NBC renews '30 Rock' and 'Parenthood,' picks up 2 new shows
NBC has renewed veteran series "30 Rock" and "Parenthood" and picked up a full-season order of a new drama, "Do No Harm" and "Infamous," the network confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com on May 10.
"30 Rock" will return for a 13-episode seventh season, which will be the comedy's final season, the network confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com. "30 Rock" has suffered from low ratings over the past year and stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin's contracts are up after season seven.
"30 Rock" began in 2006 and is loosely based on Fey's experiences on the NBC sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live." The show has won 14 Emmy Awards, including "Best Comedy Series." The sixth season premiered on January 12.
Baldwin, who has played Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy series "30 Rock" since it debuted in 2006, has hinted at the end of the show for awhile and told David Letterman that he planned to "spend some of that '30 Rock' money traveling the world" with his 28-year-old fiancé, Hilaria Thomas.
"Parenthood" will return to NBC for its fourth season. The family drama, which stars Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter and Erika Christensen, is a favorite among critics and has performed relatively well for the network, with the season three finale pulling in the show's strongest ratings since November.
NBC also ordered two new pilots - the first is a modern-day take on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, "Do No Harm." The series stars Steven Pasquale ("Rescue Me") as a neurosurgeon forced to wrestle his dangerous alter-ego as it threatens to ruin his personal and professional life.
The pilot was written by David Schulner and directed by Michael Mayer. The cast also includes Phylicia Rashad, Alana De La Garza, Michael Esper, Mousa Kraish and Ruta Gedmintas.
NBC also picked up "Infamous," which stars Meagan Good ("Think Like a Man") as a female detective who goes undercover in the home of the wealthy family she grew up in, as the maid's daughter, to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her best friend. The pilot was written by Elizabeth Heldens and directed by Peter Horton.