Monday, May 4, 2009

Law & Order Absent From NBC Fall Schedule

Here’s the announcement from NBC from their “Infront” announcing their fall schedule. Law & Order is not on the fall list but I am not panicking as yet, they may pull it out in January like they did in an earlier season, for a shortened run. Stay tuned!

NBC Press Release:

Published: May 4, 2009

New Series Include Four Dramas: "Trauma," "Parenthood," "Mercy" and the Event Series "Day One" as Well as Two Comedies: "Community" and "100 Questions"

Returning Series Pickups Include "Heroes," "Southland," "Parks and Recreation" and Six New Episodes of "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday"

NEW YORK CITY – May 4, 2009 – NBC unveiled today a strong lineup of broad and diverse quality programming for the 2009-2010 television season announcing the pickups of six new series featuring four new dramas including "Trauma," "Parenthood," "Mercy" and the event series "Day One," as well as two new comedies including "Community" and "100 Questions." Four returning series pickups were also announced today including "Heroes," "Southland," "Parks and Recreation" and the addition of six new episodes of "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" skewering today’s top stories in live half-hour primetime shows.

The new and returning series will launch next season and the epic event series "Day One" is slated to premiere out of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

"The Jay Leno Show" will be broadcast Monday-Fridays, 10-11 p.m. ET beginning in the fall. Previously announced series pickups include "The Office," "30 Rock," "The Biggest Loser," "The Celebrity Apprentice," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Friday Night Lights," and new alternative series "The Marriage Ref," "Breakthrough With Tony Robbins" and "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Additional series pickups will be announced May 19, when NBC announces its 2009-2010 schedule.

NBC unveiled pickups for the upcoming broadcast season in the first of a series of presentations today and tomorrow to key advertisers from Studio 8H—the home of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live"—at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Presentations will continue in Chicago on May 7 and Los Angeles on May 12.

"We are thrilled to be announcing such an awesome slate of new series that build on our existing quality brand and deliver emotional, human stories," said Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. "NBC will strive to make viewers feel and our shows represent the full range of human emotion from laughter to tears. We can’t wait to share these concepts with our audience and our advertising partners."

"These new series will showcase fresh talent and bold, original concepts that are extremely well executed," said Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios. "We are grateful to the producers, casts and crews -- and our team -- who have delivered incredibly compelling and entertaining new series."

In response to an evolving media marketplace and the changing needs of advertisers, NBC has created a more innovative, client-centric approach to its traditional Upfront with a series of one-on-one client presentations, which began today in New York City. These presentations are interactive and, unlike other networks’ Upfront presentations, will include a Q & A with advertisers and NBC sales and entertainment executives.

NBC will also host advertisers and affiliates at a "Night of Comedy" featuring appearances by some of its biggest comedy stars including Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Rainn Wilson and Tracy Morgan on Tuesday, May 19 in New York City.

Detailed new series descriptions are listed below. For photography, log on to For additional press materials including EPK and new series promotional trailers, please see companion media advisory.


New Dramas

From the executive producers of the box-office hit "Parenthood" -- Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Oscar winners for "A Beautiful Mind"), and writer/executive producer Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights") -- this contemporary re-imagining of the blockbuster film depicts the colorful and imperfect Braverman family -- four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and joy of being parents. The star-studded cast includes Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Sarah Ramos. When Sarah Braverman (Tierney, "ER"), a financially strapped single mother, returns home to her parents and siblings in Berkeley, Calif. after packing up her Fresno apartment and uprooting her two inconvenienced kids, Amber (Mae Whitman, "In Treatment") and Drew (Miles Heizer, "ER"), she is greeted by her opinionated father, Zeek (Nelson, "Family Stone," "Coach"), and strong mother, Camille (Bedelia, "Heart Like a Wheel"), who are privately dealing with their own marital issues. As Sarah is reunited with her siblings -- sister, Julia (Christensen, "Traffic"), and brothers Crosby (Shepard, "Baby Mama") and Adam (Krause, "Six Feet Under") -- all struggling with issues of their own, it’s clear that the Braverman reunion is just what they need to face the everyday challenges of modern family life. "Parenthood" is a production from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. Emmy winner Thomas Schlamme ("The West Wing") directs the pilot.

