Upfronts 2015/16: NBC

NBC has ordered seven new dramas for 2015/16, including series starring Jennifer Lopez and Wesley Snipes.

NBC

NBC

Blindspot, Heroes Reborn, Heartbreaker, The Player, Chicago Med, Shades of Blue, and Game of Silence have all been added to the Peacock network’s forthcoming schedule, as well as sniper miniseries The Reaper.

Returning dramas include The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, The Mysteries of Laura, and The Night Shift.

However, Constantine, Allegiance, and State of Affairs have been cancelled.

No decision has yet been made on the futures of AD The Bible Continues, and American Odyssey.

Season three of Hannibal is set to premiere on June 4.

Blindspot (season one)

A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But there’s one tattoo that is impossible to miss: the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller, emblazoned across her back. They quickly realise that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, leading them closer to the truth about her identity and the mysteries to be revealed. The cast includes Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach, and Ashley Johnson.

Produced by Warner Bros Television and Berlanti Productions, writer Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Mark Pellington executive produce.

Blindspot

Blindspot

Chicago Med (season one)

The latest installment of the compelling “Chicago” franchise takes viewers inside the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. The cast includes Oliver Platt, S Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss, and Yaya Dacosta.

Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, and Derek Haas serve as writers and executive producers. Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski and Joe Chappelle also executive produce. Chicago Med is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

Chicago Med

Chicago Med

Game of Silence (season one)

A successful Atlanta attorney’s (David Lyons) long-lost childhood friends unexpectedly reappear after 25 years. When a dark secret they thought they had buried resurfaces, the brotherhood bands together to right the wrongs of their shared past – a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and quench their thirst for revenge. The cast includes Michael Raymond-James, Larenz Tate, Bre Blair, Conor O’Farrell, Deidrie Henry, Demetrius Grosse, and Claire Van Der Boom.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television and Carol Mendelsohn Productions, writer David Hudgins executive produces with Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz, and Niels Arden Oplev.

Game of Silence

Game of Silence

Heartbreaker (season one)

Based on the real life and achievements of Dr Kathy Magliato, this medical drama follows Dr Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), an outspoken world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon and one of the few women in her field. She revels in a racy personal life, manages the daily demands of skeptical faculty and dutiful interns, and pushes the boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights. The cast includes Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley Conn, DL Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, J Louis Mills, and Joshua Leonard.

From Universal Television, writer Jill Gordon executive produces with Amy Brenneman, Brad Silberling, and Robbie Duncan McNeill.

Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker

Heroes Reborn (limited event series)

The hit series returns with a fresh crop of inspiring heroes who take on the ultimate struggle between those with extraordinary abilities and those with nefarious motives to hunt and harness their powers. The cast includes Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Masi Oka, Judith Shekoni, Robbie Kay, Henry Zebrowski, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Danika Yarosh, Toru Uchikado, Eve Harlow, and Gatlin Green.

From Universal Television, Imperative Entertainment, and Tailwind Productions, creator and writer Tim Kring executive produces with Peter Elkoff, and James Middleton.

Heroes Reborn

The Player (season one)

A Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative turned security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organisation of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. The cast includes Wesley Snipes, Charity Wakefield, and Damon Gupton.

Writer John Rogers executive produces with John Davis, John Fox, and Bharat Nalluri for Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment, and Kung Fu Monkey.

The Player

The Player

Shades of Blue (season one)

Jennifer Lopez stars as sexy New York detective (and single mother) Harlee Santos, who fell in with a tight-knit group of dirty cops, taking bribes and protection money that she uses to provide the best life for her honest and talented daughter. When she’s trapped by the FBI, however, and forced to inform on her own “brothers,” she’ll have to walk the fine line between love, loyalty, honor and betrayal, and try to keep it together for her daughter’s future. The cast also includes Ray Liotta, Warren Kole, Dayo Okeniyi, Drea De Matteo, Hampton Fluker, Vincent Laresca, and Sarah Jeffery.

Writers Jack Orman and Adi Hasak executive produce with Jennifer Lopez, Barry Levinson, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest, and Nina Wass  for Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, and Ryan Seacrest Productions.

The Reaper (miniseries)

Based on the memoir The Reaper by Nicholas Irving, this event miniseries recounts the 100-day Afghanistan deployment of Sgt Nicholas Irving, nicknamed The Reaper. The first African-American sniper, Irving tallied 33 official kills during this single deployment, a record that still stands today.

Writers Tom Donnelly and Josh Oppenheimer executive produce with Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company.

