NBC’s New Fall Line-Up – What We’ll Be Watching Next Season
It’s that time of the year, when we say our final goodbyes to the series that ended or were cancelled and when we duel about the soul crushing cliffhangers our favorite shows left us with over the summer. However, this is also the time when we get a sneak peek into the brand new crop of shows we’ll get to see in the new season. And we can even make our predictions about which ones will survive and which ones will be cut. Since NBC was the first one to show off its new shows, let’s take a look at what we can expect to see this fall.
After all the legal and medical dramas we finally have a new series with firefighters, probably the best one since Rescue Me. Created by Emmy-winning producer Dick Wolf, the story revolves around two firefighters – Lt. Matthew Casey played by Jesse Spencer (House) and Lt. Kelly Severide played by Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries) – who continue to blame each other after the loss of one of their own. However, when time comes they put all their differences aside and risk their lives in the line of duty. The series also stars Monica Raymund (Lie To Me, The Good Wife), Lauren German (Hawaii Five-O), David Eigenberg (Sex and the City) and Eamonn Walker (The Whole Truth, Kings) and it will air on Wednesdays, at 10pm.
Chandler’s back (again)! And hopefully this time he’ll stay for a while. After the less than successful Mr. Sunshine, Mathew Perry stars in a new comedy about a sportscaster, Ryan King, who, after losing his wife in a car accident, returns back to work as nothing ever happened. But his boss is not exactly convinced, so he’s forcing him to seek counseling. And that’s how Ryan ends up in a support group hoping to do as little as possible. But, after the very first day, he turns the support group into a race for the title who has it worse. The series has enough humor and heart to last for at least an entire season. Go On also stars Laura Benanti (The Playboy Club), Allison Miller (Terra Nova) and Julie White (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and will air every Tuesday, after The Voice.
What would happen if all the power in the world simply disappeared? What if everything from cell phones to planes would become useless? From the dream team Jon Favreau (Iron Man), J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Person of Interest) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) comes a new end of the world drama about how 21st century people can adapt to the dark ages. Outside small communities, danger lurks and a young woman has to leave her home after her dad is brutally killed by the militia. She now has to go on a journey to find the truth about her father and how he was involved in the blackout. Revolution stars Billy Burke (Twilight, Rizzoli & Isles), David Lyons (The Cape), Tim Guinee (The Good Wife), Andrea Roth (Ringer, Rescue Me) and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Once Upon a Time) and will air on Mondays from 10 pm.
The New Normal
This fall, NBC has a new quirky sitcom about how a family can be formed in unexpected ways. Goldie (Georgia King – Merlin), a young mom, who just caught her husband cheating, decides to take her 8-year-old daughter, and move to California. There she tries to get her life back on track, but the problem is she has little finances. In comes David (Justin Barhta – The Hangover) and Bryan (Andrew Rannells – Girls) a successful young couple who has everything, except a baby. And so Goldie becomes their surrogate and also part of their family. The comedy seems a little simple, but it comes from the brilliant minds of Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and Ali Alder (Glee, Chuck) so it might be a success after all. The New Normal will air on Tuesdays, after Go On.
Do No Harm
Do No Harm is a modern reinterpretation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” novel. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale – Up All Night, Rescue Me) is a doctor who has a terrible secret. He has an alternate personality, Ian Price, a shallow man, who’s been suppressed for years with a powerful experimental sedative. But, as Jason’s body becomes more and more accustom to the sedative, Ian’s personality rears its ugly head and he’s pissed for being restrained for all these years. This drama definitely has an interesting premise, but it’s up to the creators to take it to the next level. Speaking of creators, David Schulner (Desperate Housewives, The Event) is the writer and the executive producer, while Rachel Kaplan (Ringer) and Peer Traugott (Ringer) also have executive producer credit. Do No Harm also stars Alana De La Garza (Law & Order, CSI: Miami), Ruta Gedmintas (The Borgias) and Phylicia Rashad (Psych, The Cosby Show), and is set to air Sundays night after Celebrity Apprentice.
