NBC Renews ‘The Blacklist’, ‘Grimm’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’, and Two Others
NBC is laying the foundation for the 2015-2016 broadcast season by announcing the renewal of five dramas.
The first of the lucky five shows earning a renewal is The Blacklist, which is experience new ratings heights following its post-Super Bowl airing. Despite the recent move to Thursdays, The Blacklist has maintained much of its audience, allowing NBC to remain No. 1 among broadcast networks overall this season — although the Super Bowl obviously had more than a little to do with that, considering it was the most watched event in U.S. TV history.
Second up is Grimm, which will earn a fifth season from the network after anchoring Friday nights for the last four years — save for a brief shuffling around the schedule earlier into its run. The third drama securing a spot next season is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which earns a 17th Season on the network, bringing it three seasons short of matching Law & Order‘s 20-season record (a record it shares with iconic Western series Gunsmoke).
The last two early renewals, much like Law & Order: SVU, also come from executive producer Dick Wolf: Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. will both return next year. It will be the third season for both shows.
“The creative vision of the executive producers who’ve guided these outstanding dramas has been nothing short of incredible,” said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. “We’re highly appreciative of the passion they bring to their shows at every step of the creative process and we’re thrilled to reward that dedication with these renewals.”
Naturally, the jury is still out for freshman dramas State of Affairs and The Mysteries of Laura. Also on the chopping block is Constantine, which had its production halted after 13 episodes. However, NBC still has the rest of the season to decide, as these are simply early renewals, and not the concrete, final decisions for all of next year’s programming.
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