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NBC orders comedy starring Jesse Bradford

NBC just ordered another comedy for fall as it prepares for its fall upfront presentation in New York Monday. The latest pickup is called Guys With Kids, which focuses on three thirtysomething guys who enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves.

The comedy stars Jesse Bradford, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Tempestt Bledsoe and Sara Rue.

Earlier, NBC announced that it has renewed Law & Order: SVU for a 14th season, while picking up a new procedural called Chicago Fire. The network has also greenlit a Matthew Perry comedy, Go On, about a charming sportscaster who attends therapy after a personal tragedy; a White House comedy from a former Obama speechwriter; a J.J. Abrams apocalyptic drama project Revolution; Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s gay family comedy The New Normal; and an Anne Heche comedy called Save Me.

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J.J. Abrams' apocalyptic 'Revolution' gets NBC series order -- PHOTO

The Revolution will be televised.

Except for the characters on NBC’s new series Revolution, because they will have no electricity to watch TV after an apocalyptic disaster leaves America unplugged from all devices and machines. That’s right, there’s no cars, no cell phones, no Internet, no…actually, that sounds like it could be pretty relaxing.

But we’re sure being stripped of technology will have some serious consequences for the show’s characters, who will be played by costars like Billy Burke (Twilight), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Andrea Roth (Ringer). Sci-fi wunderkin J.J. Abrams (Lost) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) will produce the project. First photo:


NBC orders Anne Heche comedy for fall

The race toward fall 2012 has begun in earnest. NBC, which will present its fall lineup to advertisers next Monday in New York, has picked up a comedy pilot to series that will star Anne Heche.

The project is called Save Me and it also features Alexandra Breckenridge and Michael Landes. Here is the official logline: A woman, who lets herself go while in a broken marriage, goes through a transformation where she becomes the best version of herself and creates miracles along the way.

NBC has already ordered to series a comedy starring Matthew Perry called Go On. It’s about an irreverent yet charming sportscaster tries to move on from loss, he reluctantly finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory group-therapy sessions.

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Complete fall 2012 pilot list: Hits or misses?
Death Watch 2012: Our fall TV survival predictions

Death Watch 2012: Our fall TV survival predictions -- UPDATED

Way to go, Fringe! Some shows have received an 11th-hour reprieve before the May upfronts in New York, where the broadcast networks announce their fall 2012 schedules beginning May 14. Time to check the status of nearly all broadcast shows. READ FULL STORY

Complete fall 2012 pilot list: Hits or misses?

Here is the complete list of pilots that are currently under consideration for fall. We’ll update every time a drama or comedy is ordered to series.

NBC Dramas

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Logline: This thriller follows the mysterious disappearance of a group living on a commune in Alaska. Based on an acclaimed Israeli format, a female FBI cult specialist starts an investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy.
Cast: Julia Stiles, Titus Welliver

The Frontier
Logline: In an intense tale of survival, a group of disparate travelers embark on an incredible cross-country adventure through the West, where danger stalks them at every turn.
Cast: Ethan Embry, Bridget Regan

Logline: A brilliant neurosurgeon wrestles with his dangerous alter ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life.
Cast: Steven Pasquale, Phylicia Rashad

Chicago Fire (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: From the writing team of 3:10 to Yuma comes this action-driven drama exploring the complex and heroic men and women of the Windy City’s Fire Department.
Cast: Kelly Severide, Peter Mills

The Revolution (SERIES ORDER)
 Logline: In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.
Cast: Giancarlo Esposito, Andrea Roth

Logline: Emmy-winning creator Jason Katims takes us into the lives of a group of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic underfunded and morally compromising L.A. County Hospital.
Cast: Jason Ritter, Michael Imperioli

Bad Girls
Logline: From the producers of Shameless, and adapted from the long-running U.K. hit series of the same name, Bad Girls follows the ins and outs of a group of unlikely women in a federal prison: a scandalous female warden, her new protégé and a host of inmates – some mothers, some friends—who struggle with loyalties to people on the inside and the outside.
Cast: Amy Smart, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jamie Pressly

Logline: A one-hour contemporary thriller series features the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.
Cast: Hugh Dancy, Will Graham

Logline: An opulent soap in which a female detective returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in – as the maid’s daughter – to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend.
Cast: Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Meagan Good

