NBC: Cancellations, Renewals, and Pick-Ups for 2013-2014 Season
Mystery solved! NBC’s Deception Gets the Ax As Other New Series Are Picked Up For the 2013-2014 Television Season
Deception, NBC’s answer to ABC’s successful primetime soap, Revenge, has been officially cancelled. During the freshman drama’s 11 episode run the ratings continues to drop, so speculation has already predicted the demise of the series months ago. While this news wasn’t much of a shock, it’s good to have closure (I guess). The thriller stared Meagan Good, Tate Donovan, and Victor Garber, and detailed the murder case of socialite Vivian Bowers. Though the series opened with 3.6 million viewers in the coveted 18-49 year old demographic, viewership declined by half towards the end of the season.
Deception is in
bad good company. NBC also canceled comedies Up All Night, 1600 Penn, Whitney, and Guys with Kids. One comedy who didn’t get the ax was the popular Parks and Recreation starring Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, and Rashida Jones. To replace all of these cancelled shows, NBC has picked up 12 new ones to replace them. Here are the Top 5 series we’re looking forward to the most.
This new crime series stars James Spader (Lincoln), Megan Boone (Blue Bloods), and Ryan Eggold (Daybreak), and follows the world’s most wanted criminal as he mysteriously turns himself in to the FBI. After years evading authorities, the man offers to give up all his known associates with one condition: He gets to pick the FBI agent in charge of his case. Why would this criminal ask to work only with a newly minted agent with whom he has no prior connection? This is the question.
This remake of a 1960’s series stars Blair Underwood (The Event), Spencer Grammer (Greek), and Brent Sexton (Justified). Underwood plays a tough police detective who is wheelchair bound following a shooting in the line of duty. Not limited by his disability, the detective continues to solve crimes with his hand-picked team of detectives. Think Bone Collector minus Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
Out of all the new series NBC has greenlit for next season, this series has to be the most surprising. Chicago PD is the spin-off of the popular new series Chicago Fire. Usually a show has been on several seasons before another show is spun off of it, but this new series will premiere this fall, and stars Jason Beghe (Chicago Fire), Tania Raymonde (LOST), and Jon Seda (Chicago Fire). Like its sister show, CPD is run by Dick Wolf and will be directed by Joe Chappelle.
Starring Dermot Mulroney (New Girl), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), and Rachel Taylor (666 Park Avenue), this new series is about an international conspiracy involving Washington’s most powerful. If you are afraid NBC is trying to capitalize on yet another hit ABC drama, don’t worry. This series isn’t about scandals, but involves someone with enough amunition against the powerful, from CEOs to the President of the United States, that he’s able to threaten the very things they treasure. Just who is this master puppeteer, and what do they want? Tune in to find out.
You may remember this one from the 2002 film starring Hugh Grant (Bridget Jones’ Diary), and a then unknown Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past). Based on the Nick Hornby novel, the series follows the relationship between a bachelor and the boy who lives next door. The series will star David Walton (New Girl), Minnie Driver (The Riches), and Leslie Bibb (GCB), and was created by Jason Katims (Parenthood). Jon Favreau (Iron Man 3) to direct.
The other new series slated to air next season are Welcome to the Family, Undateable, The Night Shift, Believe, Sean Saves the World, The Family Guide. Now that you’ve taken a look at our picks, which ones are you excited about the most? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to tell us your picks!