NBC‘s freshman drama Grimm received a very early renewal in mid-March. And the network’s comedy pilot Go On starring Matthew Perry was given an unusually early series pickup 10 days ago. I hear both are being eyed for an early launch in August, following NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics in London. NBC, which is seeking a ratings turnaround, had been contemplating an early rollout for a number of series to take advantage of the monster promotional platform the Olympics provide. To make an August launch date, Grimm and Go On are expected to start production early. I hear Grimm writers are already working, while writers on Go On, created by Scott Silveri and directed by Todd Holland, will convene as early as next week.
The single-camera Go On stars Perry as an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who, trying to move on from a loss, finds solace from the members of his mandatory support group. An August premiere will certainly get the comedy on the air ahead of similarly themed single-camera pilot Rebounding, which is in serious consideration for a series pickup at Fox. In addition to Grimm, also expected to return earlier than this season are NBC’s midseason reality flagship The Voice and Broadway drama Smash, which are being considered for a fall launch.