Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NBC Gives Series Orders to Comedy 'Marry Me' and Dramas 'State of Affairs,' 'Allegiance' & 'Odyssey'

On the heels of FOX's drama pickups earlier today, NBC has handed out series orders to four of its hottest pilots from this development cycle - comedy Marry Me starring Casey Wilson & Ken Marino as well as dramas Allegiance starring Hope Davis, State of Affairs starring Katherine Heigl and Odyssey starring Anna Friel.

Marry Me centers on Annie (Wilson) and Jake (Marino) who, six years ago, bonded over their mutual love of nachos and have been inseparable ever since. Now, after returning from a romantic two-week island vacation, Jake's all set to pop the question. Before he can ask, though, Annie lets loose on Jake for his inability to commit. She was expecting him to "put a ring on it" in paradise and now Jake's perfect proposal is ruined. Not wanting to spend the next 60 years talking about that mess of a proposal, Jake and Annie decide to hold off on the engagement until they can do it right. Yet if history tells us anything, it's when we really want things to go right that they all tend to go wrong. The only thing we know for sure is these two are destined to be together whether they can get it together or not.

The cast also includes Tim Meadows, Dan Bucatinsky, John Gemberling, Sarah Wright and Tymberlee Hill.

Happy Endings creator - and Wilson's real-life husband - David Caspe wrote the pilot, which was directed by Seth Gordon. Both of whom serve as executive producers with Jamie Tarses. Sony Pictures Television and FanFare Productions will produce.

Allegiance (known throughout development as Coercion) centers on Alex O'Connor (Gavin Stenhouse), a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, who learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents Mark (Scott Cohen) and Katya (Davis) are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees.

Margarita Levieva, Kenneth Choi, Annie Ilonzeh, Alexandra Peters and Morgan Spector also star on the drama.

The pilot - which is an adaptation of the Israeli series The Gordin Cell - was written and directed by George Nolfi. Executive producers include Avi Nir, Ron Lesham, Amit Cohen, Yona Wiesenthal and Giyora Yahalom. Universal Television and Keshet Media Group will produce.

State of Affairs' description reads: Each day the president is faced with hundreds of life and death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst - Charleston Tucker (Heigl) - assembles the president's Daily Briefing (PDB). This list of the most vital security issues facing the nation brings with it moral and political judgment calls for Charleston and her trusted group of brilliant analysts at the agency. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with the President (Alfre Woodard) because she was once engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. Charlie survived that attack and is now determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. Navigating a complex personal life and a pressure-cooker profession is, of course, a challenge, and Charlie sometimes engages in boundary-pushing behavior to avoid facing her grief. But when the clock strikes 2 A.M., she is all about her job - protecting her nation, serving the president and still trying to get to the bottom of her fiancé's murder that will reveal itself as a shocking mystery.

Also starring are Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Leslie Odom Jr., Tommy Savas and Cliff Chamberlain.

Alexi Hawley wrote the pilot which was directed by The Blacklist's Joe Carnahan. Executive producers include Heigl, Carnahan, Nancy Heigl, Robert Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Julia Franz and Rodney Faraon. Universal Television, Bob Simonds Company and Abishag Productions will produce. The show is actively looking for a showrunner to succeed Hawley beyond the pilot.

Here's Odyssey's official description: After a team of American soldiers battling Jihadists in North Africa kill Al Qaeda's top man, Sgt. Odelle Ballard (Friel) - a solider, mother, wife and the unit's only female member - discovers computer files that suggest a major U.S. corporation is funding the Jihadists. But before she can tell anyone, her team is attacked by U.S. Special Forces and left for dead, with Odelle as the sole survivor. In New York, former U.S. Attorney Peter Drucker (Peter Facinelli) is working on a merger deal for the same company that was funneling money to the Jihadists. Meanwhile, Harrison Wolcott (Jake Robinson), a political activist and trust fund kid, meets a hacker who claims to have unearthed a massive military-industrial conspiracy.

The drama also stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Treat Williams, Jim True-Frost, Daniella Pineda, Elena Kampouris, Nate Mooney, Sadie Sink and Omar Ghazaoui.

The pilot was written by Adam Armus and Kay Foster and directed by Peter Horton. They will also serve as executive producers alongside Mikkel Bondesen, Kristen Campo, Simon Maxwell and Henrik Bastin. Universal Television, Fabrick Entertainment and Red Arrow Entertainment Group will produce.