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NBC Announces Pick-ups for 2009-2010

Chuck, Kings, Earl and numerous others not listed.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 04, 2009
Source: NBC Press Release

Zachary Levi as Chuck and Robert Picardo in CHUCK: CHUCK VERSUS THE LETHAL WEAPON(2009).
© NBC-Universal

NBC has announced early renewals and new series coming to their primetime line-up for the 2009-2010 season. As genre fans will notice, some series like "Chuck" didn't make its way on to the press release below. It should be noted that NBC has said they will announce additional series pickups on May 19.

Here's the press statement.


NBC unveiled today a strong lineup of broad and diverse quality programming for the 2009-2010 television season announcing the pickups of six new series featuring four new dramas including "Trauma," "Parenthood," "Mercy" and the event series "Day One," as well as two new comedies including "Community" and "100 Questions." Four returning series pickups were also announced today including "Heroes," "Southland," "Parks and Recreation" and the addition of six new episodes of "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" skewering today's top stories in live half-hour primetime shows.

The new and returning series will launch next season and the epic event series "Day One" is slated to premiere out of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. "The Jay Leno Show" will be broadcast Monday-Fridays, 10-11 p.m. ET beginning in the fall. Previously announced series pickups include "The Office," "30 Rock," "The Biggest Loser," "The Celebrity Apprentice," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Friday Night Lights," and new alternative series "The Marriage Ref," "Breakthrough With Tony Robbins" and "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Additional series pickups will be announced May 19, when NBC announces its 2009-2010 schedule.

NBC unveiled pickups for the upcoming broadcast season in the first of a series of presentations today and tomorrow to key advertisers from Studio 8H-the home of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"-at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Presentations will continue in Chicago on May 7 and Los Angeles on May 12.

"We are thrilled to be announcing such an awesome slate of new series that build on our existing quality brand and deliver emotional, human stories," said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. "NBC will strive to make viewers feel and our shows represent the full range of human emotion from laughter to tears. We can't wait to share these concepts with our audience and our advertising partners."

"These new series will showcase fresh talent and bold, original concepts that are extremely well executed," said Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios. "We are grateful to the producers, casts and crews -- and our team -- who have delivered incredibly compelling and entertaining new series." In response to an evolving media marketplace and the changing needs of advertisers, NBC has created a more innovative, client-centric approach to its traditional Upfront with a series of one-on-one client presentations, which began today in New York City. These presentations are interactive and, unlike other networks' Upfront presentations, will include a Q & A with advertisers and NBC sales and entertainment executives.

NBC will also host advertisers and affiliates at a "Night of Comedy" featuring appearances by some of its biggest comedy stars including Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Rainn Wilson and Tracy Morgan on Tuesday, May 19 in New York City.

Detailed new series descriptions are listed below. For photography, log on to www.nbcumv.com. For additional press materials including EPK and new series promotional trailers, please see companion media advisory.


New Dramas


From the executive producers of the box-office hit "Parenthood" -- Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Oscar winners for "A Beautiful Mind"), and writer/executive producer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights") -- this contemporary re-imagining of the blockbuster film depicts the colorful and imperfect Braverman family -- four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and joy of being parents. The star-studded cast includes Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Sarah Ramos. When Sarah Braverman (Tierney, "ER"), a financially strapped single mother, returns home to her parents and siblings in Berkeley, Calif. after packing up her Fresno apartment and uprooting her two inconvenienced kids, Amber (Mae Whitman, "In Treatment") and Drew (Miles Heizer, "ER"), she is greeted by her opinionated father, Zeek (Nelson, "Family Stone," "Coach"), and strong mother, Camille (Bedelia, "Heart Like a Wheel"), who are privately dealing with their own marital issues. As Sarah is reunited with her siblings -- sister, Julia (Christensen, "Traffic"), and brothers Crosby (Shepard, "Baby Mama") and Adam (Krause, "Six Feet Under") -- all struggling with issues of their own, it's clear that the Braverman reunion is just what they need to face the everyday challenges of modern family life. "Parenthood" is a production from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. Emmy winner Thomas Schlamme ("The West Wing") directs the pilot.


