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NBC orders three new series for next season

Maria Elena Fernandez
Los Angeles Times (MCT)

LOS ANGELES — NBC continues its march toward filling its many primetime holes with three new pickups Friday: a drama, "The Event," a comedy, "Outsourced," and a dramedy, "Love Bites." They join "Undercovers" in the network's lineup for fall.

"The Event" is billed as an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that stars Jason Ritter ("The Class") as Sean Walker, an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiancee, played by Sarah Roemer of "Disturbia," and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Blair Underwood plays the newly elected U.S. president, and Laura Innes ("ER"), plays the leader of a mysterious group of detainees. Sean's shadowy father-in-law is played by Scott Patterson ("Gilmore Girls"). Ian Anthony Dale ("Daybreak") and Željko Ivanek ("Damages") also star in the ensemble drama.

"Outsourced" is a single-camera comedy centering on an all-American company that sells whoopee cushions, foam fingers and wallets made of bacon — and whose call center has suddenly been outsourced to India. Ben Rappaport plays the new company's manager, who learns that he is being transferred there. Also in the cast: Rizwan Manji ("Privileged"), Sacha Dhawan (BBC's "Five Days II"), Rebecca Hazlewood (BBC's "Doctors"), Parvesh Cheena ("Help Me Help You"), Anisha Nagarajan (Broadway's "Bombay Dreams"), Diedrich Bader ("The Drew Carey Show") and Jessica Gower (Network Ten's "The Secret Life of Us").

Becki Newton ("Ugly Betty") and Jordana Spiro ("My Boys") are teaming up in "Love Bites," a romantic comedy created by Cindy Chupack ("Sex and the City"). The anthology series features three loosely connected stories of love, sex, marriage and dating. Each episode is told in vignettes.

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