NBC Orders 'Constantine,' Messing Drama and Milioti Comedy, Renews 'SVU'
NBC Orders 'Constantine,' Messing Drama and Milioti Comedy, Renews 'SVU'
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Amid the frenzy of pick-ups, renewals and cancellations in preparation for the 2014-2015 TV season, NBC has added two new dramas and another comedy to its roster as well as renewing its longest-running hit.

Constantine and The Mysteries of Laura were both picked up to series as was the comedy A to Z, while Law and Order: SVU has been renewed for a 16th season.

Constantine, based on the comic book series Hellblazer, centers on a master of the occult who must face off against the forces of darkness.

The Mysteries of Laura, starring Debra Messing (Smash, Will and Grace), is about her character, a successful NYPD homicide detective who also has to deal with a crazy home life that includes an estranged husband and twin boys.

On the comedy side, NBC ordered A to Z starring How I Met Your Mother's Cristin Milioti. The romantic comedy is set in the world of online dating.

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The three shows join NBC's previously announced trio of new dramas for next season, plus the comedy Marry Me. That makes five dramas and only two comedies so far, suggesting that the network isn't too keen on new comedies. That's not a big surprise as eight of the 10 new comedies NBC launched over the past two years were cancelled before a second season, and the only two exceptions are the currently bubble shows About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher.

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Constantine also continues the popular trend of adapting DC Comics projects into TV series. The CW already has Arrow and it recently picked up its spin-off, The Flash, and iZombie, both of which are also from DC Comics. And FOX ordered the Batman prequel Gotham, making Constantine the fifth DC Comics adaptation which will appear on major network TV next season.

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