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NBC Renews ‘Night Shift,’ Orders Wesley Snipes Thriller & Carol Mendelsohn Drama

NBC has handed over series orders to two new dramas, “The Player,” starring Wesley Snipes, and “Game of Silence” from “CSI’s” Carol Mendelsohn.

The network has also renewed medical drama “The Night Shift” for Season 3, just about one week before its second season finale airs.

The Player,” a Las Vegas-set action thriller, starring Snipes, hails from the team behind NBC hit “The Blacklist.” The series follows a former military operative-turned-security expert (Philip Winchester) who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. His goal is to take them down to get revenge for the death of his wife. Charity Wakefield and Damon Gupton star alongside Snipes and Winchester on the Sony Pictures TV, Davis Entertainment and Kung Fu Monkey production. Writer John Rogers, John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri are all exec producers.

The Player -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: (l-r) Philip Winchester as Alex King, Wesley Snipes as Johnson -- (Photo by: Gregory Peters/NBC)

Formerly titled “Endgame,” the thriller was an early favorite throughout pilot season and saw a change with the main character playing a sniper to a security expert.

Game of Silence” has also been at the top of the crop through the pilot decision process, though was possibly considered to be too dark for broadcast — however, the final product turned out so great, NBC ordered the series.

GAME OF SILENCE --  Pilot  -- Pictured: (l-r) David Lyons as Jackson Brooks, Michael Raymond-James as Gil Harris, Larenz Tate as Shawn Polk -- (Photo by: Bob Mahoney/NBC)

The drama follows a successful Atlanta attorney (played by David Lyons) whose long-lost childhood friends unexpectedly reappear after 25 years. When a dark secret they thought they had buried resurfaces, the brotherhood bands together to right the wrongs of their shared past, a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and quench their thirst for revenge. Michael Raymond-James, Larenz Tate, Bre Blair, Conor O’Farrell, Deidrie Henry, Demetrius Grosse and Claire Van Der Boom round out the cast. Mendelsohn, writer David Hudgins, Carol Julie Weitz and director Niels Arden Oplev will exec produce the project from Universal TV, Sony Pictures TV and Carol Mendelsohn Productions.

The two new dramas join three previously ordered at NBC: “Blindspot” from Greg Berlanti, medical drama “Heartbreaker” and “Chicago” franchise spinoff, “Chicago Med.” Jennifer Lopez’s “Shades of Blue” and the Oz-inspired “Emerald City” were given straight-to-series orders.

Earlier today, the network canceled a slew of series including “Constantine,” “State of Affairs,” “Marry Me,” “One Big Happy” and “About A Boy.”

Along with “The Night Shift,” comedy “Undateable” was also renewed and will be returning for a third season.

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