Executive producer Peter Berg (NBC's "Friday Night Lights") delivers "Trauma," the first high-octane medical drama series to live exclusively in the field where the real action is. Like an adrenaline shot to the heart, "Trauma" is an intense, action-packed look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco General is first on the scene, traveling by land, by sea or by air to reach their victims in time. From the heights of the city's Transamerica Pyramid to the depths of the San Francisco Bay, these heroes must face the most extreme conditions to save lives -- and give meaning to their own existence in the process. Starring in "Trauma" are Derek Luke ("Notorious"), Cliff Curtis ("10,000 B.C"), Anastasia Griffith ("Damages"), Aimee Garcia ("George Lopez"), Kevin Rankin ("Friday Night Lights") and Jamey Sheridan ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent"). "Trauma" is a production of Universal Media Studios and Film 44. Berg, Sarah Aubrey ("Bad Santa," "Friday Night Lights"), Dario Scardapane and Jeffrey Reiner ("Friday Night Lights") serve as executive producers. The pilot was written by Scardapane and directed by Reiner.


"Mercy," a new medical drama with a unique point of view, portrays the lives of the staff at Mercy Hospital as seen through the eyes of those who know it best -- its nurses. Nurse Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling, "Dark Matter") returns to Mercy from a military tour in Iraq -- and she knows more about medicine than all of the residents combined. Together with fellow nurses Sonia Jimenez (Jamie Lee Kirchner, "Rescue Me") and Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg, "Gossip Girl"), Callahan navigates through the daily traumas and social landmines of life and love both inside the hospital and out in the real world. The cast also includes: James Tupper ("Men in Trees") as Dr. Chris Sands, a new doctor at the hospital who complicates Veronica's life; Diego Klattenhoff ("Supernatural") as Mike Callahan, Veronica's husband; and Guillermo Diaz ("Weeds") as Nurse Angel Lopez. "Mercy" is a production from Universal Media Studios and Berman Braun. Joining writer/executive producers Liz Heldens (NBC's "Friday Night Lights") and Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts ("Pushing Daisies," "Pepper Dennis") are executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. Emmy Award winner Adam Bernstein (NBC's "30 Rock," "Rescue Me") is the director.


From executive producer/writer Jesse Alexander ("Heroes," "Lost," "Alias") and director Alex Graves ("Fringe," "Journeyman"), "Day One" tells the story of life on earth following a global catastrophe that has devastated the world's infrastructures. Beginning with the immediate aftermath of the cataclysmic event, an eclectic band of survivors -- played by Adam Campbell ("Date Movie"), Catherine Dent ("The Shield"), Julie Gonzalo ("Eli Stone"), David Lyons ("ER"), Derek Mio ("Greek"), Carly Pope ("24"), Thekla Reuten ("Sleeper Cell") and Addison Timlin ("Cashmere Mafia") -- strives to rebuild society as they unravel the mysteries of what happened and face their uncertain future. The group, all residents of one apartment building in suburban Van Nuys, Calif., embarks on a quest for survival and discovers that hope is found in small victories -- and heroes are born every day. "Day One" is a Universal Media Studios production.

New Comedies

100 QUESTIONS (fka "100 Questions for Charlotte Payne")

Emmy winner James Burrows ("Will & Grace," "Friends") directs "100 Questions," a new comedy series written and executive-produced by Christopher Moynihan ("For Your Consideration") that provides hilarious answers to 100 questions about love. Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman, "Peep Show") is looking for love and has rejected multiple marriage proposals -- but she has yet to meet Mr. Right. When she joins a popular online dating site, she gets a little help from her dating counselor Ravi (Amir Talai, "The Ex List") - who requires her to take a 100-question compatibility test. The questions aren't easy for Charlotte to answer, and each one requires her to recount a poignant and humorous time in her life with friends Leslie (Elizabeth Ho, "Women's Murder Club"), Jill (Joy Suprano, NBC's "Law & Order"), Mike (Christopher Moynihan "For Your Consideration") and Wayne (David Walton "Quarterlife"). The test becomes a journey of self-discovery for Charlotte who begins to realize what she truly wants in a relationship. Ron West ("Psych"), Kelly Kulchak ("Psych") and Michelle Nader ("King of Queens") join Moynihan as executive producers. The series is produced by Universal Media Studios and Tagline.


