May is here and the upfront presentations start just 10 days away so the networks are starting to make decisions. NBC was first out of the gate, giving series orders to dramas Chicago Med, Blindspot, and Heartbreaker. These joins straight to series orders for Coach, Emerald City, Heroes: Reborn, Shades of Blue, Telenovela, and the Neil Patrick Harris Variety Show.
Chicago Med is the latest in the Chicago franchise, joining Chicago Fire and Chicago PD. The show did not have a traditional pilot as it used an episode of Chicago Fire as a launching pad. That episode was well received and NBC likes having its own franchise as they did in the days of three Law & Order shows. Starring Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss, and Yaya Decosta, the show will likely get a midseason premiere as Chicago PD did.
Blindspot is a conspiracy thriller when a girl is discovered in Times Square naked with tattoos and the name of an FBI agent on her back. This leads to the FBI discovering an international plot and surely many more mysteries. This sounds a lot like The Blacklist and could be a contender for the old Blacklist slot on Mondays or paired with its new slot on Thursdays. It stars Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach, and Ashley Johnson.
Heartbreaker is a medical drama, like Chicago Med. It centers on a driven heart transplant surgeon who is one of the only women in her fields and leads a racy private life. It stars Melissa George, Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley Conn, DL Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, J. Louis Mills, and Joshua Leonard. If Chicago Med does indeed premiere in midseason, this could be a prime candidate for a fall launch because I don't think NBC would want to premiere two medical dramas at the same time. It also probably doesn't bode well for The Night Shift that two new medical dramas were picked up.