After cutting down a handful of series on Friday, NBC has renewed The Night Shift, Undateable, and The Mysteries of Laura, and picked up two new dramas for the fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Night Shift and Undateable will each return for their third seasons after both making the jump from summer to spring in Season 2. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Undateable's new season will consist entirely of live episodes. The series aired its first live episode on May 5, producing separate telecasts for the east and west coasts. Apparently NBC is convinced that creator Bill Lawrence can do the same thing every week. Now that Parks and Recreation has ended and in light of the cancellation of About A Boy earlier today, the renewal makes Undateable NBC's longest-running scripted comedy on air. Please let that sink in for a minute while you mourn the loss of NBC's once-great comedy block.
But hey! Although comedy might be mostly dead at the Peacock, drama is not! NBC has renewed The Mysteries of Laura for Season 2, so maybe we'll finally solve whatever is so mystifying about Debra Messing.
On the new drama front, The Player (formerly Endgame) is set in Las Vegas and stars Strike Back's Philip Winchester as a sniper-turned-security expert who has to perform "a series of heroic challenges" in order to save innocent lives. The series co-stars Wesley Snipes and is executive produced by John Rogers (The Librarians).
The second drama NBC picked up, Game of Silence, is based on the Turkish Suskunlar, and stars Revolution's David Lyons as an attorney whose perfect life is put in jeopardy when his long-lost childhood friends unexpectedly reappear after 25 years and dark secrets resurface. Larenz Tate and Michael Raymond-James also star in the series, which has a 10-episode commitment. Written by David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights), Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz and Niels Arden Oplev are on board to executive-produce.
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