NBC Orders Full Seasons of Outsourced, The Event, and Law & Order: Los Angeles

OutsourcedThere are more episodes on the way for three of the peacock network’s new shows, Outsourced, The Event, and Law & Order: Los Angeles.

Of the three, despite what the press release says, only Outsourced can really be considered a success. The Event has been dropping in the ratings every week, hitting a 2.2 in the critical 18-49 demographic last week. Law & Order: Los Angeles started strong but lost 41% of its demo audience in just two weeks. Still, NBC needs to air something so, at least for now, they’re committing to sticking with these three freshman series.

Here’s the official press release…


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – October 18, 2010 – NBC has given full-season pickups to three of its new Fall 2010-11 series, “The Event,” “Law & Order: Los Angeles” and “Outsourced.” The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

“We are pleased with the quality of ‘The Event,’ ‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’ and ‘Outsourced,’ and feel they are an important part of helping to re-build our schedule and our studio pipeline,” said Bromstad. “We believe in these new series and the creative auspices behind them.”

Through October 11, “The Event” has averaged a 3.0 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 9.1 million viewers overall in “most current” averages from Nielsen Media Research. “The Event” has generated a 30 percent improvement in the time period versus year-ago “most current” results for NBC in 18-49 rating (with a 3.0 rating vs. a 2.3) and a 47 percent increase in total viewers (9.1 million vs. 6.2 million). On a percentage basis, “The Event” was the most time-shifted new series in adults 18-49 during premiere week from among the ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox primetime lineups, with 35 percent of “The Event’s” “live plus seven day” rating being accounted for by time-shifting. Additionally, “The Event” was licensed to nearly 200 territories internationally even before its U.S. premiere, and is launching in numerous regions abroad to impressive ratings.

As of October 13, “Law & Order: Los Angeles” has averaged a 2.5 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 8.7 million viewers overall in “live plus same day” averages from Nielsen. “Law & Order: L.A.” has delivered a 39 percent improvement in the time period versus year-ago “live plus same day” results for NBC in 18-49 rating (with a 2.5 rating vs. a 1.8) and a 45 percent increase in total viewers (8.7 million vs. 6.0 million).

Through October 14, “Outsourced” has averaged a 3.0 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 and 6.3 million viewers overall in “most current” averages from Nielsen. In the valuable adult 18-34 demographic, “Outsourced” is averaging a 3.3 rating, making it the #1 new series on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox this fall. “Outsourced” is also heavily time-shifted, adding 19 percent to its “live plus same day” 18-49 rating when Nielsen issued “live plus seven day” results for premiere week (to a 4.29 rating from a 3.59), making it the top gainer among first-year half-hour comedies on the ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox primetime lineups.

“The Event” (Mondays, 9-10 p.m. ET) is an emotional, high-octane drama that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, “The Class”), an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiancee, Leila (Sarah Roemer, “Disturbia”), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Sean’s quest sends ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including newly elected U.S. President Elias Martinez (Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, “In Treatment”); Sophia Maguire (Emmy Award nominee Laura Innes, “ER”), who is the leader of a mysterious group of detainees; and Leila’s shadowy father (Scott Patterson, “Gilmore Girls”). Ian Anthony Dale (“Daybreak”), Clifton Collins Jr. (“Star Trek”), Taylor Cole (“The Violent Kind”), Lisa Vidal (“The Division”), Bill Smitrovich (“The Practice”) and Emmy winner Zeljko Ivanek (“Damages”) also star.

“The Event” is a production of Universal Media Studios and Steve Stark Productions. Evan Katz (“24″) serves as executive producer/show-runner; Steve Stark (“Medium,” “Facing Kate”) serves as executive producer; Jeffrey Reiner (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” “Trauma”) is director/executive producer, and Nick Wauters (“The 4400,” “Eureka”) is creator/co-executive producer.

“Law & Order: Los Angeles” (Wednesdays, 10-11 p.m. ET) fuses the classic ripped- from-the-headlines storytelling with the distinctive backdrop of L.A. The drama follows Detectives Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich, “Jericho”) and Tomas “TJ” Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll, “Midnight in Paris”) who are members of the L.A.P.D.’s elite Robbery Homicide Division. Their boss, Lt. Arleen Gonzales, (Rachel Ticotin), is driven and meticulous. Deputy District Attorney Ricardo Morales (Alfred Molina, “The Da Vinci Code,” “Spiderman 2″) is a sarcastic realist. Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (“Hustle & Flow”) portrays methodical Deputy District Attorney Jonah Dekker and shares the position with Morales in alternate episodes. At Morales’ side is the idealistic Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Price (Regina Hall, “Death at a Funeral”). Megan Boone (“Cold Case”) plays Deputy District Attorney Lauren Stanton who works at Dekker’s side.

The series is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Media Studios. Wolf is creator and executive producer, Rene Balcer (“Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), Blake Masters (“Brotherhood,” “Rubicon”), Christopher Misiano (“West Wing,” “ER”) and Peter Jankowski (“Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) are executive producers.

“Outsourced” (Thursdays, 9:30-10 p.m. ET) is NBC’s popular new workplace comedy series centered on a catalog-based company, Mid America Novelties, which sees its call center suddenly outsourced to India. When Manager Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport, off-Broadway’s “The Gingerbread House”) moves there, culture shock ensues when Todd inherits a sales team that includes: Gupta (Parvesh Cheena, “Help Me Help You”), a socially awkward employee; Manmeet (Sacha Dhawan, BBC’s “Five Days II”), a young romantic; Asha (Rebecca Hazlewood, BBC’s “Doctors”), a smart, striking woman; Rajiv (Rizwan Manji, “Privileged”), the assistant manager; and Madhuri (Anisha Nagarajan, Broadway’s “Bombay Dreams”), suffers from shyness. The series also stars Diedrich Bader (“The Drew Carey Show”) and Pippa Black (“Neighbours”).