Guys With Kids
Funny guy Jimmy Fallon produces this comedy about a bunch of 30-something guys trying to hold on to their youth while also being devoted fathers, so basically the title says it all. Gary (Anthony Anderson – Law & Order, The Shield), Chris ( Jesse Bradford – Outlaw, The West Wing) and Nick (Zach Cregger – Friends With Benefits) are trying to figure out how to be new dads, all the while struggling with their job, being stay-at-home dads, or going through a divorce. The show seems funny enough to last for at least half a season especially since it was created by Fallon alongside Amy Ozolos (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) and Charlie Grandy (The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live) and also stars Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos, Entourage). Expect to see this show on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm.
NBC’s new drama is all about wealthy families, murder and secrets. Infamous is created by Lex Heldens (Friday Night Lights, Prime Suspect) and directed by Peter Horton (Grey’s Anatomy, The Philanthropist) and fallows the story of a young detective, Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good – Californication) who is forced to investigate the death of her childhood best friend. Joanna’s mother used to be a maid in the house of the wealthy Bowers. That’s where Joanna and their oldest daughter, Vivian, the heiresses of the family fortune, became good friends. Twenty years later, Vivian, a now notorious party girl, is found dead, and Joanna is convinced by an FBI agent to reconnect with the Bowers in order to work undercover and find the person who killed her friend. The show stars Victor Garber (Alias, Charlie’s Angels), Tate Donovan (Damages), Ella Rae Peck (Gossip Girl) and Neil Jackson (Upstairs Downstairs, Make It Or Break It) and will have a midseason premiere.
After all the medical dramas in television, now we get to see how animal doctors operate. Doctor George Coleman (Justin Kirk – Modern Family, Weeds) is a very strange but very good veterinarian with an incredible connection to animals, but his relations with other humans are not exactly easy. What’s worse, he now has to work for his former girlfriend, Dorothy Crane (Amy Huberman – The Clinic), who also happens to be the owner of Crane Animal Hospital. Is it me, or this series sounds a lot like House, but with a lot more monkey business? The comedy series also stars Tyler Labine (Reaper, Sons of Tucson) and Bobby Lee (MADtv) and is set to air on Wednesdays from 8 pm.
Anne Heche’s big comeback to TV comes in the form of a prophet. Heche plays Beth Harper, a woman in a bad marriage who, after a near-death experience, starts thinking she’s a prophet of God. Though her family and friends are not convinced, after several things Beth predicted actually happen, their beliefs are tested. The show also stars Alexandra Breckenridge (American Horror Story, Family Guy), Michael Landes (Special Unit 2, Material Girl) and Heather Burns (Bored to Death) and is set to premiere midseason.
Dale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman – Torchwood) is a very busy man. He has to handle his new wife, Emily (Jenna Elfman – Dharma & Greg, Accidentally On Purpose), his two teenage kids who are smarter than he thinks and a grown-up son who is forced to move back home. If that’s not enough, Dale also has the fate of the free world on his shoulders since he’s the President of USA. 1600 Penn is an endearing comedy about an All-American family with common problems, which also happen to live at the White House. The series also stars Josh Gad (Californication, Good Vibes) and Martha MacIsaac (Greek) and is created by Jason Winer (Modern Family) and one of its executive producers is the former White House speechwriter, Jon Lovett. The series is also set to premiere midseason.
Multi – platinum singer Dane Cook stars in this new comedy about a radio DJ, Cam, who is forced to share his mic with a new preppy and a little annoying co-host, Stella (Collette Wolfe – Cougar Town). Will she be able to change the guys-only radio show without getting too much on Cams nerves? The show is produced by Stephen Falk (Weeds) and directed by Marc Buckland (My Name Is Earl, Love Bites). Next Caller, in which Jeffrey Tambour (Bent, Entourage) also stars, will premiere midseason.
Right now, there’s little detail about this drama. All we know is that the series fallows the infamous criminal Hannibal Lecter, before he was imprisoned, and it will star Hugh Dancy. But, since the show will have a mid-season premiere, we have plenty of time to see the promos and the rest of the cast.
What do you think about NBC’s fall lineup? Which shows will be a hit and which ones we’ll be sacked right away? Sound off in the comment section.
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