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NBC has renewed midseason drama “Southland” as the network gets ready to unveil its fall lineup to advertisers on Monday.
There is no official pickup yet for NBC’s other recent midseason entry, the Amy Poehler comedy “Parks and Recreation,” but the renewal of that series also is expected to be announced Monday.
There is speculation that co-star Aziz Ansari may open for NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman at Monday’s infront presentation, while star Amy Poehler is rumored to appear on NBC’s upfront comedy showcase on May 19.
NBC on Friday night picked up 13 episodes from “Southland,” exec produced by John Wells.
The Warner Bros. TV-produced cop drama, starring Ben McKenzie, was a late addition to NBC’s midseason slate. It got off to a very strong start in “ER’s” Thursday 10 p.m. slot. The ratings have since slipped, but the network brass have been high on “Southland’s” creative potential and Wells’ solid track record as a showrunner.
Still waiting to hear their fate are bubble series “Chuck,” “Law & Order,” “Medium” and “Earl” as well as the network’s crop of pilots. NBC and “Earl” producer 20th TV are in negotiations for a full-season pickup.
Most of the other five series are also expected to get renewals, some of them, like “Medium” and veteran “Law & Order,” probably not for a full season.
However, NBC is not expected to make a final decision on the fate of all of them by Monday, with fan favorite “Chuck” among those who will remain in contention beyond the infront.
On the pilot front, comedies “Community” and “100 Questions for Charlotte Payne” and dramas “Trauma” and “Parenthood” are expected to land series orders, with comedy “Off Duty” also looking promising.
Meanwhile, NBC may postpone final decision on David E. Kelley’s “Legally Mad” and the Dick Wolf-produced “Lost & Found” until after its Monday infront.
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