*Great news for Blair Underwood and Terrence Howard.
Despite just lukewarm ratings, NBC has decided to take a chance on their respective freshman dramas.
“The Event,” which stars Underwood as U.S. president Elias Martinez, is getting a full-season pickup along with “Law & Order: Los Angeles,” which stars Howard as deputy district attorney Jonah “Joe” Dekker.
The network also gave a vote of confidence Monday to its new sitcom “Outsourced.”
None of the series has posted stellar ratings in a season in which new shows have struggled to attract viewers. But NBC noted that “The Event” and the Los Angeles-set “Law & Order” have improved ratings in their time slots, while “Outsourced” is doing well with advertiser-favored young adult viewers. The network finished fourth last season.
NBC’s “The Event” airs 9 p.m. EDT Monday, “Law & Order: Los Angeles” is on 10 p.m. EDT Wednesday, and “Outsourced” airs Thursday at 9:30 p.m. EDT.