NBC Infront: Heavy drama for 2009-10

NBC is loading up on dramas next season, even as its primetime real estate shrinks with the addition of Jay Leno’s new variety hour at 10 p.m.

Peacock has ordered four new dramas: “Trauma,” “Parenthood,” “Mercy” and “Day One.” “Day One,” from “Heroes” alum Jesse Alexander, is billed as an “event series” that will bow on the heels of the winter Olympics next year. It’s interesting that NBC gave the official nod to two projects that are still filming their pilots, “Parenthood” and “Day One.”

NBC has two frosh comedies on deck, “Community” (pictured above) and “100 Questions” (pictured right). Peacock also plans six “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday” half-hour specials. 100questions

During the weekend, NBC also picked up the fledgling drama “Southland” and returning utility player “Medium.” Still awaiting final decisions are “Chuck” and “Law & Order,” though both seem like a good bet to come back.

NBC said more new and returning series will be unveiled on May 19 when it announces its 2009-10 season sked.

Detailed show descriptions and links to vid clips (for all but “Day One”) follow after the jump. Click on the titles for the links.