Is NBC all of a sudden starting to feel more and more like a cable network? When you look at some of the hyper-specific episode orders that they have given many of their shows at the moment, it definitely appears that way.
According to a new report coming in right now from Deadline, “Chicago Justice” has been given specifically a 13-episode order that will likely carry it from midseason until the show airs its finale. The larger surprise here is that another spin-off in “The Blacklist: Redemption” is only apparently going to run for eight hours, unless something changes and the show ends up getting more ordered down the line. Apparently the network originally had a specific spot carved out for it originally in the fall, but they have changed that and it’ll not air at some point in midseason.
As for some other dramas, “Emerald City” and “Taken” will each run for ten episodes, while the supernatural “Midnight, Texas” is going to run for 13 hours. The same goes for “Timeless.” It’ll be interesting to see if something changes over the course of the season. For example, what happens in the event that “Timeless” premieres and is an enormous hit? Will there be some sort of temptation to come out and give it more episodes beyond the initial order?
On the comedy end, “The Good Place” with Kristen Bell has 13 episodes, which may be why she could continue to do “House of Lies” if that show is ordered once more. Other comedies like “Great News,” “Powerless,” and “Trial & Error” have the same order. “Marlon” is the only new comedy with a ten-episode order.
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