NBC finished cleaning house on Friday, dumping “Heroes” (there may a midseason movie or mini-event), “Mercy” and “Trauma.” They join “Law & Order” in the Out basket. That leaves eight returning scripted shows for next season — Thursday comedies “Community,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “30 Rock,” along with “Chuck,” “Parenthood,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Friday Night Lights.”
Get ready for a batch of new shows — 11 (nine dramas, two comedies) to be exact — when NBC announces its 2010-11 schedule on Monday. After the Jay Leno fiasco which depleted the drama suppy, we look forward to the rebirth of the Peacock network.
- Undercovers: Husband-and-wife CIA agents from JJ Abrams. Boris Kadjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star.
- Love Sucks: Romantic anthology starring Becki Newton.
- Harry’s Law: Kathy Bates in David E. Kelley’s latest legal work.
- Outlaw: Jimmy Smits as a Supreme Court judge back in private practice.
- Perfect Couples: Looking for the perfect relationship. With Olivia Munn.
- Chase: U.S. marshals after bad guys from Jerry Bruckheimer.
- The Cape: David Lyons as an honest cop on corrupt force. With Summer Glau.
- The Event: Conspiracy thriller with Jason Ritter.
- Law & Order: Los Angeles: Cops and lawyers switch coasts, wear sunglasses.
There are no medical dramas, and “The Rockford Files” remake (with miscast Dermot Mulroney) and “Rex Is Not Your Lawyer” with David Tennant did not make the cut.
- Friends With Benefits: Twentysomethings in dating world.
- Outsourced: U.S. callers sent to India.