Executive producer Peter Berg (NBC’s "Friday Night Lights") delivers "Trauma," the first high-octane medical drama series to live exclusively in the field where the real action is. Like an adrenaline shot to the heart, "Trauma" is an intense, action-packed look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco General is first on the scene, traveling by land, by sea or by air to reach their victims in time. From the heights of the city’s Transamerica Pyramid to the depths of the San Francisco Bay, these heroes must face the most extreme conditions to save lives -- and give meaning to their own existence in the process. Starring in "Trauma" are Derek Luke ("Notorious"), Cliff Curtis ("10,000 B.C"), Anastasia Griffith ("Damages"), Aimee Garcia ("George Lopez"), Kevin Rankin ("Friday Night Lights") and Jamey Sheridan ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent"). "Trauma" is a production of Universal Media Studios and Film 44. Berg, Sarah Aubrey ("Bad Santa," "Friday Night Lights"), Dario Scardapane and Jeffrey Reiner ("Friday Night Lights") serve as executive producers. The pilot was written by Scardapane and directed by Reiner.

"Mercy," a new medical drama with a unique point of view, portrays the lives of the staff at Mercy Hospital as seen through the eyes of those who know it best -- its nurses. Nurse Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling, "Dark Matter") returns to Mercy from a military tour in Iraq -- and she knows more about medicine than all of the residents combined. Together with fellow nurses Sonia Jimenez (Jamie Lee Kirchner, "Rescue Me") and Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg, "Gossip Girl"), Callahan navigates through the daily traumas and social landmines of life and love both inside the hospital and out in the real world. The cast also includes: James Tupper ("Men in Trees") as Dr. Chris Sands, a new doctor at the hospital who complicates Veronica's life; Diego Klattenhoff ("Supernatural") as Mike Callahan, Veronica’s husband; and Guillermo Diaz ("Weeds") as Nurse Angel Lopez. "Mercy" is a production from Universal Media Studios and Berman Braun. Joining writer/executive producers Liz Heldens (NBC’s "Friday Night Lights") and Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts ("Pushing Daisies," "Pepper Dennis") are executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. Emmy Award winner Adam Bernstein (NBC’s "30 Rock," "Rescue Me") is the director.

From executive producer/writer Jesse Alexander ("Heroes," "Lost," "Alias") and director Alex Graves ("Fringe," "Journeyman"), "Day One" tells the story of life on earth following a global catastrophe that has devastated the world's infrastructures. Beginning with the immediate aftermath of the cataclysmic event, an eclectic band of survivors -- played by Adam Campbell ("Date Movie"), Catherine Dent ("The Shield"), Julie Gonzalo ("Eli Stone"), David Lyons ("ER"), Derek Mio ("Greek"), Carly Pope ("24"), Thekla Reuten ("Sleeper Cell") and Addison Timlin ("Cashmere Mafia") -- strives to rebuild society as they unravel the mysteries of what happened and face their uncertain future. The group, all residents of one apartment building in suburban Van Nuys, Calif., embarks on a quest for survival and discovers that hope is found in small victories -- and heroes are born every day. "Day One" is a Universal Media Studios production.

New Comedies

100 QUESTIONS (fka "100 Questions for Charlotte Payne")
Emmy winner James Burrows ("Will & Grace," "Friends") directs "100 Questions," a new comedy series written and executive-produced by Christopher Moynihan ("For Your Consideration") that provides hilarious answers to 100 questions about love. Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman, "Peep Show") is looking for love and has rejected multiple marriage proposals -- but she has yet to meet Mr. Right. When she joins a popular online dating site, she gets a little help from her dating counselor Ravi (Amir Talai, "The Ex List") – who requires her to take a 100-question compatibility test. The questions aren’t easy for Charlotte to answer, and each one requires her to recount a poignant and humorous time in her life with friends Leslie (Elizabeth Ho, "Women’s Murder Club"), Jill (Joy Suprano, NBC’s "Law & Order"), Mike (Christopher Moynihan "For Your Consideration") and Wayne (David Walton "Quarterlife"). The test becomes a journey of self-discovery for Charlotte who begins to realize what she truly wants in a relationship. Ron West ("Psych"), Kelly Kulchak ("Psych") and Michelle Nader ("King of Queens") join Moynihan as executive producers. The series is produced by Universal Media Studios and Tagline.

