Today's News: Our Take - NBC Orders James Spader Drama, Medical Series Night Shift and Mike O'Malley Comedy
NBC has ordered three additional series with Blacklist, Night Shift and Welcome to the Family joining the previously ordered shows filling up the network's bare schedule after axing six series this week.
In Blacklist, the world's most wanted criminal (James Spader) mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition: He will only work with a newly minted FBI agent (Megan Boone) with whom he appears to have no connection. Perfect Stranger's Jon Bokenkamp will write and executive-produce with Alias' John Eisendrath. Ryan Eggold, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix and Ilfenesh Hadera will also star.
In Night Shift, a motley crew of rogue ex-Army surgeons bring humor and rock-n-roll energy to the night shift at a chaotic trauma center in San Antonio, Texas.90210 scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah will write and executive-produce with Taken's Pierre Morel.Freddy Rodriguez(Six Feet Under), Jeananne Goossen, Brendan Fehr, Brigid Brannagh, Jill Flint (Royal Pains), Ken Leung (Lost), Robert Bailey, Jr. and J.R. Lemon will star.
On the comedy side, NBC has also ordered Welcome to the Family, a comedy where cultures collide when a white family - Mike O'Malley and Mary McCormack, among them - and a Latino family - Ricardo Chavira and Justina Machado, among them - bond when their children fall in love and plan a family. From Rules of Engagement's Mike Sikowitz, the comedy also stars Aramis Knight, Ella Rae Peck and Joey Haro.
NBC previously ordered Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago PD, Blair Underwood drama Ironside, Bill Lawrence's Undateable,Jason Katims' About a Boy, J.J. Abrams' Believe, Crisis, The Family Guide, and Sean Hayes' Sean Saves the World.The network also canceled struggling comedies 1600 Penn, Whitney, Guys with Kids, Go On and Up All Night as well as freshman drama Deception.
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