'Do No Harm,' 'Infamous' from Universal TV
As buzz about pilot pickups and the fate of bubble series hit a fever pitch on Thursday, NBC added a lavish soap and a moody psychological drama to its 2012-13 drama slate.
Both “Infamous” and “Do No Harm” hail from Universal TV.
The Peacock also confirmed that “Parenthood” will be back for a fourth season and that “30 Rock” is returning for a final 13 episodes, its seventh season. Another NBC laffer, Sony Pictures TV’s cult-fave comedy “Community,” got a fourth-season pickup for 13 segs.
“Parenthood” exec producer Jason Katims also has a pilot in the mix at NBC, medical drama “County.” The show had been seen as a shoo-in for an order but seemed to cool off a few degrees by Thursday.
ABC is expected to begin making its own pickups soon, and the network could have more than its own development slate from which to choose. Studios are pitching the Alphabet some of the comedies Fox passed on earlier in the week, including Sony’s “Let It Go” and “El Jefe” and 20th Century Fox TV’s “Rebounding.” CBS is also expected to take a look at “Rebounding.”
ABC may be shortening its drama wish list with current hours “Body of Proof” and “Scandal” — both considered bubble shows — now looking likely to return. The drama short list at ABC is believed to include sudsers “Americana,” “Nashville,” “Devious Maids,” mob drama “Penoza” and supernatural thriller “666 Park Avenue.”
CBS, meanwhile, is said to have nixed bringing back freshman drama “A Gifted Man,” and “CSI: Miami” remains a long-shot to for an eleventh season renewal. There were a flurry of rumors about frosh drama “Unforgettable” getting a reprieve at the Eye, but the final call won’t be made until the new pilot picks are set.
NBC’s “Infamous,” which was known as “Notorious” during development season, is an opulent soap in which a female detective returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the heiress who was once her closest friend. Pilot was penned by Elizabeth Heldens, who exec producers with BermanBraun’s Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein. Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Meagan Good and Katherine LaNasa star.
“Do No Harm,” from Peter Traugott Prods., is a modern-day take on the legend Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, this time revolving around a renowned neurosurgeon.
David Schulner wrote the pilot and exec produces with Traugott, Rachel Kaplan and Michael Mayer, who directed the pilot. Cast includes Steven Pasquale, Alana De La Garza, Michael Esper and Ruta Gedmintas.
“Harm” joins NBC’s other drama orders including “Revolution” from Warner Bros. TV and “Chicago Fire” from Universal TV.