By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
2:27 PM CST, February 10, 2014
NBC is devoting its prime time to the Sochi Olympics for two weeks, but the network is keeping fans of four of its popular shows happy with new web series.
The network will stream four-part original web series of "Chicago Fire," "Parks and Recreation," "Grimm" and "Parenthood" at nbc.com, Hulu and on its YouTube channel beginning Feb. 11.
Bonus for "Friday Night Lights" fans: The "Parenthood" web series will feature Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips reprising their "FNL" roles of Landry Clarke and Billy Riggins, respectively.
Here's the rundown of the four web series.
I Am a Firefighter
Tuesday, Feb. 11
The four-part "Chicago Fire" digital series 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.
Friday Night at the Luncheonette
Thursday, Feb. 13
In the "Parenthood" digitial series, 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. The "Parenthood" webisodes were written by Julia Cox (part 1), Monica Mitchell (part 2), Aaron Brownstein & Simon Ganz (part 3) and Adam Karp (part 4). Parts 1 and 2 were directed by Eric Tignini and parts 3 and 4 directed by Scott Schaeffer.
Love is in the Air
Friday, Feb. 14
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 was directed by Chip Touhey and written by Nick Peet.
The Hapley Group
Thursday, Feb. 20
The "Parks and Recreation" digital series features 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 was directed by Morgan Sackett and written by Greg Levine.
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