NBC has rounded out its series orders, adding Jimmy Smits starrer “Outlaw,” David E. Kelley’s “Harry’s Law,” superhero entry “The Cape” and laffer “Friends With Benefits” firm pickups.
Peacock also confirmed the renewal of “Chuck.”
That brings NBC’s 2010-2011 new series orders to a whopping 11 – along side “LOLA’ (“Law & Order: Los Angeles”), “Perfect Couples,” “Chase,” “Undercovers,” “The Event,” “Love Bites” and “Outsourced.”
Peacock hasn’t yet confirmed the future of “Heroes,” but the fate of that show has looked bleak for some time. And the network now has a new superhero show to promote in “The Cape.”
“The addition of these four inventive series to our new scripted lineup demonstrates a wide spectrum of creative stories,” said NBC/Universal Media Studios primetime entertainment prexy Angela Bromstad. “We are featuring popular, top-flight stars along with a strong pedigree of successful writer-producers. Likewise, ‘Chuck’ has proven its enduring appeal and we love the new creative direction that Josh and Chris have taken the show.”
“Outlaw,” from Conan O’Brien’s Conaco shingle, was previously titled “Garza.” And Kelley’s “Harry’s Law” was previously known as “Kindreds.”
“The Cape” centers on a cop who’s framed for murder and decides to fight crime while in hiding. David Lyons and Summer Glau star.
Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun are behind the show, which comes from executive producer/creator Thomas Wheeler (“Empire”), executive producer/director Simon West (“Con Air”), Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein.
“Outlaw” stars Jimmy Smits as a Supreme Court justice who abruptly quits. Universal Media Studios and Conaco produce; John Eisendrath created the show and executive produces with Terry George (who directed the pilot), Conan O’Brien, Jeff Ross and David Kissinger.
“Harry’s Law,” penned by Kelley, centers on a quirky law firm. Kathy Bates and Ben Chaplin star.
Warner Bros. TV is the studio. Kelley and Bill D’Elia, who directed the pilot, are executive producers.
As for “Friends with Benefits,” the show was originally developed at ABC, which eventually passed.
20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV are behind the show, which centers on a group of twentysomethings. “(500) Days of Summer” scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber created the show and exec produce with David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”), who directed the pilot. Jeff Kleeman, Brian Grazer and David Nevins also exec produce.
As for “Chuck,” show will enter its fourth season next year. “Chuck” has averaged a 2.4 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers overall this season.
Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak created the show and exec produce with McG, Fedak, Allison Adler and Matthew Miller. “Chuck” comes from Warner Bros. TV and Wonderland Sound and Vision.