NBC, The No. 1 Network, Looks To Bolster Its Roster

1. Will & Grace

Who’s in it? Duh! Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes
Who created it? Max Mutchnick, David Kohan, James Burrows
What’s it about? The adventures of Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen — last seen in spring 2006 — will continue for a 12-episode limited series. The idea for the revival came after the gang filmed a get-out-the-vote viral video last fall.

2. AP Bio

Who’s in it? Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Aparna Brielle, Jacob McCarthy, Nick Peine, Vanessa Bayer (for the pilot only)
Who created it? Mike O’Brien, Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Andrew Singer, Michael Shoemaker
What’s it about? A philosophy scholar (Howerton) gets a job as an AP Bio teacher in a high school after he doesn’t get the academic position he wanted — but he decides that with these smart kids, he’ll just teach them what he wants (aka, not biology).

3. Rise

Who’s in it? Josh Radnor, Auli’i Cravalho, Rosie Perez, Marley Shelton, Amy Forsyth, Shannon Purser
Who created it? Jason Katims, Michelle Lee, Jeffrey Seller, Flody Suarez
What’s it about? It’s like Glee meets Friday Night Lights as a teacher (Radnor) takes over his school’s less-than-stellar theater department and — in doing so — inspires the students, the other teachers, and the entire town.

4. For God & Country

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Who’s in it? Anne Heche, Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas, Tate Ellington, Natacha Karam, Demetrius Grosse, Noah Mills, and Hadi Tabbal
Who created it? Dean Georgaris, Brad Anderson, Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan
What’s it about? The team behind Homeland takes a look at the “complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes.”

Note: In mid-May every year, the five television broadcast networks — NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and The CW — present their new shows and upcoming schedules to advertisers at events called “the upfronts.” That’s why you see an onslaught of new programming in May, as well as the cancellation of current shows. This post will be continually updated.

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