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Television upfronts are upon us. Even though the fall TV season has just barely come to a close, with many shows not returning next year (poor Community), the networks have a new crop of shows ready to premiere later this year. NBC has recently announced its fall lineup, including an interesting mix of comedies and dramas. Here's a preview of NBC's upcoming primetime lineup
A to ZWhat It Is: Single-camera sitcom.What It's About: Andrew (Ben Feldman), a romantic at heart, tries to win the girl of his dreams, Zoey (Cristin Milioti).Who's in It: Ben Feldman, Cristin Milioti. What It Sounds Like: Exactly like How I Met Your Mother. It's so similar it's almost a little shameless. Check this: The male lead is a doe-eyed romantic; the female lead wants nothing to do with relationships; an unseen narrator who is also voiced by an actor best known from a '90s sitcom (Katey Sagal), is recounting the whole story; incredible romantic coincidences aplenty involving particularly colored items. It's madness. But at least they don't share a cast member... oh, wait...How Good It Will Be: It honestly looks like a tepid version of the CBS series, but without any of that show’s subversive charm or quirks.How Long It Will Last: It looks pleasant enough to last through the season, but who wants to watch another eight years of Ted and Robin doing will-they-won’t they.Premiere: Thursdays at 9:30 this fall.
Bad JudgeWhat It Is: Single-camera sitcom.What It's About: Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh) is a wild party girl who also happens to be L.A.'s toughest criminal judge.Who's In It: Kate Walsh, John Ducey, Tone Bell, Theodore Barnes.What's It Sound Like: A reality show titled Judge Judy: Off the Bench.How Good It Will Be: Judging by the trailer, it seems like the main character’s antics will grow stale after a while. “She’s a high ranking official, yet she’s wildly inappropriate” can only be barely amusing for so long.How Long It Will Last: This looks dead on arrival.Premiere: Thurdays at 9:00 this fall.
The Mysteries of LauraWhat It Is: Cop dramedy. What It's About: Laura Diamond (Debra Messing) is a gifted detective who must balance the excitement of police work with managing her twin boys and a flippant ex-husband.Who's In It: Debra Messing, Josh Lucas.What's It Sound Like: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but with more family drama.How Good Will It Be: It’s hard to tell. The trailer is charming enough and is actually littered with a couple chuckles. How Long Will It Last: We can see this one going the distance.Premiere: Wednesdays at 8:00 this fall.
ConstantineWhat It Is: Supernatural drama.What It's About: Based on DC Comics’ classic series Hellblazer, demon hunter John Constantine travels the country to fight off the forces of hell while looking cool in a trench coat. Who's In It: Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths, Harrold Perrineau. What's It Sounds Like: Like Supernatural, with more Brits. How Good Will It Be: The trailer has some genuine creepy moments and looks like a far cry from the Keanu Reeves-centered, sun-drenched L.A. interperatation of the character from 2005’s Constantine. Matt Ryan is a dead ringer for the comic book version, down to the blond hair and british-accented quips. How Long Will It Last: This one has good chances. Even though it’s scheduled for Friday nights, which is usually the death nell for television, NBC’s other supernatural action series, Grimm has improbably managed to survive on the same night. Also, It’s connection to comics will certainly bring in viewers.Premiere: Fridays at 10:00 this fall.
State of AffairsWhat It Is: Drama. What It's About: CIA analyst Charleston Tucker (Katherine Heigl) must decide which international crises need to be brought to the attention of the president. She’s also on a mission to find the people responsible for the murder of her fiancé, who was the president’s son.Who's In It: Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Adam Kaufman. What's It Sound Like: Like Scandal meets Homeland. How Good It Will Be: It looks like a soapy, glossy network version of Homeland, which could be fun, but could also be terrible. How Long It Will Last: NBC found a surprise hit with The Blacklist, and this show looks pretty similar in story. If it can pick up on that show’s audience it will definitely make it through the season.Premiere: November 17 at 10:00.