Beautiful People
Logline: An imaginative and thematically rich “what if” drama set 10 minutes in the future where families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human population — that is, until some of the mechanicals begin to “awaken.”
Cast: Francis Conroy, James Murray, Tovah Feldshuh

NBC Comedies

Logline: While an irreverent yet charming sportscaster tries to move on from loss, he reluctantly finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory group-therapy sessions.
Cast: Matthew Perry, Julie White

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Logline: A single-camera comedy in which series star Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) returns to her old life after a breakup, ready to pick up where she left off, and finds it’s not as easy as she thought because those around her have moved on.
Cast: Sarah Silverman, Ken Leung

Logline: A comedy centering on an otherwise normal middle-class family that wrestles with the challenges of everyday life while raising a daughter (Sophia Mitri Schloss, Grimm) who has magical qualities.
Cast: Marcia Gay Harden, Kevin Nealon, Sophia Mitri Schloss

Logline: A woman, who lets herself go while in a broken marriage, goes through a transformation where she becomes the best version of herself and creates miracles along the way.
Cast: Anne Heche, Michael Landes, Alexandra Breckenridge

Nic and Jen
Logline: What happens between two lifelong female friends when a husband comes into the mix.
Cast: Minnie Driver, Andrea Anders, Rachel Dratch, Josh Hopkins


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Downwardly Mobile
Logline: This multi-cam comedy brings Roseanne Barr back to series television as the proprietor of a mobile-home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Cast: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

Animal Practice (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A single-camera office comedy centered on a House-like veterinarian, who loves animals but usually hates their owners.
Cast: Justin Kirk, Tyler Labine

Happy Valley
Logline: After being dumped by her fiancé, a shy, focused woman leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge.
Cast: Mena Survari, Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Guys with Kids (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: Three thirtysomething guys enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves.
Cast: Jesse Bradford, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Tempestt Bledsoe, Sara Rue

The New Normal (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple and the woman who becomes a surrogate to help them have children.
Cast: Justin Bartha, Bebe Wood, Ellen Barkin, Jayson Blair

Friday Night Dinner
Logline: Based on the U.K. format, this single-camera comedy about a quirky family that has supper together every Friday night is adapted by Emmy-winning creator Greg Daniels.
Cast: Tony Shalhoub, Allison Janney, Kevin Bigley

Next Caller (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A single-camera gender comedy focusing on a brash alpha-male DJ and his new, plucky, feminist cohost, set in the offices of a satellite radio station.
Cast: Dane Cook, Jeffrey Tambor

Table for 3
Logline: A young woman returns home from overseas to find that her father is seriously dating the “mean girl” from her high school.
Cast: Scott Bakula, Brenda Song

1600 Penn (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A family show set in the White House where all the kids are less than perfect.
Cast: Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman, Josh Gad


Bravo announces 11 new series, including 'Top Chef' and 'Real Housewives' spin-offs

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With their upfronts happening tonight, Bravo announced that it has greenlit 11 new unscripted series, including spin-offs for Top Chef and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, as well as season orders for eight of their returning favorites. Viewers can expect to see another season of Flipping Out, Tabatha Takes Over, Million Dollar Decorators, Million Dollar Listing Lost Angeles, Top Chef Masters, Chef Roble & Co., Pregnant in Heels, and Inside the Actors Studio.

Click below for a description of Bravo’s new shows. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' EP Graham Yost dissects 'Coalition,' offers five teases for next week's season finale

SPOILER ALERT! This week’s episode of Justified, “Coalition,” written by Taylor Elmore and directed by Bill Johnson, revealed who really had Mags’ money, set Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Quarles (Neal McDonough) on a collision course designed by Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson), and gave Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) another reason to want Quarles dead. As we’ll be doing each week throughout the season, we asked executive producer Graham Yost to take us inside the writers’ room. Bonus: This week he also offers five teases for next week’s season 3 finale. READ FULL STORY

'Twilight Saga' director to helm NBC's 'Hannibal'

Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal has found its director.

David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) has been hired to direct the first episode of NBC’s small-screen take on Thomas Harris’ notorious serial killer, plus he’ll serve as an executive producer on the pilot. The director also shot the pilot for NBC’s Awake this year, as well as the film 30 Days of Night.

