By Robyn Ross
NBC is staging a Parenthood-Friday Night Lights crossover as part of an upcoming digital series, the network announced on Monday.
As a way to keep viewers engaged while their shows are off the air for the Olympics, NBC.com, Hulu and YouTube will all stream original four-part digital series of "Chicago Fire", "Parks and Recreation", "Grimm" and "Parenthood".
Parenthood's digital series, called Friday Night at the Luncheonette, will feature Amber (Mae Whitman) keeping an eye on her nephew Max (Max Burkholder) while also working after hours at the Luncheonette. When the band Crucifictorious shows up, Amber tries to keep things under control while Max documents events with his phone. Jesse Plemons will reprise his FNL role as Landry Clarke, lead singer for Crucifictorious, while Derek Phillips will also appear as Billy Riggins. The four-part digital series debuts Thursday.
Chicago Fire's digital series, I Am A Firefighter, focuses on Dawson (Monica Raymund) as she's faced with an emergency that puts her training and confidence to the ultimate test. Watch a sneak peekhere. The series will debut Tuesday.
Parks and Recreation's digital series, called The Hapley Group, stars characters Jay Jackson as newscaster Perd Hapley as he leads Crazy Ira (Matt Besser ), "The Douche" (Nick Kroll), Joan Callamezzo (Mo Collins) and Mike Patterson (Seth Morris) in a heated, political round-table discussion of the city's hot topics. The series debuts Thursday, Feb. 20.
Grimm's digital series, Love Is in the Air, features
Rosalee (Bree Turner) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) hosting a Valentine's Day
spa party, only to discover that a Zieglevolk casting a love spell among the
group. The series premieres Friday.
"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," Rob Hayes, NBC's executive vice president of Digital Media, said. "These digital series provide a great way to give our loyal audience even more original programming."