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NBC orders Playboy Club, Monroe musical, Applegate sitcom and more plus renews Parenthood, Harry’s Law

In television on 05/12/2011 at 10:10 pm

Thursday 10:30 p.m.: This blog post has been updated.

NBC has added more new shows and renewed Parenthood and Harry’s Law for its fall season ahead of the official upfront presentation of the fall 2011 season to advertisers in New York on Monday.

TV media watchers have been abuzz with the NBC schedule news, which has been spilling over the last two days.

Reports today cover the renewels of Parenthood and Harry’s Law as well as the additions of these new dramas:

  • The Playboy Club, starring Eddie Cibrian (CSI Miami, Ugly Betty), Amber Heard and Jenna Dewan in a period slice of life among the lady bunnies who worked the famous club.
  • Grimm is a cop drama, but with fantastical elements.
  • Awake stars Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter movies, Brotherhood) who survives a traumatic car crash, but his fractured realities are another matter altogether.

The new series are added to those discovered Wednesday: two more dramas and two new comedies:

  • Prime Suspect, adapted from the British series starring Helen Mirren, will star Maria Bello and be produced and directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights).
  • Smash is a “musical drama” behind the scenes of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, starring Debra Messing (Will & Grace) and Katharine McPhee (American Idol). It’s based on a concept from Steven Spielberg, who also wrote the pilot.
  • Up All Night is a sitcom about parenthood, starring Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph and produced by Lorne Michaels of SNL.
  • Whitney is another sitcom, this one based on the standup comedy of Whitney Cummings and following one monogamous couple.

These tidbits come days before the top four U.S. networks formally declare their intentions to the Madison Avenue ad buyers in New York City next week.

This year’s “upfront” schedule:

Fox and NBC on Monday, May 16

ABC on Tuesday, May 17

CBS on Wednesday, May 18

I’ll post once or twice a day next week to keep on top of those announcements and any other advance news.

Denise Duguay
dduguay@montrealgazette.com
@tweetinthebox

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