NBC Orders a Full Season of The Mysteries of Laura

If you're like me, then your Dead Pool has been blown to smithereens by this season of network kindness. Not only have they canceled just one show (rest in light-bearded peace, Manhattan Love Story) even though we're just days away from November, but they've handed out full-season orders to 10 freshman series, the latest being NBC's The Mysteries of Laura

Yes, NBC has asked for more of the Debra Messing mom-edy, the network announced today. That's a full 22-episode season for a drama that posted a 1.3 rating in the 18-to-49 demo just last week. However, younger viewers aren't Laura's sweet spot; that same episode did draw a series-low-but-still-respectable 8.25 million viewers opposite the World Series, and the show usually places second in its time period for overall viewers when Fox isn't airing baseball. 

The Mysteries of Laura stars Messing as a detective. No wait, she's a mom. No wait! She's a mom AND a detective who loves to sing in her car, and the show mixes lighthearted police cases that dabble in serious moments with comical mom-edy that revolves around her hell-raising twin boys peeing on things and her Peter Pan Syndrome-suffering almost ex-husband (and current boss) shoving all the responsibility of parenthood onto her. 

Looking back at the poll I posted after the series premiere, you guys weren't exactly optimistic about the show:

But here we are, on October 28, and The Mysteries of Laura will be sticking around through the spring. 

Laura joins ABC's Black-ish and How to Get Away With Murder, Fox's Gotham, The CW's The Flash and Jane the Virgin, and CBS's NCIS: New OrleansStalkerScorpion, and Madam Secretary on the list of new fall shows that've earned full-season pickups. As for NBC's other freshmen, things aren't looking good for comedies A to ZMarry Me, or Bad Judge, but supernatural drama Constantine, which just debuted on Friday, has received an order for three more scripts, and I'd bet that gets a full season, too. The network also has the Katherine Heigl-starring State of Affairs waiting to debut, on Monday, November 17. 


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Feb 26, 2015
I love this show. Debra Messing is great. Josh Lucas is very hot. What is not to like. It checks all the boxes: Cop show, Mom, Divorce, Comedy, Twins, Trust fund gay man, Hot women, Hot guys, Diversity, and more. I dvr every thing, but this I watch the night it records. I hope it gets renewed as it is way different than all the other shows.
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Feb 26, 2015
I love this show. I like the dynamics, the comedy and the story line. It's not like any other cop show. It's refreshing. Debra Messing is awesome. Josh Lucas is very hot. What more could you ask for. Mystery, comedy, divorce, twins, trust fund gay boy, drama, hot men and women and lots more. It's a great show.
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Jan 09, 2015
I love this show! It is great. Debra messing is do damn funny no matter what role she was playing! Can't wait for season 2!!!
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Nov 20, 2014

