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.

NBC orders drama trio

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



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.

Katims and Goldberg show Hulu The Way

US VoD platform Hulu has commissioned an original drama from Jason Katims and Jessica Goldberg.



The Way is a ten-part series that examines a family at the centre of a controversial faith-based movement struggling with relationships, marriage, and power.

It is produced by Universal Television.

Showrunner Katims will executive produce through True Jack Productions. Creator Goldberg and Michelle Lee also executive produce.

Production is scheduled to begin this summer.

Other original dramas ordered by Hulu include 11/22/63.

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.

NBC shows no Allegiance

Allegiance, the US drama based on Israel’s The Gordin Cell, has been cancelled by NBC.



The show was on air for five episodes before it was pulled, with actor Scott Cohen suggesting the remaining episodes due to air this summer.

The series follows a young CIA analyst (Gavin Stenhouse) specialising in Russian affairs who learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when it’s revealed that his parents (Cohen and Hope Davis) are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago.  But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees.

Cohen posted on Twitter:

Stenhouse also said:

Writer/director George Nolfi executive produces with Avi Nir, Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Yona Wisenthal and Giyora Yahalom. It is produced by Universal Television, Keshet Media and Yes.

Five renewed by NBC

NBC has handed new season orders for five dramas in 2015/16.

The Blacklist and Chicago PD will have a third season, while Chicago Fire will return for a fourth season.

Grimm is back for a fifth season, while Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will remain on air for season 17.

The Blacklist stars James Spader as ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington, formerly one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives. Now the FBI work for him as he identifies a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. From Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment, it also stars Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold, Amir Arison, and Mozhan Marno.

The Blacklist

The Blacklist

Chicago Fire follows the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. It is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

Spin-off series Chicago PD, also from Universal Television and Wolf Films, follows the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s elite intelligence unit.

The longest running drama on US television, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit chronicles the life and crimes of an elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sex crimes. It is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films, with a cast including Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish, Raúl Esparza, and Peter Scanavino.

Fantasy drama Grimm stars David Giuntoli as a homicide detective who discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms. He increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm. Produced by Universal Television and Hazy Mills Productions, it also stars Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, and Claire Coffee.



BBC Two goes in for Odyssey

BBC Two has picked up NBC’s forthcoming action drama Odyssey.



The series will take viewers on a journey through global politics, corporate espionage and military secrets involving three strangers – a female Special Forces soldier, a corporate lawyer and a political activist – who only have one thing in common: the truth.

The cast includes Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, and Jake Robinson.

Odyssey comes from writer/director Peter Horton and writers Adam Armus and Kay Foster.

It is produced by Universal Television, Fabrik Entertainment, and Red Arrow Entertainment. Mikkel Bondesen, Henrik Bastin, Kristen Campo, and Simon Maxwell executive produce with Horton, Armus, and Foster.

Odyssey is due to debut on NBC on April 5.

Grimm ready to explode onto TNT

TNT has grabbed off-network rights to NBC’s hit fantasy drama Grimm.



The deal with NBC Universal Television Distribution will see the cable network air the first three seasons of Grimm in early 2015, with season four coming to TNT in fall 2015.

The series, inspired by the classic Grimm Brother’s Fairy Tales, centres on a Portland homicide detective who discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms.

It stars David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Bree Turner, and Claire Coffee.

Grimm is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production. The series was created by Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, and Norberto Barba executive produce with Greenwalt and Kouf.

Season four of Grimm launches on NBC on October 24.

Amazon finds Hysteria for Hand of God

Amazon has launched its third pilot season by releasing two new drama pilots.

Hand of God follows Judge Harris, a hard-living law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart.

It stars Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Garret Dillahunt, Andre Royo, Alona Tal, Julian Morris, Elizabeth McLaughlin, and Emayatzy Corinealdi.

Written by Ben Watkins, it is executive produced by Watkins, Marc Forster, Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King. Jillian Kugler is co-executive producer. Amazon Studios produces.

The second drama pilot, Hysteria, sees members of a girls’ competitive dance team stricken with a strange, psycho-physiological illness that manifests itself in violent fits and spasms and then begins spreading in the community through technology.

Set in Austin, Texas, the cast includes Mena Suvari, James McDaniel, Josh Stewart, Adan Canto, Laura San Giacomo, and TR Knight.

Writer Shaun Cassidy executive produces with Adam Schroeder, Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bryan Zuriff, and Otto Bathurst. Amazon Studios produces with Universal Television and Alcon Television Group.

Subscribers to Amazon Prime Instant Video can watch the pilots and viewer feedback will help determine whether they receive full season orders.


NBC shelves Emerald City

NBC has cancelled its Wizard of Oz drama Emerald City before it has aired.



The network had placed a ten-episode straight-to-series order for the show, based on the Frank L Baum books that inspired the classic film.

It was to be produced by Universal Television. Writer Matt Arnold and Josh Friedman were executive producers.