News Briefs: NBC Wants More Chicago Fire Scripts Yes Really

By Tim Surette

Oct 26, 2012


... EVERYONE is getting additional scripts this season, because apparently this is the season of love and opportunity instead of hate and cancellation. NBC has ordered five more scripts of Chicago Fire, its firefighting drama from Dick Wolf. The series' most recent episode posted a 1.8 rating in the adult demo, which was up from the week before. This means that NBC has given full-season orders or additional script requests to every one of its new shows... except Animal Practice. Dammit. [THR]


... USA made a series order today for Partners in Crime, another reality docu-drama about "regular" people that totally isn't staged at all. This one follows a pair of criminal defense lawyers, as if they aren't stealing enough money already. The network is also developing All In, a reality show about gambling, and The Cowboy Way, which follows real cowboys as they struggle to survive in a technological world. Soon, everyone in America will have a TV show, so go ahead and drop out of college. [Deadline Hollywood]

... I don't know what's crazier, that there's now a television genre focused on celebrity diving shows, or that television executives think we want to watch shows about diving celebrities. Following ABC's lead, Fox has ordered its own celebrity diving series, Stars In Danger: High Diving. For now, it's a two-hour special with "approximately" eight stars who will be coached in diving before they jump in the water. ABC's show is called Celebrity Splash, and features a number of stars who will be coached in diving before they jump in the water. This kind of makes me want to kill myself. Anyone else? [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC has ordered a pair of reunion specials for Breaking Amish—a reality show about Amish kids who leave their lifestyle—to address accusations that the show is fake and get everyone up to speed on the participants' lives. Look for them on November 11 and 18. [TLC via press release]


... ABC Family's comedy Continuing Fred, about a slacker woman who starts teaching elementary school, has cast the parents of the lead character. Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, will play pa, and Absolutely Fabulous's Mo Gaffney will play ma. [TV Line]

... TV Land's Giant Baby will host a Cheers reunion. The comedy, which previously cast Kirstie Alley as a woman who reconnects with the son she gave up for adoption, has brought on the newly single (ROWR) Rhea Perlman to play the lead's best friend. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Chazz Palminteri will guest-star on CBS's Blue Bloods, playing a lawyer for the mob. If his roles goes well, Fox can spin off his character in The Mob Lawyer. [EW]

... HBO's Veep has added Gary Cole (Office Space) to its cast. Cole will play a Karl Rove-type character who will appear in the majority of Season 2. [Deadline Hollywood]

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  • bkyle2429 Oct 28, 2012

    Chicago Fire is far from boring!! if have give it a chance their is more than a few storylines brewing!! Plus as I stated CF is like Third Watch which lasted 6 seasons!! I have never been a NBC fan I have watched only a handful Surface, Medium (went to CBS) Lipsitck Jungle , The Firm and currently Chicago Fire Revolution and Parenthood, now PH is awesome plain and simple, CF things are brewing, as for Revolution is very good so far, IMO the best is yet to come!!!

  • terminaltrip421 Oct 28, 2012

    is non-reality show scripted television doomed? for fucks sake if USA cancels any of their shows I watch so they can air scripted "reality" crap i'm going to mail THEM my poop.

  • hbf716 Oct 27, 2012

    all reality shows make me want to kill myself

  • TheBam711 Oct 27, 2012

    Crossbones, Hannibal, Mockingbird Lane or Dracula should replace Chicago Fire.

  • moustasch1 Oct 27, 2012

    While there are several new shows on the air that I have no intention of ever watching I just can't bring myself to condemning a network for renewing any procedural (comedy, drama, supernatural, etc.) because it means there's one less spot open for another new "reality" show. Diving with the stars??? Really?????

  • JT_Kirk Oct 27, 2012

    NBC really needs an intervention, Chicago Fire has to be a fair expense and yet it's among the worst-rated scripted shows on the network. Not many folks are watching, no critics are talking about it, and it's not a breakout hit, so why keep it around? I suspect it's because the NBC Universal executives don't know a thing about television and are just hoping something will stick.

    Ha, I thought you said celebrity DRIVING. Celeb diving sounds exceptionally unwatchable. "Here's a person you know of doing a thing for less than 5 seconds."

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  • kryptonkalel27 Oct 27, 2012

    LOL more scripts from Chicago Fire??! I couldn't even get through the first episode. Network TV is really sinking lower and lower.

  • phonzee101 Oct 26, 2012

    To think NBC. The network that once had Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Seinfeld, Frasier & Friends. How did they sink to this level one has to wonder. I hope they can come out of this stink hole they dug themselves into.

  • noelrk Staff Oct 26, 2012

    Nick is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy about the additional Chicago Fire scripts. Seriously. He's in the corner of his apartment, weeping in joy. ...Well. He is weeping.

  • NicholasCampb Staff Oct 26, 2012

    I can only imagine those additional scripts are written in crayon.

  • JT_Kirk Oct 27, 2012

    They're written in lighter fluid, obviously.

  • TQB Oct 26, 2012

    Help me here, i was POSITIVE that NBC had already cancelled Animal Practice... are they just burning off episodes?

  • torque_smacky Oct 27, 2012

    That's exactly it. You win a prize!

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