Mysteries of Laura is my favorite show to fall asleep too. It is so predictable and I can shut my eyes and just listen to it since it has nothing too interesting going on anyway...
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Nov 20, 2014
On Mysteries of Laura, Debra Messing obviously had her lips done before they shot episode 9.
It was jarring and looks like someone punched her in the mouth.
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Jan 09, 2015
I'm so happy you personally know her and she told you she had her lips done so you could tell everyone.
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Nov 04, 2014
With all the stress of everyday life coupled with a HOST of heavy cop dramas and depressing daily news; The Mysteries of Laura is incredibly easy to watch, and wonderful and comic viewing. Not heavy and a must watch for our Wednesday evenings. Keep you the good work :)
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Oct 29, 2014
I stopped watching after 5 minutes and after that I was doing a victory dance because I had this in my Dead Pool. Because, you know, I have standards.
Apparently I know nothing...
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Oct 29, 2014
Say what? Debra is lovely, and Josh Lucas is hot, but this show is boring as hell. O dropped it after three episodes.
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Oct 29, 2014
On the other hand - the more bad shows, the more time to read a good book.
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Oct 29, 2014
So this year's ratings bloodbath . . . more of a ratings wet wipe. Sigh. I miss the carnage.
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Oct 29, 2014
Soooo happy I didn't include this in my Dead Pool! (although I'm kind of frustrated Scorpion was picked up for a full season...)
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Oct 28, 2014
Taxi Brooklyn any news? Didn't mind it. Better than this that's for sure.
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Oct 28, 2014
The trailers for the show looked HORRIBLE....What happened to the itchy network trigger fingers?
CMON MAN!!
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Oct 28, 2014
Fringeeeee.....where did you go??? Into a parallell universe were you still exist?
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Oct 28, 2014
And there went my Dead pool down the drain of quality tv. The full season order of Jane along with the news of Laura just proves that I should never stand in line for a lottery ticket.
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Oct 28, 2014
Now I'm relieved that I took this out of my Dead Pool. Still the weirdest Fall season we've ever had.
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Oct 29, 2014
Definitely the worst fall season. A lot of summer shows were much better. Go figure...
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Oct 28, 2014
Rest in peace, my precious deadpool. I thought I was doing alright when I heard Manhattan Love Story got the axe. Oh well, I figured NBC actually wanted to succeed at something this year. I guess they're content with their run at mediocrity.
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Oct 28, 2014
Is it wrong to be sad that a show has been picked up rather than cancelled after a few episodes...yes if like me it's in your dead pool. However, some shows do need time to grow and develop organically instead of throwing everything including the kitchen sink into the first few episodes. I'm always cautious about watching freshman shows for fear of cancellation. This isn't something to worry about with non network or non USA shows, such as Manhattan or Broadchurch, so maybe the Networks are prepared to commit a little bit longer to a show, allow it time to grow and then make a decision based on settled ratings or just quality/prestige. American Network motivations are all a bit alien to me so I may be totally off the mark of course!!
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Oct 28, 2014
Some of the fake previews after Community's final episode would have made better shows. Alas, the most my Dead Pool can be correct on this year is 4.
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Oct 28, 2014
I don't think anyone hasn't had one of their shows picked up. At this point it doesn't look like anyone will do better than 4, but even that is a good achievement considering how bad this year is for cancellations. If you look around the Internet you'll find predictions by a lot of TV experts that have turned out to be wrong.
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Oct 28, 2014
hmm did not see this coming
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Oct 28, 2014
What are you guys suprised about? All these shows (that have been renewed) have had decent ratings. It's only a matter of time before the shows with bad ratings are cancelled.
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Oct 28, 2014
Wow, tough Dead Pool this year. The only thing I have left is Bad Judge.
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Oct 28, 2014
Everyone's deadpool was inevitably bound to fail considering the dearth of quality shows that came out this season. They had to keep something and especially NBC has shown that they literally have nothing else. So there goes nearly everyone's deadpool. The sad thing is is that they have had better shows that they failed to give enough time to flourish, which could potentially have paid off for them in the long run rather than have to the producer sub standard crap that they are trying to pass off as good tv now.
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Oct 28, 2014
The 2014 Fall TV season is turning into a real suck-cess-pool of a season. Even the sophomore Blacklist seems muddled and incoherent at times. That's okay, I'm sure Katherine Heigl will save it--REALLY? You called it TV.Com...
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Nov 20, 2014
Totally agree on Blacklist. The plotlines felt postively totured to me so far. Really gone off the show.
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Oct 28, 2014
Didn't NBC cancel Harry's Law 'cause too many "old" folks were watching? They did not know how to market to them.

I gave up on this. There's is a good show in here somewhere...probably. Thus far, the only thing I kind of liked was the babysitter. NBC ruined the first episode's bad guy in their promos. The ex-husband being Laura's captain is just wrong and doesn't work well. As I watched, it seemed to me that everyone was bored, particularly Laz Alonso, or perhaps disappointed knowing the show was not as good as they may have thought it would be. There is nothing special about Laura or the cases she works on. I pretty much figured who the culprit was in the last episode I saw.

