NBC is starting with the easy decisions. The network just renewed five drama series: Parenthood, Revolution, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU and Chicago Fire.
All the shows — including Parenthood — received 22-episode orders for next season.
“On the verge of our 2013 fall scheduling decisions, we’re pleased to renew five drama series that will be important to our new season line-up,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. “We’re proud and very appreciative of all of the actors, producers, writers and directors who work so hard to deliver such high-quality work week in and week out. These complex shows represent a broad range of genres and tones, and all of them stand out for us in a television landscape now filled with one-hour series. We’re especially pleased to be renewing Revolution and Chicago Fire — two first-season successes — and there will be more returning series announcements made in the next couple of weeks.”
The five picked-up titles were listed as very likely to return on EW’s final Death Watch list of the season (including our prediction that Parenthood would get a full season this time). NBC’s picks for returning comedies will be tougher for the network to decide (Parks & Recreation is a lock, but after that things get pretty grim). Still awaiting judgment on the drama front: Hannibal, Smash and Deception.