NBC joined Fox in the early pickup/renewal game last night with series orders for Whitney, Up All Night, Smash, and Prime Suspect. So far, the news continues accentuate the positive — only renewals and more pilot pickups, no cancellations. The most confident reports indicate NBC will renew Parenthood for a full third season order.
More circumstantial reports update on the fates of Chuck and Harry’s Law. This makes the fourth May in a row where Chuck has lived on the bubble, and somehow a fifth season is very much in the works. The deal isn’t official, but all signs suggest Chuck will continue to brighten the airwaves through 2012 with a 13-episode order. Meanwhile, NBC is expected to renew Harry’s Law for a second season. This will give creator David E. Kelly something to do next year, since NBC has reportedly passed on his Wonder Woman pilot.
Details on series orders for The Playboy Club, Awake, and Grimm.
Synopses courtesy of THR.
The Playboy Club (formerly Playboy) – Amber Heard and Jenna Dewan star as bunnies in the Chicago Playboy Club during the 1960s. Eddie Cibrian also stars. Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) directed the pilot. Chad Hodge (Tru Calling) wrote the script.
Awake (formerly REM) - Jason Isaacs stars as “a police detective who can’t let go of any aspect of his fractured family after a car crash.” Cherry Jones and Wilder Valderrama. This is creator Kyle Killen’s second attempt at network television after his Lone Star lasted just two episodes on Fox last fall. David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) directed the pilot.
Grimm - David Greenwalt (Moonlight) and Jim Kouf (Ghost Whisperer) are in charge of the dark cop drama set in a world where the Brothers Grimm fairy tales exist. Marc Buckland (My Name Is Earl).
The outlook is also very good for the sitcom Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea based on the book of the same name by Chelsea Handler. Laura Prepon (October Road) stars.