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Just a little while ago, we learned that NBC had given an early series order to the Anne Heche starring comedy series Save Me. And at that time, I wondered if we'd hear anything about The New Normal soon, as that was another pilot rumored to be a possible contender for an August premiere at the network following NBC's Olympic coverage this summer. Sure enough, the word is in and there's a bonus. Not only has NBC given a series order to the Ryan Murphy co-written The New Normal, but they've also decided to move forward with the very promising sounding thriller by J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke called Revolution.
TVLine reported the good news today, stating that The New Normal and Revolution join previously green lit pilots Save Me and Go On as the projects to receive early series orders by NBC.
Revolution stars David Lyons (The Cape), Billy Burke (Twilgiht) and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Once Upon a Time), and follows a group of people who are attempting to survive and find their loved ones "in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist." It sounds like it could be another Jericho/The Walking Dead post-apocalyptic survival story. The cast already sounds promising and factor in Lost's Abrams and Supernatural's Kripke and we could be in for something really great with this one.
The New Normal also has a lot going for it. Written by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and Ali Adler, the comedy stars a gay couple that is looking to have a baby through a surrogate. Andrew Rannells (Book of Mormon, and a guest appearance on last week's Girls) and Justin Bartha (The Hangover) play the leads, with Georgia King set to play the surrogate.
While we still have to wait until next week to see NBC's full line-up, with these two series set to move forward, things are already looking good for NBC's 2012-2013 programming.