From Emmy Award-winning directors Joe and Anthony Russo ("Arrested Development") comes "Community," a smart comedy series about higher education -- and lower expectations. The student body at Greendale Community College is made up of high-school losers, newly divorced housewives, and old people who want to keep their minds active. Within these not-so-hallowed halls, "Community" focuses on a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin’ lawyer whose degree has been revoked (Joel McHale, "The Soup"), who form a study group and end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work. In addition to McHale, the series also stars: Gillian Jacobs ("The Book of Daniel"); Yvette Nicole Brown ("Rules of Engagement"); Danny Pudi ("Greek"); Alison Brie ("Mad Men"); and comedy legend Chevy Chase ("Saturday Night Live"). "Community" is a Krasnoff Foster Entertainment, Harmonious Claptrap and Russo Brothers production in association with Sony Pictures Television and Universal Media Studios. Russ Krasnoff ("The Soloist"), Dan Harmon ("The Sarah Silverman Program"), Joe Russo ("Arrested Development"), Anthony Russo ("Arrested Development") and Gary Foster ("The Soloist") serve as executive producers. Joe and Anthony Russo directed the pilot that was written by Dan Harmon.

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Anonymous said...

I have said it once and I will say it again..I will not continue to watch the show if Chris & Mariska leave....actually I will stop watching if Chris Meloni does not return. I can live without Mariska Hargitay.

samfan said...

I hope L&O comes back!!!! If Sam doesn't return I'll go crazy!!!

John K. said...

Let's not think anything until May 19th, as the PR said there would be more pick ups, then. So, we have to endure suspense.

I doubt NBC will do another January run for MS, as they need the ratings now.

Anonymous said...

So...NBC releases a still viable "ER" but picks up not one but two medical dramas? They cancel the wonderful "Life", "Chuck" is a maybe as is "Law and Order"? These execs at NBC are hopeless.

I definitely think, in fact, I can almost guarantee that "Law and Order" will be back even earlier than January. Those other dramas they got on their schedule will see an early demise. Then they'll come crawling back to "Mothership". I swear if it weren't for the LAO shows I'd never watch NBC again. As it is, I catch "Chuck" on Hulu.

Again, I have to thank the thoroughly unfunny and unctuous Jay Leno (killer of 5 hours of prime time) and the dumb NBC for being consistent in their

I remain---

the very sad (Damien Lewis you and "Life" will live on in my heart).


All Things Law and Order said...

Miss Kitty, I hear you loud and clear. It seems like NBC always kicks L&O and then come crawling back when they need the show to save them.

It's pathetic, really.

Anonymous said...

I think NBC is going downhill...those new shows aren't going to last. Thanks to Jay Leno...he ruined everything. He is probably the main reason for the contract disputes as well. Economy my butt...they aren't cutting Leno's salary.

John K. said...

I second MissKitty's remarks.

It doesn't bother me, as I got fanfic to play on, but it's still unfair. Especially as this season hasn't been sucking hard, compared to the last one.

Anonymous said...

I will miss the show if its not renewed. Speaking of Law and Order. I met Sam Waterson at the Affina Hotel last Sunday. He was attending and Andrew Cohen Lecture. A very nice man! Linus Roache was there as well.

A. Lowe said...

Law & Order will be back. Word is they are still negotiating with the studios ala Dick Wolf. NBC will either want to bring it back in January for an 18 episode run or for 13 episodes with extra possibly being ordered. The problem with L&O is that since its been on so long its cost per episode is very high and the licensing is high.

All Things Law and Order said...

