NBC pops for pickups

Series get greenlight at Peacock

NBC has added five more series to its 2006-07 roster, including a small- screen take on “Friday Night Lights.”

Peacock Thursday officially ordered laffers “20 Good Years” and “The Singles Table,” along with dramas “Raines,” “Heroes” and “Lights.” Combined with previous pickups, NBC has now greenlit a total of six new dramas and two comedies.

Not yet given a firm go: Tina Fey’s untitled laffer, which has been widely assumed to be a lock for the Peacock sked. Project is still a contender, but the net is waiting on NBC U Television Studio to hammer out a deal with star Alec Baldwin so that the skein could premiere in the fall, a person familiar with the situation said.

Pilot was taped in anticipation of a midseason premiere.

Buzz making the rounds Thursday is that Fox has more or less said yes to the buddy comedy “Happy Hour,” from Warner Bros. TV and Werner-Gold-Miller. Project joins other hot properties including “The Winner” and “The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend,” although Fox didn’t officially pick up anything Thursday.

Over at CBS, it now seems certain that “King of Queens” won’t return until midseason, if it does at all. Series star Kevin James’ commitment to U’s “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” opposite Adam Sandler, means he won’t be available to film enough episodes for a fall launch.

  Eye hasn’t decided if it even wants to keep the show for midseason.

As for NBC’s new comedies, “20 Good Years” stars sitcom vets John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor as fiftysomething men who realize they want to change their ways and make the most out of the next 20 years of their lives.

Laffer comes from Warner Bros. TV and Werner-Gold-Miller. Michael Leeson wrote the pilot, and will exec produce with Marsh McCall, Tom Werner, Eric Gold, Jimmy Miller and Mike Clements.

Also, NBC has stepped up to “The Singles Table,” a single-camera comedy about five single people who meet at a wedding and develop bonds.

Bill Martin and Mike Schiff exec produce the sitcom, for 20th Century Fox TV. John Cho, Conor Michael Dubin, Pascale Hutton, Jarrad Paul and Rhea Seehorn star.

On the drama tip, NBC disappointed few of its drama pilot producers this year, picking up all but one of its seven hourlong orders. Only drama not greenlit: “Haskett’s Chance,” a comedic hour about a corrupt politician starring Cary Elwes.

Peacock earlier picked up “The Black Donnellys,” “Kidnapped” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” New projects all hail from NBC U Television Studio.

“Raines” stars Jeff Goldblum as a cop who sees dead people. Graham Yost and Frank Darabont are exec producing the project, which fits thematically with the Peacock’s “Medium.”

“Heroes” explores everyday people who discover they have superpowers. Tim Kring (“Crossing Jordan”), Davide Semel and Dennis Hammer are exec producers.

“Friday Night Lights,” a co-prod with Imagine Television, has Kyle Chandler replacing Billy Bob Thorton as the coach of a small-town Texas pigskin team. Peter Berg, Brian Grazer, Sarah Aubrey and John Cameron are exec producers.

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