NBC.com, Hulu and YouTube to stream popular Web series to keep fans focused on favorite characters during the Olympics
Jesse Plemons, Derek Phillips reprise "Friday Night Lights" roles in "Parenthood" crossover
To help viewers remain engaged with their favorite programs during the Feb. 6-23 Sochi Olympics, NBC is offering original digital series for four of its popular series: "Chicago Fire," "Parks and Recreation," "Grimm" and "Parenthood."
All digital series will be streamed on NBC.com, Hulu and YouTube.
"We worked closely with the writers on these series and want to give our audience a chance to stay in touch with their favorite shows," said Rob Hayes, executive vice president of digital media at NBC Entertainment. "These digital series provide a great way to give our loyal audience even more original programming."
The four-part "Chicago Fire" digital series, "I Am A Firefighter," focuses on Dawson (Monica Raymond) while she awaits the next phase of her firefighter training, as seen in recent episodes. While alone at the station, Dawson is faced with an emergency that puts her training and confidence to the ultimate test.
The digital series, directed by Joe Chappelle and written by Ryan Harris, will debut Tuesday, Feb. 11. View a sneak peek here: http://www.tvguide.com/News/Chicago-Fire-Webisodes-Sneak-Peek-1077498.aspx
"Parenthood's" digital series is titled "Friday Night at the Luncheonette." Amber (Mae Whitman) is tasked with keeping an eye on her cousin Max (Max Burkholder), while also working after hours at the Luncheonette. When the band Crucifictorious shows up, Amber desperately tries to keep things under control while Max documents events with his phone.
Guest stars Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips reprise their "Friday Night Lights" roles of Landry Clarke and Billy Riggins, respectively. The four-part digital series debuts Thursday, Feb. 13. The "Parenthood" webisodes were written by Julia Cox (part one), Monica Mitchell (part two), Aaron Brownstein and Simon Ganz (part three), and Adam Karp (part four). Eric Tignini directed parts one and two, with parts three and four directed by Scott Schaeffer.
On the digital series for "Grimm," Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) gather their girlfriends for a Valentine's Day spa party, only to discover a Zieglevolk casting a love spell among the group. The four-part digital series, titled "Love is in the Air," directed by Chip Touhey and written by Nick Peet, debuts Friday, Feb. 14.
The "Parks and Recreation" digital series, titled "The Hapley Group," will feature newscaster Perd Hapley (Jay Jackson) and a cast of Pawnee characters in a heated, political round-table discussion of the city's hot topics. Matt Besser ("Crazy Ira"), Nick Kroll ("The Douche"), Mo Collins (Joan Callamezzo) and new cast member Seth Morris ("Mike Patterson") also star. The digital series directed by Morgan Sackett and written by Greg Levine, debuts Thursday, Feb. 20.
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