Following Fox's head start on pilot pickups, NBC has ordered comedies from Whitney Cummings and Parks & Recreation writer Emily Spivey, along with drama series Smash and Prime Suspect, Deadline.com reports.
Spivey's Up All Night (which TVGuide.com had spotlighted as one of its 11 Promising Pilots) is an irreverent look at parenthood from the perspectives of an acerbic working mother (Christina Applegate), her stay-at-home husband (Will Arnett) and her outspoken mom and dad. Spivey wrote the pilot and will executive-produce with Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels. Maya Rudolph will also star.
Whitney stars creator Cummings and Chris D'Elia as a couple weathering the ups and downs of modern-day committed relationships. My Boys' creator Betsy Thomas will also executive-produce. Zoe Lister-Jones, Dan O'Brien, Maulik Pancholy, Rhea Seehorn and Beverly D'Angelo will also star.
The pickup of two female-driven comedies is smart for NBC, who has seen success with Tina Fey's 30 Rock and Amy Poehler's Parks & Rec. Plus: The network needs to restock its comedy vault after canceling Perfect Couples, The Paul Reiser Show and, most likely, Outsourced. Earlier Wednesday it was reported that NBC's spy dramedy Chuck is nearing a deal to return for Season 5.
On the drama side, NBC has invested in Steven Spielberg's Smash, which follows a group of people, including Debra Messing as a put-upon lyricist and Katharine McPhee as a spirited ingénue, as they come together to put on a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe. Grammy and Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) will write original songs for the show, which has the potential to bring in Glee-like revenue for the network.
Prime Suspect, an adaptation of the British miniseries, centers on a tough female detective (Maria Bello) who has to make her bones in a tough New York precinct dominated by men. Sarah Aubrey and Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) will executive-produce. Aidan Quinn, Kirk Acevedo, Tim Griffin, Peter Gerety, Damon Gupton, Toby Stephens, Brian O'Bryne and Joe Nieves will also star.
Which of these shows would you tune in for?