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A day ahead of their upfront presentation, NBC has posted their 2013-2014 schedule, which lays out where most of the new and returning series will air throughout the week come next fall. A few notable schedule changes appear to be taking place, including a move to Wednesdays for Revolution and a shift to Thursdays for Parenthood. Absent from the list is Community, but NBC did include it among the scripted series confirmed to return, so it will be back. It's just a matter of when.
Whether or not the lights come back on in Revolution remains to be seen, but either way, NBC won't be turning the lights out on this series anytime soon. Revolution was among the five dramas NBC renewed today for next season. Also set to return are Grimm, Parenthood, Chicago Fire, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
In spite of the lack of a Season 2 renewal just yet for Chicago Fire, plans for a spinoff are going ahead. NBC has cast a couple of the roles for the planted spinoff, which will shift the focus from the heroics of the Windy City’s fire department to its police force. Signed on for the project as of today are Texas Chainsaw 3D costars Tania Raymond and Scott Eastwood.
NBC hasn't quite finished rolling out their winter/spring slate, with Revolution and The Voice poised to return next week, and Hannibal set to arrive early next month. But the network is already prepping their season closers for the spring, and for some shows, the end is very near. That includes Whitney and 1600 Penn, both of which wrap up next week.
TV hasn’t fully gotten into the swing of winter programming, although some networks have jumped the gun, offering new fodder, earlier. Last night this proved good for NBC, but bad for everyone else, including Fox, which did offer some original programming with the return of Mobbed.
Despite a sluggish start, NBC’s Chicago Fire has increased in the ratings over the past several weeks. Because of this, late last month, NBC increased the script orders for Dick Wolf’s firefighter drama, and on Thursday, NBC announced the network had given the series a full back 9 episode order. This means fans of the show will get 22 episodes this TV season.
NBC doesn’t seem ready to commit to extra episodes of Chicago Fire, yet. On the bright side, the network doesn’t look ready to axe the show, either. On Thursday, NBC announced it had given the freshman drama an order for five more scripts to be written for the show.
In what is bad but not entirely unsurprising news, ABC's new drama Nashville showed a steep drop in the ratings from its first episode last week to last night's second episode. Chicago Fire also had some trouble in the ratings, taking its own nearly-as-steep dive. Of the three series returning for Episode 2, Arrow fared the best.
A good portion of the new fall comedies and dramas debuted last month, but we're still seeing some of the later premieres arrive. Last night, three new dramas made their debuts, and of them, it was ABC's Nashville that came out on top, with NBC's Chicago Fire falling behind. The CW's Arrow also premiered, and performed decently for the network, which typically draws a smaller crowd by comparison to the other major networks.
Among the later of the new series to make its debut this season this Fall is NBC's Chicago Fire, a drama that takes place at the Chicago Firehouse 52 and follows the lives and dangerous work of the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics. Given the dangerous work they do and the pressure they're under, drama is likely to run high in this series. Watch a trailer for the show, and for those who don't want to wait until later tonight, you can watch the full episode online right here.
NBC begins the process of rolling out their new fall series tonight with the official premieres of The New Normal and Go On. Both comedies aired sneak previews last night, but they move into their permanent Tuesday spot this evening after The Voice. NBC released some new artwork focusing on the casts of each of their new series, including tonight's comedies. Check them out ahead.
NBC’s new drama Chicago Fire has added a new cast member, but he won’t be a fireman; instead Californication’s Jason Beghe is on boar d the series as a police officer. He’ll play a recurring role as a tough gang unit officer.
Most of the midseason series have drawn to a close for the season, leaving us to anticipate whatever offerings TV has in store for us this summer. And in the distance is the promise of a fresh season, full of new and returning series. NBC has a couple of dramas on the horizon, including Do No Harm and the J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke created Revolution. We came across some art for the shows, which showcase some of the new faces we'll be seeing at the Peacock next season.
Breakout Kings will not be returning for a third season of cons catching cons. Apparently executive producer and co-creater Olmstead has moved on to greener pastures, or at least what the producer hopes will be greener pastures. Olmstead has landed a new gig as showrunner on Dick Wolf’s upcoming production Chicago Fire.
With Rescue Me off the air, there's a vacancy for fireman-related drama on television. Could Chicago Fire fill that void? We'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, we have a couple of clips from the pilot episode, one of which focuses on the drama inside the fire department and another that gives us a look at a fire and an intense situation.