The fall TV verdicts have begun! NBC has become the first network to greenlight series orders from the current pilot crop, selecting three titles for next season—including the latest Chicago Fire spinoff and a thriller that opens with a nude Lady Sif.
NBC has ordered these three shows to series, and released new official descriptions of them:
— Chicago Med: Executive producer Dick Wolf delivers the newest installment of the compelling “Chicago” franchise, an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. They will tackle unique new cases inspired by topical events, forging fiery relationships in the pulse-pounding pandemonium of the emergency room, and through it all, familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will intertwine as this third team of Chicago heroes hits the ground running. Chicago Fire creators Derek Haas and Michael Brandt will write and executive-produce with Matt Olmstead and Dick Wolf. Cast: Yaya DaCosta, S. Epatha Merkerson, Oliver Platt, Laurie Holden.
—Blindspot: From executive producer Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “The Mysteries of Laura”) comes “Blindspot”: A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe is discovered naked in Times Square, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there. There’s one that’s very clear, however: the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller, emblazoned across her back. “Jane,” Agent Weller and rest of the FBI quickly realize that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, leading them closer to the truth about her identity and the mysteries to be revealed. Martin Gero will write and executive-produce with Greg Berlanti. Cast: Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ashley Johnson, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ukweli Roach.
— Heartbreaker (formerly Heart Matters): Based on the real life and achievements of Dr. Kathy Magliato, this unique character-driven medical drama follows Dr. Alex Panttiere (Melissa George, “The Slap”), an outspoken world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon and one of the few women in her field. Stubborn and fearless, Alex always operates on her own terms. She revels in a racy personal life that’s a full-time job in itself, manages the daily demands of skeptical faculty and dutiful interns, and pushes the boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights. Cast: Melissa George, Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley Conn, Maya Erskine, Jamie Kennedy, Joshua Leonard, J. Louis Mills, Rudy Martinez, D.L. Hughley.
So that makes two new medical dramas and one mystery thriller, with many more to come from all the broadcasters over the next week. Heartbreaker and Blindspot are likely to debut this fall, while Chicago Med is being held for midseason to launch its characters out of the other shows in this franchise, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. — just like NBC did when launching PD. Photos of the new medical dramas below.