A Very NBC Schedule   

NBC LogoAnd so it begins. I know NBC’s presentation today is actually their “infront” but it still marks the first of many schedules we’ll see released this month during upfront season. I wonder how many of them will be just as vexing?

We all know The Jay Leno Show, as they’re now calling it, will be airing Monday-Friday in the 10-11pm timeslot. Do any of us really need that much Leno? I don’t watch his late show now, I can’t imagine watching this one either. And, unfortunately, his presence has made it a lot harder for many of my current faves to survive to see another season. We won’t many of their fates, however, until May 19th when NBC unveils their 2009-2010 schedule.

In the meantime, here’s a partial list of shows that will be returning: The Office, 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser, The Celebrity Apprentice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Southland, Parks & Recreation, and six new episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday.

As for new shows, well they’ve got three new “alternative” shows starting: The Marriage Ref, Breakthrough With Tony Robbins, and Who Do You Think You Are? Plus four new dramas and two new comedies: Trauma, Parenthood, Mercy, Day One, Community, and 100 Questions.

Check out NBC’s Fall Preview for clips, photos, and more info on all their new shows.

My reaction? Mostly ambivalence. Admittedly, some of that is because they’re keeping me dangling on the fate of Chuck. Just pull off the bandaid already, NBC. Either you’re keeping it or you’re not.

However, I took a few minutes and watched the videos they’ve got posted for each of their new shows. (Well, not the “alternative” series, I’m not interested in any of those.) I’m still intrigued by Day One but credit for my interest goes directly to Jesse Alexander and his chatter on Twitter about filming the pilot. All of the photos he’s posted throughout can now be found online at: http://www.libertypark.tv/. The description of the show is still too vague and makes it sound way too much like Jericho 2.0 but Jesse’s peaked my interest and I plan to check it out.

Other than that, Community is the only show that looks appealing to me at this moment. The clips actually made me laugh and that’s a good sign, right? Plus, love several members of the cast. Joel McHale? Chevy Chase? John Oliver? This show was made to be funny. Check out the feaurette video below and see if you agree:

ETA: I forgot to mention that I want to like Parenthood. Love the movie, love the idea. Not sure I’m gonna love this cast. And it’s full of people I adore too! I’m remaining cautiously optimistic about it until I have more than a couple of clips to by which to judge it.

Based on the coverage I’ve read this morning, there seems to be strong support for 100 Questions but the video clips they’ve got up are doing nothing for me. It’s supposed to be a comedy. Shouldn’t I chuckle at least once? Maybe it’ll get better once the cast has time to gel? After all, there’ve been several comedies lately that I haven’t liked right out of the gate but fell for once they had time to get into a groove.

Speaking of… I’m not at all surprised to see the pick-up for Parks & Recreation but I sincerely hope it gets a lot better and fast. Hate the idea of it sticking around in its current suckitude when some of my favorites will be getting the axe.

Ok, that about sums up my thoughts. Like I said, we’ll know more in a couple of weeks when NBC reveals their actual schedule and the rest of their series pick-ups at their May 19th upfront presentation. Keeping my fingers crossed for Chuck.

4 Responses to “A Very NBC Schedule”

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    Polter-Cow says:

    I have a friend who works on 100 Questions, so I’ll be pulling for that. I chuckled at least a couple times!

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    Rae says:

    But you’re pre-disposed to chuckle at it! I do like the team behind it so I’m hoping that my initial impression is wrong. I can see promise in the premise (heh), I’m just not loving what I’m seeing so far.

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    Just Jody says:

    Holding back on Chuck has just made me incredibly annoyed with NBC. So much so that I don’t even want to give any of their new shows a chance. I’m sure come fall I still will, but right now I’m peeved. I hope Leno at 10 is the biggest FAIL they’ve ever experienced. That is one hour I can guarantee I won’t ever watch.

    I agree with your extreme suckitude assessment of Parks & Recreation, it’s painfully bad.

    P-C: For me 100 Questions is suffering from reminding me of The Ex-List which is one of my most disliked shows in recent history. Here’s hoping my judgment is off!

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    Anita says:

    I enjoyed the clip for Community at least. I’ll probably give Day One a chance, but I honestly don’t know if I’ll like it or not.

    I’m a little worried about Body Politic potentially not getting picked up, even though the consensus across the board is that it’s one of the best pilots and casts that the CW has going, but The Vampire Diaries is ohh ‘Vampires=Twilight=fans!’ even though the script was lame. You’d think with people like Kal Penn quitting TV to go work for Obama, they’d realize it’s the right time for a 20-something pretty and sexy political show..but I find it hard to guess what the CW is thinking other than ‘pretty!’ ‘shiny!’

    I still want to see Eastwick get picked up,potentially Happy Town and Flash Forward if it’s as good as everyone says it is…