10:24am PT by Lesley Goldberg, Lacey Rose
NBC Series Orders: 'Crisis,' 'Believe,' 'About a Boy,' Sean Hayes, D.J. Nash Comedies
NBC is firming up its programming lineup for the 2013-14 television season, picking up a number of comedies and dramas as it looks to continue its attempt to rebuild under entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt.
Once again, the ratings-challenged network is turning to established creators, including Parenthood's Jason Katims and Revolution's J.J. Abrams, and concepts, both out of the box and traditional. The latest crop join NBC's previously ordered Michael J. Fox comedy, as well as already renewed Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood, Chicago Fire and Revolution.
The news comes just 24 hours after NBC brass passed on a host of pilots, including Carlton Cuse's The Sixth Gun and Charlize Theron's Hatfields & McCoys.
Here's a look at what NBC has in store for next season:
Crisis* (previously untitled Rand Ravich)
Logline: When Washington's most powerful players are pulled into an international conspiracy, an unlikely puppeteer will bring everyone from CEOs to The President of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear.
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Max Martini, Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor, Stevie Lynn Jones, Halston Sage (How to Rock), Lance Gross (House of Payne), Joshua Erenberg, Max Schneider, Michael Beach, James Lafferty, Max Martini
Team: W/EP: Rand Ravich (Life); EP Far Shariat
Studio: 20th Television
Logline: An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and a man named Tate (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Cast: Jake McLaughlin (Savages), Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo (The Chicago Code),Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Johnny Sequoyah, Arian Moayed
Team: W/EP Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Mark Friedman (The Forgotten); EP J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot
About a Boy
Logline: An adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel and the 2002 Hugh Grant feature film, it follows the relationship between a bachelor man-child (Bent's David Walton) and the young boy (1600 Penn's Benjamin Stockham) who moves in next door with his crazy, single mother (Minnie Driver).
Cast: David Walton, Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham (2nd position to NBC's 1600 Penn), Anjelah N. Johnson, Leslie Bibb (guest star), Al Madrigal
Team: W/EP Jason Katims (Parenthood), EP Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jane Rosenthal, Robert DeNiro; D Jon Favreau
Studio: Universal Television, True Jack Productions, Working Title Productions, Tribeca Productions
Sean Saves the World (previously untitled Victor Fresco/Sean Hayes project)
Logline: Centers on Sean (Hayes), a guy who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter -- who just moved in -- while juggling a temperamental new boss at work.
Cast: Sean Hayes, Thomas Lennon, Echo Kellum, Linda Lavin, Lindsay Sloane, Samantha Isler, Vik Sahay (guest)
Team: W/EP Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted); EP Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner; D Jim Burrows
Studio: Universal Television, Hazy Mills
The Family Guide -- formerly untitled DJ Nash
Logline: A son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother’s (Parker Posey) newfound adolescence watches his family come closer together post-divorce. Loosely based on Nash's life.
Cast: Parker Posey, J.K. Simmons, Harold Perrineau, Eli Baker, Ava Deluca-Verley, Lance Lim
Team: EP/W: DJ Nash (Up All Night); EP Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente; D David Schwimmer
Studio: Universal Television, Aggregate Films