After picking up three new drama series from its sibling Universal TV on Tuesday, NBC moved on to Warner Bros. with orders for the Debra Messing-starring The Mysteries Of Laura, from Aaron Kaplan, Greg Berlanti and McG, and Constantine, from Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. With Constantine‘s pickup, DC Comics has completed a sweep, with all four of its Warner Bros. TV pilots going to series. Constantine joins Gotham at Fox and The Flash and iZombie at the CW. Of the remaining NBC drama pilots, the futuristic Tin Man is dead, with saga Salvation also not going forward.
Written by Jeff Rake based on a Spanish series and directed by McG, Laura follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective (Messing) who can handle murderous criminals — but not her unruly twins. Laz Alonso and Janina Gavankar co-star. Kaplan, Berlanti, Rake and McG exec produce with Sarah Schechter and Todd Lituchy.
Written/exec produced by Cerone, exec produced by Goyer and directed by Neil Marshall, Constantine centers on John Constantine (Matt Ryan), an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond. Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford co-star. While the pickup for Laura is hardly a surprise as the light character procedural was an early favorite, Constantine went through some ups-and-downs and was not universally liked but had enough support to clinch an order. The pickup of two new WBTV series, especially Constantine, may not bode well for sophomore Revolution, also from that studio.
The pickups of Laura and Constantine come 48 hours after NBC ordered its first batch of new series, with the long delay causing a lot of anxiety for producers of pilots that didn’t make the first cut and of series still on the bubble. That first batch included frontrunners Allegiance, Odyssey and State Of Affairs on the drama side and Marry Me on the comedy side. Comedy pilots said to still be very much in the mix include Bad Judge, Mission Control, Old Soul and multi-camera One Big Happy and Jerrod Carmichael, with a couple of very long shots, like Ellen More Or Less and Feed Me.