NBC Rumors: HEROES Cancelled? Jimmy Smits on LAW & ORDER: LA? Plus, Emmy Submission for THE OFFICE, 30 ROCK, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and More

     May 12, 2010

The once powerful superhero saga Heroes has fallen on hard times in the past couple seasons, whether the metric is critical praise or viewership.  No shock, then, that Vulture reports it is increasingly unlikely that Heroes will get a fifth season.  The show was very much a pop-culture sensation in its first season, reaching upwards of 16 million viewers at one point.  It now averages less than 5 million.  The series still has a shot at another season based on solid DVD sales and a strong international brand, though those factors can only sway the decision rather than make it.

There is hope for fans, though, as NBC is apparently looking into a one-off movie (two to four hours) to resolve the various dangling plotlines.  Although, I recall something similar promised upon the network’s cancellation of Las Vegas which never came to fruition.  After the jump, details on NBC’s Law & Order: LA offer to Jimmy Smits as well as the network’s Emmy submission selections.

Jimmy Smits is earning high marks in the pilot for the legal drama Garza, though the show itself isn’t quite as hot, and may not be picked up.  Deadline reports that in an effort to stay in the Smits business, NBC offered him the lead in the new Los Angeles edition of Law & Order.  A Smits-fronted LOLA (side note: awesome acronym) isn’t the likeliest events, but it’s a very logical move for the network.  NBC wants a big name to front LOLA => They like Jimmy Smits => Jimmy Smits is a big name in television => Jimmy Smits: once again playing a detective after leaving NYPD Blue over a decade ago.

Lastly, Entertainment Weekly has a list of the episodes NBC Universal shows submitted to the Emmys for awards consideration.  It’s worth a look, just to see which episodes each show thinks represents its best.

30 Rock
“Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001″
Aired: Dec. 3, 2009
Liz gets a talk show.  Almost.

“Anna Howard Shaw Day”
Aired: Feb. 11, 2010
Valentine’s Day; Liz gets a root canal.

The Office
Aired: Oct. 8, 2009
Jim and Pam get married.

Parks and Recreation
“Practice Date”
Aired: Oct. 8, 2009
The department competes to see who can unearth the juiciest secrets

“Hunting Trip”
Aired: Nov. 19, 2009
The staff goes on a hunting trip!

Aired: September 17, 2009
Intro to the study group at Greendale Community College.

“Introduction to Statistics”
Aired: Oct. 29, 2009
Halloween episode; Jeff dates a teacher.

House (produced by NBC)
Aired: September 21, 2009
The two-hour season opener set in a mental hospital.

Aired: March 2, 2010
The series premiere of the family soap.

Friday Night Lights
“The Son”
Aired: Dec. 2, 2009
Matt’s father’s funeral.

“Brave New World”
Aired: Feb. 8, 2010
Season four finale.

Aired: March 22, 2010
Flashback reveals Rabbit watched his father die.

“Can We Get That Drink Now?”
Aired: Sept. 23, 2009
Series premiere.

Law & Order
“Memo From the Dark Side”
Aired: Sept. 25, 2009
The season premiere that dealt with torture.

Law & Order: SVU
Aired: Oct. 21, 2009
Benson and Stabler work to take down a pedophile rights group.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent
“Broad Channel”
Aired: April 13, 2010
The first episode sans Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe.

Saturday Night Live
Aired: Jan. 30, 2010
Jon Hamm hosts; Michael Bublé croons.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Aired: March 4, 2010
Leno’s fourth night back in the Tonight seat, with guests Brett Favre and Matthew McConaughey

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Aired: Feb. 1, 2010
The debut of Glee parody 6-bee.