Law & Order, Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson
Jay Leno's ouster at 10 o'clock is good news for Law & Order, Heroes, and other series as NBC scrambles to fill its schedule.
Although the current season of Heroes has seen a notable decline in viewers, Angela Bromstad, NBC's primetime president, called the series' performance "very strong" and said there is a chance the show could come back in the fall for a fifth season. She said creator/executive producer Tim Kring will pitch his view for the next season this week.
Leno leaving 10 o'clock timeslot
Freshman medical drama Trauma, which is scheduled to air six new episodes in the spring, is also showing new signs of life. "If it performs, it certainly has the opportunity to do more episodes and it could come back," Bromstad said of a possible second season.
Thanks to the late-night shakeup, Chuck might also benefit. "I wouldn't say the bar is lower, but we obviously have less choice at the moment, so [it's] probably got a better shot," she said.
NBC plans to order more Law & Order, beef up pilot development
Bromstad also said that she was confident that the Law & Order franchise would continue on for a record-breaking 21st season. Further, the network is working with executive producer Dick Wolf to develop a Los Angeles-based Law & Order. (She joked that Wolf affectionately refers to the project as "LOLA.")
On top of NBC's renewed confidence in their current lineup, the network has also ordered seven pilots as part of its push for scripted series development. Among the green-lit pilots are previously reported pilots from J.J. Abrams (Undercovers), Jerry Bruckheimer (Chase) and David E. Kelley. Kelley's new drama, titled Kindreds, is about a group of misfit lawyers as they unite to form an unconventional practice. The network also NBC also ordered the pilot for The Event -- from Medium executive producer Steve Stark -- about an average Joe who fights mysterious forces and becomes entrenched in a larger conspiracy.
NBC picks up dramas from David E. Kelley, Jerry Bruckheimer
NBC has also ordered pilots for remakes of the acclaimed British series Prime Suspect and the 1970s P.I. series The Rockford Files. The latter boasts executive producers David Shore of House and The Office star Steve Carell. Also on the Peacock's pilot slate is an hour-long romantic comedy Love Bites from Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City) and a sitcom from Adam Carolla. Bromstad said more comedy projects would be announced soon.