Upfronts news means that we're finding out about what will happen in the upcoming TV season. Each network is clearing room in its schedule by getting rid of current shows to make way for new series, like NBC, which just canceled The Event and Law & Order: Los Angeles. But let's look to the future — here are the pilots NBC has just picked up, which star a host of familiar faces like Debra Messing, Will Arnett, Amanda Peet, and more.
- Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea: Based on Chelsea Handler's best-selling memoir about her life as a twentysomething. Laura Prepon stars in the Chelsea role.
- Free Agents: A male and female PR agent who are both on the rebound (Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn) fight their attraction to each other in this remake of a British sitcom of the same name.
- Bent: Amanda Peet plays a divorced single mom who falls for the contractor she hired to do work on her house, played by Perfect Couples's David Walton.
- Best Friends Forever: A woman moves in with her best friend, even though the best friend is already living with her boyfriend.
- Up All Night: Christina Applegate stars as a woman juggling work and motherhood. Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett costar, and Lorne Michaels is producing.
- Whitney: Comedienne Whitney Cummings headlines this sitcom as one half of a young couple figuring out their committed relationship.
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- The Playboy Club: The period drama is set in Chicago's Playboy Club in 1963 and features an ensemble cast that includes David Krumholtz, Amber Heard, Eddie Cibrian, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum.
- Grimm: A police detective discovers the creatures from fairy tales are real, and now must protect humankind from them.
- Smash: This musical drama follows a group of people putting on a Broadway play about Marilyn Monroe. Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee, and Anjelica Huston star.
- Awake: A police detective (Jason Isaacs, aka Lucius Malfoy) wakes up after a car accident and finds himself alternating between two different realities: one where his wife is still alive and one where his son is still alive.
- Prime Suspect: Maria Bello plays a tough NYC detective in this UK remake (Helen Mirren had the role in the original).