NBC orders drama trio

Ahead of its annual Upfronts presentation, NBC has ordered three new dramas for the 2015/2016 season.

NBC

NBC

A spin-off from sister series Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, Chicago Med follows a team of doctors who work in the city’s hospital. Produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films, it is executive produced by Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski, and Joe Chappelle.

The cast includes Oliver Platt, S Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss, and Yaya Dacosta.

Heartbreaker (fka Heart Matters) is another medical drama about Dr Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), a world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon who balances a racy personal life with breaking the boundaries of medical science.

Based on the life of Dr Kathy Magliato, it is produced by Universal Television, and executive produced by writer Jill Gordon, Amy Brenneman, Brad Silberling, and Robbie Duncan McNeill. The cast also includes Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley Conn, DL Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, J Louis Mills, and Joshua Leonard.

Blindspot centres on an international plot that comes to light when a woman is discovered naked in Times Square, covered in tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there. However, one mark is name the of an FBI agent, and he and the rest of the FBI quickly realise every one of her tattoos is an unsolved crime that leads them closer to uncovering her identity and future mysteries.

From Warner Bros Television, it is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, writer Martin Gero, Sarah Schechter, and Mark Pellington. The cast includes Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach, and Ashley Johnson.

NBC unleashes Aquarius online

It’s a move that’s proven successful for online platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

But now US network NBC is pushing new boundaries by releasing every episode of a drama at once.

All 13 episodes of Aquarius will be made available on NBC.com and other VoD players after the show’s terrestrial debut on May 28.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The full season will be available online for four weeks, while the show will air one episode each week on NBC.

Aquarius, set in Los Angeles in 1967, follows a decorated World War Two veteran and homicide detective who agrees to search for the missing daughter of an old girlfriend with the help of an idealistic undercover vice cop.

But they soon realise they need to get her home as soon as possible because she has joined a small, but growing, band of drifters under the sway of a career criminal who now dreams of being a rock star: Charles Manson.

It stars David Duchovny, Emma Dumont, Grey Damon, and Gethin Anthony.

Writer John McNamara executive produces with Marty Adelstein, Duchovny, Becky Clements, and Melanie Greene.

Aquarius is produced by Tomorrow Studios, a joint partnership between Adelstein and ITV Studios.

NBC resurrects Emerald City

Emerald City, the modern retelling of The Wizard of Oz, is back at NBC.

NBC

NBC

The drama was originally given a straight-to-series ten-part commission in January 2014.

However, the show was shelved eight months later.

Now NBC is once again walking down the Yellow Brick Road, handing Universal Television a new ten-episode order. No air date has been revealed.

The story sees 20-year-old Dorothy and her police dog transported to a mystical land of competing kingdoms, warriors and magic.

David Schulner is behind the project, which was originally led by Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman.

Heroes Reborn casts familiar face

It might be called Heroes Reborn – but a familiar face will be returning to NBC’s superhero series.

Heroes Reborn

Heroes Reborn

Masi Oka, who played space/time-traveller Hiro Nakamura, will appear as a guest star in the new 13-part event series due to air this autumn.

The cast also includes Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Ryan Guzman, Robbie Kay, Danika Yarosh, Judith Shekoni, Kiki Sukezan, Henry Zebrowski, and Gatlin Green.

Heroes Reborn is produced by Imperative Entertainment, in association with Universal Television. 

Tim Kring, who created the original Heroes series, executive produces with James Middleton and Peter Elkoff.

Downton Abbey to end after season six

The doors are closing on Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

ITV has confirmed the period drama will come to an end after its sixth season later this year – concluding with a special episode on Christmas Day.

The series is produced by Carnival Films, and coproduecd with Masterpiece for PBS in the US. The executive producers are creator Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame.

Fellowes is now expected to ramp up production on his forthcoming NBC project, The Gilded Age, described as an epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance, and the vast fortunes they made — and spent — in late nineteenth-century New York.

 

DR’s Nikolaj og Julie gets US remake

US broadcaster NBC is piloting a remake of Danish drama Nikolaj and Julie (aka Nikolaj og Julie).

Nikolaj og Julie

Nikolaj og Julie

The DR series, which debuted 13 years ago, has been renamed Love is a Four Letter Word, with Diana Son writing the series based on Søren Sveistrup‘s original show.

The series follows three couples whose modern marriages are put to the test.

The remake is produced by 20th Television and Fabrik Entertainment, with Mikkel Bondesen, Henrik Bastin and Kristen Campo executive producing.
Nikolaj og Julie won the Best International Drama Series Emmy in 2003.