Tuesday, May 05, 2009

NBC renews 'Southland' and Amy Poehler, adds six shows

NBC unveiled a good chunk of its fall programming Monday, announcing six new series and renewing a couple of others: the spooky Medium, rookie cop drama Southland, and Amy Poehler's The Office clone Parks and Recreation. Still on the bubble: the veteran Law & Order, spy spoof Chuck and karmic comedy My Name Is Earl. NBC says it will reveal the fate of those shows, along with its full fall schedule, on May 19.

The new shows:

Parenthood, an adaptation of Ron Howard's 1989 ain't-families-zany movie, with Peter Krause and Maura Tierney standing in for Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen.

Trauma, a medical drama from Friday Night Lights producer Peter Berg.

Mercy, another medical drama, this one starring Taylor Schilling as a nurse just back from Iraq.

Day One, a drama about the small band of survivors of a worldwide apocalypse. It won't debut until midseason, following the Winter Olympics.

Community, a Chevy Chase sitcom set in an off-kilter junior college.

100 Questions For Charlotte Payne, starring Sophie Winkleman as a young single woman grappling with her career, online dating, and everything else you saw in Sex and the City.

NBC will also run six expanded prime-time installments of Saturday Night Live's mock newscast Weekend Update during its Thursday comedy bloc.


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