'30 Rock' and 'The Office' renewed, 'Heroes' gets NBC commitment

NBC has renewed 30 Rock and The Office for another year, and the network has ordered a new police drama from John Wells called Southland, which will inherit ER’s timeslot as soon as that series goes off the air on April 2, NBC primetime president Angela Bromstad announced today at the Television Critics tour. Bromstad also told reporters that she picked up three additional episodes of ER, bringing the total season order to 23 episodes. The drama’s long-awaited series finale will stretch over three hours on April 2 — beginning with a one-hour retrospective and ending with a two-hour original episode/goodbye. A week later, NBC will debut Southland, a series that NBC describes as a "fast-moving drama that’ll take viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims, and their families." The pilot was originally picked up by Teri Weinberg, Bromstad’s predecessor, who now has a producing deal at the network.

In other news, the net will bring back another edition of Celebrity Apprentice on March 1, launch a new cooking reality show called The Chopping Block on March 11, and unveil the still-untitled Amy Poehler comedy on April 9.

Although Bromstad has yet to pick up another season of Heroes, she said the network remains committed to the now-beleaguered drama. "We want to get back to the core of the show," she said. "It may have taken on too much in terms of characters and multiple storylines."

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  • J

    Please, NBC, if Volume 4 of Heroes sucks, just get rid of it. End this nightmare of a TV show for all of us!!!

  • gemapet

    What about ‘Kings’? I thought this show was replacing ER and now there’s another one?! [head shake, tisk, tisk]

  • Marty McDoodle

    Sure wish they had given Journeyman the same kind of support they have to Heroes.
    Glad to hear about 30 Rock and The Office.

  • whatever

    ‘heroes’ sucks!

  • Kalie

    How about also renewing “Friday Night Lights” and just cutting “Heroes” loose already? That show has gotten beyond pathetic.

  • Anonymous

    I really like HEOROES.

  • Dr. No

    Agreed. Journeyman deserved a better fate . Heroes is such garbage now.

  • elkirbster

    They should have kept Lipstick Jungle.

  • Phil

    Heroes is the best show on TV, i never watch scifi action shows because i lose interest so fast, but Heroes has kept interesting and wanting more each week.

  • Delia

    I haven’t given up on Heroes; I’m still hoping they can pull it together. They flashback episode where they revealed Meredith and Knox were brother and sister was excellent. It almost recreated the spirit of season 1. So I want NBC to give the producers a chance return to form. I think it’s possible.

  • P

    What about chuck?

  • Ian

    More Heroes please!

  • andrew greiner

    I just watched Heroes season one back to back. I gotta tell you that I was excited about this show for about 2 episodes, then my brain kicked in and reminded me that i had seen this show before. Perhaps it wasn’t a carbon copy of all the other shows, but it was close enough to remind me that I knew dead people would come back and stories would be dragged out. Remember that is not usually for suspense (contrary to what they tell you) rather it is to prolong the show and gain revenue over a longer period. Kinda like sitting at the bar for one more drink. Killing off a character and then bringing them back is common place in the day time soaps. How cheap that made me feel. At some points of the show I could hear lines that I had actually heard in other movies (when bennet was in the cab he actually references Anderson and Smith).
    So needless to say I will go back into TV hibernation and wait for a show that captures the smarts of Matrix I and has the longevity of more than one series.

  • andrew greiner

    One more thing (I am on a rant now).
    For all the software guys out there. Doesn’t Heroes feel like a poorly planned product. It is like a junior developer just went out there and wrote 900 features into the product and now is having a hard time tightening those loose ends to actually fulfill on the 15 features he was supposed to deliver. Sure people may say that:
    “the show is just not for you, so watch something else.”
    Sure that works, but what it actually means is that someone who could have done a much better job with the concept is now prohibited from going down that road. So now I am unlikely to see a show about kick ass heroes because someone stuck their caboodles in the mash potato.
    ho hum, i’m done.

  • andrew greiner

    not done yet…
    This following line is pretty much where I will rest my case:
    “They flashback episode where they revealed Meredith and Knox were brother and sister was excellent”
    Delia – I am certainly not picking on you, but that statement sounds exactly like what my mom said about a General Hospital episode.

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