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


    Plenty of shows that are destined to fail get big promotional $. It goes back at least as far as “Supertrain.” It’s the machine. They have to spend money, especially these days to gain awareness.

    Unless you’ve seen the focus group testing on “Animal Practice” or sat in the network screening rooms during pilot season, you don’t know what they think of the show. As for “Guys with Kids,” clearly they had a production commitment to appease Jimmy Fallon. These commitments get bad shows on the air all the time.

  • Ultima

    Clearly, getting a back nine is a renewal. A renewal for the rest of the season.

    You are literally the only person I’ve ever seen refer to a back nine as a renewal.

    In the context of televison programming, a show being “renewed” means that it will air another season during the following broadcast year. This is the very widely accepted definition of the term.

    Maybe you should try getting on the same page as the rest of us.

  • Chazz

    There is no page. You can’t even spell “television.”

    Renew, return, pick up… all these terms are used for the back nine at studios and networks.

    The show is continuing, it is renewed.

  • Chazz



    And as far as this headline goes above, they didn’t order full seasons. Thirteen had already been ordered. They ordered nine more of each. Dinner was ordered, now dessert. Get on the page.

  • sarah nz

    Congratulations to Revolution and hope it works out for NBC.

    No comment on the other shows as wouldn’t watch them even if they do get picked up over here. Interesting to see what they look like in regards to ratings after a couple of months…

  • Justin121

    NBC got really lucky coming up with 3 new shows with higher ratings than all of their returning shows, in addition to The Voice.

    However, Go On already down to 2.7, New Normal to 2.2, REV following The Event’s trajectory, doesn’t bode well. A pessimist would predict all 3 to be cancelled by the end of the season. Even if we over look that, there’s still Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. 12 hours of prime time. Only Grimm does well. That leaves 11 hours, not counting the possibility of the freshmen trio failing and Parenthood being basically a half-a-season show. NBC really messed up with Whitney and Up All Night as they could be covering some of these holes. I’m afraid they’ll repeat that mistake with Guys With Kids.

  • Chazz

    Justin’s right. This is why Goon and New Norman got renewed/pickedup/saved/backnined today rather than tomorrow when the bad numbers come in.



  • Sam

    Well, we all expected revolution to get a full order. It’s still likely to be cancelled if it doesn’t stabilize.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Not a surprise Revolution gets a full season order. It does not, however, mean it will see a second season unless its ratings remain high over the next three to six episodes.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Chazz: Yes, you are wrong. A back nine order is never called a “renewal” in the sense of the Renew/Cancel Index.

    In fact, for a lot of shows, such as “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, which was one day short of having the offices cleaned out in October 2008 when it got a back nine order, it can be considered a “save”. However, in Revolution’s case, a back nine given its ratings over the first three episodes is quite reasonable.

  • k:Alex

    Nice for Go On and Revolution,
    The New Normal is a good show too, but I think it isn’t normal enough for the big public.

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    Revolution has a full season to prove itself. Time will tell. Better not end Season 1 on a cliff hanger unless its guaranteed a Season 2.

    NBC The Event last year started out just as strong in the first 4 episodes then faded a bit towards the hiatus period. After The Event returned ratings tanked. Sadly that show actually got interesting again in the final few episodes when an entire planet was moved and showed up in Earth orbit in the cliff hanger finale. Then nothing more…. The main problem with that show is that in the middle it had too much melodrama and “24” meets “West Wing” political plots.

    The hardest part for series such as Revolution is getting past the hiatus period Dec-Jan. With shows like this you have to hope for the best but assume the worst.

  • Matthew

    Go On is very dry humor it just isnt funny to me at all.But thats merely my own opinion I know others feel differently some may love it and enjoy others may not enjoy it at all and tuned out within 5 minutes of the 1st episode like I did.Different strokes for different folks.

    My father died last year also so I have no interest in watching a show where the father is killed off at the very beginning of the show way too dramatic for me im afraid and too realistic of a reminder of a fathers death the same thing I experienced just in a different way.

    The New Normal is witty sweet and charming and I love how its so blunt honest and actually respects both sides of the spectrum liberal and republican .The show is supposed to make people think it shines a light on ignorance intolerance and bigotry on both sides. As a gay man and a HU-MAN I enjoy that they are equally respectful to both sides and even if we dont agree with either side hopefully maybe just possibly this show will help those who have a lack of understanding and tolerance in this regard on both sides maybe open up their minds and hearts just a little bit and be willing to learn something or appreciate the differences between one another instead of condemning or demonizing the other person whether based on race sexual orientation religion and so on.

  • bigbrotherfan

    I think they jumped the gun on THE NEW NORMAL.
    I would of waited on that-Great from GO ON! :)

  • Jason

    Man no matter how unfunny tnn is they still keep it. It won’t go beyond 1 season I’m surprised it even got a full season pick up.

  • NCJeff

    The New Normal is getting picked up for a full season? Add that to the ‘only on NBC file’.

  • MrK

    I don’t get all the excitement about Revolution. The acting is just awful; Charlie as sexy she is — should be killed off. The show is full of scientific holes. Jericho, V, Terranova was much better than this show. I tried to give it a chance, but after the 3rd episode, I won’t be back.

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    The casting is definitely a problem – reminds me so much of Terra Nova as does the dialog. Jericho? Im still mad at how they turned the show from something decent and turned the short 2nd season into a thinly veiled allegory of the war in Iraq. Glad they cancelled it after that.

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    They also need to kill off Google Guy. Im suprised he is whining about not being able to eat Ben and Jerrys ice cream any more. The guy is beyond annoying.

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