Upfronts 2015/16: NBC

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



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.



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.



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.

PlayStation orders new Powers

The first drama produced for the PlayStation network has been given a second season.

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that the PlayStation Original series Powers, based on the graphic novels of the same name, will return in 2016.



The series follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim. Walker and Pilgrim are assigned to investigate cases involving people with extraordinary abilities, referred to as “Powers”.

Season two will continue to follow the detectives and the Powers Division team as they go up against commercialised superhumans who impose their power on the public, which both worships and fears them.

Powers is produced Jinxworld and Circle of Confusion in association with Sony Pictures Television. Charlie Huston, Remi Aubuchon, Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, David Engel, Lawrence Mattis, David Alpert, and Frank Frattaroli are executive producers.

Season one is currently available on the PlayStation Network.

Syfy shuts down Helix

Helix has been cancelled after two seasons on US cable channel Syfy.

The story follows a team of scientists who investigate a possible disease outbreak in an Arctic research facility and find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation.

Stars of the show reacted to the news on Twitter:

Helix is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television. The executive producers are Ronald D Moore, showrunner Steven Maeda and Lynda Obst. The co-executive producer is Cameron Porsandeh.

Bravo develops White Collar Wives

US cable channel Bravo has is developing two new dramas.



The first, called White Collar Wives, follows the New York City women married to the financial elite who will do anything to save themselves from ruin. A FBI investigation sets into motion a series of events that leads one woman to prison, a best friend to commit the ultimate betrayal and an unexpected death.

It is written by Vanessa Reisen for Adjacent Productions. Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner executive produce.

The second drama being developed at Bravo, All that Glitters, is set at the height of the magazine era in the 1980s, when fashion icon Anna Wintour and media mogul Tina Brown were ruthless in their competition to dominate the publishing world and forever changed the way fashion, news and entertainment were consumed.

Based on the book Newhouse: All The Glitter, Power and Glory of America’s Richest Media Empire and the Secretive Man Behind It by Thomas Maier, it is produced by Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment and Judith Verno’s Peace Out Productions for Universal Cable Productions and Sony Pictures Television.

National Geographic introduces Saints & Strangers

National Geographic Channel is developing an original drama that explores the story behind the founding of America.

National Geographic Channel

National Geographic Channel

Saints & Strangers (wt) will follow the 101 men, woman and children who came to America aboard the Mayflower in search of a new life in an unexplored land.

Half were pilgrims, religious separatists who abandoned their previous lives for religious freedom and an opportunity to create a new social order built on their values. The other half were mostly single males looking for financial opportunities or the chance to escape their old identities or criminal pasts.

Their struggles will be portrayed alongside their relationship with the Native Americans.

The four-hour miniseries is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Little Engine Productions.

Grant Scharbo, Gina Matthews, Teri Weinberg and writer Eric Overmyer are the executive producers. Seth Fisher is also a writer on the project, which is based on a script by Chip Johannessen and Walon Green.

It will air this autumn.

Netflix draws more Bloodline

Netflix has moved quickly to order a second season of its original drama Bloodline.

The series’ first 13-episode season launched to subscribers on March 20, and just 11 days later commissioned a new run due to air in 2016.

The announcement came on Twitter:

Set in the Florida Keys, Bloodline focuses on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.

It stars Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek.

The executive producers are Todd A Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler. It is produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with KZK Productions.



AXN Italy grabs Power

AXN in Italy has acquired exclusive rights to US drama Power.



The series, due to air launch on May 25, is set in a New York City divided between the luxury world of Manhattan nightclubs and the drug-dealing underworld.

It tells the story of James “Ghost” St Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a man who lives a double life: a nightclub owner and the head of a lucrative drug cartel.

The cast also includes Joseph Sikora, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Power is executive produced by Jackson, showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh, David Knoller, Mark Canton, and Randall Emmett.

Power, which airs on Starz in the US, is distributed by Starz Worldwide Distribution. It is produced by Starz in association with CBS Television Studios.

Sony Pictures Television-owned AXN has also picked up the second season of Power, which will air in Italy in September, and the third season of another Starz series, Black Sails.

SkyD gets new Powers

Sky Deutschland has picked up the first original series commissioned by the PlayStation Network for viewers in Germany and Austria.



The first three episodes of Powers will launch on Sky Go and Sky Anytime Online on March 11, with the remaining seven episodes following each week.

A German dubbed version will then air on Sky Atlantic this summer.

Powers is based on the comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, and tells the story of two homicide detectives who investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities.

The cast includes Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Eddie Izzard, Michelle Forbes, Noah Taylor, Olesya Rulin, Max Fowler, Adam Godley, and Logan Browning.

It is produced by Jinxworld and Circle of Confusion in association with Sony Pictures Television. Bendis, Oeming, Charlie Huston, Remi Aubuchon, David Engel, and Michael Dinner executive produce.

OCS discovers Powers

French pay TV provider OCS has picked up the first original drama from the PlayStation Network.

Superpower crime drama Powers, based on the comic books of the same name, follows the lives of two homicide detectives who investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities.



The first PlayStation Originals series, Powers will launch on OCS on March 10, the day it becomes available across the PlayStation Network.

The ten-part series stars Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Noah Taylor, Eddie Izzard, Michelle Forbes, Oleysa Rulin, and Logan Browning.

Powers is produced by Jinxworld and Circle of Confusion in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Brian Michael Bendis, Charlie Huston, Remi Aubuchon, Michael Avon Oeming, Michael Dinner, and David Engel are the executive producers.

Battle Creek goes worldwide

Battle Creek, the new drama from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, has been sold into more than 100 countries around the world.

Battle Creek

Battle Creek

Buyers include TF1 in France, RTL in Germany, RTE in Ireland, 365 Media in Iceland, NOS in Portugal, ORF in Austria, ICTV in Ukraine, Canal+ in Spain, D-Smart in Turkey and Turkish-speaking Cyprus, and Rostelecom and SPT Networks in Russia.

It will air on MTG’s free channels and subscription VoD platform Viaplay in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and on Shaw Media in Canada, and Globo TV in Brazil.

HOT in Israel, M-Net in sub-Saharan Africa, Seven Network in Australia, and TVNZ’s TV One in New Zealand, Chinese online platform iQiyi, and Fox International Channels in southeast Asia have also acquired rights to the show.

Battle Creek, created by Gilligan and David Shore, tells the story of a small town detective whose authority is challenged by the arrival of a big-city FBI agent.

It stars Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel.

The show is produced by Shore Z Productions, High Bridge Productions, Gran Via Productions, and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television, and CBS Television Studios.

Shore, Gilligan, Bryan Singer, and Mark Johnson executive produce.

Sony Pictures Television distributes the 13×60′ series, which airs on CBS in the US.