Marry MeWhat Is It: Single-camera sitcom. What It's About: After six perfect years together, Annie and Jake are ready to get married, but the universe seems to have other plans for them. Who's In It: Ken Marino, Casey Wilson, Sarah Wright, John Gemberling. What's It Sound Like: It’s basically looks like Happy Endings, which makes sense since it’s also from that show’s creator, David Caspe. How Good Will It Be: The cast has some great comedy chops, and the trailer has some goofy laughs here and there. If this show is even half as good as Happy Endings in it’s prime, we’ll be satisfied.How Long Will It Last: NBC is in dire need of some new comedies so we’re betting this one sticks around for a while. Premiere: Tuesday at 9:00 this fall.
AllegianceWhat It Is: Spy drama. What It's About: Alex O’Connor is a young idealistic CIA analyst, but his life comes crashing down when he learns that his parents are deactivated KGB agents who have just been re-enlisted by the Kremlin to commit a terrorist attack against the U.S. Who's In It: Gavin Stenhouse, Scott Cohen, Hope Davis.What's It Sound Like: The Americans, but with fewer wigs and less '80s music. How Good It Will Be: It’ll be hard for this show to compete quality-wise with The Americans, which is probably the most underrated drama on television, since it is mining such similar territory. How Long It Will Last: You only have to look as far as NBC’s Hostages to see that dramas like this don’t tend to do well on the network. If the show is a critical success it good skate on its prestige like Hannibal, but we don’t see this as being terribly successful.Premiere: N/A
AquariusWhat It Is: Period police drama.What It's About: In 1967, L.A. police sergeant Sam Hodiak investigates a cult leader luring young women to his cause. Little does he know that that the guy he’s hunting turns out to be Charles Manson.Who's In It: David Duchovny. What's It Sound Like: Bates Motel, but replace Norman Bates with Charles Manson. How Good Will It Be: It looks like NBC is trying to mine the success (critical success at least) of Hannibal. If this show is even a tenth as good as that, it will be a home run.How Long Will It Last?: Knowing NBC and it’s audience, If this show does make it to the end of the season, it will be one of those shows that’s permanently on the bubble come renewal time.Premiere: N/A
Emerald CityWhat It Is: Fantasy drama.What It's About: A woman investigating the identity of her biological mother gets swept up into a tornado and transported to a twisted vision of magical world of Oz Who's In It: N/A What's It Sound Like: A dark and gritty version of The Wizard of Oz. How Good Will It Be: Judging from recent “Dark” versions of fairy tales (Hanzel and Gretal: Witch Hunters, Snow White and the Huntsman), we don’t have high hopes. How Long Will It Last: NBC’s recet genre offerings haven’t fared to well, but ABC’s Once Upon a Time shows that there’s certainly an audience for fantasy on network TV.Premiere: N/A
Mission ControlWhat Is It: Single-camera sitcom.What's It About: Dr. Mary Kendricks is a brilliant Aerospace engineer that must survive the boys club of Astronauts in the 1960s. Who's In It: Krysten Ritter, Tommy Dewey, Malcolm Barrett, Johnathan Slavin, Julie Meyer.What's It Sound Like: Mad Men meets Anchorman with some Better Off Ted sprinkled in. How Good Will It Be: Mad Men has found a great amount of drama exploring the old-timey misogyny of the 1960s. A series that can explore the same themes from a comedic lens could be really great.How Long Will It Last: It’s hard to tell. This sounds pretty ambitious from NBC. It doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that people will immediately click with, so Mission Control might not last.Premiere: N/A
Mr. RobinsonWhat It Is: Single-camera sitcom.What's It About: Down on his luck musician Craig Robinson (Craig Robinson... hey, wait a minute...) teaches music to pay the bills, but works harder to inspire his students once he finds out that they’re only taking his class for the easy A.Who's In It: Craig Robinson, Jean Smart.What's It Sound Like: An updated version of Welcome Back Kotter.How Good Will It Be: Craig Robinson is a huge talent, and we’ve been waiting for him to get the chance to carry his own show. Fingers crossed, everybody. How Long Will It Last: Hopefully, old fans of The Office can rally behind this show and help it secure at least a couple of seasons.Premiere: N/A
