NBC Picks Up Anne Heche Comedy SAVE ME Plus Soapy INFAMOUS Featuring Bree Williamson; Cancels AWAKE

NBC has picked up the Anne Heche-led comedy SAVE ME for a 13-episode order.

Heche, who won an Emmy Award in 1991 for her dual role as Marley and Vicky on ANOTHER WORLD, stars as a woman who has ducked out on herself and her marriage -- that is, until a spiritual awakening has her acting differently. It marks the second new series pick-up for next season (NBC recently announced it was adding the "Matthew Perry" comedy GO ON to its lineup). Former AS THE WORLD TURNS actor Lamman Rucker also stars.

NBC is said to be eyeing an August launch for SAVE ME, from Sony Pictures TV and Neal Moritz's studio-based Original Films, after the Summer Olympics.

The network has also picked up INFAMOUS described as "an opulent soap in which a female detective returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Lawson family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend." Victor Garber and Tate Donovan star, as well as former ONE LIFE TO LIVE Emmy nominee Bree Williamson.

Previously announced renewals include SMASH and PARENTHOOD.

The network canceled AWAKE despite a surge in the ratings by the show for its last episode.  HARRY'S LAW was axed as well.

FALL TV SEASON:
- NBC Picks Up Anne Heche Comedy SAVE ME Plus Soapy INFAMOUS Featuring Bree Williamson; Cancels AWAKE
- ABC Renews SCANDAL; Picks Up NASHVILLE and Four Other Series; Cancels GCB
- CW Picks Up CARRIE DIARIES, ARROW, CULT, FIRST CUT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Pilots; GOSSIP GIRL, HART OF DIXIE, NIKITA Renewed

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