“Go On,” in which “Friends” alum Perry played a sportscaster getting over the death of his wife, was one of an elite group of new NBC shows the network launched during its highly-watched London Summer Olympics. In its sneak preview, it averaged nearly 19 million viewers , after which it was given a cushy timeslot following NBC’s hit singing competition, “The Voice,” on the net’s fall schedule. But when “The Voice” took a breather in the first quarter, “Go On’s” ratings faltered.
Meanwhile, the network has ordered a new Bill Lawrence comedy about a slacker who takes in socially awkward friends, an exhumation of NBC’s 70’s cop drama “Ironside,” and a Chicago-set Dick Wolf cop drama.
“Undateable,” from Bill Lawrence — who made a name for himself complaining about the way NBC treated his comedy series “Scrubs” — is about a confident slacker named Danny (played by “Whitney” star Chris D’Elia, now that NBC has officially nuked “Whitney”) who takes in a roommate, named Justin, and inherits Justin’s entourage of undateable friends. Danny decides to teach these Undateables, the “do’s, don’ts and duhs of dating,” NBC confirmed Friday.
“Undateable” joins a crop of new comedies at NBC that will also inclue one about a blind guy who gets a guide dog because his wife divorced him, called “The Family Guide”; “Sean Saves the World,” starring Sean Hayes as a divorced gay dad whose daughter moves in full time; and a TV re-make of the 2002 Hugh Grant flick “About a Boy.”
On the drama front, NBC made official its pickup of “Ironside,” a remake of the network’s ‘70’s drama of same name, with Blair Underwood cast in the role of paralyzed, wheelchair-bound NYPD Det. Robert Ironside (played by Raymond Burr in the original).
And “Chicago PD” will allow Dick Wolf to amortize those Chicago exteriors across two programs — he’s already got “Chicago Fire” on NBC’s lineup. “CPD” is about the two, distinctly different groups in the Chicago PD: the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and the Intelligence Unit that combats the city’s organized crime, drug trafficking and high-profile murders.
“Ironside” and “Chicago PD” join the already ordered new NBC dramas “Crisis,” about the kidnap of Washington, D.C.’s blue-blooded kids during a field trip; and “Believe,” about a girl with special powers who is being guarded by a guy sprung from death row.