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Robert Forster Joins ‘Backstrom’; Elizabeth Rodriguez In ‘Grimm’

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT

Robert Forster Joins ‘Backstrom’; Elizabeth Rodriguez In ‘Grimm’Oscar-nominated Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) has been cast in Fox’s new drama series Backstrom. Created by Bones creator/executive producer Hart Hanson based on the Swedish book series by Leif G. W. Persson, Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson), an overweight, offensive, irascible detective who’s engaged in a constant struggle with his self-destructive tendencies. Forster will appear in two episodes this season as Everett’s dad, Sheriff Blue Backstrom. Blue is a local legend who’s gained notoriety through his tough, smart, pitiless, yet likable disposition. But Everett is too pained by memories of Blue as the abusive father of his youth to see his dad’s “goodness” and “sincerity.” Forster recently appeared in ABC’s Last Man Standing. Other big screen credits include  Olympus Has Fallen, The Descendants, and Mulholland Drive.
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TCA: NBC Drama Series Showrunners Tell TV Critics How It’s Done

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 6:09pm PDT

TCA: NBC Drama Series Showrunners Tell TV Critics How It’s DoneAt the end of its day at Summer TV Press Tour 2014, NBC brought out four of the showrunners on returning drama series to take questions. Matt Olmstead (Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.) said that when he was working on a cable program, “I missed doing 22 [episodes],” while John Eisendrath (The Blacklist) said, “Having never done a 12-episode order, I’m totally jealous.”

Eisendrath was set up to vent about the fact that neither The Blacklist nor its star James Spader scored Drama Series Emmy noms on Thursday. He said he’d be lying if he said he wasn’t disappointed. “I think he’s completely deserving of it. The competition is fierce, that’s the reality — TV is thriving, there’s that much competition. I was disapointed, but I understand how it happened and what happened. We have to continue to do the best shows we can and hope we’re on long enough for people to reconsider,” he concluded, diplomatically.

All the showrunners were asked a certain number of beauty-pageant questions, like ‘what qualities are necessary in a showrunner?’ Jason Katims (Parenthood, About A  Boy) went with “embrace the collaborative nature of making a television show”; Eisendrath went with “not to panic..and be open to new ideas.” Asked what was the most difficult part of the job, Olmstead said, “Trying to figure out what … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Barbara Walters Tribute Tops Night With 9.30M Viewers, ‘Shark Tank’, ‘Kitchen Nightmares’, ‘Grimm’ & ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Finales Down, ‘Hannibal’ Rises

MIKE TYSON, ROBIN GIVENS, BARBARA WALTERSAn era has passed, but as Sundays will always be the natural spot for awards shows, Fridays should never refuse a Barbara Walters special. And that’s what ABC rolled out last night with a full court press retrospective via the 2-hour Barbara Walters: Her Story (1.6/7) special. Coming the same day as Walters’ last stint as on-air den mother on The View, as my colleague Lisa de Moraes likes to say, the look back at her career over the decades saw the TV pioneer interviewing Presidents, the famous, the infamous and the too trainwrecky to look away. And a lot of people were looking on Friday. Even with last week’s 20/20, and down a scant 5% from Walters’ quickly pulled together showstopper of an interview with Donald Sterling’s confidante V. Stiviano on May 2, last night’s special was tied with lead-in  Shark Tank (1.6/7) for the far away highest-rated show of the night and pulled in 9.30 million viewers to make it the most watched show of the night by a landslide. Needless to say, ABC cleaned up the night with a 1.6/6 among Adults 18-49 overall and 8.380 million total viewers.

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NBC Renews ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Chicago PD’ & ‘Grimm’

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 4:59pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has given early renewals for next season to three chicago firemore dramas: Chicago Fire, its spinoff Chicago P.D., and Grimm. All hail from Universal TV. They join hot freshman The Blacklist, which already was picked up for a second season. Also set to return next season are veteran comedy Parks And Recreation (Season 7), flagship reality series The Voice (Cycle 7), and Celebrity Apprentice (Cycle 14), which skipped a season.

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NBC_logoThe renewal of Dick Wolf’s Chicago Fire for a third season and Chicago P.D. for a second opens the door to further expanding the franchise with a long-rumored Chicago-set medical drama though that likely won’t happen for next season. Last year, NBC picked up all of Wolf’s series at the same time. This time, Law & Order: SVU is not part of the package as the veteran usually gets a renewal close to the upfronts. But with the Chicago franchise grimm logoblossoming, would the last representative of Wolf’s previous power NBC procedural brand, Law & Order, call it a day? (From what I hear, that doesn’t seem very likely, at least not this season.)

