NBC has picked up three new series for its fall season — ahead of the much-anticipated “fall upfront” announcements that are coming in a few days.
Perhaps most exciting of the three is The Event, a high octane conspiracy thriller starring Jason Ritter (pictured) as an everyman who investigates the disappearance of his fiancee, and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. His quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including the newly elected U.S. President, the leader of a group of mysterious detainees, and the main character’s own father-in-law. NBC’s press release states, “Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind.”
Outsourced is a new comedy by one of the producers of The Office. It’s about a culture clash that occurrs when an “all-American company” that sells novelty items outsources its call center to India. Todd Dempsy stars as the company’s new manager who learns that he’s being transferred to India to run the new call center.
Lastly, Love Bites is an hour-long romantic comedy anthology (there’s three words you don’t see together often), featuring three loosely connected, modern stories of love, sex, marriage, and dating. Each episode contains multiple vignettes, all illuminating the theme of love with an edgy, irreverent spin. Becki Newton and Jordana Spiro anchor the series with their ongoing tales of attempted romance, while other characters will come and go each week.
NBC is proving to be the most web-savvy network of the new season, as it’s already registered Twitter accounts for all three series: @NBCTheEvent, @OutsourcedNBC, and @NBCLoveBites.