NBC Orders Wesley Snipes' The Player and a Legal Thriller Starring a Revolution Vet

Although comedy is mostly dead at NBC, the network has plenty of drama to throw around! The network has handed out series orders to two new drama series for the fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter

The Player (formerly Endgame) is set in Las Vegas and stars Strike Back's Philip Winchester as a sniper-turned-security expert who has to perform "a series of heroic challenges" in order to save innocent lives. The action show, which was one of the pilots we hoped would get a series order, co-stars Wesley Snipes (WESLEY SNIPES!!!) and is executive produced by John Rogers (The Librarians). Cory and Tim are very excited about this one, as they said in this week's podcast.

The second drama NBC picked up, Game of Silence, is based on the Turkish Suskunlar, and stars David Lyons (Revolution's Sebastian Monroe is back, y'all) as an attorney whose perfect life is put in jeopardy when his long-lost childhood friends unexpectedly reappear after 25 years and dark secrets resurface. Larenz Tate and Michael Raymond-James (Terriers) also star in the series, which has a 10-episode commitment. Written by David Hudgins (Friday Night Lights), Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz and Niels Arden Oplev are on board to executive produce. 

They join NBC's other recent pickups, including the dramas Chicago MedHeartbreakerBlindspot, and comedies People Are TalkingSuperstore, and Crowded.


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May 11, 2015
what has David Lyons got on the exec's at NBC to keep on getting the lead in these shows
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May 10, 2015
NBC must really love David Lyons, which is why this show might nit last. The Cape , Revolution....where are they now?????? The guy gets shipped from NBC drama to NBC drama
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May 10, 2015
Im in for both especially the silence BASH IS BACK BABY I'll watch anything with David Lyons in it
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May 10, 2015
YAWN...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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May 10, 2015
Wesley snipes.... I thought he was still in prison. Hope he makes it back.
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May 10, 2015
He's been out for a while. He could have paid his taxes and avoided altogether.
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May 10, 2015
I hope Snipes will be giving tips for Roulette in Vegas... it will make season 1 worth it even if the show is a train wreck.
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May 10, 2015
Yawn.
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May 09, 2015
You say he's a Revolution vet, I say an ER alum.
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May 09, 2015
Phillip Winchester seems like someone who should be doing Marvel's Iron Fist instead. Instead he gets lost on NBC.
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May 09, 2015
Agreed, I think he also he would be good in Agent Carter, or really any of the existing Marvel shows or upcoming ones.
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May 09, 2015
The Player sounds like it is trying to be like Person of Interest. It could be good, but I doubt that it will be AS good as PoI. Game of Silence sounds like a good reason not to put your maiden name on your Facebook page. Maybe a good movie, but I wonder if they can make a whole series based on that.
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May 09, 2015
To me it kind of sounded like Human Target that was a Fox show I believe. It had Mark Valley in it and Chi McBride. The plots sound similar.
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May 11, 2015
That could be. I never saw Human Target, or heard of it, so...it must not have done so well, either that or it was on more than three years ago. Three years ago is when I suddenly discovered tv on a more regular basis. :)
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May 11, 2015
Yea. It has been about 5 years of TV watching for me so I understand.
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May 09, 2015
Wesley Snipes! The Wesley Snipes that hasn't made a good movie since Blade 2, 13 years ago, that Wesley Snipes? I'll watch it for Phillip Winchester, he is great in Strike Back.
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May 10, 2015
Yeah, Blade 3 exposed what a fucking prick he is, and yeah his movies have been not only awful but direct-to-video. Philip Winchester is great I agree, and can do one of the best British accents I've ever heard, but that won't be enough to get to watch some piece of shit NBC drama. Hoping it gets canceled so Winchester can do something better. Wesley can stay in his box office poison status for all I care, which is actually generous of me to say that since his movies don't even make it that far.
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May 10, 2015
After the trailer, I wonder why they are billing it as a Snipes vehicle when clearly Winchester is the central figure. And is coming off of a successful show, where as Snipes is coming off of what a bit part in Stallone's "I'm still relevant" opus.
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May 10, 2015
I don't feel like rewatching the trailer, but I don't recall Winchester's name appearing in the promo. I understand that Snipes is a little more recognizable given his 30 year career (though he was only relevant for half of that), but not even one fucking mention of Philip Winchester? Regardless, I still don't plan on checking it out. NBC is fail, and we all already know that Hannibal is just an anomaly for that network.
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May 10, 2015
Yea, I want to see Winchester succeed. But I don't see that coming from NBC and being paired with Snipes. He really would be great in the Marvel Universe or DC.
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May 10, 2015
Agree. I had to look up his films, which are less than impressive. I guess it won't be a step down to do TV.
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May 09, 2015
Just waiting for Chicago DMV.

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May 10, 2015
I wonder how well Dexter could blend in at that job. ;)
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May 09, 2015
It's time for the annual changing of the guard--axing crap for new crap as I call it.
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May 10, 2015
I call it recycling.
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May 09, 2015
Wesley Snipes (WESLEY FREEGIN' SNIPES!!!) y'all!!! He's back! It's the moment we've all been waiting for since our 12 year self took over our body again....
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May 09, 2015
is legal thriller a genre? I have to heard everything now. looks like a good cast wasted to me.

wesley snipes = draw. executive producer responsible for the librarians? the opposite.
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May 10, 2015
It's all in the selection of previous work: John Rogers (creator and executive producer of Leverage) and Wesley Snipes (Wildcats, The Art of War II).
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May 09, 2015
I believe the genre would be called legal drama, but let's hope it's thrilling.
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May 09, 2015
I'll only watch if David Lyons wears a cape and tries to make his own contry!
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May 09, 2015
Endgame sounded like the better title tbh. Game of Silence sounds like Netflix's Bloodline, except friendship focused instead of kinship.
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