OdysseyWhat It Is: Multi-camera sitcom. What It's About: A soldier, a corporate lawyer, and a political activist uncover a military-industrial conspiracy involving al Qaeda, the U.S. military, and a U.S. corporation funding the terrorist cell.Who's In It: Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson, Jim True-Frost. What's It Sound Like: Traffic with a heaping teaspoon of Homeland.How Good Will It Be: It sounds like an ambitious, international undertaking from NBC. It sounds good, but then again it’s from a director of Grey’s Anatomy. We guess we’ll have to see.How Long Will It Last: Not too long. This doesn’t look like NBC’s usual offerings so it’s hard to think it will last.Premiere: N/A
One Big Happy What Is It: Single-camera sitcom.What's It About: Best friends, Lizzy and Luke decide to start an unorthodox family, but things get crowded when Luke meets and marries the woman of his dreams, Prudence, a british expat scheduled to leave the country. Who's In It: Nick Zano, Elisha Cuthbert, Kelly Brook.What's It Sound Like: A zanier version of Modern Family. How Good Will It Be: It sounds like fun, and Elisha Cuthbert was fantastic in Happy Endings.Premiere: N/A
Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtWhat Is It: Single camera sitcom What’s It About: After 15 years of living in a cult, a woman decides to reinvent her life by moving to New York and taking on the city that never sleeps.Who's In It: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess.What’s It Sound Like: Ugly Betty meets The Office.How Good Will It Be: Ellie Kemper is perpetually delightful, and the idea of a woman readjusting to modern life after living in a cult could lead to some absurd situations. How Long Will It Last: Like Mr. Robinson, fans of the office might give this show a boost at least initially. Were thinking this one will at least finish out it’s season.Premiere: N/A
The 65th Emmy Awards airs Sunday night, bringing television's 2012-2013 awards season to a stunning close. We've got you covered on some of the presenters to expect, TV history worth noting, tribute segments -and more- in advance of television’s biggest night! To read more of our Emmy preview, we've got the story at Studio System News.
Awards season is in full swing, and with tonight's Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG for short) — the 19th time the ceremony has taken place. Airing live on TBS and TNT on Sunday, January 27 (at 5PM PST/8PM EST), some of the biggest movies of the year are making tracks towards the Big Night (aka the Academy Awards), while television shows like Homeland and Modern Family will see if they can continue to dominate.
Will 30 Rock go out with big wins? Will Maggie Smith continue to not show up (yes, of course)? Check out the winners (in bold), which will be updated live, below!
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role
Bradley Cooper / Pat - "Silver Linings Playbook" (The Weinstein Company)
Daniel Day-Lewis / Abraham Lincoln - "Lincoln" (Touchstone Pictures)
John Hawkes / Mark - "The Sessions" (FOX Searchlight)
Hugh Jackman / Jean Valjean - "Les Misérables" (Universal Pictures)
Denzel Washington / Whip Whitaker - "Flight" (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role
Jessica Chastain / Maya - "Zero Dark Thirty" (Columbia Pictures)
Marion Cotillard / Stephanie - "Rust And Bone" (sony Pictures Classics)
Jennifer Lawrence / Tiffany - "Silver Linings Playbook" (The Weinstein Company)
Helen Mirren / Alma Reville - "Hitchcock" (FOX Searchlight)
Naomi Watts / Maria - "The Impossible" (Summit Entertainment)
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role
Alan Arkin / Lester Siegel - "Argo" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Javier Bardem / Silva - "Skyfall" (Columbia Pictures)
Robert De Niro / Pat, Sr. - "Silver Linings Playbook" (The Weinstein Company)
