"`American Dreams' has enhanced NBC's audience profile early on Sunday nights and we expect that growth and new-found popularity to increase," said Zucker. "This drama's got an appealing cast and passionate creative team that has American viewers wanting more - and we intend to give it to them."
The nostalgic drama was renewed for an entire season's worth of episodes earlier this fall. Through the first six weeks of the season, "American Dreams" has averaged an excellent 4.4 rating, 11 share among adults 18-49 and 12.0 million viewers overall. "Dreams" is up 19 percent over NBC's 18-49 rating in the time period at this point last season, lifting the Peacock Network from fourth place in the hour a year ago to a strong second place so far this season.
Set against the memorable, upbeat sounds of the 1960s, the evocative drama depicts a more innocent America as seen through the youthful Pryor family of Philadelphia as they brace for cultural turbulence ahead that still resonates in this contemporary era. Brittany Snow and Vanessa Lengies star as two teenaged girls who achieve their goal of becoming dancers on Dick Clark's locally produced "American Bandstand."
The starring cast also includes three-time Emmy nominee Gail O'Grady, Tom Verica, Will Estes, Ethan Dampf, Sarah Ramos, Jonathan Adams and Arlen Escarpeta. Rachel Boston also stars as a JJ's longtime girlfriend, and Joseph Lawrence has a recurring role as "American Bandstand" associate producer Michael Brooks.
In addition, the series has adroitly mixed in contemporary recording stars to play musical legends of the 1960s era. They include Grammy-winner Usher (as Motown legend Marvin Gaye, in an episode airing Sunday, November 10), Ashanti as Dionne Warwick (for broadcast on Sunday, December 15), Michelle Branch (as Lesley Gore) and Nick Carter (as Jay of Jay and the Americans).
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