Hannibal has been given a 13-episode direct-to-series order. Hugh Dancy stars as FBI profiler Will Graham (the title character has not yet been cast). While working a perplexing case of disappearing female college students, Graham enlists the help of Baltimore psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter — unaware that he’s actually a cannibalistic murderer.

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J.J. Abrams' CW pilot 'Shelter' casts 'Vampire Diaries' guest star Malese Jow

The CW pilot Shelter, a drama from J.J. Abrams and One Tree Hill‘s Mark Schwahn set at an historic New England summer resort called Shelter Bay Inn, has added two more names to its growing cast. The network confirms that Malese Jow (pictured), who recurred on The Vampire Diaries as Anna, will play the resort’s resident party girl Morgan. Make It Or Break It‘s Zachary Abel will star as former local baseball hero Mitchell Taylor, who now works the concierge desk and is a hopeless romantic. Deadline first reported the castings.

Shelter Bay’s other employees include a newly appointed Type-A hotel manager named Grace (Elizabeth Henstridge). At least one of its guests is famous: Trent Ford, who’s also guested on The Vampire Diaries, will play a former British rock star staying in the penthouse.

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Ed Helms, Bill Hader join Mindy Kaling's Fox comedy -- EXCLUSIVE

THREE big names have just signed on for guest roles in Mindy Kaling’s promising Fox comedy pilot. In the as-yet-untitled show, Kaling plays a Bridget-Jones type OB/GYN trying to navigate her personal and professional life. Here’s the scoop:

First, Kaling’s The Office co-star Ed Helms is in the show as a potential love interest. He’ll play Dennis, a Wall Street analyst who goes on a blind date with Kaling’s character Mira.

Next, Saturday Night Live and Superbad veteran Bill Hader has joined the pilot to play Kaling’s ex-boyfriend Tom. He’s described as “upbeat, humble, almost infinitely appealing boy-next-door type who has such perfect chemistry with Kaling’s character that it feels nearly too good to be true. Mira sees him as the living breathing equivalent of an early 80’s Tom Hanks.” READ FULL STORY

'Lost' actress joins Kevin Williamson's serial killer pilot -- EXCLUSIVE

Former Lost actress Maggie Grace has signed on for a key recurring role in Fox’s serial killer drama project.

Grace will play a young doctor who’s the only surviving victim of infamous serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). The killer is being tracked by an FBI investigator played by Kevin Bacon. We can’t tell you anything else about Grace’s part, but it’s a fun ride.

The much buzzed-about untitled drama project from Vampire Diaries showrunnner and Scream writer Kevin Williamson and produced by Warner Bros. for Fox. In addition to playing Shannon Rutherford on Lost, Grace is also appearing in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2.

'SVU' costar Stephanie March lands CBS legal drama

Law & Order: SVU costar Stephanie March has just landed a key role in a CBS drama pilot.

March, who plays ADA Alexandra Cabot on the long-running NBC crime drama, has landed the part of Natalie in CBS’ Baby Big Shot. The project is a legal drama about a working-class woman (Janet Montgomery) who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at top New York law firms. March’s character is “Spence-educated Manhattan royalty,” a high-ranking law firm associate who aspires to run the firm someday. Kyle MacLachlan also costars in the project.

March was an SVU series regular during seasons 2, 3, and 4 and went part-time in seasons 5, 6, 10, and 11, then returned this season in a semi-recurring role. If Baby Big Shot gets a series order, we’re told she could still potentially make appearances on SVU.

'Terra Nova' star joins high-profile CBS pilot

jason-omaraImage Credit: Bobby Bank/WireImage.comThe death knell has sounded even louder for Terra Nova, the freshman dino drama that’s busy hunting for a new home now that Fox canceled it. To wit: star Jason O’Mara just booked a co-leading role in CBS’ high-profile period drama about Las Vegas lawdog Ralph Lamb.

O’Mara will join Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis in the drama pilot from writers Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker, reports Deadline. Quaid will play Lamb while O’Mara will play his younger brother Frank. Chiklis gets to chuck the white hat for a change and play a Chicago mob fixer.

This is a second position booking for O’Mara, meaning if another outlet picks up Terra NovaNetflix maybe? — he won’t join the CBS project. But working alongside Quaid and Chiklis sounds a heckuva lot better than acting scared in front of faux prehistoric creatures. Just saying…

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