Chicago Fire and especially Chicago P.D. have benefited from franchise crossovers that have lifted ratings. Another one is coming with a massive bomb explosion storyline, which will span the April 29 episode … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Parks & Rec’, ‘Grimm’ And ‘Parenthood’ Go Digital To Keep Fans Engaged During Games

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 11:54am PST

NBC announced today it will offer digitalkey_art_parks_and_recreation-300x116 series for four of its primetime series; Chicago Fire, Parks And Recreation, Grimm, and Parenthood to keep fans focused in February while Olympics take over NBC’s primetime. All digital series will be streamed on NBC.com, Hulu and YouTube.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: CBS’ ‘Undercover Boss’ Up In Return, NBC Dramas Rebound

By | Saturday January 18, 2014 @ 9:33am PST
Nellie Andreeva

undercover-boss-logo_20110328001421CBS’ Undercover Boss showed no signs of rust in its return from a monthlong hiatus, logging a 1.6 at 8 PM last night, up 14% from its last original on December 16. But that had little impact on the rest of CBS’ lineup, with Hawaii Five-0 (1.5) matching its fast national from last week and Blue Bloods (1.4) slipping a tenth. A stronger lead-in helped NBC’s 9-11 PM dramas. After dropping last week with a low-rated Olympics special at 8 PM, Grimm (1.5) and Dracula (0.9) both rebounded with Dateline (1.5) back, up 15% and 29%, respectively. Fox’s Bones (1.5) held steady, but the network’s comedies each slipped a tenth to rank as the lowest-rated programs of the night. Raising Hope posted a 0.7, while Enlisted logged a 0.6 in its second week. Also down a notch this week were ABC’s comedies. Last Man Standing (1.4) was down a tenth, The Neighbors (0.9) down o.2. But with Shark Tank (2.1) and 20/20 (1.7) steady, matching season highs and repeating as the two highes- rated programs of the night, ABC again was No.1 in adults 18-49 (1.7) . CBS was tops in viewers (10.6 million). On the CW, The Carrie Diaries (0.4) was up a tenth.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grimm’ Up, ‘Dracula’ Down In Return

By | Saturday January 4, 2014 @ 10:35am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Grimm - Red MenaceGiven how much work goes into producing a scripted series, especially high-end drama, it is disheartening to see the ratings pecking order last night: Sports first (Fox‘s night-winning coverage of the Cotton Bowl, 1.9 among adults 18-49 in the non-time zone adjusted fast nationals), newsmagazines second (NBC‘s Dateline and ABC‘s 20/20, tied at 1.5) and then original scripted dramas. Following Dateline, NBC’s Grimm returned from a month-long hiatus to a 1.4 in 18-49, up 17% from its last original on Dec. 13. But Dracula (0.9) was down 18% from its last original (though matching its previous three telecasts.) The only other original last night was the CW‘s The Carrie Diaries (0.4), which was up a tenth from its last outing.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grimm’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’ & ‘Nikita’ Hit Series Lows, ‘Shark Tank’ Steady, ’20/20′ Up As ABC Wins Night

By | Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 9:44am PST

EVAN MENDELSOHN, NICK MORTON (TIPSY ELVES)Friday was a bit unusual in that it was one of the few nights of the past couple of weeks when a holiday special of some sort wasn’t on TV. Not that Christmas was absent from the small screen just two weeks from the big day, though some shows had less cheer than others. On Shark Tank (2.0/7), ugly Christmas sweaters reared their often ironic heads as is common this time of year. Not that it caused anyone to look away as the entrepreneurial reality show stayed steady with last week’s season high among adults 18-49 and was once again the top rated show of Friday night. The rest of ABC’s line-up was a bit more of a roller coast with Last Man Standing (1.2/5) down 14% from its December 6 show while The Neighbors (0.9/3) was steady with last week and 20/20 (1.4/5) shot up 27% in the key demo. While the news mag series will still be in originals for the next couple of weeks, last night was the last new shows of the year for the rest of ABC’s Friday prime time with everyone returning on January 10. At least ABC can take some Christmas cheer that, with a 1.5/5 rating, they won the night again among the 18-49s. With 8.090 million watching, CBS had the highest viewership of Friday night and was No. 2 in the demo … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Garth Brooks Rules, ‘Grimm’ & ‘Raising Hope’ Dip, ‘Dracula’ Flat

