NBC Greenlights ‘Revolution’ & 4 Comedy Series

 J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke bring their apocalyptic drama to NBC as the fates of "30 Rock" and "Community" hang in the balance.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The last time that J.J Abrams had a TV series on NBC, it was the short-lived spy drama, "Undercovers." Hopefully his second turn at the network will work out this time.

NBC has officially ordered "Revolution" to series, priming it for a launch in the 2012/2013 TV season. "Revolution" was created by Eric Kripke ("Supernatural"), who will produce the series alongside Abrams. The premise for "Revolution" is that in the near future, technology is rendered useless when all energy sources suddenly stop working. "Revolution" stars Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga), Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad") and Andrea Roth ("Ringer").

Also given the greenlight were four comedy series, including "1600 Penn," a family sitcom that takes place in the White House with Bill Pullman as the President and Jenna Elfman as the First Lady. The second series picked up was "Animal Practice," which features Justin Kirk as a very Gregory House-like veterinarian who definitely likes animals more than people.

"Glee" and "American Horror Story" co-creator, Ryan Murphy also sold a series called "The New Normal" that focuses on a gay couple played by Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha as they form a makeshift family with the woman carrying their surrogate child.

The final comedy picked up was "Save Me," in which Anne Heche portrays a woman who believes that she is channeling God after surviving an accident.

As for the critical favorite comedies on NBC's Thursday nights, Deadline is reporting that "30 Rock" is near a renewal for a seventh and final season of only 13 to 14 episodes. Similarly, "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" may also return with shortened fourth and fifth seasons, respectively. However, the network has not confirmed those plans at this time.

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