It looks like we’re not going to find out the fates of “Chuck” and “Medium” until May 19.
NBC unveiled its fall lineup this morning, but conspicuously missing was any mention of bubble shows Chuck, Law & Order, Medium, Life, or My Name is Earl. According to a Peacock insider, a final ruling on the fate of all five shows will come on May 19. (Medium and Law & Order are both expected back; insiders say NBC execs are just finalizing the episode counts.)
The network gave the go-ahead to four new dramas: “Parenthood” (a re-imagining of the film starring Peter Krause), “Trauma” (which follows first-responder paramedics), “Mercy” (a hospital drama that focuses on the nurses) and “Day One” (a post-apocalyptic tale of survival). Of the four, I’m most interested in “Day One.” (After all, is the world really clamoring for more medical dramas?) Here’s the pitch:
From executive producer/writer Jesse Alexander (Heroes, Lost, Alias) and director Alex Graves (Fringe, Journeyman), Day One tells the story of life on earth following a global catastrophe that has devastated the world’s infrastructures. Beginning with the immediate aftermath of the cataclysmic event, an eclectic band of survivors — played by Adam Campbell (Date Movie), Catherine Dent (The Shield), Julie Gonzalo (Eli Stone), David Lyons (ER), Derek Mio (Greek), Carly Pope (24), Thekla Reuten (Sleeper Cell) and Addison Timlin (Cashmere Mafia) — strives to rebuild society as they unravel the mysteries of what happened and face their uncertain future. The group, all residents of one apartment building in suburban Van Nuys, Calif., embarks on a quest for survival and discovers that hope is found in small victories — and heroes are born every day.
The network also greenlighted the sitcom “Community,” which stars “The Soup” host Joel McHale and focuses on a group of community college students.