By | Saturday November 30, 2013 @ 9:42am PST
Nellie Andreeva

garth-live-from-vegasHe may have spent most of the last decade in retirement and semi-retirement, but Garth Brooks still has a things or two to show to his younger colleagues. The two-hour  Garth Brooks Live From Las Vegas special dominated primetime last night with a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, and a very impressive for the night after Thanksgiving 8.8 million viewers. Brooks doubled the demo rating for Lady Gaga‘s Thanksgiving special with the Muppets and almost tripled her viewership. CBS won the night in 18-49 and total viewers. NBC was the only network to air an all original lineup last night with Dateline (1.2, 7.2 million) up a tenth from last week in 18-49 and hitting a season high in total viewers. Grimm (1.3) fell 19% from its most recent episode while Dracula (0.9) held steady at a series low. Fox aired two more Raising Hope originals (0.6), down 25% from last week. Raising Hope feels wasted on Friday. It was a rock on Tuesday last season and is more deserving than others to be part of the network’s comedy block.  The CW‘s Nikita (0.2) matched its rating from last week as it whimpers to the finish line, holding onto half of its lead-in from Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer — a special the CW’s predecessor … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Raising Hope’ Return & ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Finale Down, ‘Grimm’ Rises, CBS Wins Night

By | Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 10:02am PST

Even this late in the fall season, last night proved you can still have beginnings and endings. For beginnings, the action was on Fox as Raising Hope returned for a fourth season on a new night. With Jeffrey Tambor making a paternal guest appearance, the comedy aired back-to-back premiere episodes at 9 PM and 9:30 PM with both drawing a 0.7/2. To put it mildly, the move from Tuesdays to a new night did not raise ratings hope for Raising Hope – quite the opposite. The series was down 36% from the season debut of the now shuttered Fringe in the same time period. Compared to Raising Hope’s Season 3 Tuesday 8 PM debut on October 2, 2012, both of last night’s premiere episodes cratered 59% among adults 18-49 and 41% in total viewers. Raising Hope’s lead-in had a slightly softer ride. Moving to the 8 PM Friday slot previously occupied by MasterChef Jr, Bones (1.2/4) was down from the Gordon Ramsay’s little cookers 1.5/5 of last week’s finale. Bones was also down 43% from its prior average on Mondays. Overall, Fox pulled a 1.0/3 rating last night with 3.659 million watching.

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Dracula’ & ‘Grimm’ Drop

By | Saturday November 2, 2013 @ 10:26am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a solid launch last week, new NBC vampire drama Dracula (1.3 rating in adults 18-49) tumbled 28% in Week 2. Ironically, vampires contributed to Dracula’s big dropoff. A Why We (Heart) Vampires special at 8 PM logged a paltry 0.7 in 18-49, half of what NBC’s Friday night opened with last week when slot regular Dateline (1.3) was on. The lousy 8 PM anchor took a bite from the rest of the lineup — Grimm (1.5) at 9 PM was down 17% from its season premiere last week, followed by Dracula. Grimm still ranked as the top scripted show of the night in 18-49, and both NBC dramas are big DVR gainers (last week’s openers grew by 58% and 56%, respectively, in Live+3)

CBS‘ dramas are nothing if not consistent. They held steady against the new 9-11 PM drama competition on NBC last week, and were again on par this week – Blue Bloods (1.3) even with last week and Hawaii Five-0 (1.3) down a tenth. To put things in perspective, while Blue Bloods and Dracula tied in 18-49 in the 10 PM hour, Dracula only drew 3.4 million viewers, less than a third of Blue Bloods‘ 10.7 million. At 9 PM, Grimm edged Hawaii by .2 in 18-49 with half of the audience (4.95 million vs. 9.61 million). CBS’ Undercover Boss (1.4) continues its wild ride this fall. After that big 38% surge on Oct. 18, the reality series has posted a second consecutive double-digit drop (13%). CBS once again was the most watched program of the night with 9.7 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Dracula’, ‘Grimm’ Openers Solid; ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Soft In Return; ‘Shark Tank’ Hits Viewership High

By | Saturday October 26, 2013 @ 10:17am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Genre is working well for NBC on Fridays. New vampire drama Dracula opened with a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 at 10 PM last night, tying the third season premiere of supernatural crime drama Grimm as the two highest rated scripted programs of the night and second highest overall behind ABC‘s Shark Tank (2.0). Despite airing on the low trafficked Friday night, which is traditionally older skewing, Dracula ranked as the No.2 launch for a 10 PM drama in 18-49 this fall behind NBC’s The Blacklist (tied with CBS Hostages). It logged the best 18-49 result for a Friday drama debut since Grimm in October 2011 (2.1). Grimm was even with its Friday premiere last fall (The show’s second series premiere aired on Monday to a 2.0). With Dateline at 8 PM (1.3) flat with last week, NBC won the night in 18-49. Read More »

