- Very wishful thinking...
- July 10th, 2009
The Hollywood Reporter announced today that the NBC pilot Parenthood, which was to air this fall on Wednesdays, is being pushed back to midseason because its star, Maura Tierney, is sick and undergoing an 8-week medical evaluation of her health. Filming was supposed to start July 28th for the fall premiere, but that changed everything.
Now NBC is supposedly airing another pilot, Mercy, in its place. Mercy was supposed to air midseason after Parenthood's run, probably because NBC picked up another hour long medical drama, Trauma, that's airing on Mondays this fall. While they're different enough shows, with NBC's limited development because of Jay Leno, two hour-long medical dramas launching in the fall isn't ideal for them. Especially since they were banking so much on Parenthood, which they already started advertising for.
If only they could pickup The Body Politic now and have it in the fall, right? It'd probably have to start shooting in the next couple of weeks, so it'd be crazy, but there's still conflicting rumors about how long the actors are under contract for. One of the rumors was mid-July, so if that's true, and only in a perfect world would any of this even be possible, that'd be totally serendipitous for NBC, right? It'd allow them one more option for midseason with Mercy in case any of their pilots crashes and burns (which lets face it, is more likely than not) and it would help out the cast of Mercy who were told today that they had to rush into shooting (I don't even know what problems this will cause for Gossip Girl since Michelle Trachtenberg, who's in Mercy, was supposed to be able to return for a few episodes specifically because the pilot was midseason, so the scheduling worked).
Again, it's only wishful thinking and I'm almost 100% our show is dead and this won't happen, but c'mon, wouldn't this have been a really great time for NBC to have picked up The Body Politic? It'd get instant buzz from all of the BP supporters in the media, it'd have a young and hot cast, and it'd be the only political geared drama in the fall season.