NBC Picks Up Comedies UP ALL NIGHT and WHITNEY, Steven Spielberg Produced Musical SMASH, and PRIME SUSPECT Remake

     May 11, 2011


After last night’s huge influx of news from Fox about series pick-ups, renewals and cancellations, it’s now NBC’s turn to announce some of their new series that we can look forward to in the fall. As of now there seems to be some dissension amongst the news outlets online as to whether or not Wonder Woman will actually get picked up, and other potential series like The Playboy Club are rumored for a pick-up but we haven’t heard anything official yet.

After the jump, check out the four new series that have definitely been picked up to premiere sometime this fall including a new sitcom from stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings, another comedy from Christina Applegate, a Broadway musical series from producer Steven Spielberg, and the stateside remake of the British crime drama Prime Suspect.

Here’s a rundown of the four new series set up at NBC courtesy of THR:

whitney-cummings-imageWhitney – Based on the stand-up comedy of Whitney Cummings the series revolves around the ups and downs of a young couple in a committed relationship. Cummings penned the pilot and will executive produce with Betsy Thomas (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel), Scott Stuber (Your Highness), Quan Phung and Barry Katz (Good Luck Chuck). Andy Ackerman (Perfect Couples) directed the pilot. If the series is half as good as Cummings stand-up, then we’re in for some good stuff.

Up All Night (formerly known as Alpha Mom) – Another comedy series that takes an irreverent look at parenthood through the point of view of an acerbic working mother (Christina Applegate) who never thought she’d be a mom, along with her stay-at-home husband (Will Arnett) and opinionated parents. Maya Rudolph co-stars in the series from writer Emily Spivey who will executive produce along with Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live). This is definitely one that I’m looking forward to in the fall.

Smash – It’s amazing that it took this long for a new musical series to hit the scene, but this new drama based on an idea from Steven Spielberg follows a cross-section of characters (including Debra Messing and Katharine McPhee) who work to put on a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. Theresa Rebeck penned the pilot with Spielberg, Justin Flavey, Darryl Frank, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on board as executive producers. Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman will contribute original songs. Basically it’s Glee for grown-ups.

Prime Suspect – An adaptation from the British miniseries starring Helen Mirren, stars Maria Bello as a female detective who has to make her bones in a tough New York precinct dominated by men. The reboot has Alex Cunningham, Sarah Aubrey and Julie Meldel Johnson executive producing along with Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) who also directed the pilot. Let’s see if NBC can have luck with another British import as The Office seems to be on its way out.

NBC likely still has some new series up their sleeve along with cancellation and renewal news for their current running series so stay tuned as the network gets ready to reveal more soon.

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