have something to stick on the wall. Success at this point is impossible.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Clearly, getting a back nine is a renewal. A renewal for the rest of the season. Look up “renewal.””

    That sets a new level here for belligerent ignorance, and the bar was pretty high already.

    Well done sir!

  • Chazz

    That is not ignorance.

    You’ve never heard of a show renewed for its back nine?

  • Eric_Philly

    Very cool… keep it up Revolution.

  • Chazz

    @Ultima

    One more attempt at being rational.

    Yes, The Apprentice was a surprise hit. It did so well in its Thursday preview that it was removed from its Wednesday slot and moved to Thursday where it displaced the four-comedy block NBC had relied on since the 1980s. (Two of the comedies if you want to be specific.)

    With all due respect, is this news????

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