Philip Seymour Hoffman / Lancaster Dodd - "The Master" (The Weinstein Company)
Tommy Lee Jones / Thaddeus Stevens - "Lincoln" (Touchstone Pictures)
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role
Sally Field / Mary Todd Lincoln - "Lincoln" (Touchstone Pictures)
Anne Hathaway / Fantine - "Les Misérables" (Universal Pictures)
Helen Hunt / Cheryl - "The Sessions" (FOX Searchlight)
Nicole Kidman / Charlotte Bless - "The Paperboy" (Millennium Entertainment)
Maggie Smith / Muriel Donnelly - "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (FOX Searchlight)
Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (FOX Searchlight)
Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)
Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)
Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Kevin Costner / "Devil Anse" Hatfield - "Hatfields & Mccoys" (History)
Woody Harrelson / Steve Schmidt - "Game Change" (HBO)
Ed Harris / John Mccain - "Game Change" (HBO)
Clive Owen / Ernest Hemingway & "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (HBO)
Bill Paxton / Randall Mccoy - "Hatfields & Mccoys" (History)
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman / Martha Gellhorn - "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (HBO)
Julianne Moore / Sarah Palin - "Game Change" (HBO)
Charlotte Rampling / Eva Delectorskaya - "Restless" (Sundance Channel)
Sigourney Weaver / Elaine Barrish Hammond - "Political Animals" (USA)
Alfre Woodard / Ouiser - "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime)
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemi / Enoch "Nucky" Thompson - "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO)
Bryan Cranston / Walter White - "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
Jeff Daniels / Will McAvoy - "The Newsroom" (HBO)
Jon Hamm / Don Draper - "Mad Men" (AMC)
Damian Lewis / Nicholas Brody - "Homeland" (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series
Claire Danes / Carrie Mathison - "Homeland" (Showtime)
Michelle Dockery / Lady Mary Crawley - "Downton Abbey" (PBS)
Jessica Lange / Sister Jude - "American Horror Story: Asylum" (FX)
Julianna Margulies / Alicia Florrick - "The Good Wife" (CBS)
Maggie Smith / Violet, Dowager Countess Of Grantham - "Downton Abbey" (PBS)
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin / Jack Donaghy - "30 Rock" (NBC)
Ty Burrell / Phil Dunphy - "Modern Family" (ABC)
Louis C.K. / Louie - "Louie" (FX)
Jim Parsons / Sheldon Cooper - "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet / Cameron Tucker - "Modern Family" (ABC)
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series
Edie Falco / Jackie Peyton - "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)
Tina Fey / Liz Lemon - "30 Rock" (NBC)
Amy Poehler / Leslie Knope - "Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
Sofia Vergara / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett - "Modern Family" (ABC)
Betty White / Elka Ostrovsky - "Hot In Cleveland" (TV Land)
Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Mad Men (AMC)
Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)
SAG AWARDS HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
The Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia Pictures)
The Bourne Legacy (Universal Pictures)
The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)
Skyfall (Columbia Pictures)
Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Game Of Thrones (HBO)
Sons Of Anarchy (FX)
The Walking Dead (AMC)
Screen Actors Guild 49th Annual Life Achievement Award
Dick Van Dyke
What do you think of this year's winners and losers? Shocked? Happy? Sad? Let us know, in the comments below!
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Phew. The Games are over, the medals have been awarded, and the thousands of Olympic athletes and officials have packed their bags and headed back to their home country. It'll be two more years until we get a taste of Russia when the 2014 Winter Olympics hit Sochi, but until then, we can bask in the experience that we as a nation shared during these past few weeks in London.
