UPDATE, 2:27AM: Following on from the orders for Allegiance, Marry Me and State of Affairs, NBC just handed a 13 episode pick up to Oddysey.
The drama, from Adam Armus and Kay Foster, tells the story of families torn apart when a female Special Ops soldier in North Africa, a corporate lawyer, and a Wall Street activist each uncover the same conspiracy between a U.S. corporation, the government, and terrorism. Odyssey is produced by Universal Television and stars Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Treat Williams. The executive producers are Armus, Foster, Kristen Campo, Peter Horton, Mikkel Bondesen, Henrik Bastin and Simon Maxwell.
UPDATE, 1:28AM: NBC is adding to its series pick ups with their Katherine Heigl fronted State Of Affairs, which revolves around a CIA staffer who serves as the daily briefer for the President of the United States.
Penned by Alexi Hawley & Joe Carnahan, State of Affairs stars Katherine Heigl as Charleston Tucker, a key CIA attaché who counsels the president on high-stakes incidents around the world. She balances her intense political responsibilities with a complicated personal life. The cast also includes Alfre Woodard, Sheila Vand and Adam Kaufman.
Universal Television, Bob Simonds Company and Abishag Productions are producing State of Affairs with Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Hawley, Bob Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Julia Franz, Rodney Faraon and Carnahan – who is also attached to direct – serving as executive producers.
PREVIOUS, 1:15 AM: Following Fox’s lead, NBC has started handing out series orders. The peacock has picked up buzzy spy drama Allegiance and their comedy from Happy Ending‘s David Caspe titled Marry Me to series with 13 episode orders.
Based on an Israeli format, Allegiance (formerly known as Coercion) follows Alex O’Connor, a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, who learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark and Katya are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees. The drama is produced by Universal Television & Keshet Media and stars Scott Cohen, Hope Davis, Morgan Spector, Alexandra Peters, Annie Ilonzeh, Margarita Levieva, Kenneth Choi and Gavin Stenhouse. The executive producers are George Nolfi and Avi Nir.
Marry Me, from Happy Endings creator David Caspe and Sony Pictures Television, tells the story of Annie and Jake bonded over their mutual love of nachos and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Now, after returning from a romantic two-week island vacation, Jake’s all set to pop the question. Before he can ask, though, Annie lets loose on Jake for his inability to commit. She was expecting him to “put a ring on it” in paradise and now Jake’s perfect proposal is ruined. Not wanting to spend the next 60 years talking about that mess of a proposal, Jake and Annie decide to hold off on the engagement until they can do it right. The comedy series stars Casey Wilson, Ken Marino, Sarah Wright, John Gemberling, Tymberlee Hill and Tim Meadows. The executive producers are Caspe, Seth Gordon and Jamie Tarses.