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Alexis Denisof To Recur On ‘Grimm’, Phoebe Strole On ‘Glee’, Lindsey Kraft On ‘Pines’

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 7:04am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Angel alum Alexis Denisof has booked an arc on another genre show, NBC’s supernatural crime drama Grimm, co-created by Angel co-creator David Greenwalt. He will play Viktor Albert Wilhelm George Beckendorf, the cunning, smart, funny and ruthless first cousin to Eric Renard (James Frain). Denisof is with Evolution and APA.

Phoebe Strole, member of the original cast of the 2006 musical Spring Awakening, is reuniting with co-star Lea Michele on Michele’s Fox series Glee. Strole, repped by APA and Principal Entertainment NY, will recur as Penny Owen, a sophomore in college who wants to get into nursing school and who becomes Sam’s (Chord Overstreet) new love interest. Read More »

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‘Grimm’ Co-Creators Sign New Overall Deal With Universal TV

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 5:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Grimm co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf have signed a new overall deal with Universal TV. Under the pact, the writing partners will continue as executive producers on the NBC drama, produced by Universal TV and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills. Grimm, which Greenwalt and Kouf co-created with Stephen Carpenter, was recently picked up for a third season with an early renewal. Grimm, inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales, has been an unsung hero at NBC. It is the only series from the 2011-12 season, the first overseen by NBC’s current regime, to make it to season 3. A rare success story on Friday, Grimm is the night’s No.1 series in adults 18-49. Its most recent second season (6.9 million viewers, 2.4 in 18-49 in Live+7) was up 14% in 18-49 and 12% in total viewers vs. Season 1. Greenwalt and Kouf exec produce the series with Hayes, Milliner and Norberto Barba. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Voice’, ‘DWTS’ & ‘NCIS: LA’ Hit Lows, ‘Grimm’ & ‘Hart Of Dixie’ Up

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 9:05am PDT

You know we’re in the May sweep now as the wildcard element came into play Tuesday. Going to two hours last night for the first of two Tuesdays in a row, The Voice (3.7/11) was  again in Knockout Round mode with Team Blake and Team Usher cutting to a final four like fellow judges Adam Levine and Shakira did the night before. While easily the highest-rated show on TV last night, Voice tumbled 10% from its 8-9 PM airing April 23 to hit a season low. That’s the second Tuesday in a row the NBC series has been up against a new NCIS (3.0/10) on CBS, and the second Tuesday in a row it was down double digits. Things are about to get a lot more interesting too: Tonight will see a network reality trifecta as The Voice, American Idol and Survivor go head-to-head-to-head for the first time this season.

Following The Voice last night was Grimm (2.0/5) in its new Tuesday slot, replacing the now-cut Ready For Love. Not only did Grimm deliver far better that its slot predecessor (up from Ready For Love’s 1.0/3 on April 23), but as expected the Voice lead-in proved a healthy jolt for the police procedural. It was up 54% from its last Friday broadcast April 26, marking the series’ highest-rated episode since October.

Related: TV Weekly Warfare: ‘The Voice’ Dethroned, Fox & CBS Hold Demo & Viewer Leads

The most-watched show of the night with 17.68 million viewers, NCIS bopped up 7% from its April 22 episode. The same could not be said of NCIS: LA (2.2/6), which fell 19% to a series low as it faced the extended hour of The Voice. Its lead-out, freshman Golden Boy (1.3/4), also suffered. Down 7%, the new show tied its lowest-rated Tuesday broadcast. With 12.79 million watching, CBS was No. 1 in viewers Tuesday while NBC took the top spot in the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Happy Endings’ Hits Series Low, ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘Fashion Star’ Down, ‘Vegas’ Up, CBS Wins Night

