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By Seth Freilich | Industry | May 13, 2011 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | May 13, 2011 |

Just yesterday, Dustin posted about NBC picking up four new shows (and a likely “Chuck” renewal, much to his consternation) and noted that the silence as to the in-development pilots for “Wonder Woman” and “The Playboy Club” was rather deafening. Well, NBC has announced three more pickups, which is good news for “The Playboy Club.” The three new shows are:

The Playboy Club: Set in the 60’s, this is a period drama set in a Chicago club. I’ll give you one guess as to the club’s name. The show stars Amber Heard and David Krumholtz, among a bunch of others. The club is apparently a place where the mob, and the rich and politicians all mingle. If done right, the show could have some potential, though I’m not holding my breath.

Awake: This show comes from Kyle Killen, who responsible for one of last year’s better pilots, the quickly yanked-from-the-air “Lone Star.” It stars Jason Isaacs (who rules in most roles) as a cop who gets into a brutal car crash. Somehow, his reality splits, and he jumps back and forth between one reality, where his son died in the crash, and the other reality, where his wife died. It’s going to apparently a procedural bent to it as well, and Wilmer Valderrama is one of the other cast members. Killen and Isaacs notwithstanding, this sounds like a train wreck.

Grimm: This is another procedural, but the twist is that fairy tale characters are alive and well living among us. So it’s “Fables,” only stupid because, well, do we really expect it to be good?

In addition to these three pickups, strong word is that both “Parenthood” and “Harry’s Law” will be getting renewals. Huzzah for “Parenthood.” I couldn’t care less about “Harry’s Law,” but you have to wonder if this is partially a gift to David E. Kelley since it now appears that his “Wonder Woman” pilot is officially dead. Also apparently dead is Ron Moore’s “17th Precinct,” which was the procedural set in a modern-day world where magic exists, which had a trio of “Battlestar” alums (Jamie Bamber, James Callis and Tricia Helfer) along for the ride. Too bad, that one — I was definitely curious.

Meanwhile, and most importantly, NBC has royally failed its hotness math exam. The correct solution is:

Amber Heard + Kathy Bates - Adrianne Palicki - Tricia Helfer = We All Lose

(“We” being those of us who like the pretty ladies. Those of you who like the pretty men lose too, though, because Krumholtz and Isaacs, while ok, do not equal greater than Bamber and Callis.)

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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