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NBC orders five new series ahead of Screenings

US network NBC has ordered five new series ahead of its annual upfronts event next week including shows from J.J Abrams and Ryan Murphy.

Traditionally, the broadcast networks waited until their upfronts events to announce their new shows, but in the last few years there has been a trend to order series early.

The network has ordered action drama Revolution, written by Supernatural’s Eric Kripke and produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros TV about a group of survivors; Anne Heche-fronted spiritual comedy Save Me, produced by Sony Pictures Television and Original Film; political family comedy 1600 Penn, produced by 20th Century Television Fox and created by Josh Gad; The New Normal, produced by 20th Century Television Fox and written and directed by Glee’s Ryan Murphy and vet comedy Animal Practice, produced by Universal Television and starring Justin Kirk.

These new shows, including four comedies and one drama, join Matthew Perry’s sport comedy Go On on NBC’s schedule.

These shows will be offered to international buyers at the LA Screenings, which starts towards the end of next week.