Great news for fans of Outsourced, The Event or Law and Order: Los Angeles, those shows have all been picked up for a full season by NBC. Getting what’s called the “back nine” green light means you will continue to see these shows for the rest of the current TV season. That is, if their ratings hold out.
In addition to these shows, a similar pickup for Chase is supposedly on the way as well as one for Chuck. Those announcements are expected later this week. Meanwhile, Undercovers is close to receiving an order for additional scripts but not additional episodes, at least for now.
In a statement about the decisions, NBC’s primetime entertainment president Angela Bromstad indicated that the network brass didn’t focus on the ratings when deciding what to do. “We are pleased with the quality of The Event, Law & Order: Los Angeles and Outsourced, and feel they are an important part of helping to re-build our schedule and our studio pipeline,” she said. “We believe in these new series and the creative auspices behind them.”
Let’s hope that’s true, especially in the case of Chuck and The Event, two shows we’ve definitely got programmed into The Flickcast’s office TiVo. As for the others, we’ve not really gotten into Law and Order and as Chris and Matt have expressed on the podcast, we’re not fans of Outsourced either. So, if those shows don’t make it we probably won’t be too disappointed.
Expect more developments such as this from NBC and the rest of the networks during the coming weeks.