NBC's 'The Mysteries of Laura' Renewed for Second Season

The Mysteries of Laura (NBC)

Stars: Debra Messing, Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar
Team: Jeff Rake, Greg Berlanti, Melissa Berman, Aaron Kaplan, Todd Lituchy, McG

Based on the Spanish format Los Misterios De Laura, the procedural with a sharp sense of humor follows a quirky female homicide detective who juggles high stakes crime as well as her ex-husband and a devilish set of twin boys.

NBC will have at least one returning series from its 2014-2015 class: The Mysteries of Laura.

The Mysteries of Laura ranks as NBC's fourth-most-watched series, notching more than 8.2 million viewers a week. The second-season renewal is for 13 episodes and comes as the series will undergo a creative retooling with more of a procedural focus on the crime element and less of a focus on the mom story that made the show a critical punching bag.

The Debra Messing series, which hails from Warner Bros. Television, averages a 1.4 rating among adults under 50.

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From executive producers Greg Berlanti and the prolific Aaron Kaplan, the drama opened with some of the worst reviews of the TV season but bucked that to score a full-season order.

Working in its favor is Bob Greenblatt's affinity for Messing, who starred on his Broadway drama Smash for two seasons and continues to remain a TV draw following the network's Will & Grace.

With the renewal, Berlanti winds up with six shows on the broadcast schedule next season, as NBC already has picked up Blindspot to series; The CW has renewed The Flash and Arrow and ordered their crossover; while CBS went to series with fellow DC Comics take Supergirl. Kaplan, meanwhile, ends up with seven series on broadcast and cable next season: ABC's Secrets & Lies; HBO's Divorce; ABC Family's Kevin From Work and Chasing Life; and Nickelodeon's Instant Mom.

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With the renewal, NBC avoids a complete drama washout from its 2014-2015 pickups, with Laura likely serving as its only returning hourlong.

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