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.
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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.NBC Orders Katherine Heigl Drama and More for 2014-2015 Season>>
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
.The CW Orders Flash and More>>
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.(Image courtesy of NBC)