NBC is kicking things off a little early this year by handing out the first three series orders ahead of the Upfronts in a little over a week. The three projects to get the nod at the peacock are: Blind Spot from Arrow & The Flash executive producer Greg Berlanti; medical drama Heartbreaker; and Chicago Med, the latest entry in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise, which already includes Chicago Fire and Chicago PD
Created by Martin Gero, Blindspot follows a woman covered in tattoos who wakes up naked in Times Square, suffering from amnesia. Her case catches the attention of the FBI, which soon discovers that the tattoos are in fact a roadmap that leads them to a large conspiracy. The drama is produced by Warner Bros. Television and stars Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach and Ashley Johnson. The executive producers are Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero, Sarah Schechter and Mark Pellington.
Based on the real life and achievements of Dr. Kathy Magliato. Heartbreaker (formerly known as Heart Matters) follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere, one of the rare female heart-transplant surgeons. Alex brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. The cast includes Melissa George, Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley Conn, D.L. Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, J. Louis Mills and Joshua Leonard. Universal Television is producing, with writer Jill Gordon, Amy Brenneman, Brad Silberling and director Robbie Duncan McNeill executive producing.
Chicago Med is described as 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. Familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will intertwine as this third team of Chicago heroes hits the ground running. The drama is produced by Universal Television and stars Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya Dacosta. Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas penned the backdoor pilot and executive produce alongside Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski and director Joe Chappelle.
Chicago Med, Blindspot and Heartbreaker had been widely expected to score series orders at NBC, with all three tracking well throughout pilot season. The network widely tipped their hand last week when they gave all three projects the OK to begin staffing, which is a strong indicator that a series pick up is forthcoming. Two of the pick ups continue a trend this past development cycle, with the network high on medical projects after failing to successfuly launch a long-running medical drama in several years.