While most of the following news was expected, you still have to admit that NBC’s upcoming schedule is starting to become a little bit more clear.
On Friday, the network confirmed that “Revolution,” “Parenthood,” “Chicago Fire,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Grimm” were all renewed for additional seasons, which means now that a great chunk of the drama lineup has been filled (in particular for the fall). For “Revolution” and “Chicago Fire,” this means that the two are going to officially have a second season. Meanwhile, “Grimm” gets a chance to move closer to syndication, “Parenthood” gives the network a critically-acclaimed drama, and “SVU” keeps chugging along. All five shows have been handed 22 episodes, which is especially great news for “Parenthood” given how it has been only given short orders the past few years.
If there is one show among the group that is a somewhat-surprising early renewal, it is the “Law & Order” spin-off based on the fact that its ratings are on the low side of the ones mentioned. Not only that, but you also have to remember that it may be a little more expensive thanks to some of the salaries of the people who have been there for a long time.
The “Grimm” renewal, on the flip side, is one that everyone saw coming. The network is even looking to give the show a bigger boost by airing it after new episodes of “The Voice” for the next couple of weeks, which is really part of the reason why “Revolution” pulled such monster numbers to begin with.
With these renewals, there are potentially somewhere between three and four hours open on the schedule for the fall, and decisions have yet to be made on many comedies along with the new “Hannibal” series which struggled on Thursday night. What do you think about these renewals? Be sure to share some of your thoughts courtesy of a comment below!