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NBC Looking For Stability Next Season With Early Drama Renewals And 'Chicago Med' Embedded Pilot

Networks have begun the process of renewing successful TV shows earlier and earlier over the years. This year thit a new mark when executives went renewal-happy at the winter edition of the Television Critics Association press tour. While the CBS, Fox and CW announcements got a jump on the competition, NBC (a subsidiary of Comcast (CMCSA) (CMCSK)) was strangely quiet … until now.

In a move designed to promote not just The Blacklist's move to Thursday, but also the Chicago Fire/Chicago P.D. crossover, NBC gave the greenlight to five of its top performers (or more realistically its only five performers in the scripted realm).

In addition to the three shows already mentioned, Grimm and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit also got the go-ahead for their fifth and 17th seasons, respectively. Given that NBC has had next to no luck launching a big hit this fall, it is… Read More …