With NBC brass back from NBCUniversal’s weirdly-timed (for NBC) corporate retreat in Florida last week that was smack in the middle of the broadcast pilot pickup season, they’re getting right to business with pilot orders. In what is expected to be a very busy pickup day at the network, NBC has greenlighted 2 hourlong pilots produced by Universal TV: Chicago Fire, a firefighter drama from feature writers Michael Brandt & Derek Haas (3:10 to Yuma) and Dick Wolf Films, and County, a medical drama from Parenthood and Friday Night Lights exec producer Jason Katims starring Parenthood recurring player and The Event alum Jason Ritter.
Chicago Fire, which NBC announced at its summer TCA presentation, is an action-driven drama exploring the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department. The project, which had been garnering a lot of buzz, is executive prodced by Brandt, Haas, Wolf, his new development exec Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski. County takes us into the lives of a group of young doctors, nurses, and administrators, in a frenetic underfunded and morally compromising LA County Hospital.