As the busiest network in the week before upfronts, NBC picked up two more series today - the drama Chicago Fire and multi-camera comedy Guys with Kids. These join previous comedy pickups Go On, Save Me, The New Normal, 1600 Penn, and Animal Practice as well as dramas Hannibal and Revolution.
Chicago Fire is an ensemble drama from Dick Wolf centered on, you guessed it, the Chicago Fire Department. From all impressions, Chicago Fire sounds like a classic procedural drama and that may be something NBC needs because it could easily be broadly appealing. It was one of the hot pilots throughout the upfront season and could be headed to a prominent spot on the fall schedule.
Guys with Kids is the first multi-camera comedy picked up by NBC after five single-cam pickups. From Jimmy Fallon, Guys with Kids centers on three young dads who haven't quite grown up themselves. It boasts a strong cast including Jesse Bradford, Sara Rue, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Tempestt Bledsoe. Fallon's name attached added a lot to the pilot's strength during development. The big question is what does NBC pair it with? There are rumors it could go with one multicam comedy still in contention (Daddy's Girls), stand on its own, or be paired with a renewed Whitney, which seems unlikely. Honestly, I don't understand why NBC didn't take a chance with Roseanne's Downwardly Mobile even if it didn't come out great. It was a very buzzy pilot all through pilot season and could be an easy self starter for NBC, which they need but the pilot appears dead.