Wow - what a great opportunity to meet Sam. Linus has been a follower of Cohen for a while...I thought Cohen's teachings were viewed as being cult-like though. Every time someone brings up his name on one of my L&O blogs I get a lot of bad feedback about him. I honestly don't know the man or his teachings so I can't really say either way, but if the comments I get are an indication, I'm almost sorry Sam was there!

samfan said...

I wish that I could see some pictures of Sam and Linus at the event!!! I sure hope NBC brings L&O back! Please Mr. Anonymous post some pictures!!!

samfan said...

I wish I could know more about Andrew Cohen, I can't ever find out stuff about him. I sure would like to know what Sam and Linus went to see and hear. ATL&O if you ever find out anything about it, let me know.

Anonymous said...


Sorry, no pictutes were allowed. Andrew Cohen did not exactly hang out with his followers. I believe Sam Waterson was at the event at the invitation of Linus Roache. I doubt that he is a follower of Andrew Cohen and I don't think the lecture inspired him to become one. Quite frankly he looked as lost as I did. However, Linus Roache is in complete awe of Andrew Cohen you can just see it on his face. When Cohen left the stage for a 45 minute break, he was not exactly friendly. In fact, he seemed kind of cranky. When he left the hall, Linus Roache followed him like a morman bride. I felt rather bad seeing that. It diminished him. I will never look at Mike Cutter the same way.

samfan said...

Thanks for the update. I wish that you could tell us more! Thank you soooooo much!

John K. said...

I tried reading Cohen, once, and I found it hard to be break. Some people's reasoning, I can get through easily, and some, I can't.

Although, that's weird having Sam there.

As for you being disappointed in Roache, well, you got to split the difference, as no actor is like their character. So, don't hold that against Roache. People are people, including actors.

Now, criticizing on him liking Cohen, that's debatable. However, it's his right to express himself that way.

Anonymous said...

So maybe Sam Waterson was curious to see what all the heap was about with Andrew Cohen and decided to see Cohen for himself. Maybe Andrew Cohen is Linus Roache's God, which is pretty pathetic. I wish I could run into these guys. Last year I had to go downtown to the court house a half a dozen times. I was always hoping I would see them filming. I never did. Anyway, interesting information. Thanks for sharing.

All Things Law and Order said...

Anonymous, thanks for the follow up info. I have to admnit that I chuckled at "When he left the hall, Linus Roache followed him like a morman bride." I have to admit that some of the emsils others had sent to me months ago about Linus and his involvement with Cohen were in a similar vein - he seems capitvated with Cohen. But, I suppose whatever makes him happy is OK, evem though it does concern me.

Anonymous said...

Roache is the managing director of Cohen's center in NYC and Roache is quite enamored by him. From what I've heard, Cohen has been described as a bit of a megalomaniac and cult-like leader but the organization doesn't appear to be run like a cult as constant growth/learning and challenging beliefs are the focus of their spirituality.

Of course, the Roache family history is one of constant searching and involvement in interesting schools of thought (i.e., Rudolf Steiner)

Anonymous said...

The New York Center is closing the end of May. No enough students. Not enough money. They simply failed to get the message across.

Anonymous said...

How long have you been a member of Andrew Cohens school. How well do you know Linus?

Anonymous said...

Not a member of the school and don't know Roache at all but there were stories in the UK that referenced their religious/ideological/philosophical interests over the years. I worked for British company for a while so I'd occasionally pay attention to pop references and have the weird ability to remember odd, inconsequential things instead of the stuff I really want to remember.

From what little I know about Cohen's school, it really sounds like a mixture of Judaism and Eastern Philosophy to me. It sounds like the cult accusations have more to do with Cohen's personality and those closest to him possibly being so in awe of him that they lose their objectivity and pretty much idolize him - it also sounds like Cohen (much like too many celebrities) takes this adoration too seriously and has become a bit of an a-hole.

Anonymous said...

I am no longer a member of the Center. Seeing Andrew Cohen last week was my final EnlightenNext event before I moved on, which I am. Roache and I are not friends. I don't know him really well. I know him through the Center. However, he seems like a nice enough guy.