NBC Picks Up 3 New Series

By Kelly West 2010-05-07 17:04:55 discussion comments
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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.

Ian Anthony Dale (Daybreak) and Emmy winner Åeljko Ivanek (Damages) also star in the ensemble drama.

The Event is a production of Universal Media Studios and Steve Stark Productions. Stark (Medium, Facing Kate) serves as executive producer, Nick Wauters (The 4400, Eureka) is creator/co-executive producer and Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights, Trauma) is the director/executive producer.





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.

Overwhelmed, Todd discovers that his new staff needs a crash course in all things American if they are to understand the U.S. product line and ramp up sales from halfway around the world. But as strange as America seems to his eclectic sales team, Todd soon realizes that figuring out India will be more than a full-time job. Rizwan Manji (Privileged), Sacha Dhawan (BBC's Five Days II), Rebecca Hazlewood (BBC's Doctors), Parvesh Cheena (Help Me Help You), and Anisha Nagarajan (Broadway's "Bombay Dreams") also star as members of Dempsy's off-shore team; Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show) and Jessica Gower (Network Ten's The Secret Life of Us) additionally star.

"Outsourced" is produced by Universal Media Studios. Robert Borden (The Drew Carey Show and George Lopez) is executive producer/writer. Ken Kwapis (The Office) developed the project through his company, In Cahoots, and serves as executive producer/director. Alex Beattie serves as co-executive producer.





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.

Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) stars as Annie and Jordana Spiro (My Boys) stars as Frannie, the last two single girls standing after all of their friends get married. Annie is an infectiously bubbly optimist and Frannie is an always-a-bridesmaid realist. Their story will anchor the series, while other romantically-challenged characters will come and go each week.

The pilot's guest cast includes Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer), Greg Grunberg (Heroes), Craig Robinson (The Office), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Lindsay Price (Lipstick Jungle), Larry Wilmore (The Daily Show), Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up), Pamela Adlon (Californication), Stacy Galina (Hidden Hills), Brian Hallisay (Privileged), Kyle Howard (My Boys) and Steve Howey (Bride Wars).

Love Bites is a production of Universal Media Studios and Working Title Television, which is a new division of Working Title Films (the U.K. production company behind box office hits including Love Actually, Bridget Jones's Diary and Four Weddings and a Funeral). Chupack is creator, executive producer and writer. Emmy Award-winning producer-director Marc Buckland ("My Name Is Earl") also is executive producer and directs the pilot. Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan and Shelley McCrory from Working Title Television are executive producers. "Love Bites" is Working Title Television's first U.S. commission.



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