Women and crime? They mix well.
Christina Hendrix, Rhetta, and Mae Whitman star in Good Girls, the sometimes crazy, sometimes touching series about women who needed a little help, so they took to crime to get their families through the tough times.
They soon discovered it wouldn't be a quick and easy fix, and the show was off and running. Fans wouldn't have been pleased without more from the endearing and funny ladies, and NBC has granted them more time to find a way out of their sticky wicket with Good Girls Season 2.
While the drama found stiff competition against ABC's The Good Doctor, once the medical series signed off for the season, Good Girls was either in front of or tied with the competition for the rest of its premiere season.
Fans, though, quickly fell for the women at the end of their financial ropes and didn't even seem to mind they had turned bad with their hopes to do good for their families.
In other exciting news, NBC has already begun handing out series orders to pilots well before its upfronts presentation.
First up was New Amsterdam, which received a pilot pickup a few days ago.
Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. How can he help?
Well, the doctors and staff have heard this before. Not taking “no” for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital — the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers and the President of the United States under one roof — and return it to the glory that put it on the map.
The cast includes Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher, and Tyler Labine. David Schulner will write and executive produce. Kate Dennis will direct and executive produce the pilot.
Peter Horton also executive produce. Dr. Eric Manheimer will produce. New Amsterdam is produced by Universal Television, Pico Creek Productions, and Mount Moriah.
Today, we learned about The Village and two others. First, The Village:
Welcome to the Village, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors.
Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own.
These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything — even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.
The cast includes Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien. Mike Daniels will write and executive produce.
Minkie Spiro will direct and executive produce the pilot. Jessica Rhoades also executive produces. “The Village” is produced by Universal Television and 6107 Productions.
The Enemy Within was another new addition to NBC's roster.
In this fast-paced, spy-hunting thriller, Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) is a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history serving life in a Supermax prison.
Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. For Keaton, it’s not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much.
While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy… they must think like one.
The cast includes Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey and Kelli Garner. Ken Woodruff will write and executive produce.
Mark Pellington will direct and executive produce the pilot. Vernon Sanders also executive produces. The Enemy Within is produced by Universal Television.
These exciting additions join The Gilded Age, which was previously picked up straight to series to air in 2019.
What do you think of the renewal of Good Girls and the three pilot pickups? At the moment, the only other medical drama on NBC is Chicago Med, and it's not yet renewed.
Hold onto your hats, as the next couple weeks are going to be crazy busy with renewal and cancelation news as the networks determine what does and doesn't make the cut.
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