Wednesday, May 9, 2012

NBC Renews Law & Order: SVU; Picks Up 'Chicago Fire' & 'Guys With Kids'

        Today, NBC announced that they have renewed the veteran police procedural Law and Order: SVU and picked up new drama Chicago Fire to series for this upcoming fall. UPDATE (5:00) - The network has made yet another comedy series order.

        Law & Order: SVU's fourteenth season will continue to delve into the lives of the detectives at the Special Victims Unit as they investigate and prosecute sexually based offenses in New York City. The series stars Mariska Hargitay, Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish, Ice T, Richard Belzer and Dann Florek.

        The network, today, also showed more confidence in executive producer Dick Wolf as they have ordered his firefighter pilot, Chicago Fire, to series this fall with 13 episodes. Chicago Fire is the third drama pilot the network has already ordered to series for the 2012-2013 season.

        Chicago Fire, from Universal TV and Wolf Films, is an action-driven drama exploring the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department led by House's Jesse Spencer. Derek Haas and Michael Brandt wrote the pilot script and are executive producing alongside Wolf, Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski. Eamonn Walker, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund, David Eigenberg, Charlie Barnett, Lauren German, Teri Reeves and Merle Dandridge co-star.

        Law and Order: SVU is the third show from the 2011-2012 season to have received a renewal from NBC - after freshmen series Grimm and Smash.

        Chicago Fire joins a slew of other programs to have received an early pickup order in advanced of NBC's upfront presentation to advertisers - where their fall schedule will be revealed - on Monday, May 14. So far, NBC has picked up five comedies (1600 Penn, Animal Practice, Go On, Save Me and The New Normal) and three dramas (Chicago Fire, Revolution and Hannibal).

        UPDATED 5:00 PM: NBC has also just announced that they are ordering the multi-cam comedy, Guys With Kids, to series for 13 episodes.

        Guys With Kids, is the first multi-camera show that NBC has picked up this season - with the other five new comedies all being single-camera. Written by Charlie Grandy and produced by Universal TV and late night host Jimmy Fallon, Guys With Kids revolves around three 30-something guys (Jesse Bradford, Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger) who enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact that they haven't grown up themselves. Grandy, Fallon and Amy Ozols will executive produce with Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz as the showrunners. Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tempestt Bledsoe and Sara Rue co-star.