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NBC has taken a big jump in this year’s pilot season. In addition to four drama pilots already picked up, the network ordered two more drama pilots and three comedies on Tuesday (Jan. 22).

The two drama pilots are “The Sixth Gun” from Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and “The Blacklist” from Jon Bokenkamp.

“The Sixth Gun” is based on a graphic novel and follows the story of six mythical and powerful guns that drift around the old west. When the sixth gun (also the most powerful) is found by a young girl, dark forces awaken to kill her and take the gun. Only a self-serving gunslinger can help to save the girl.

Cuse’s decision to work on such a show cannot be much of a surprise to fans of the 1990s cult show, “The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.” (a western-comedy-sci-fi-drama).

“The Blacklist” focuses on the world’s most wanted criminal, who has suddenly turned himself in to the FBI. His condition is that he will only work with a specific, young FBI agent with no obvious relationship to the criminal.

The three comedies ordered by NBC are “Girlfriend in a Coma” from Liz Brixius (“Nurse Jackie”), a single-camera comedy from DJ Nash (“Up All Night”) and “Holding Patterns” from Justin Spitzer (“The Office”).

“Girlfriend in a Coma” is a presumably dark comedy focusing on a 34-year-old woman who wakes up from a nearly two-decade coma to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter.

The DJ Nash comedy is set in the 1980s when a boy deals with his idolized blind father and newly immature mother following the parents’ divorce.

“Holding Patterns” will be a multi-camera comedy about a group of friends whose lives change after they all survive a plane crash.

UPDATE: Turns out, NBC wasn’t quite finished with its pilot orders for the day. One more pilot and one more drama have been added to the network’s pilot roster.

An untitled drama has been ordered from Rand Ravich (“Life”). The show centers on an idealistic secret service agent who, on his first day on the job, has to deal with an international crisis. Morality and legality will come into play as he attempts to search for the truth.

Another untitled project, this one a multi-camera comedy starring Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”), has also been ordered. With a pilot written by Victor Fresco (“Better Off Ted”) Hayes will play a dad who has to figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter while dealing with a difficult work situation.

These pilot orders join four others — “I Am Victor,” “Bloodline,” “After Hours” and “The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives” — now in development at NBC.

Posted by:Laurel Brown