From Emmy Award-winning directors Joe and Anthony Russo ("Arrested Development") comes "Community," a smart comedy series about higher education -- and lower expectations. The student body at Greendale Community College is made up of high-school losers, newly divorced housewives, and old people who want to keep their minds active. Within these not-so-hallowed halls, "Community" focuses on a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin' lawyer whose degree has been revoked (Joel McHale, "The Soup"), who form a study group and end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work. In addition to McHale, the series also stars: Gillian Jacobs ("The Book of Daniel"); Yvette Nicole Brown ("Rules of Engagement"); Danny Pudi ("Greek"); Alison Brie ("Mad Men"); and comedy legend Chevy Chase ("Saturday Night Live"). "Community" is a Krasnoff Foster Entertainment, Harmonious Claptrap and Russo Brothers production in association with Sony Pictures Television and Universal Media Studios. Russ Krasnoff ("The Soloist"), Dan Harmon ("The Sarah Silverman Program"), Joe Russo ("Arrested Development"), Anthony Russo ("Arrested Development") and Gary Foster ("The Soloist") serve as executive producers. Joe and Anthony Russo directed the pilot that was written by Dan Harmon.


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hanso 5/4/2009 3:14:07 PM

Glad to see Parks & Recreations got picked up.  I'm enjoying it so far, goes nicely with The Office. 

Out of the new stuff, Day One is the only one that has me somewhat interested.

hanso 5/4/2009 3:14:48 PM

Bring back Chuck!!!!!!!!!  and the EDIT BUTTON.

ponyboy76 5/4/2009 3:32:58 PM

Yeah, ditto on the edit button and Day One. it sounds like Jericho on a larger scale.

insaneben 5/4/2009 4:17:03 PM

I'm just waiting to see what sort of excuse they come up with for finishing in fourth place... again.

I'm going to take a wild guess and say that half the shows on this list will be cancelled and replaced with either reality shows or DoND (I won't say which ones until those shows' first few episodes have aired). Even so, I still have a feeling that by the end of the '09-'10 season, for all their efforts (or lack thereof), NBC will still finish in fourth place (thus proving the NBCU 2.0 Initiative was a bad idea to start with, a complete failure ratings-wise, and firing long-time local sportscasters and weathermen are not the way to save money and build a loyal customer base... er, not that I'm bitter or anything). (Oh yeah, and I hope this leads to Angela Bromstad and Ben Silverman getting fired. You cannot constantly fail and expect to still have a job.

<insert CEO/bank/automotive industry/Wall Street/economy joke here>

insaneben 5/4/2009 4:20:14 PM

Oh, and "Primetime Jay Leno" will essentially doom most original primetime shows on NBC and other networks (not that I'm bitter about him stealing Conan O'Brien's spotlight).

Note to Mania: Please include an "Edit" button (hanso and ponyboy76 can't be wrong).

gimpythewonder 5/4/2009 4:29:27 PM

can someone define "Event Series" to me?  Is that a mini-series?  or just something they are going to hype through the roof.

and WTF for not putting Chuck on there.  Nothing on that list sounds like a better show.  unless the quota of genre shows has been met while I was looking elsewhere.  They should also consider moving more shows to USA or Sci-Fi.  Chucks budget couldn't be that high (besides maybe music), move it over, promote the heck out of it when they change their "brand" (I hate that term and its over-use so much) to Siffy.

and why do we need Leno on the TV?  why "retire" only to deprive the world of 1 hour less of real programing?

i anger like a badger about to be castrated

gauleyboy420 5/4/2009 5:17:31 PM

Didn't they make a show out of Parenthood, once before?

redhairs99 5/4/2009 6:17:33 PM

I think they did Gauley and it failed miserably.  I think there was also Parent 'Hood.

Parks and Recreation is okay so far.  I wish it wouldn't try so hard to be EXACTLY like The Office.  I really like the Office, but I think P&R would be much better if it can find it own thing.  The talent's definitely there.  I always loved Amy Poehler as far back as Upright Citizens Brigade.

Also, isn't the whole point of SNL that they aren't ready for primetime?  I watched the first couple of those Thursday Night Updates and it was amusing the first time but after that it was just repetitive.  I also haven't been a regular viewer of SNL in a LONG time.  I'll catch an episode or a sketch here or there, but overall I've been unimpressed with the show for a while now.

hanso 5/4/2009 6:37:48 PM

My fave character from Parks & Recreation is the Indian dude.

I thought the SNL Thursday stuff was pretty cool with the debates.  I don't know if it will hold up without them.

WarCry 5/4/2009 6:56:18 PM

NBC announced there was going to be a delay in some of their announcements due to the death of one of their programming execs. She died very suddenly on the set of one of the new shows (Parenthood, I think) last week, so they put the brakes on a few things.

I don't know what it means for Chuck, but at this point I'm taking a "no news is good news" point of view. I mean, they didn't announce it was cancelled, either, right?

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