NBC has “green-lit three drama series, including Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago Med’ and a conspiracy thriller [‘Blindspot’] from producer Greg Berlanti,” writes our good friend Joe Adalian at New York Magazine’s The Vulture blog.
The story adds, “The pickups come a full ten days before Peacock executives are set to unveil their new schedule to advertisers and the media as part of the annual TV upfronts process.”
Says James Hibberd in EW, the third show green-lit by NBC is “’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.”
B&C says of “Chicago Med,” “A spinoff of ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Chicago P.D.,’ ‘Med’ centers on the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. A backdoor pilot for ‘Med’ aired during ‘Chicago Fire’s’ April 7 episode. The cast includes Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya Dacosta.”
Of “Blindspot,” HitFix says, “’Blindspot’ was created by ‘L.A. Complex’ mastermind Martin Gero and stars ‘Thor’ veteran Jaimie Alexander as a naked Jane Doe who turns up in Times Square with no memories and the name of FBI Agent Kurt Weller tattooed on her back. Sullivan Stapleton plays Weller in what becomes a vast international plot.
“The pilot, which was directed by Mark Pellington, also stars Audrey Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach and Ashley Johnson. And if you don’t figure this sucker is going to be paired with ‘The Blacklist’ (or, alternative, set to air as a ‘Blacklist’ proxy after ‘The Voice’ in the fall), well… Stay tuned!”