NBC orders new series Rise (with Josh Radnor), For God & Country


NBC has become one of the first networks to lift the veil on their series orders after pilot season, and that’s great for Rise and For God & Country. These two shows were officially picked up for at least short episode orders — more details will become a little bit more clear over time.

For the time being, this is what we know about the two shows (one of which we think is already an instant winner).

Rise – This show hails from Friday Night Lights alum Jason Katims, and NBC is a much better home for him than CBS, where Pure Genius struggled to straddle the line between medical procedural and character study. This show features Josh Radnor of How I Met Your Mother fame playing another teacher. This time, he is Lou Mazzuchelli, a teacher who tries to revive the theater department of a struggling town and gets many of them behind him. This feels a little bit like a more serious version of Glee stuffed full of feels. It feels exceptional for the This Is Us crowd looking for heartfelt series with great characters.

For God & Country – This series stars Anne Heche and Under the Dome alum Mike Vogel, and it focuses on the deep world of undercover military. It’s likely going to be a realistic but celebratory show about people in tough conditions doing what needs to be done. We do think ultimately that this is a show meant to cater to the pro-military, blue-collar crowd out there, and shows like NCIS have shown that there is a huge audience out there. With that said, we cannot imagine this show with this particular title will draw a huge audience outside of a Christian based. It’s a toss-up to us in that sense, but we do like the cast — Vogel’s been someone who we’ve especially enjoyed ever since Pan Am was on the air.

Ultimately, we have to wait and see precisely how these series look when we see the first trailers. Just as you would imagine, we’re going to be your resource for all sorts of new shows over the course of the months ahead. These shows will premiere during the 2017-18 season beginning this fall.

What do you think about these shows, and which one are you the most excited to see at the moment? Share some of your thoughts with a comment below! (Photo: NBC.)

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