UPDATE 2:15 p.m. ET: The network has also added “Family Guide,” a comedy from writer DJ Nash (“‘Til Death,” “Bent”) that stars J.K. Simmons, Parker Posey and Eli Baker.
NBC has started giving series orders to its pilots for the 2013-14 season, and two dramas and two comedies are the first to get good news.
The dramas are “Believe,” a J.J. Abrams– and Alfonso Cuaron-produced show about a young girl with a special gift and the ex-con tasked with protecting her; and “Crisis,” about a Secret Service agent who becomes involved in an international incident in his first day on the job. It comes from creator Rand Ravich, who was behind NBC’s “Life” a few years ago.
“Believe” stars young actress Johnny Sequoyah and Jake McLaughlin (“Savages,” the “Crash” series) in the two lead roles, along with Delroy Lindo, Jamie Chung, Sienna Guillory and Kyle MacLachlan. The “Crisis” cast includes Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney, James Lafferty, Rachael Taylor and Michael Beach.
The comedies are an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel “About a Boy” that stars David Walton (“New Girl,” “Bent”) in the role Hugh Grant played in the 2003 movie from “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” showrunner Jason Katims; and “Sean Saves the World,” starring Sean Hayes as a single father raising a daughter.
The four shows join Michael J. Fox‘s comedy series, which had a straight-to-series order, in NBC’s lineup for next year. There’s no word yet on the fate of several current shows, including “Go On,” “Community” and “Parks and Recreation,” but decisions on them are expected later Thursday (May 9). More pilot pickups are also likely.