'Heroes,' 'Day One,' 'Law & Order': NBC notes from press tour
NBC Entertainment president Angela Bromstad said Sunday (Jan. 10) at the TV Critics Association press tour that "there's a very good chance" the show could return for a fifth season, but a decision won't be made until the network looks at its crop of pilots for next season.
It's a pretty big crop -- the network plans to order 10 drama and eight comedy pilots this development season, but despite its scuffling ratings, "Heroes" may stand a decent chance at returning. Simply put, NBC has a lot of holes to plug, particularly since it's abandoning the Jay Leno-at-10 experiment in a month's time.
Bromstad says "Heroes" creator Tim Kring will be pitching his ideas for season 5 in the next couple of weeks. The show has wrapped production on the current season, meaning that if NBC does decide to end it, the Feb. 8 season finale will also probably be the series finale.
- Another NBC sci-fi project, "Day One," has been shortened yet again.
The alien-invasion show, which began life as a 13-episode series, then became a four-hour miniseries, will now air as a two-hour movie. The good news is that it will also be a back-door pilot -- meaning that if it performs well, NBC could pull the trigger on more episodes.
For now, though, the two hours is all NBC has shot. The now-movie focuses on a small group of survivors of an invasion and stars David Lyons ("ER"), Julie Gonzalo ("Eli Stone"), Carly Pope ("Dirt," "24"), Catherine Dent ("The Shield") and Xander Berkeley ("24"). Jesse Alexander ("Heroes," "Alias") created it
- NBC is talking with "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf about switching coasts.
Bromstad said the network pitched a Los Angeles-based "Law & Order" spinoff to Wolf earlier in the season, and they're talking about developing a show set in Southern California. Few other details have been worked out so far, but Bromstad does say that an L.A.-set show could coexist with the other "Law & Order" permutations currently on the network.
NBC Universal TV Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin says Wolf has started referring to the new project as "Lola," short for "Law & Order: Los Angeles."
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