NBC Picks Up 3 New Series
NBC’s gearing up for the next new season by picking up three new series. It seems they’re continuing to explore genre diversity as they’ve added on one comedy, one thriller and one series that sounds like it’ll be something of a dramedy.
The first of the series stars Jason Ritter and is a thriller that follows a guy who ends up uncovering “the biggest cover-up in U.S. history” when trying to figure out what happened to his fiancé. Below is NBC’s full description of the series.
“The Event is an emotional high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, The Class), an Everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiancé, Leila (Sarah Roemer, Disturbia), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Sean's quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including: newly elected U.S. President Martinez (Blair Underwood, Dirty Sexy Money); Sophia (Emmy Award nominee Laura Innes, ER), who is the leader of a mysterious group of detainees; and Sean's shadowy father-in-law (Scott Patterson, Gilmore Girls). Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind.
If it’s comedies you’re interested in, NBC seems to be finding the funny in the increase in companies outsourcing their customer service employment to other countries. Outsourced follows a guy whose job it is to familiarize a group of Indian employees with American culture so that they’re better able to serve the gag-gift company’s customers.
Outsourced is a comedy where the Midwest meets the exotic East in a hilarious culture clash. The series centers on the all-American company Mid America Novelties that sells whoopee cushions, foam fingers and wallets made of bacon -- and whose call center has suddenly been outsourced to India. Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport, off-Broadway's "The Gingerbread House") is the new company's manager who learns that he's being transferred to India to run the operation.
Finally, there’s Love Bites and I doubt I’m alone in being relieved that this is not yet another vampire drama. The title had me concerned, but no, this new hour-long comedy series stars Ugly Betty’s Becki Newton and seems to be love/relationship driven in story. There’s a whole set of guest stars set to appear in the series’ pilot. NBC’s full description below!
From Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City), Love Bites is an hour-long romantic comedy anthology series featuring three loosely connected, modern stories of love, sex, marriage and dating. Each episode contains multiple vignettes, all illuminating the theme of love with an edgy, irreverent spin.
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