NBC closed out pre-Upfronts week on Friday night with a season three renewal of medical drama The Night Shift and series orders for Wesley Snipes drama The Player and Carol Mendelsohn’s Game of Silence.
From the minds behind The Blacklist, The Player is an action-packed Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative-turned-security expert (Philip Winchester) who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Can he take them down from the inside and get revenge for the death of his wife, or is it true what they say: The house always wins.
John Rogers will write and executive-produce with John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri. Philip Winchester, Charity Wakefield and Damon Gupton also star.
From CSI’s Mendelsohn, Game of Silence is a drama about a successful Atlanta attorney (David Lyons) whose long-lost childhood friends unexpectedly reappear after 25 years. When a dark secret they thought they had buried resurfaces, the brotherhood bands together to right the wrongs of their shared past — a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and quench their thirst for revenge.
David Hudgins will write and executive-produce with Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz and director Niels Arden Oplev. Michael Raymond-James, Larenz Tate, Bre Blair, Conor O’Farrell, Deidrie Henry, Demetrius Grosse and Claire Van Der Boom will also star.
The news comes on the heels of NBC ordering drama series orders Chicago Med, the Chicago Fire/P.D. spin-off, other medical drama Heartbreaker, starring The Slap’s Melissa George, and Blindspot, about a Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) who is discovered naked in Times Square, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there. See that picture here. On the comedy side, the network ordered Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s People Are Talking, America Ferrera and Ben Feldman workplace comedy Superstore and family fare Crowded.
Check out all the shows that have been renewed and canceled here.
More to come: We’re in the thick of a frantic annual three-day period of TV broadcasters making big decisions, so expect more series orders today—and perhaps some verdicts on existing shows as well. Follow @jameshibberd and @natalieabrams for up-to-the-minute details.