“Chicago Med,” which debuted as a planted episode during the April 7 episode of “Chicago Fire,” is the third series in the “Chicago” franchise, following the first spinoff, “Chicago P.D.” The medical drama, starring Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya Dacosta, centers around the city’s most explosive hospital and the doctors who will tackle new cases inspired by topical events, while forging fiery relationships in the pandemonium of the emergency room. Through the series, cast members from Dick Wolf’s other two “Chicago” casts will make appearances, as the Windy City’s police and fire departments intertwine with the team of doctors.
Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas will serve as writers and exec producers on the Universal Television and Wolf Films production, along with Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski and pilot director Joe Chappelle.
“Blindspot” comes from “The Flash” and “Arrow” creator Greg Berlanti. The thriller centers around a beautiful Jane Doe, played by Jaimie Alexander (“Thor”), whose discovery in the middle of Times Square launches a vast international plot. When found, she is completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there, but the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller ( Sullivan Stapleton, “Strike Back”) is emblazoned across her back. “Jane,” Agent Weller and rest of the FBI quickly realize that each mark on her body indicates a crime to solve, leading them closer to the truth about her identity.
Audrey Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach and Ashley Johnson round out the cast. Martin Gero serves as writer and exec producer, along with Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Mark Pellington who directed the pilot. “Blindspot” hails from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions. Berlanti also serves as an exec producer on NBC’s Debra Messing dramedy “Mysteries of Laura.”
“Heartbreaker” (formerly titled “Heart Matters”) is the second med series for NBC’s new programming slate. Starring Melissa George (“The Slap”) and Dave Annable (“Red Band Society,” “Brothers & Sisters”), the medical soap is inspired by Dr. Kathy Magliato’s real life experiences, played throughout the character of Dr. Alex Panttiere (George), a fearless, outspoken world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon who is one of the few women in her field. Though accomplished in her career, she revels in a racy personal life, which is a full-time job in itself, and has to balance managing her skeptical faculty and dutiful interns, while pushing the boundaries of medical science to new heights.
Annable plays George’s boyfriend, and Don Hany, Shelley Conn, D.L. Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, J. Louis Mills and Joshua Leonard also star. Jill Gordon serves as writer and exec producer with Amy Brenneman (“Private Practice”), Brad Silberling and Robbie Duncan McNeill who will also direct. The series hails from Universal TV.
The three drama pickups follow NBC’s first series order of the season for family sitcom “The Carmichael Show” from comedian Jerrod Carmichael. The comedy was handed a six-episode order this March, and premieres this summer on Aug. 5.
On the comedy front, NBC ordered workplace comedy “Superstore,” family laffer “Crowded,” and couples multi-cam “People Are Talking,” which stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
For detailed information on production and creative auspices of this year’s pilots, see Variety.com’s searchable Pilot Scorecard chart.