NBC Orders Wesley Snipes Drama ‘The Player’ and Carol Mendelsohn’s ‘Game of Silence,’ Renews ‘The Night Shift”

Upfronts 2015: Network also renews “Undateable” for all-live new season, while “Mysteries of Laura” is renewed for a second season

NBC has given series orders to the dramas “The Player,” starring Wesley Snipes, and “Game of Silence,” from “CSI” executive producer Carol Mendelsohn, as well as a new season order to “The Night Shift.”

The network has also renewed “Undateable” for a third season of entirely live episodes, following the successful launch of a live episode this week, and given a Season 2 nod to the drama “The Mysteries of Laura.”

“The Player,” from the executive producers of “The Blacklist,” is billed as an action-packed Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative turned security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Can he take them down from the inside and get revenge for the death of his wife, or is it true what they say: The house always wins.

In addition to Snipes, Philip Winchester, Charity Wakefield and Damon Gupton also star in the series.

Mendelsohn’s “Game of Silence”  (pictured above) revolves around a successful Atlanta attorney, played by “Revolution” alum David Lyons, whose long-lost childhood friends unexpectedly reappear after 25 years. When a dark secret they thought they had buried resurfaces, the brotherhood bands together to right the wrongs of their shared past — a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and quench their thirst for revenge. Michael Raymond-James, Larenz Tate, Bre Blair, Conor O’Farrell, Deidrie Henry, Demetrius Grosse and Claire Van Der Boom also star in the series, which is written and executive produced by David Hudgins. Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz . Director Niels Arden Oplev is also executive producing. “Game of Silence” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Carol Mendelsohn Productions.

“The Mysteries of Laura,” stars “Smash” alum Debra Messing as a single mom NYPD homicide detective cracks case after case while raising wild twin boys.

Earlier Friday, the network gave the ax to “Constantine,” “About a Boy,” the Katherine Heigl project “State of Affairs” and the comedy “Marry Me.”