Hank Azaria, Chelsea Handler
NBC has ordered four more comedies, including projects from Chelsea Handler, Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet. In addition, the network has picked up Chuck for a fifth and final season, and has canceled The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced.
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Based on Handler's best-selling book, Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea
(which TVGuide.com had spotlighted as one of its 11 Promising Pilots
) centers on an outspoken, sexually aggressive young woman (Laura Prepon
) who works in a bar, where she drinks away its profits, avoids her eccentric father (Lenny Clarke
) and goes home with the clientele. Handler will executive-produce.
NBC orders Playboy, Grimm and Awake
stars Azaria as a recent divorcé who finds love at a talent agency with Kathryn Hahn
's character, who just lost her fiancé. John Enbom
, Todd Holland
, Karey Burke
and Kenton Allen will executive-produce. Anthony Head
, Natasha Leggero
, Al Madrigal
, Joe Lo Truglio
and Mo Mandel
will also star.
Peet will headline Bent
, a single-camera project from Scrubs
producer Tad Quill about a recently divorced single mom (Peet) who's fighting her attraction to her hunky contractor (David Walton
). Joey King
, Margo Harshman
, Susan Park, Rick Gonzalez
, Pasha Lychnikoff
and Jeffrey Tambor
will also star.
The network also picked up BFFs
(fka the Untitled Parham-St. Clair Project
), from actresses Lennon Parham
(Accidentally on Purpose
) and Jessica St. Clair
), about a woman and her live-in boyfriend, who take in her best friend after a divorce.
NBC picks up Prime Suspect, Christina Applegate and Debra Messing pilots
That order brings the total of NBC's pick-ups to 11: six comedies and five dramas. The network has already ordered Up All Night
, starring Christina Applegate
and written by Parks & Recreation
writer Emily Spivey
, as well as a comedy from Whitney Cummings
. On the drama side, the network invested in Steven Spielberg
's Smash; Prime Suspect, starring Maria Bello; The Playboy Club
Pilots that did not make the cut include the buzzed-about Wonder Woman
, which NBC passed on Thursday. Also in the rejects pile: the dramas A Mann's World
and 17th Precinct
; and comedies Lovelives
, Brave New World
, My Life as an Experiment
and the Untitled Kari Lizer Project
Meanwhile, as expected, Chuck
will be back for a 13-episode fifth and final season. It joins Parenthood
and Harry's Law
as returning dramas.
Freshmen series The Event
, Law & Order: Los Angeles
, however, have been canceled.LOLA
showrunner Rene Balcer released a video shortly afterward, urging fans to call NBC to renew the series, as the season ends with a cliff-hanger.
Watch Balcer's video below: