'Revolution', 'Chicago Fire', 'Parenthood', 'Law and Order: SVU' and 'Grimm' Renewed by NBC

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April 26th, 2013

Grimm April 19

via press release:


Dramas “Revolution,” “Chicago Fire,” “Parenthood,” “Grimm” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” All Returning for 2013-14 Slate

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – April 26, 2013 – NBC has announced the renewal of five key drama series for the 2013-14 season: “Revolution,” “Chicago Fire,” “Parenthood,” “Grimm” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

All have been given 22-episode orders.

The announcement was made by Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment.

“On the verge of our 2013 fall scheduling decisions, we’re pleased to renew five drama series that will be important to our new season line-up,” Salke said. “We’re proud and very appreciative of all of the actors, producers, writers and directors who work so hard to deliver such high-quality work week in and week out. These complex shows represent a broad range of genres and tones, and all of them stand out for us in a television landscape now filled with one-hour series. We’re especially pleased to be renewing “Revolution” and “Chicago Fire” — two first-season successes — and there will be more returning series announcements made in the next couple of weeks.”

“Revolution,” the Monday night drama that centers on a family trying to reunite amidst a worldwide power failure, is executive produced by Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Star Trek”). The series is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television.

“Revolution” is the season’s top-rated drama on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and top-rated new series among those networks in adults 18-49, scoring a 4.6 rating, 12 share and 11.8 million viewers overall in “most current” averages for the season to date. “Revolution” has teamed with “The Voice” to help improve NBC’s Mondays this season versus last by 24 percent in 18-49 (with a 3.6 rating vs. a 2.9).

“Chicago Fire,” from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf and creators Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, goes inside a Windy City firehouse and the lives of those who engage in one of our nation’s noblest professions.

In addition to Wolf, Haas and Brandt, executive producers also include Matt Olmstead, Joe Chappelle, Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski. The series is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

“Chicago Fire” has topped its premiere audience of 6.6 million persons a total of eight times this season, and the only other new drama on the broadcast networks to have done it even once this season is NBC’s “Hannibal.” “Chicago Fire” originals have improved the time period versus year-ago results by 24 percent (“live plus same day”).

“Parenthood,” adapted from the 1989 feature film, examines the colorful Braverman family, and all its foibles and triumphs. The series is executive produced by Oscar winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Frost/Nixon”), Emmy winner Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”) and Lawrence Trilling (“Pushing Daisies”). The series is produced by Universal Television and Imagine Entertainment.

“Parenthood” grew this season versus last by 8 percent in adults 18-49 (to a 2.8 rating from a 2.6) and also increased by 8 percent year-to-year in total viewers (7.1 million vs. 6.6 million). This season’s last seven “Parenthood” telecasts beat both the ABC and CBS drama competition in the time period in 18-49.

“Grimm,” inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production. The series was created by Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner and Norberto Barba also serve as executive producers along with Greenwalt and Kouf.

“Grimm” is Friday’s #1 series in adults 18-49 and is up versus one year ago by 14 percent in 18-49 rating (with a 2.4 vs. the year-ago 2.1, “most current”) and is up 12 percent in total viewers (6.9 million vs. 5.2 million).

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” will enter its 15th season for NBC. The series chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Television. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer. Warren Leight, Julie Martin and Peter Jankowski are also executive producers.

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” originals this season have improved the time period versus year-ago results by 70 percent in adults 18-49 (“live plus same day”) and are building on the time slot’s lead-in by 31 percent in 18-49 and 70 percent in total viewers.

  • Eric Robinson

    Yes! The Revolution continues! *makes really weird dramatic pose for some reason*

  • Dave

    OMG THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU NBC for GIVING Parenthood a Full Season order! The only show i watch on your network!

    Thank you! This has just made my day! I love this show so much!

    Thank you NBC! :D #HappyDance

  • Eric Robinson

    Sad that Hannibal wasn’t able to get renewed. If the show had maintained its 1.4, I think it would have gotten renewed.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    Literally no surprise for those of us who follow TVBTN. These 5 core dramas (and no others) have been set to be renewed for months now. It’s just good to get it officially out of the way.

    Now onto the comedies! I predict Parks and Community, and MAYBE one of Go On or Whitney.

  • AA

    So what do you guys think? Is this bad news for Hannibal or do we just have to wait and see how next week’s episode does?

  • Eric Robinson

    Good for Parenthood!

  • Mary

    Eric, these are only early renewals. NBC doesn’t make official announcments until around May 13th. Hannibal could still be renewed.

  • Kyle R

    Seems like it’s gonna be a busy news day.

  • BenA

    Thank God Parenthood has been renewed for season 5!

  • Kyle R

    Hannibal could still be renewed. If it bounces back to around a 1.4 next week, I’d except a renewal for another 13 episodes.

  • Eric Robinson

    @Mary Oh! Well, that certainly calms me down considerably!

  • Tom

    No surprises here. Not even Parenthood’s episode count; it needed 20 episodes to hit 88, all but mandating a full season order.

  • Derek

    Only thing remotely surprising about this is that NBC is giving Parenthood a full season… only the second full season pickup of its run – and its definitely deserved.

  • Jenny

    I guess it took Smash performing terribly for NBC to wise up on Parenthood, and give it a full twenty-two episode season!

  • Kyle R

    I wonder if they’ll be a similar announcement about comedies today.

  • Colin

    Very surprised to see Revolution getting 22 episodes. Smash anyone? For me thats a sign that they will keep it after the voice. Otherwise this would be crazy.

  • omabin

    They were all absolutely certain things. Good to see NBC renewing all of its core 5 dramas before thinking of comedies. Parenthood finally got its 22 episode order, and so did Revolution apparently!

  • oktimeforplanc

    NBC better renew Parks and Recreation.

    Happy about Revolution getting renewed.

  • Robsten_Fan

    Well done, NBC!

    Finally you did something right! :D

  • Liam

    And a full 22 slate to boot!!!

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