NBC Picks up Dramas 'Crisis' and JJ Abrams' 'Believe' + Comedies 'About a Boy','Sean Saves The World' & 'Family Guide'(Updated)

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May 9th, 2013

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NBC has picked up Rand Ravich’s drama Crisis and J.J. Abrams’ drama Believe.  Jason Katims’ comedy About A Boy has also been picked up.

UPDATE:  Comedy Sean Saves The World has also been picked up.

UPDATE (2) DJ Nash comedy Family Guide has also been picked up

  • bjssp


    I look at NBC and see a network that needs a scripted anchor and overall in need of a brand. At least with the dramas, it might have found it in the (slightly more) meat and potatoes shows. In comedy, however, it’s still kind of looking, especially since nothing took this season. Had something clicked with the comedies this season, my guess is that more of the pilots would have revolved around that. And in some ways, that was the case, since NBC landed the MJF show way back in the fall of 2012 and you can see more of the shows are less like Friends and more like The Cosby Show.

  • Dan

    @Tommy M – A number of reasons, NBC may want to try Revolution in that slot, to make room for a new show post Voice Mondays, NBC could want to move Parenthood to Thursdays at 10 possibly solving that slots problem. Personally I think a move would be good for the show and with the exception of The Voice I wouldnt be surprised if a number of the returning dramas were shifted around.

    NBC isn’t as in bad shape as they seem. They have a good anount of returning dramas and even with The Office ending, I think MJF could work as a successor.

    As I see it NBC is in no different a position as they were this time last May.

  • bjssp


    Where did you hear that? Got any links? I heard the opposite about the Bloodline script. I even remember reading how Joss Whedon himself thought highly of it, or at least the concept. And given the pedigree and source material behind The Sixth Gun, might they have taken a chance and tried to rework it for midseason? Do they ever do that any more?


    I’m interested to see if Save Me clicks on any level, because if it does, NBC might just make it a summer series, as the network seems determined to have original programming year round.

  • Michael1


    Had NBC committed to keeping “Go On” after “The Voice”, it would have then been a successful comedy. I personally don’t care much for the show, but if NBC wanted to make it a hit, they could have. Instead, they moved it to Thursday in favor of 2 hours of “The Voice,” and they now have a bunch of sitcoms on the bubble.

    “CSI” debuted after “Survivor,” and that has lasted forever. “The Big Bang Theory” got 3 full seasons to ride the coat-tails of “Two and a Half Men.” “Mike and Molly” has also had 3 seasons in that cushy time slot. And how many seasons did “Murder, She Wrote” get to follow “60 Minutes?”

    But, hey, I hear that the second hour of “The Voice” is a lock for renewal.

  • Tommy M.

    @ Dan, I’d honestly be a little surprised to see Revolution move next season given the ratings similarities to Smash’s first season. I think it’s more likely that Revolution stays put at 10PM on Mondays, and they launch a new family drama at 9PM Tuesdays after The Voice and that new show leads into Parenthood at 10PM. NBC has bigger issues with their schedule than Tuesdays.

  • Samunto

    At this point it’ll be most interesting to see how many risks NBC takes with the scheduling.
    It’ll be interesting to see if Believe Succedes Revolution on Mondays or if they go with Crisis.

    That could be an interesting pairing Tuesdays with Believe at 9 but i don’t see solid Parenthood moving from Tuesdays.
    Then there’s the question if NBC will want to promote their hot comedy pilots ( Sean Hayes & MJ Fox) with a Voice Lead-in Tuesdays or be cocky and send them straight to Thursdays where they’ll probably land anyway come midseason.

    NBC still has the most buzz this pilot season!

  • Ultima

    Had NBC committed to keeping “Go On” after “The Voice”, it would have then been a successful comedy. I personally don’t care much for the show, but if NBC wanted to make it a hit, they could have. Instead, they moved it to Thursday in favor of 2 hours of “The Voice,” and they now have a bunch of sitcoms on the bubble.

    Talk about revisionist history! That’s not even close to what happened.

    “CSI” debuted after “Survivor,” and that has lasted forever.

