NBC picked up three shows to series ready for the 2021-2022 TV season. Two are comedies and one is a drama, bringing plenty of entertainment for all.
Admittedly, NBC has had a problem with comedies recently. None seem to quite get the viewer ratings of the other networks, and fans are certainly disappointed that Superstore is coming to an end. However, that hasn’t stopped the network from trying new content.
The two comedies picked up are pilots, while the drama is getting a straight-to-series order, according to Deadline. Originally, the drama filmed a pilot but ended up on the straight-to-series path due to the pandemic.
Comedy Pilots American Auto and Grand Crew Picked Up to Series
The first of the two comedies is American Auto, coming from the Superstore minds. Jason Spitzer and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment will bring the new workplace comedy starring Ana Gasteyer and Jon Barinholtz.
The series follows a Detroit automotive company struggling to rediscover its identity within the ever-changing industry. The floundering executives will go through a series of attempts to make a name for their company in the American automotive industry with some hilarious results.
Grand Crew is the second comedy picked up to series. It comes from the minds behind Brooklyn Nine-Nine, showing NBC isn’t going to make the same mistake in not picking up a show from these minds. Remember Brooklyn Nine-Nine was turned down by the network at first and then picked up by FOX. After FOX canceled the series, the Peacock network saved it.
The series will follow a group of Black friends unpacking their lives while at a wine bar. Very little info is available so far, except that Echo Kellum, Nicole Byer, Carl Tart, Justin Cunningham, and Aaron Jennings will star.
The NBC Drama with a Straight-to-Series Order
La Brea got a straight-to-series pick-up. It did film most of its pilot back for the 2020-2021 contention but the pandemic put it on hold. In June, it went on the straight-to-series path because of the success from what had already filmed. David Applebaum wrote the pilot that introduces a massive sinkhole suddenly and mysteriously opening up in Los Angeles. It literally tears a family apart, with father and daughter on one side and mother and son on the other.
When the family finally reunites, they are in some unexplainable primeval world. Now they will need to work with strangers to uncover the entire mystery of the events. Those who love the likes of Colony, Manifest, and similar mystery series are in for a treat.
Natalie Zea, Zyra Gorecki, and Chiké Okonkwo will star in the drama. Cast options for other characters ran out, and they will be recast for the series.
NBC has not set the schedule for 2021-2022 yet. That will come sometime around June 2021.
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