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2010-11 TV season taking shape: NBC orders one more series; other shows bite the dust

May 10, 2010 |  2:30 pm
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The race is on.

NBC announced another new drama on Monday, giving the network the edge both in behind-the-scenes staffing and well-needed publicity before next week's deluge of TV series pickups, renewals and cancellations. The five broadcast networks will announce their fall schedules to advertisers in New York next week.

"Chase," from the Emmy-winning Jerry Bruckheimer team, is a fast-paced drama that drops viewers into the middle of a game of cat-and-mouse as a team of U.S. marshals hunt down America's most dangerous fugitives. Kelli Giddish ("Past Life") stars as U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, a cowboy boot-wearing deputy whose sharp mind and unique Texas upbringing help her track down violent criminals on the run, according to an NBC press release. Also in the cast: Cole Hauser ("K-Ville"), Amaury Nolasco ("Prison Break"), Rose Rollins ("The L Word") and Jesse Metcalfe ("Desperate Housewives") as members of Frost’s elite team.

Before Monday's news, NBC already had picked up one comedy, "Outsourced," and three dramas: "Undercovers," "The Event," and "Love Bites."

Elsewhere in TV Land, The CW's "Nikita" is already hiring writers, so we can count on seeing that in the fall. Not so lucky is "Melrose Place," which is gone.

ABC also has eliminated some of its question marks: "Scrubs," "The Deep End," "The Forgotten" and "Better Off Ted" are gone for good. Although "Flash Forward" is not officially dead, it's definitely on its last legs. The return of "V" is still up in the air.

To check on the status of your favorite shows, go to this handy chart.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez (follow me on Twitter @writerchica)

Photo: Kelli Giddish, Rose Rollins, Jesse Metcalfe, Amaury Nolasco and  Cole Hauser on "Chase." Credit: Vivian Zink / NBC

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