It's like the creator's came up with just a concept and did not care to develop the show from that or thought it was enough or maybe they could make it into something as they went along. I don't know or care anymore.
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Oct 28, 2014
I don't even care about my dead pool anymore... just please, please stop making more of terrible shows. I am begging.
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Oct 28, 2014
Ha! Just ha!
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Oct 28, 2014
Yea! With no apologies, I'm obviously going against the grain here. I like Mysteries of Laura and glad to see it's getting a full season.
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Oct 28, 2014
Haven't watched it, won't be watching it.
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Oct 28, 2014
Wow. I watch half of the first episode and that was it. If it's gotten better after the first episode good for it, but for me everyone was just so awful and felt the Mom and Cop thing just was bad.

Stalker and Laura renew on my Deadpool. Great. If ABC cancels Forever that is where I'd be pissed.
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Oct 28, 2014
It just makes me really -- REALLY -- happy to see Tim so miserable. Sucker....
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Oct 28, 2014
Believe it or not, I know of something worse than this.


It's like the Laura show crossed with a very weak Buffy imitation; there are constant remarks like:

"Infiltrating a nest of vampires at dusk might be a tad on the treacherous side, but it's nothing compared to telling a fourteen-year-old that she's not ready to wear eyeshadow!"
"I'd changed a lot of nasty Pull-Ups in my day, but the idea of patting down a dead demon still left me cringing."
"What sounds like fun on a Nintendo Gamecube loses a lot of its appeal in the harsh light of reality!"
"An eternity in Hell," I said thoughtfully. "Somehow that makes my filthy bathrooms not seem like that much of a burden."
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Oct 28, 2014
The premiere was awful. The rest has been getting better, much to my surprise. I'm still watching it, anyway. So far none of the full season orders have been in my dead pool, and the one cancel was.
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Oct 28, 2014
Oh wait, my bad. Jane the Virgin is in my dead pool. The CW could still change their mind and cancel it, though, right? I like it so far, but it's ratings have plummeted (0.4 & ~1M viewers).
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Oct 28, 2014
Do you hear that? That's the sound of NBC's programming department flushing money down the toilet. And now they're stuffing it into the garbage disposal. And now they're just burning it.

NBC: Now just a front for the mafia!
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Oct 28, 2014
Wasn't NBC the highest-rated network last season? That gag about NBC's programming department not knowing what they're doing doesn't really have legs any more (if it ever did).
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Oct 29, 2014
NFL football games are regularly the highest rated shows of the week (during football season). So NBC's football games pull their overall average ratings way up. But if you pull out football, then their scripted content falls FAR behind network leader CBS.
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Oct 29, 2014
Event programming is still part of the schedule though. Is putting out the money to broadcast football games or the Olympics and reaping the viewers that much different from programming American Idol in its prime or The Voice and attracting viewers?
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Oct 29, 2014
Whether you watch football on Fox, CBS, or NBC, it makes no difference what the actual content is, only that each one has their own announcing staff and contractual day of the week with which to air it. It doesn't in any way inform upon the actual network's original programming content.
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Oct 29, 2014
"And either way, they don't speak to the content of the network."

Sports is part of the content of the network. Fox got a huge boost when it bought broadcast rights to NFL football and paid to bring virtually CBS's entire broadcasting team to Fox. Prior to that, my local Fox affiliate was a UHF station, Get a Life came on Sunday nights at 1:00, and Tea Leoni's show at the time seemed to come on sometime Saturday afternoon.
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Oct 29, 2014
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Oct 29, 2014
Yeah, sports are different in that they don't carry a network all the way through a broadcast season, they are event programming that ends on their own timeline, not the broadcaster's. And either way, they don't speak to the content of the network.
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Oct 28, 2014
I was OK until this didn't miss a beat thanks Laura.
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Oct 28, 2014
I find the show funny and enjoyable . Glad its being picked up
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Oct 28, 2014
Damn it.
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