By | Saturday April 27, 2013 @ 10:08am PDT

While more of the NFL Draft ran in primetime on ESPN and the NFL Network on Friday, the second night of May sweeps saw things improve across all the networks from the lows of Thursday. Of course, because of the extensive primetime coverage of the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 19, almost all comparisons are to broadcasts of two weeks ago or more. On CBS, Friday brought a full night of rises, some small and one large. Kicking off CBS’s night, Undercover Boss (1.6/6) was up 7% from its last original on April 12. Up from its low of two weeks ago, Vegas (1.0/3) rose 25% from its last original. With 10.36 million viewers watching, Blue Bloods (1.4/4) was the most watched show of Friday night over Undercover Boss by more than 1.6 million. The cop family drama saw a upward turn of 8% from its April 12 show. With 8.82 million watching, CBS was tops in viewers as well as number one among Adults 18-49.
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NBC Renews ‘Revolution,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Grimm’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 11:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sky In Three Season Deal For 'Revolution'NBC has handed the expected early renewals to its stronger drama series: freshmen Revolution and Chicago Fire as well as Parenthood, Grimm and veteran Law & Order: SVU. All have received full-season, 22-episode pickups. Missing from the drama list is recent addition Hannibal, which has dropped in the ratings the past two weeks after a solid start, and fellow midseason drama Deception. I hear NBC has not closed the door completely on Deception though a renewal appears unlikely. “On the verge of our 2013 fall scheduling decisions, we’re pleased to renew five drama series that will be important to our new-season lineup,” NBC’s entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “We’re especially pleased to be renewing Revolution and Chicago Fire — two first-season successes — and there will be more returning series announcements made in the next couple of weeks.” Those announcements will no doubt include reality hit The Voice and veteran comedy Parks And Recreation, which are assured a return for next season. All the other NBC comedies are heavily on the bubble. Things look a little better for The New Normal, which just won a GLAAD Award and comes from top producer Ryan Murphy, with Matthew Perry starrer Go On also in contention. Meanwhile, cult favorite Community‘s future is cloudy, with the future of multi-camera entries Whitney and Guys With Kids also in limbo. NBC might keep one of the multi-cam sitcoms for continuity as it is likely to order at least one, the Sean Hayes/Victor Fresco project, and expanding NBC’s multi-camera footprint appears to be a priority for the network’s brass.

The renewal for Law & Order: SVU comes before the producers have secured the return of star Mariska Hargitay. Today’s announcement gives producer Dick Wolf two series on the NBC schedule next season, L&O: SVU and Chicago Fire. They could be joined by the proposed Chicago Fire spinoff. The renewal brings more good news for Grimm, which recently received a temporary time slot upgrade and The Voice lead-in. Here are details about NBC’s newly renewed dramas: Read More »

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NBC Pulls ‘Ready For Love’, Moves ‘Grimm’ To Tuesdays

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 1:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

GrimmIt’s over for NBC’s new dating series Ready For Love after two low-rated airings, while underrated Friday drama Grimm is getting an upgrade. Beginning April 30, Grimm will move to the Tuesday 10 PM slot, airing behind a two-hour episode of The Voice, and will remain on Tuesday through May 21. Grimm will have a two-hour Voice lead-in for two more weeks, while it is unclear what will air in the Tuesday 9 PM hour on May 14 and May 21. Grimm will be replaced in the Friday 9 PM hour by newsmagazine Dateline, which will be leading into Rock Center. It is unclear when or where (or if) the remaining episodes of Ready For Love will air. The dating reality series executive produced by Eva Longoria was originally slated to air on Sundays this midseason. When Smash crashed and burned in its Season 2 return, NBC opted to launch Ready For Love on Tuesday instead, with the show getting a plum Voice lead-in. But after a slow start, Ready For Love dropped to a 1.3/4 in adults 18-49 in its second airing this week despite a huge Voice lead-in.

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PILOT PANIC: NBC Eying Early Renewals?

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 9:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sky In Three Season Deal For 'Revolution'So far, three of the broadcast networks — CBS, Fox and the CW — have awarded early renewals to their strongest series, while ABC and NBC have yet to make any moves on that front. There is speculation that NBC may jump in the fray with early pickups to some of its strongest series. Among those rumored to get an early jump on next season are the network’s flagship reality series The Voice, top scripted series Revolution and solid Friday performer Grimm, which also received an early second-season order last year. The renewals could come as early as tomorrow, following the latest set of ratings for The Voice and Revolution, both of which made a strong return to the schedule two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Grimm just logged another finish as the top-rated scripted series on Friday. I hear a deal for a second-season renewal of Revolution was put in motion several months ago when NBC reduced the first-season order to the futuristic drama by two episodes. Meanwhile, I hear Grimm is already preparing for third season, releasing a large number of low- and mid-level writers early than normal in preparation for staffing. Beyond those three series, also certain to return at NBC are comedy Parks And Recreation, which also is reading writers for next season, and Chicago Fire, whose pickup may once again be tied to that for NBC’s other Dick Wolf-produced drama, Law & Order: SVU, which is looking to re-sign star Mariska Hargitay. Read More »

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