As Upfronts week approaches and the networks start to set their schedules, shows are starting to get picked up, with news coming out from NBC and Fox yesterday evening and more expected in the coming days. Fox is trying to change the typical approach to pilot season and instead quickly order projects directly to series, while NBC is going to have many schedule holes to fill after another largely unsuccessful season (which had some bright spots, including the Monday night hit The Blacklist).
If you miss Happy Endings and maybe think its sensibility had more in common with NBC’s comedy lineup to begin with, you’ll be happy to hear that the network has picked up creator David Caspe’s new show Marry Me, starring Happy Endings’ Casey Wilson and Ken Marino. It’s about a couple, he’s trying to propose, some silliness gets in the way, but this will hopefully turn into the same low-concept fun Happy Endings did so well. Rounding out the cast is the underrated and very funny Sarah Wright (The Loop), John Gemberling (Bevers from Broad City) and Tim Meadows.
The network also picked up three dramas yesterday. Odyssey stars Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) and Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie), and it sounds ambitious to say the least, charting the intersecting lives of a female soldier, an attorney, and a political activist, all involved in a global conspiracy. So it’s Traffic meets The Event?