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NBC: Frantic drama pickups

Jim Rockford's comin' back

Jim Rockford's comin' back Photo Credit: getty




  NBC has to fill five hours of primetime programming like yesterday.

  What to do? Order a ton of stuff. 

  With Jay gone in weeks, here are some of the shows that will go into production - and may even make it to the air.

  But please don't forget - it takes months, sometimes many  months, to develop a hugely expensive primetime production; anad haste truly does make waste. Some of these may not be ready until the fall (if ever.) It's hard to make a TV show -  incredibly hard to make a good one that people will watch and stay on the air for  years.

  So the point is: NBC has to fill some airtime fast, and it's not going to necessarily be up to these hopefuls to do the job immediately.

  Also, note that Steve Carell is tied to "The Rockford Files." Why? Beats me. Hard to imagine he'll assume lead casting here, unless NBC is planning sort of other "Get Smart"-style revival.

  Here's the full NBC press release:

•   In “The Rockford Files,” the successful NBC drama from the 1970s is re-imagined by executive producers David Shore (“House”) and Steve Carell (NBC’s “The Office”).  The title character, Jim Rockford, remains a roguish private eye who tackles the dangerous, quirky and unpredictable cases that no other detective wants to handle.  The pilot is from Universal Media Studios and Carousel Productions. 

•   “The Event” is a thriller with a unique storytelling device that features multiple points of view concerning a decent, regular fellow who battles against mysterious circumstances that envelope a larger conspiracy.  Universal Media Studios produces the pilot that includes Steve Stark (“Medium”) as the executive producer; Nick Wauters (“The 4400”) is the co-executive producer/writer.  Casting will be announced later.

•   In “Undercovers,” a domesticated husband and wife return from years in retirement and are re-activated as CIA agents.  As they work together for the first time on new cases, they discover new aspects from their past - even as they re-ignite their passion for each other.   J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” the 2009 feature film  “Star Trek”), Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) and Josh Reims (“Dirty Sexy Money”) are the executive producers; Abrams and Reims are the writers.  The pilot is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot

•   “Chase” is a new action-procedural drama from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the “CSI” franchise, “The Amazing Race,” “The Pirates of the Caribbean” feature films).  “Chase,” based on a real-life group and set in the American Southwest, follows a crucial fugitive apprehension team comprised of U.S. Marshals that tracks down the nation’s most notorious criminals.  Tension builds as the cat-and-mouse game of the ultimate search escalates in each episode.  The series is from Warner Bros. Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television.  Joining Bruckheimer as executive producers are Jennifer Johnson (“Cold Case”) and Jonathan Littman (“CSI,” “Cold Case”).

•   “Kindreds,” created by Emmy Award winner David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal,” “The Practice,” “L.A. Law”), follows a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer and his group of misfit associates as their lives come together to form an unconventional kind of law practice.  The series is from Warner Bros. Television and David E. Kelley Productions.  Kelley is the writer and executive producer.

•   “Love Bites” is an hour-long romantic comedy produced by Universal Media Studios and Working Title Films.  Writer Cindy Chupack (“Sex in the City,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”), Timothy Bevan & Eric Fellner (both for “Love Actually,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary”) and Shelley McCrory are the executive producers.  Casting and producer credits will be announced later. 

•   Among the comedies is the Adam Carolla comedy project that features the humorous radio and TV personality Carolla (“The Man Show,” “The Hammer”) as a contractor who sets out to re-build his life following a divorce.  The pilot is produced by Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun.  The executive producers are Carolla, Kevin Hench (The Hammer”), Jon Pollack (NBC’s “30 Rock”), Jimmy Kimmel (“The Jimmy Kimmel Show”), Gail Berman (NBC’s “Mercy”), Lloyd Braun (NBC’s “Mercy”), Daniel Kellison (“The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” “The Man Show”) and James Dixon (“Ace in the Hole”).





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