NBC announces four drama pilot pickups

Hot on the heels of FOX's announcements this week, NBC revealed which pilots it will be picking up for next season. On the drama side, the Peacock network has so far passed on high-concept project The Sixth Gun, as well as Hatfields & McCoys and The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives.

Let's see what made the cut...

Believe- Believe. Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, even predict the future… Since she was two years old, Bo has had gifts she could neither fully understand, nor control. Raised by a small group known as the "True Believers," the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger, and the threat has grown more dangerous. With her life and future now in jeopardy, the "Believers" turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. That is, once they break him out of jail. Tate, a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who's lost his will, is initially reluctant – until he witnesses one of her extraordinary abilities. Bo sees people for who they truly are… and who they may become. Tate and Bo begin their journey, one in which trust must be earned. Traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. But they’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo's power… because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever. The powers of a young girl may hold the fate of our world in Believe, from executive producer J.J. Abrams (Revolution, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and executive producer/writer/director Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men).

Chicago PD- Chicago PD. In this spinoff of Chicago Fire, District 21 of the Chicago Police Department is made up of two distinctly different groups. There are the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head to head with the city's street crimes. And there's the Intelligence Unit, the team that combats the city's major offenses – organized crime, drug trafficking, high profile murders and beyond. Leading the Intelligence team is Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), a man not against skirting the law in the pursuit of justice. Demanding and tough, only those who can take the heat survive under Voight's command. Take Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) – despite his troubled history with his boss, Dawson has ambitions of running the unit… so if that means facing off against Voight every day, he'll persevere. From the street cops with dreams of moving up to the elite crew who are already in, "life on the job" is a daily challenge. The enormous responsibilities that come with the territory take an emotional toll, as we'll find when we follow the personal lives of our characters outside the walls of District 21. From Emmy-winning producer Dick Wolf and the team behind Chicago Fire, comes Chicago PD, a gripping, character-driven new police drama about those who put it all on the line to serve and protect.

Crisis- Crisis. From writer/producer Rand Ravich (Life, The Astronaut's Wife) and starring Dermot Mulroney (The Grey, My Best Friend's Wedding), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Hannibal), Lance Gross (Tyler Perry's House of Pain, The Last Fall) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers, Red Dog) comes an emotionally charged, action thriller. It's field trip day for the students of Ballard High School, a place that educates the children of Washington, DC's elite, top-of-their-industry CEOs, international diplomats, political power players and even the president's son. But when their bus is ambushed on a secluded rural road, the teenagers and their chaperones are taken, igniting a national crisis. Now with some of the country's most powerful parents at the mercy of one vengeful mastermind, the question arises: How far would you go and what would you become to ensure your child's safe return? With so many parents and dignitaries put into play with nowhere to turn and no one to trust, this unthinkable scenario grows from the select families at risk to an entire nation at stake.

Ironside- Ironside. In the gritty world of the NYPD, no one's tougher than Det. Robert Ironside (Blair Underwood). He's a fearless cop who won't stop until the guilty are brought to justice. He and his trusted, handpicked team of specialists — Virgil (Pablo Schreiber), Holly (Spencer Grammer) and Teddy (Neal Bledsoe), as well as his former partner Gary (Brent Sexton) and boss Det. Ed Rollins (Kenneth Choi) — will do whatever it takes to solve New York's most difficult and notorious crimes. As a detective, Ironside's instincts are second to none, and those around him have to stay on their toes if they want to keep up… because when his spine was shattered by a bullet two years ago, Ironside swore he'd never let a wheelchair slow him down. Nothing gets in his way. From executive producer-writer Michael Caleo (Rescue Me, The Sopranos).

Will any of these new series find their way onto your schedule next season?

- Believe
- Crisis
- Chicago P.D.
- Ironside (2013)

Written by: Chrononaut
May 10th, 2013, 1:05 pm

Images courtesy of NBC


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Message Posted On May 13th, 2013, 12:10 pm

I won't like Believe and I will not invest into Crisis because I do not see it going beyond the first season. Where else could it go? There is only one plot line. How long can you keep people hostage?

I am very excited about Ironsides, as long as the writers are very careful to either stay very true to the original series or have Blair Underwood (one of my favorite actors) be a distant relative and stay as far away from the original script as possible.  

I am also looking forward top Chicago PD. Chicago Fire is one of my favorite shows and as long as the writers keep the series action packed and interesting we will continue to watch it for years to come. I love Jon Seda and have followed him from when he played on Homicide Life on the Street. I also think Jason Beghe is intense enough to keep the series interesting. 


Message Posted On May 12th, 2013, 1:09 am
Believe - Looks ok but not too impressed with JJ Abrams name attached to projects anymore "True Believers" sounds like Cult. Ironside will be a hit Crisis sounds really good but a one seasoner

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Message Posted On May 11th, 2013, 2:25 pm

Believe sounds very interesting and can't wait to check it out


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Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 10:24 pm

Please excuse the poor spelling, I bumped the ENTER key before I finished editing my previous post.



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Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 10:21 pm

Believe & Ironside Look interesting enough to wath the first 4 episodes to see if it's worth watching more. Believe looks to be a RE-hash of shows like Star Man & The Visitor that didn't last, but hopefully this time will be differant. The original ironside was a hit aand with Blair Underwood at the helm, maybe this new version just might make it too.

Now as far as Crisis goes, how long can you string along an audence with a single plot line, regardless of the mini plots along the way. This has about as much chance of a second season as Missing did.

Lastly Chicago PD, I doubt that this show will be able to pull off the magic that Chicago Fire was able to. CF is a show that dosn't hav a lot of competing show against its back story, where as there are plenty of cop shows flooding the place already. I really don't see this lasting even a full season.

Besides, the studios should be putting there trust in the show they already heve and boosting the flaging ones with better wrighting and dtorys instead of starting new one.


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Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 8:46 pm

Most of these don't do anything for me since I don't see them lasting very long and I'd rather not get invested. As a side note, I've been wondering for a long time when someone would recycle Ironside. It found it's audience last time because of Raymond Burr's fans. They liked him in Perry Mason and tuned in to see how he'd do in Ironside. I was one of them.  


Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 6:29 pm
Believe sounds amazing, if only for the production team behind it. Chicago PD looks generic already. Crisis might be a fun series for a season, 2 at the most sorta like Last Resort was. Ironside looks like a horribly cheap gimmick to pawn off yet another police procedural on us, sorta like Chicago PD looks!

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Message Posted On May 10th, 2013, 6:27 pm

I love Spencer Grammer, but these all sound like absolutely fucking garbage.

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