May 07, 2012 2:33pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Gives Series Orders to Ryan Murphy Comedy, J.J. Abrams Drama
NBC continued its early jump on upfronts, giving series orders to a comedy from Glee's Ryan Murphy and a drama from J.J. Abrams.
The New Normal, from Murphy and Glee scribe Ali Adler, revolves around a blended family of a gay couple (Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha) and the woman (Georgia King) who becomes a surrogate for them as they grow their family. Ellen Barkin co-stars, with NeNe Leakes on board as recurring.
The single-camera effort from 20th Television marks Murphy's fourth series on the air, joining Fox's Glee, Oxygen's The Glee Project and FX's American Horror Story. New Normal had been considered a sure thing heading into pilot screenings, with the project, which counts Ryan Murphy Productions' Dante Di Loreto among its EPs, already staffing.
The network also picked up Revolution, an adventure drama from Abrams and Supernatural's Eric Kripke. In the epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a postapocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology -- computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights -- has mysteriously blacked out ... forever. Twilight's Billy Burke stars, with David Lyons, Giancarlo Esposito, Tracy Spiridakos, Graham Rogers, Anna Lise Phillips, Tim Guinee, Andrea Roth, JD Pardo and Zak Orth rounding out the cast.
Kripke will write and exec produce alongside Abrams and Bryan Burk. Jon Favreau will direct the Warner Bros. Television-Bad Robot production, which filmed in Atlanta.
The pair join Matthew Perry starrer Go On, from Friends scribe Scott Silveri, and Anne Heche's Save Me as comedies ordered to series at the network.