After picking up full seasons of Mercy, Community and Parks and Recreation just last week, NBC has decided to cancel Trauma, the fall TV series about a group of paramedics in San Francisco, California just a month following its September 28 premiere. According to the Hollywood Reporter, however, the network will finish producing the rest of the original 13-episode order of the medical drama, which stars Derek Luke, Cliff Curtis, and Anastasia Griffith among others.
Low ratings have reportedly caused NBC to lose patience over Trauma, which airs after Heroes on Monday nights at 9pm. The move, on the other hand, brings good news to Chuck fans because, according to the network, Trauma will be replaced by the spy comedy on Monday nights beginning January, instead of its initial March return.
Furthermore, NBC has ordered additional six episodes of Chuck on top of the 13 hours that have already been ordered for the third season, bringing the show’s total order to 19 episodes. This is likely to strengthen the relationship between NBC and Chuck producer Warner Bros. TV, which recently squabbled over the network’s unexpected cancellation of the WBTV-produced drama Southland.
Meanwhile, NBC is also in talks of developing two new series. The first yet-untitled series will reportedly follow a vigilante attorney who uses any means necessary to defend his clients and will employ Idris Elba (The Wire, The Office) as executive producer. As for the second one, it’s a drama from NCIS writer Dan Freeman about a master magician who is recruited by a law-enforcement agency as part of their unusual approach to cracking tough cases after he is forced to quit magic due to stage fright and agoraphobia.
“It won’t be as much of a whodunit as a ‘how the hell do we catch him,’ ” Jon Amiel, who helms the crime-solving magician series, told Daily Variety.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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