News Briefs: NBC Wants More Chicago Fire Scripts Yes Really

"A 13-MONTH HUNKY FIREFIGHTER CALENDAR ISN'T ENOUGH" NEWS

... 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]


SHOWS IN DEVELOPMENT, PICKUPS, AND CELEBRITY DIVING NEWS

... 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]


CASTING NEWS

... 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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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!!!
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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.
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all reality shows make me want to kill myself

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Crossbones, Hannibal, Mockingbird Lane or Dracula should replace Chicago Fire.
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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?????
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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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BUT IN A SWIMSUIT.
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LOL more scripts from Chicago Fire??! I couldn't even get through the first episode. Network TV is really sinking lower and lower.
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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.
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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.
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I can only imagine those additional scripts are written in crayon.
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They're written in lighter fluid, obviously.
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Help me here, i was POSITIVE that NBC had already cancelled Animal Practice... are they just burning off episodes?
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That's exactly it. You win a prize!
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i like it!! why not !!
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Online television commenters are so limited in their tastes, and they don't *understand* the appeal of half of what is on TV. No wonder half of posts are people lamenting that TV execs don't listen to them.
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NBC should make a show called Celebrities in Skimpy Bathing Suits. That's really what these diving shows are all about. It's the network's form of porn.

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Celebrity... Splash...? ABC: America Be Craaaazy.

Also, "This means that NBC has given full-season orders or additional script requests to every one of its new shows... except Animal Practice. Dammit." Dammit is correct, sir. Part of me is just happy that they did right with Go On, but Animal Practice > the rest.
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All i can say about those reality shows is such crap!
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There's a paradox with these "Celebrities doing something" shows. You have to be a celebrity of some kind to be invited to be on the show, but on the other hand, if you are desperate enough to join a show like this, then you're not a real celebrity.
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Nicely put :)
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Fell asleep too many times while watching Chicago Fire's premiere - dropped.

Haven't fallen asleep once while Animal Practice was on, love the monkey!
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NBC orders more episodes with hunky firemen, can you blame them?
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didn't really like the first two episodes of chicago fire but decided to keep watching (for now) because of jesse spencer (yay dr. chase!). and i've got to say, i actually liked the third episode. certainly not the best show out there but i think it has some potential. i'll admit though, pretty much any story line with that severide guy makes me want to shoot myself. that is all.
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noooooo! You know why they picked up Chicago Fire? Mason Lockwood is dating Lady Gaga. Damn my deadpool there.
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NBC should cancel Chicago Fire, Whitney and Guys with Kids and bring back Animal Practice. Chicago Fire won't be the next CSI or Law & Order. Whitney and Guys with Kids won't be the next The Big Bang Theory. Animal Practice has a shot at doing good through DVD sales, itunes, etc once it becomes a quality show and people start recommending it to others.
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Fuck you NBC, you guys end 30 Rock and jeopardize Community. AND YET YOU KEEP CHICAGO FIRE AND WHITNEY IN YOUR SCHEDULE! You guys are never coming out of the hole you are in. With or without The Voice.
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is this going to affect the deadpool? I have Chicago Fire on my list.
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It is now very unlikely that Chicago Fire is going to be one of the next three cancellations. But in principle, it could still happen. I don't think this counts as a full-season pickup, so it shouldn't affect your score right now.
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If NBC is going to keep all of its new shows, then it really is as horrible and inane as Tina Fey makes it out to be. Guys with Kids? Chicago Fire? Really? Whitney?? (I still can't get over it)
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they're canning Community.
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Only if it gets worse ratings than the other shows that they're thinking about cancelling. Animal Practice has been cancelled. 30 Rock and The Office are ending. Up all night is doing so poorly that they'll have to cancel it. So at least 4 of the 9 comedies on the air now will be gone next year. I don't know how many they're willing to cancel, but the fact that at least 4 shows are on their way out has to be good for Community's chances.
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On the other hand, there are 2 new comedies starting soon. Save me and 1600 Penn. Some details here:

http://www.nbc.com/news/2012/05/13/inventive-new-comedies-compelling-new-dramas-and-a-quality-lineup-of-returning-series-highlight-the/

That page mentions a third new comedy, Next Caller, but I think that one has already been dropped.
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I'm realyy going to miss Rizzo on Animal Practice.... damned dirty little ape....
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That monkey is in everything, so you'll see her again. Maybe she'll be back as Annie's boobs some time.
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I am not surprised NBC picked up Chicago Fire. I mean I couldn't get through even 15 minutes of it so they had to pick it up right. Prime Suspect was better, heck even Awake was better. NBC continues to perplex me, who knows what is going on in their tiny little collective mind, what they are doing with Community, but Whitney gets moved to a better day and they picked up Guys with Kids, Revolution, can Animal Practice (which deserved it), stumble into success with Go On and The New Normal, there on again off again of Mockingbird Lane . So at this point I literally think they are throwing darts at a wall with names of shows on them. Also, I hate NBC.
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