From Universal Media Studios, “Outsourced” is executive-produced by show-runner Robert Borden (“The Drew Carey Show” “George Lopez”) and director Ken Kwapis (“He’s Just Not That Into You,” “The Office”), who developed the project through his company, In Cahoots. Victor Nelli, Jr. (“Ugly Betty”), Tom Gorai (“Outsourced” theatrical release) and David Skinner (“Outsourced” theatrical release) also serve as executive producers, and Alex Beattie serves as co-executive producer.

What do you think? Which, if any, of these new shows will survive to see a second season?

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17 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Franki Parde says

    PLEASE keep “Castle” and “Outsourced” on for MANY MORE SEASONS! Honestly, they are two (The Office, too..three) of my friends and my favorite series!!! Even variousd “blogs” I read every morning “talk” about these shows….many folks enjoy them very much.

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    • Ashley says

      Alice, I agree that Outsourced is a great show, but your comment makes the viewers look immature, when in reality it’s educated humor that takes some intelligence to understand.

  3. Miss Robin says

    I never saw “Outsourced” because I don’t like sitcoms. I love SVU and the late, departed original Law and Order as well as Criminal Intent, but I totally gave up on LOLA by the middle of the third episode. Likewise The Event. I loved the first episode, but have not even bothered to turn it on since the second or third one. It has no real plot progression, a fact disguised by all the hyperactive jump-cutting, Like a brain dead Memento on steroids. I like Chase but I hope they don’t turn it into a romance or start psychoanalyzing the lead chracter to death.

  4. patti says

    other show i love is Castle so sexy and clever so character driven…..great chemistry andnot just another child lust crime like so many gross Law and Order never watch yuck but my bro inlaw loved it. Castle is fantastic and funny about a crime mystery writer on capers with a cop who looks like a model and some day they will also probably be a great hook up. Dude so love em This guy is funny. Family ties too and not just crime and depressing junk so compelling with all kinds of emotional and humorous turns. Great writing and great cast. Delightful NEVER would say that about a cop show but it is more than that so much better. What Jeff Goldblum coulda been to that genre this guy is dry as is the woman and true damaged goods as are cops but with a good edge and forging thru with determination and humor. Most always solve the mysteries together

  5. patti says

    I love the Event Amazing characters Lostwas cool at first but weird and warlike Not into war. But I just think The Event is complicated andintense to follow but so good. SO catch up marathons so peeps can get an understanding and the groupies who love it dothe whole nine yards again would be cool. Lost lost me but want to see the Event all the way thru. LOVE Raising Hope and far underrated is Running Wilde and Better With You. So…..anyhoo. Maybe some folk watch online like myself but it is cool to watch The Event and never caught Modern Family or Outsourced etc but everyone is different. The Middle looks like it sucks. Ok then.

  6. slaythezeppelin says

    haha i actually like outsourced, started watching it cuz its after the office (which im starting to lose interest in) its different than whats out there i.e. the event law and order la american idol[hate] so you think you can dance etc. so i cant wait to see the other 22 episodes!!

  7. Sanjay says

    Hate the fact that they are going to shoot 22 episodes of Outsourced. I really hoped they – as I said before – ‘Cancel the **** out of this show.’ I really really really dislike it.

    As for The Event. It’s ok, but not that great. I mean…c’mon… we all know this kind of show. Prison Break…what are they going to do, the same stuff? I mean the writing is probably good for about 1.5 (33 episodes) season? What’s next… his dog gets kidnapped and he has to steal ‘the portal’ else they will send the dog to another country? While doing this he falls in love for some chick which actually is his sister, but they were split up when they just were a fetus and their mother is the chick with the red hair (I forgot her name, the lesbian doc from ER) (+he actually find out he’s adopted) and that’s why he is so special and eventually he is THE only one who can bring those 1% off human aliens together with ‘us’ but they had a agenda and steal all the hidden aliens the government kept all those years (since 1851) in underground safe places which only can be entered by those who have the special security level of -X-. blablablabla.

    Anyways, I hope their will be a next great show with a good story line or one which is really fun to watch.

    Have a nice day everybody =)

  8. Austin says

    I like Outsourced. I hope it gets picked up for another season.

    The Event is so-so, I am getting tired of that type of show. I don’t even bother with the Law and Order stuff.

  9. Observer says

    Seems like NBC missed a huge opportunity to admit the mistake and bring back Law & ORder, the original, which did well on Fridays before being moved ot Mondays. I applaud LOLA getting a full season, but it’s a punch in the gut to mothership fans who know the original is a better show and deserved not only a 21st season, but many more after that.

  10. Cyndi says

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion Jeremy, but I completely disagree… I’m sick of Law and Order shows and Big Bang is the best show on TV.

    • Jeremy Rynek says

      Well thank you for your honesty. I can honesty see how some people might want Law & Order to die. Trust me I do, that’s how I feel about american idol. But I’m dead set on never ever watching the big bang theory. I watched one episode and I hated it. Just like outsourced I’ll never watch it again.

  11. Jeremy Rynek says

    Well if their getting full season orders, then i guess most likely. Really happy about Law & Order LA, somewhat happy about the Event. And NOT HAPPY at all about outsourced. Outsourced absolutely sucked. It was stupid and I’ll never ever watch it again. NBC will just have that one mistake I don’t watch. Just like CBS with the big bang theory. I’m hopeing Law & Order LA survives many seasons. However about the event I’m not entirely sure where the storyline can go. But we’ll see. So in closing 2/3 good decision.

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