10:45am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Blacklist,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Grimm' and Both 'Chicago' Shows Renewed at NBC
NBC handed out early renewals for all of its veteran drama series Thursday.
Earning additional season orders for the 2015-16 television season are The Blacklist (season three), Chicago Fire (season four), Chicago PD (season three), Law & Order: SVU (season 17) and Grimm (season five), the network announced.
“The creative vision of the executive producers who’ve guided these outstanding dramas has been nothing short of incredible,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “We’re highly appreciative of the passion they bring to their shows at every step of the creative process and we’re thrilled to reward that dedication with these renewals.”
Still waiting for word on their futures are midseason entry Hannibal, which typically is renewed over the summer, as well as NBC's lone returning comedy from last season, About a Boy, which will hand over its Tuesday perch as the network explores a multicamera block come March. Rookies Mysteries of Laura, State of Affairs, Allegiance, Constantine, Marry Me, Odyssey and One Big Happy will likely hear news of their fates in May after NBC reviews its pilot needs and midseason performance.
With the Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and SVU renewals, Dick Wolf will continue to have at least three shows on NBC, with a potential fourth — spinoff Chicago Medical — set to air as the 19th episode of Fire. The success of both Chicago series has helped reinvigorate the procedural among the Big Four, with several pilots in the works at multiple networks. All hail from Universal Television. For its part, SVU ranks as the longest-running drama on television and, this season, is delivering its biggest overall audience since the 2008-09 season.
The Blacklist, fresh off its massive ratings haul from Sunday's post-Super Bowl slot, will make the transition to NBC's new all-drama Thursday lineup tonight. The Sony Pictures Television James Spader drama is averaging 17.4 million viewers this season, per Nielsen's "most current" averages. NBC is also looking to exec producers John Fox and John Davis to repeat the drama's success with pilot Endgame in the works.
Grimm, meanwhile, remains a sturdy performer for NBC's Friday night lineup. The network, which continues to search for a series to pair with the genre entry from EP Sean Hayes, hails from Universal Television.
NBC joins Fox (Empire, Gotham, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bob's Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy), CBS (Madam Secretary, Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, Big Bang Theory) and The CW (The 100, Arrow, The Originals, Reign, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Flash, Jane the Virgin) in handing out early renewals for its scripted programming.