Thursday, May 9, 2013

NBC orders three comedies, two dramas

Series orders are coming fast and furious now. In addition to announcing the renewal of "Parks and Recreation" and the cancellation of several comedies, NBC on Thursday announced it has picked up three comedies and two dramas for the 2013-14 season.

About a Boy, based on the Nick Hornby novel and 2002 Hugh Grant movie, starring David Walton, Minnie Driver and "1600 Penn's" Benjamin Stockham. From "Parenthood" creator Jason Katims, who will be pulling double duty because "Parenthood" also was renewed for another season.

The Family Guide, starring J.K. Simmons as a blind man who is actively raising his kids with his ex-wife, played by Parker Posey. Jason Bateman narrates.

Sean Saves the World, starring Sean Hayes, about a gay dad whose teenage daughter comes to live with him.

The ambitious Crisis, in which the children of top Washington families, including the president's son, are kidnapped and held for ransom by a "vengeful mastermind." The premise sounds like it'll be a little hard to keep up, but you never know. Starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney. From the creator of the too-short-lived "Life."

Believe, about a 10-year-old orphan girl with special powers who is protected by an escaped and wrongly accused death row inmate. From J.J. Abrams, who's a busy guy, and the dark-skewing Alfonso Cuaron.

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