NBC orders ‘1600 Penn,’ ‘Animal Practice,’ ‘Save Me,’ Ryan Murphy’s ‘The New Normal’ and JJ Abrams’ ‘Revolution’ straight to series

By Daniel S Levine,

NBC will get another chance to start fresh with a new attempt at a ratings comeback this fall. The network’s 2012-2013 primetime schedule will be very different than its 2011-2012 schedule. It has already ordered a collection of new shows go to straight to series, including four new sitcoms and a new drama.

Deadline first reported on Monday that NBC ordered 13 episodes of Save Me, a sitcom starring Anne Heche. The series is produced by Original Film and Sony Pictures Television and the pilot was penned by John Scott Shepherd.

Later, NBC picked up The New Normal and Revolution. The New Normal was created by Glee’s Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler. It stars Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha as a gay couple and Georgia King as the surrogate mother for their baby.

Revolution is an action drama created by JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke. It is being produced by Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television. Billy Burke stars in the lead role.

Entertainment Weekly reports that 1600 Penn, a White House sitcom, also received a 13-episode order. That series was created by Book of Mormon’s Josh Gad, who stars in the series, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and Modern Family director Jason Winer. The series also stars Bill Pullman as the President and Jenna Elfman as the First Lady.

Finally, Animal Practice, which was first titled Animal Kingdom, was also picked up. It stars Justin Kirk as a House-like veterinarian, according to NBC.

These new shows join Go On with Matthew Perry, which was picked up to go straight to series last month.

NBC hopes to launch Go On, The New Normal and Save Me earlier than usual in August, following the Olympics.

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