NBC Orders Dramas ‘Rise’ and ‘For God and Country’ to Series

Network makes first two series pick-ups of the season

Last Updated: May 4, 2017 @ 7:01 PM

NBC picked up the Jason Katims drama “Rise” and Dean Georgaris’ “For God & Country.”

The two dramas mark the first of the broadcast network pilots to be ordered to series. The news comes ahead of NBC’s Upfronts presentation on May 15, where the network will unveil its complete programming slate for the 2017-18 season.

“Rise,” which hails from “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” creator Jason Katims as well as “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller, stars “How I Met Your Mother” alum Josh Radnor and “Moana” breakout Auli’i Cravalho.

Inspired by a true story, the series follows dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Radnor) as he sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, galvanizing not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town.

Rosie Perez, Marley Shelton, Damon J. Gillespie, Amy Forsyth, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Casey Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett and Shirley Rumierk also star.  Katims will write and executive produce alongside Seller, director Mike Cahill, Michelle Lee and Flody Suarez.

“For God & Country” is a military drama from writer and executive producer Dean Georgaris and the production team behind Showtime’s “Homeland.”

The drama stars Anne Heche as D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell, who leads a team of analysts that wields the world’s most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C., while Adam Dalton and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists execute missions around the world.

Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas, Tate Ellington, Natacha Karam, Demetrius Grosse, Noah Mills and Hadi Tabbal also star. Brad Anderson will direct and executive produce alongside Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.