Tears! Smiles! General excitement! This year's Olympics were a regular emotional roller coaster, complete with highs and lows that Hollywood.com's staff felt should be highlighted (and, well, lowlighted). Here now we present our picks for the best and worst moments of the London 2012 Olympic Games. See what our staff selected below:
BEST: Let The Games Begin
We knew that Danny Boyle's Olympics opening ceremony was going to be all sorts of crackers, but we also didn't know whether or not we would like said crackers (and, if we're keeping with the metaphor, whether they'd be salty, bland or covered in unnecessary seeds of some kind). But Boyle's crackers were the best kind — a variety of wacky thematic dancing, random celebrity cameos (hey, Gilderoy Lockhart!) and some awe-inspiring set visuals. Plus, there was a parachuting Queen. That enough should mean that we can call the event a success. — Marc Snetiker
BEST: The Spice Girls Reunion
Granted, we had to wait through the sleepy, robot versions of old Pet Shop Boys songs to get to it, but by the time classic London black cabs started mysteriously circling the stadium, we knew what was about to happen. Yes, McKayla Maroney’s mind-blowing perfect vault made my heart jump into my throat, but watching Scary, Sporty, Baby, Posh and Ginger Spice hop out of cars and break into “Wannabe” was the trigger for an out of body trip back to being 13 years old. Who knew a glorified half-time show could make give us the giggles and that warm, happy nostalgic feeling? — Kelsea Stahler
BEST: Matthew Mitcham
While the finals of the men's 10m platform diving were thrilling on Saturday night, it was a moment on Friday night that really had me teared up. During the preliminary rounds, the action cut away to a story about Australian diver Matthew Mitcham, one of the few openly gay divers in the Olympics. He won a surprise gold medal in the event in a shocking comeback four years ago in Beijing and, although he was already out of the closet, NBC neglected to mention why he was a hero to millions. They followed this up with a longer interview between Mitcham with Shakespeare and nautical history correspondent Mary Carillo on Saturday afternoon. Due to injury Mitcham failed to make the diving finals on Saturday, but NBC finally made up for one of their huge mistakes four years ago. — Brian Moylan
BEST: More Mo!
It was thrilling to watch Olympic superstars like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt earn their rightful place in Olympic history, but I couldn't help but get choked up watching England's hometown hero Mo Farrah take the gold. He's not only a symbol of what the Olympics are all about but he maybe had the best reactions of any winner during these games. A total class act worth rooting for. — Aly Semigran
BEST: Girls' Soccer Power
Watching the US Women's soccer team take home Olympic gold in their rematch with Japan (who triumphed over the Americans last summer in the Women's World Cup) was oh so sweet. Seeing the 18 strong, beautiful women inspire young girls to trade in their Barbies for cleats as they stood atop the podium was even sweeter. — Abbey Stone
BEST: Victorious Pistorius
After all the controversy surrounding the 2008 Olympics, it was encouraging to see double-amputee Oscar Pistorius qualify and take to the track to represent South Africa in the Men’s 400M. Pistorius nabbed second place in Round 1, with an impressive 45.44 second run. But his time and placing notwithstanding, the mere fact that Pistorius has qualified to compete in the 2012 Olympics is inspirational to anyone who has faced significant obstacles. — Michael Arbeiter
BEST: Olympic BFFs
Watching the young stars that I went to high school with like Sanya Richards-Ross (Track and Field) and Foluke Akinradewo (Team Volleyball) compete. It felt amazing to watch people that I knew compete — and gave me even more reason to cheer for Team USA. It's young athletes like these that helped lead Team USA to the front with the world's most medal wins of the 2012 games. — Lindsey DiMattina
WORST: Shin A-Lam's Fencing Horror
Spoilers are one thing (and boy, did they put a damper on the fun and take away the excitement of watching the games) but there was nothing more agonizing than South Korean fencer Shin A-Lam's heartbreaking and controversial loss to Germany's Britta Heidemann. (Shin missed out thanks to a one-second timekeeping error from a 15-year-old British volunteer.) Shin tried to stand her ground, but lost her appeal to the decision after sitting on the mat for 30 minutes. She then went on to lose her bronze medal match. — Aly Semigran
WORST: NBC Failed to Broadcast the Russian Gymnast’s Fall, But We Had to Witness Poor Jordyn Weiber’s Tears for 20 Painful Minutes
