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NBC Orders Three New Series ‘Grand Crew,’ ‘American Auto,’ and ‘La Brea’

NBC Orders Three New Series ‘Grand Crew,’ ‘American Auto,’ and ‘La Brea’

NBC has ordered two new comedy series Grand Crew and American Auto and a drama La Brea for the 2021-2022 season.

The series pickups come on the heels of Susan Rovner taking on the role of Chairman, Entertainment Content across NBCUniversal’s television portfolio, which includes NBC, the company’s six cable networks and Peacock. Lisa Katz, who was recently named President, Scripted Content as part of Rovner’s team, made the announcement:

“Our driving force has always been to seek out talented storytellers who have a strong point of view,” Katz said. “While these shows are very different thematically , what they have in common is a unique voice, excellent world building, and compelling storytelling. We can’t wait to share them with TV fans everywhere.”  

AMERICAN AUTO — “Pilot” — Pictured:(l-r) Michael Benjamin Washington as Cyrus, Ana Gasteyer as Katherine, Humphrey Ker as Elliot, Harriet Dyer as Sadie, Tye White as Jack — (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)

Set at the headquarters of a major American automotive company in Detroit, American Auto follows a floundering group of executives who try to rediscover the company identity amidst a rapidly changing industry. Written by Justin Spitzer (Superstore), the pilot will be directed by Jeff Blitz. The cast includes Ana Gasteyer, Jon Barinholtz, Harriet Dyer, Humphrey Ker, Michael B. Washington, Tye White, and X Mayo.

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The comedy Grand Crew follows a group of Black friends as they unpack the ups and downs of life and love at a wine bar. The cast includes Echo Kellum, Justin Cunningham, Carl Tart, Aaron Jennings, and Nicole Byer.

On the drama side, La Brea will follow a family as a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles and it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. When part of the family finds themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home. The cast so far includes Natalie Zea, Zyra Gorecki, and Chiké Okonkwo. Additional cast will be announced at a later date.

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