    That didn’t happen either. CSI was initially on Fridays and was only moved after being a little-promoted self-starter.

    “The Big Bang Theory” got 3 full seasons to ride the coat-tails of “Two and a Half Men.”

    After less than a season, The Big Bang Theory moved from after HIMYM to leading off the night at 8pm. It only aired after Two and a Half Men for one season.

    You have no clue what you’re talking about. :roll:

  • Carl

    JJ Abrams drama tends to mean I don’t watch.

  • Mr Mumble

    Variety’s Cynthia Littleton says that’s it for NBC’s pick-up announcements today.

    Bubble show news still expected today though. The number of early comedy pick-ups seems a little light if the talk of “cleaning shop” were true (of course that chatter could have come straight from NBC for negotiating purposes).

  • Tommy M.

    @ Mr Mumble, While they may be done for the day I doubt this is all they will pickup in total so a cleaning shop could still be likely.

  • Dan

    @bjssp – I Highly doubt it, the show is scheduled for 4 weeks and 8 episodes, summer shows never click. If its lucky it will get above a 1.0 but I expect it to arrive and be burned off quick. Same goes for Goodwin Games and Friend Me.

  • John A

    Yes nice to see Gillian Anderson will be back on tv.

  • Dan

    @TommyM – I don’t expect Revolution to move either but thats the chatter thats going around that one of the new dramas will get the Mon 10pm slot. My hope is that NBC leaves Revolution there and airs a drama 9pm Tues followed by SVU, moves Chicago Fire to Wed at 9 airs a new drama at 10 and moves Parenthood to 10 Thurs.

    @Samunto – NBC always has the most buzz because out of all the networks, NBC’s schedule changes the most year to year. That will change with The Voice still airing Mon and Tues as well as the Thurs block remaining in tact but still a lot of dramas can be moved around at this point.

  • Tommy M.

    @ Dan, my belief is that NBC isn’t going to change what’s working for them. They have too much that doesn’t work for them that it would be insane to move the few shows that work where they are.

  • gerry

    if nbc leaves revolution after the voice, they are idiots. the voice will not be this megahit forever. the timeslots after the show need to be used to launch new shows. i hope revolution doesn’t go the way of smash, but if it does, so be it. these shows need to be able to stand on their own without the voice to prop it up. revolution should have switched slots this spring, and they should have used the space to launch hannibal, which is now on the verge of cancellation.

    parenthood, on the other hand, has thrived for the past few years in its slot, and it fully lead in independent. nbc has enough problems without trying to fix what’s not broken.

  • DW

    parenthood would do well wednesday @ 8. you have the middle that does ok with families , survivor and x factor / idol are showing age. i think people would be into a family drama there.

  • TV Addict

    Am I the only one who realizes that NBC orders WAY too many new shows?
    They never have room for them all and eventually have to burn them off (Bent, BFF, Save Me, etc)
    Also, the midseason dramas never get enough advertising either, which is partially why they always fail, (Awake, Do No Harm, Hannibal) but that is also a death slot issue.
    Finally, the schedule changes too much with all the new shows, so people don’t know when they’re on. I say stick with these new shows and no more, but obviously they wont because their current system is doing wonders for them…

  • Dan

    @Tommy M – While I agree with that normally, NBC still needs to shift dramas around to other timeslots to test out new shows. For example Smash worked out great in Season 1 Mondays at 10 but they had to move it to make room for Deception and then Revolution. Its likely Revolution will stay put but NBC would probably move Parenthood in order to air another drama Tuesdays at 10 so that Parenthood can help another strugling slot.

  • Tommy M.

    @ TV Addict, Midseason promotion will not be an issue next season for NBC since they have the Winter Olympics to promote their new midseason shows.

  • Dan

    @TV Addict – Thats NBC the past few years, ordering so many new comedy pilots only for most of them to end up burned off over the summer.

    Remember 2009 when NBC only ordered Community and 100 Questions for that year.

    FOX has an unusually large amount of comedies as well and they all have 13 episode orders, even Dads.

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