It’s upfront week. NBC (along with FOX) presented their new crop of shows today to advertisers. They released the new schedule and cancelled some favorites. Here is what was sent packing and what will be coming up in the Fall.
NBC might be in the whole but they have picked up some shows that look very promising for their 2013-2014 season. A couple of trailers have been released and I will continue to update this post as more become available.
The Blacklist – Starring James Spader (Boston Legal, The Office, Pretty In Pink), Megan Boone (Blue Bloods, Step Up Revolution), Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland), Harry Lennix (Man of Steel, Stomp The Yard, 24), Ryan Eggold (90210). The show is about Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, surrenders to the FBI. He claims that his and the FBI’s interests are aligned together: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. Red will cooperate, but only if he speaks to Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler. Keen questions his sudden interest in her, though he claims that Keen is very special (probably his long lost daughter lol). After the FBI brings down a terrorist he provided information on, Reddington reveals that the terrorist is only just the first of many other names of criminals they don’t know of. He calls it “The Blacklist”.
This show looks like it’s going to be pretty good. I heart James Spader. He can never do any wrong to me (He came pretty close on The Office). I am all in from this trailer. The Blacklist will air on Monday nights at 10/9c after The Voice.
Sean Saves The World – Starring Sean Hayes (Will & Grace, Smash), Thomas Lennon (17 Again, Reno 911!), Echo Kellum (Ben & Kate), Linda Lavin (The Back-Up Plan). The show is about a man who has to figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter, who just moved in with him, all while trying to juggle his new boss at work.
I don’t know about this show. I like Sean Hayes but this doesn’t look that good. I don’t see this lasting. Sean Saves The World will air on Thursdays at 9/8c.
The Michael J. Fox Show – Starring Michael J. Foxx (Spin City, The Good Wife), Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Kate Finneran (I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Miss Congeniality 2). The show is based on the life of Michael J. Fox being a husband and a dad and dealing with his Parkingson’s disease all while working as a news anchor.
This show actually looks good. I saw part of the pilot in class and I liked it. Very promising. Hopefully they won’t only really on making the easy Parkinson’s jokes. The Michael J. Fox Show will air Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c.
Ironside – Starring Blair Underwood (The Event, In Treatment, Sex & The City). The show is a remake of an NBC show that aired from 1967 – 1975. It is about an acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after getting shot. This paralysis doesn’t hinder him from continuing to push and prod his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city.
I don’t even care that this is another procedural on tv. It’s BLAIR UNDERWOOD and he is back on my screen. Enough said. Ironside will air Wednesdays at 10/9c.
Welcome To The Family – Starring Mike O’Malley (Glee, Justified), Mary McCormack (The West Wing, In Plain Sight), Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives), Justina Machado (Six Feet Under, ER). The show is about a white family and a Latino family who become bonded for life when their respective children fall in love and get married because of an unplanned pregnancy.
Good cast. That’s about all I can say about the show. It reminds me of a show that use to air but I can’t quite but my finger on it. We’ll see. Welcome To The Family airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c.
Dracula – Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors). The show is another adaptation of the vampire Dracula (duh). In this one Dracula has just arrived in London posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. But he has another motivation: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality.
I like Jonathan. Liked him in The Tutors and his various movies. I’m just tired of Dracula and the whole vampire thing already. But it reminds me a little bit of Interview With The Vampire which I do love so I’ll be of course watching. Dracula will air Fridays at 10/9c.
NBC Upfronts are going on in NYC as we speak and they have released the new 2013 – 2014 schedule. There was a huge overhaul in the entire schedule. With so many cancellations making big holes in their schedule, NBC picked up the most shows among all the broadcast networks with 12 new series coming your way.
New series include the television remake of About a Boy with Jon Favreau and Minnie Driver, The Family Guide, The Michael J. Fox Show (I saw the unfinished pilot of this and it was pretty good. Good cast), Believe, The Blacklist, Gillian Anderson’s (The X-Files) return to television in Crisis, Crossbones, Sean Hayes (Will & Grace, Smash) in Sean Saves The World, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tutors) in another Dracula remake.
Here is the full schedule.
Full schedule below.
NBC’s 2013-14 Primetime Schedule (Fall)
(all new programs in bold) Eastern Standard Time
8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “The Blacklist”
8-9 p.m. – “The Biggest Loser”
9-10 p.m. – “The Voice”
10-11 p.m. – “Chicago Fire”