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La Brea Season 2 Given the Green Light

NBC has renewed its hit Tuesday drama La Brea for a second season, the network announced today. NBC also revealed its 2022 midseason programming, which you can view below.

La Brea is the No. 1 new program this fall in the 18-49 demo and the series has reached more than 47 million viewers across linear and digital platforms. The La Brea pilot, which aired Sept. 28, currently stands at a 3.6 in 18-49 and 19.8 million viewers.

La Brea Season 2 Given the Green Light

In La Brea, an epic adventure begins when a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, pulling hundreds of people and buildings into its depths. Those who fell in find themselves in a mysterious and dangerous primeval land, where they have no choice but to band together to survive.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world desperately seeks to understand what happened. In the search for answers, one family torn apart by this disaster will have to unlock the secrets of this inexplicable event to find a way back to each other.

La Brea

The cast includes Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, Jack Martin, Zyra Gorecki, Jon Seda, Chiké Okonkwo, Karina Logue, Veronica St. Clair, Rohan Mirchandaney, Nicholas Gonzalez, Lily Santiago, Chloe De Los Santos and Josh McKenzie.

Writer David Appelbaum executive produces with Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt and Ken Woodruff.

La Brea is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Keshet Studios.

The midseason schedule, meanwhile, features a pair of freshman comedies, a trio of gripping new dramas and a duet of big new unscripted series, along with the final chapter of the award-winning series This Is Us.

NBC MIDSEASON 2021-22 SCHEDULE

JANUARY PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

Sun, Jan. 2

7-8:20 P.M. — Football Night in America

8:20-11 P.M. — NBC Sunday Night Football

Mon, Jan. 3

8-8:30 P.M. — Kenan (Season Premiere)

8:30-9 P.M. — Kenan

9-10 P.M. — That’s My Jam (Time Period Premiere)

10-11 P.M. — Ordinary Joe

Tues, Jan. 4

8-8:30 P.M. — American Auto (Time Period Premiere)

8:30-9 P.M — Grand Crew (Time Period Premiere)

9-10 P.M. — This Is Us (Season Premiere)

10-11 P.M.  — New Amsterdam

American Auto

Wed, Jan. 5

8-9 P.M. — Chicago Med

9-10 P.M. — Chicago Fire

10-11 P.M. — Chicago P.D.

Thur, Jan. 6

8-9 P.M.  — The Blacklist

9-10 P.M.  — Law & Order: SVU

10-11 P.M. — Law & Order: Organized Crime

Fri, Jan. 7

9-11 P.M — Dateline NBC

Sat, Jan. 8

9-10 P.M. — Dateline Weekend Mystery

10-11 P.M. – SNL Vintage

The Endgame

POST-OLYMPICS PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

Mon, Feb. 21

8-10 P.M. – American Song Contest (Premiere)

10-11 P.M. – The Endgame (Premiere)

Tues, Feb. 22

8-8:30 P.M. – American Auto

8:30-9 P.M. – Grand Crew

9-10 P.M. – This Is Us

10-11 P.M. – New Amsterdam

Wed, Feb. 23

8-9 P.M. — Chicago Med

9-10 P.M. — Chicago Fire

10-11 P.M. — Chicago P.D.

Thurs, Feb. 24

8-9 P.M.  — Law & Order (Premiere)

9-10 P.M.  — Law & Order: SVU

10-11 P.M. — Law & Order: Organized Crime

Fri, Feb. 25

8-9 P.M. – The Blacklist (New Time)

9-11 P.M — Dateline NBC

Tue, March 8

10-11 P.M. – The Thing About Pam (Premiere)*

Tue, March 15

8-8:30 P.M. – Young Rock (Season Premiere)

8:30-9 P.M. – Mr. Mayor (Season Premiere)

*Note: The Thing About Pam is a six-episode limited series, after which on April 19 New Amsterdam will return to this timeslot on NBC.

Grand Crew

NEW COMEDY SERIES

AMERICAN AUTO

From the creator of “Superstore” comes a new workplace comedy that takes the wheels off the automobile industry. Set in Detroit, the corporate executives of Payne Motors are at a crossroads: adapt to the changing times or be sent to the junkyard. Shaking things up is the new CEO, whose leadership, experience and savvy is only slightly offset by her complete lack of knowledge about cars. Luckily, her team has some of the best minds in the business – when they aren’t fighting or trying to outwit each other. From the corporate office to the factory floor, the crew of Payne Motors is driving home the laughs.

Ana Gasteyer, Harriet Dyer, Jon Barinholtz, Humphrey Ker, Michael B. Washington, Tye White and X Mayo star.

“American Auto” is executive produced by Justin Spitzer, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Jeff Blitz. The series is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Spitzer Holding Company and Kapital Entertainment.

