(Update 5/14 11 a.m. PST: "Chuck" creator Josh Schwartz just tweeted: "Just got the official call: thank you Chuck fans for getting us a 4th season! Thrilled to keep working with amazing cast & crew." NBC has still refused to comment.)
"Chuck" has been renewed for a fourth season by NBC, which ordered a 13-episode run of the cult hit, and ABC has renewed the alien-invasion saga "V," Michael Ausiello at EW.com reports.
The news came amid a flurry of pickup announcements from three of the Big Four networks — including word that "Mike & Molly," from "Two and a Half Men" and "Big Bang Theory" creator Chuck Lorre, was being picked up by CBS, Deadline reported.
Calls to the networks by TheWrap were not immediately returned Thursday evening. Ausiello said NBC reps declined to comment on the "Chuck" renewal.
Also Thursday, ABC announced six pilot pickups. Three comedies ("Better Together," "Happy Endings" and "Mr. Sunshine") and three dramas ("My Generation" formerly known as "Generation Y"; "Detroit 1-8-7"; and "The Whole Truth."
Descriptions of ABC’s shows from its press release follow …
Production Credit: A FanFare Production in association with Sony Pictures Television
Writer: David Caspe
Executive Producer: Jamie Tarses, Jonathan Goff, Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Co-Executive Producer: David Caspe
Director: Joe Russo & Anthony Russo
Logline: A couple breaks up at the altar – they and their group of friends have to figure out how to maintain their
friendships after the split.
Cast: Eliza Coupe (Jane); Elisha Cuthbert (Alex); Zachary Knighton (Dave); Adam Pally (Max)
Damon Wayans, Jr. (Brad) and Casey Wilson (Penny)
Production Credit: The project is a Matthew Perry Production, Shoe Money Productions, Barnow and Firek
Productions and FanFare Production in association with Sony Pictures Television
Writers: Matthew Perry, Alex Barnow & Mark Firek
Executive Producers: Matthew Perry, Thomas Schlamme, Alex Barnow, Mark Firek, Jamie Tarses,
Director: Thomas Schlamme
Logline: Perry stars as a man who realizes on his 40th birthday that he cannot get by on his charming, funny,
non-committal ways anymore. He also manages a bunch of characters at an aging local sports stadium in San Diego.
Cast: Matthew Perry (Ben); Allison Janney (Crystal); Andrea Anders (Alice); James Lesure (Alonzo)
Nate Torrence (Roman); Portia Doubleday
BETTER TOGETHER (fka COUPLES; aka UNTITLED SHANA GOLDBERG-MEEHAN PROJECT)
Production Credit: Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Silver and Gold Productions and Warner Bros. Television
Writer: Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Executive Producer: Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Director: James Burrows
Logline: Romantic comedy about two couples, one in a very slow moving relationship, the other in a fast
one, which asks the age-old question: in life and love, is it better to be the tortoise or the hare?
Cast: JoAnna Garcia (Mia); Jennifer Finnigan (Maddie); Josh Cooke (Ben); Jake Lacy (Casey)
with Kurt Fuller (Joel) and Debra Jo Rupp (Vicky)
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Production Credit: ABC Studios
Writer: Noah Hawley
Executive Producers: Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Henrik Bastin, Peter Magnasson, Martin Piersson
Director: Craig Gillespie
Logline: A scripted documentary-style dramedy that follows a disparate group of former high school classmates, tracking their paths over the past 10 years and the events that have shaped their lives.
Cast: Michael Stahl David (Steven); Kelli Garner (Dawn); Jaime King (Jackie); Keir O’Donnell (Kenneth)
Daniella Alonso (Brenda); Julian Morris (Anders); Anne Son (Caroline); Mehcad Brooks (Rolly)
Sebastian Sozzi (Falcon)
Production Credit: ABC Studios
Writer: Jason Richman
Executive Producers: Jason Richman, Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, David Zabel
Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Logline: Seen through the cameras of a fictitious documentary crew, 187 DETROIT is a real but humorous look at Detroit’s top homicide division.
Cast: Michael Imperioli (Det. Fitch); Jon Michael Hill (Det. Damon Washington); Aisha Hinds (Lieutenant Maureen Mason); James McDaniel (Sergeant Jesse Longford); Natalie Martinez (Det. Ariana Sanchez),D.J. Cotrona (John Smith); Shaun Majumder (Det. Aman Mahajan)
THE WHOLE TRUTH
Production credit: Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television
Writer: Tom Donaghy
Executive Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Alex Graves (pilot only)
Co-Executive Producers: Tom Donaghy, KristieAnn Reed
Director: Alex Graves
Logline: A legal drama that has a unique alternative narrative structure which shows both the defense and prosecution sides equally and keeps the audience guessing and shifting allegiances on guilt or innocence until the very final scene.
Cast: Rob Morrow (Jimmy Nolan); Joely Richardson (Kathryn Peale); Eamonn Walker (Senior ADA Terence “Edge” Edgecomb); Sean Wing (Chad); Anthony Ruivivar (Alejo) Christine Adams (Lena)