After NBC has its pickup spree, NBC begins its upfront orders by giving a greenlight to "Smash", "Prime Suspect", "Whitney" and "Up All Night". "Smash", based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, is a musical drama which revolves around a cross-section of characters who work to put on a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. Having been dubbed "Glee" for adults, it has Debra Messing and Katharine McPhee on board to star.
"Prime Suspect" is an adaptation from the British miniseries starring Helen Mirren. The remake version will feature Maria Bello as a female detective who has to make her bones in a tough New York precinct dominated by men.
"Whitney" and "Up All Night" are both comedies. The former stars Whitney Cummings and revolves around the ups and downs of a young couple in a committed relationship. The latter, meanwhile, takes an irreverent look at parenthood through the point of view of an acerbic working mother (Christina Applegate) who never thought she'd be a mom, along with her stay-at-home husband (Will Arnett) and opinionated parents.
"Wonder Woman", which has been arguably the most-talked about pilot of the 2011-2012 development season, has not been picked up by NBC. The Peacock will unveil its official fall schedule on Monday, May 16.
In the meantime, latest report says "Chuck" will return for a fifth season in the fall. Sources tell TVLine that the network is close to seal a deal with producer Warner Bros. to bring the show back for at least 13 episodes. Another bubble show, "Parenthood", is also likely to return for a third season.