GRAND CREW

From Phil Augusta Jackson (Writer/Producer/Director, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and Dan Goor (Creator, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) comes a new comedy that proves life is better with your crew. This group of young professionals are all trying to navigate the ups and downs of life and love in Los Angeles – and they always find time to gather at their favorite bar to “wine down” and unpack it all. There’s Noah, a hopeless romantic eager to settle down; Nicky, a go-getter in real estate who’s adventurous in romance; Sherm, a low-key genius who plays the dating odds; Anthony, whose true love is his career; Wyatt, who’s relieved to be married and out of the dating scene; and Fay, who’s recently divorced and looking to start fresh in LA. And just like wine, their friendship gets better with time.

Nicole Byer, Justin Cunningham, Aaron Jennings, Echo Kellum, Grasie Mercedes and Carl Tart star.

“Grand Crew” is executive produced by Phil Augusta Jackson, Dan Goor and Mo Marable. The series is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

NEW DRAMAS

THE ENDGAME

A pulse-pounding high-stakes two-hander about Elena Federova, a recently captured international arms dealer and brilliant criminal mastermind who orchestrates a number of coordinated bank heists throughout New York City for a mysterious purpose. Her antagonist is Val Turner, the principled, relentless and socially outcast FBI agent who will stop at nothing to foil her ambitious plan. The gripping heist drama reveals how far some people will go for love, justice and the most valuable commodity in the world: the truth.

Morena Baccarin, Ryan Michelle Bathé, Costa Ronin, Jordan Johnson-Hinds, Kamal Bolden, Noah Bean, and Mark Damon Espinoza star.

Nicholas Wootton writes and executive produces. Jake Coburn, Julie Plec, Emily Cummins, Andrew Schneider and Justin Lin, who directed the pilot, will also executive produce.

“The Endgame” is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, with Nicholas Wootton Productions, Jake Coburn Productions, My So-Called Company and Perfect Storm Entertainment.

LAW & ORDER

NBC is bringing back one of its most treasured and honored dramas with the 21st season of “Law & Order.” The series, which will continue the classic bifurcated format that was created for its original run, will once again examine “the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.”

“Law & Order” is executive produced by Dick Wolf, Rick Eid, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski. The series will be produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Wolf Entertainment.

LIMITED SERIES

THE THING ABOUT PAM

NBC’s “The Thing About Pam” is based on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria that resulted in her husband Russ’s conviction, although he insisted he didn’t kill her. His conviction was later overturned. This brutal crime set off a chain of events that would expose a diabolical scheme deeply involving Pam Hupp. A thorough examination of the scheme was featured on several episodes of “Dateline NBC,” becoming one of the most popular topics to ever air on the hit NBC franchise. It also became the subject of a popular 2019 podcast, “The Thing About Pam,” which remains one of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes.

The series stars Renée Zellweger, Josh Duhamel, Judy Greer, Katy Mixon, Glenn Fleshler, Gideon Adlon, Sean Bridgers, Suanne Spoke, Mac Brandt

“The Thing About Pam” will be executive produced by Renée Zellweger, Carmella Casinelli, Jenny Klein (showrunner), Mary-Margaret Kunze, Scott Winant, Jessika Borsiczky, Liz Cole, Noah Oppenheim, Scott Winant, Jason Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold.

Blumhouse Television, NBC News Studios and Big Picture Co. will produce. 

UNSCRIPTED SERIES

AMERICAN SONG CONTEST

America’s biggest live entertainment event has arrived! Based on the worldwide phenomenon “Eurovision Song Contest,” organized for 65 years by the European Broadcasting Union and watched by 200 million viewers annually, this amazing musical spectacular combines the competitive spirit of rooting for your favorite sports team with the joy of watching a beloved singing performance. “American Song Contest” will feature live original musical performances – representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation’s capital – competing to win the country’s vote for the Best Original Song. An incredible solo artist, duo or a band will represent each location and perform a new original song, celebrating the different styles and genres across America. The live competition consists of three rounds as the acts compete in a series of Qualifying Rounds, followed by the Semi Finals and the ultimate Grand Final where one state or territory will emerge victorious.  

“American Song Contest” is executive produced by Audrey Morrissey, Anders Lenhoff, Christer Björkman, Peter Settman, Ola Melzig, and Gregory Lipstone alongside Propagate’s Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens. The series is produced by Propagate in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group. 

THAT’S MY JAM

Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, “That’s My Jam” is an hourlong music and comedy variety game show that draws inspiration from the most popular “Tonight Show” games. Each episode features two teams of two celebrities competing for a charity of their choice in a series of music, dance, and trivia-based games and musical performances. Signature games to be played include “Launch the Mic,” “Air Guitar,” “Don’t Drop the Beat,” “Perfect Mash-Up,” “Wheel of Impossible Karaoke,” “Slay It, Don’t Spray It” and many more.

“That’s My Jam” is executive produced by Jimmy Fallon, Jim Juvonen and Mike Yurchuk. The series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Electric Hot Dog.


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