NBC had some big announcements at this week's Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday at a panel featuring Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, and Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming for NBC Entertainment.
Here are some highlights from the panel:
Peter Pan comes to NBC as a live musical event on Dec. 4, 2014. No word yet on who will be cast in the starring role, but Greenblatt did say that he has some names on his "wish list" (which he is keeping private until those actors can be contacted). The production will feature "flying children" and state-of-the-art tech lighting technology for Tinker Bell. Being a live production, don't expect ultra high-tech though. Greenblatt also said that viewers will see the strings of the flying actors, just like they did in the televised version broadcast on NBC in 1955.
Emerald City will be a 10-episode "event" series that will show the story of Oz through the eyes of a 20-year-old Dorothy. Production on the series starts this summer and will feature some characters that may look familiar to the fans of the novels, as well as brand new characters never seen before.
The Slap was described as a "big drama" about a family torn apart when a young child is slapped by another family member at a big family barbeque. It will follow the story as it escalates from a family scuffle to a full-on war taken to court.
State of Affairs is another pilot that was picked up that will produced by Katherine Heigl, who will also star in the show as a CIA agent. Greenblatt described the series as "intelligent and very emotional."
They have also picked up an untitled pilot from Amy Poehler. The temporary title is Old School and it will feature a young woman who is struggling to find herself while working as an aide to elderly people. It will focus on her finding a balance between hanging out with her young, hip friends and learning wisdom from her older friends. Greenblatt compared the series to Golden Girls and said that the network was looking for something that let them look for talented 60-something actors.
Crossovers are planned for Chicago PD, with actors from from Chicago Fire and Law and Order: SVU.
Jay Leno will be saying his goodbye to The Tonight Show and in his final week, Jimmy Fallon will visit the show for a "passing of the baton." Leno's final guest will be Billy Crystal (who was also his first guest), plus Garth Brooks.
The chances of a Grimm Season 4 "are not grimm" according to Greenblatt.
The Voice is still evolving and may air fewer live episodes next season.
The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World are struggling to find an audience but no word yet on whether either will be renewed or canceled next season. Similarly, there is also no word yet on cancellation or renewal for Community.
When asked about the possibility of renewal for Parks and Recreation Season 7, Greenblatt went said: "I'm going out on a limb - Parks and Recreation WILL have a seventh season."
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