NBC extended a commitment to five dramas on Friday by picking up additional seasons of Parenthood, Grimm, Revolution, Chicago Fire and Law & Order: SVU.
Both Chicago Fire and Revolution are in the process of wrapping up their freshman seasons and will continue with sophomore sessions in the fall. The renewal of Revolution should be especially sweet for J.J. Abrams who saw his last high-concept series Alcatraz fail to earn a second season on Fox, and Undercovers unplugged by NBC after only a single season.
With the renewals, Parenthood picks up a fifth season, Grimm a third, and Law & Order: SVU a whopping fifteenth.
The jury is still out on the NBC horror series Hannibal which debuted just last month. Critical reaction to the show has been strong, but ratings since the premiere have been mediocre at best. At this point it’s a 50/50 chance for Hannibal to extend its run.
While the teams behind the five dramas renewed by NBC today are likely celebrating tonight, Smash is essentially guaranteed a pink slip after being relegated to Saturday nights where shows typically go to die.