When Weiber, the All-Around favorite, lost her shot at the finals, we all felt a little like crying too. But watching the poor girl try to wrestle with her emotions on (not-so) live television for a good 15 or 20 minutes was simply torture. Cut to the actual women’s All-Around competition finals in which Russian gymnast Ksenia Afanayeva fell on her face during the floor exercise, except wait, we can’t cut to it because NBC didn’t show it. The network sustained criticism for building up a narrative around the U.S. and ignoring the “dynamics” of the other teams. We’ll say it: if we have to watch Weiber cry, we should “have” to watch the girl who fell on her face too. — KS
WORST: Music Choice
After America’s victory over Spain during the gold-medal basketball game, the North Greenwich Arena blasted a song to denote the victory… unfortunately, it was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.” As good a song as anyone might think it is, the idea of blasting a ballad condemning America for wartime atrocities and its lack of support for returning soldiers isn’t exactly appropriate for celebration. Someone forgot to listen past the refrain… — MA
WORST: NBC's Dancing Vendetta
During both the opening and closing ceremonies, NBC chose to cut heartfelt, awe-inspiring pieces by legendary British choreographers from their primetime segments. First, NBC nixed footage of Akram Khan's moving homage to the victims of the July 7 London bombings in favor of a Ryan Seacrest interview with Michael Phelps during the opening ceremonies. Then, NBC cut a Christopher Wheeldon-choregraphed piece featuring prima ballerina Darcey Bussell (who came out of retirement to swoop into the stadium like a phoenix) and four male dancers from the Royal Ballet. Considering the amazing reception Chinese choreographer Shen Wei received for his calligraphy dance in Beijing, NBC's omission of dance from their 2012 coverage is surprising and disappointing, to say the least. — Abbey Stone
WORST: Where Are The Horses!?
NBC cut out parts of the equestrian coverage! A lot of people may think that the equestrian sport is a lot of nonsense, but it's honestly one of the toughest sports out there. Not only does it require endurance, technique, and talent, but the rider also has to control the horse's mind. Specifically, the dressage coverage lacked. Sure, Ann Romney's horse Rafalca gave the country plenty to laugh about — but the finesse of the sport is not really a joke. Dressage requires hours of practice to build muscle tone and get down the special movements perfect. Showing an hour of a competition that probably lasted all day just didn't satisfy me. — LD
WORST: Beach Volleyball
I'm very excited that Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third medal in beach volley. I am not excited that I had to watch every single one of their matches leading up to the big win against the American team. First of all, it was unfair to Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, the other American team who we barely got to see until they were in the final with Misty and Kerri. Yes, they were off winning too, but we didn't see any of it. Secondly, it's unfair to every single event that we didn't get to see one minute of in prime time. Unfair to rowing, fencing, white water canoe, handball, badminton, table tennis, wrestling, trampoline, rhythmic gymnastics, weight lifting, and on and on and on. Can't we agree to show highlights of some of the pair's less important games so that we could see the finals of some other things? I know they wear skimpy outfits, but the audience could benefit from spreading the love around. — BM
WORST: Animal Malpractice
Did we really need to interrupt the closing ceremony telecast with a preview of NBC's new monkey-centric sitcom? I'm all for the show — which is actually, kind of, sort of, a little bit funny — but not when it comes at the cost of seeing more ceremonial London ridiculata (did you see those hats!?). — MS
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The seasons have not been kind to NBC's primetime schedule. The network has employed some heartbreaking retooling (such as the hiatus of Community), in an effort to climb towards what was once deemed their Must See TV Thursday lineup. And the endeavor continues: the NBC drama The Firm, which has been airing Thursday nights at 10, has struggled significantly with ratings. Last night saw the drama earn a particularly low rating: 0.8. As such, NBC is relocating The Firm and filling its Thursday night spot with the new drama, Awake.
Awake is a highly anticipated series starring Jason Isaacs as Michael Britten, a man who is in a colossal car accident with his wife and young son. After the accident, Britten is committed to a state of being wherein when he alternates between living out a future beyond the crash where his wife has died but his son has survived, and one where his son has survived but his wife has died. When Britten goes to sleep in one reality, he wakes up in the other. Due to the vividness of each reality, he is unable to determine which (if either) is his real life, and which is just his trauma-induced dream. It sounds particularly interesting, and boasts a fun cast: B.D Wong, Cherry Jones and Wilmer Valderrama. You can read our pilot review of Awake here, though NBC has said that they are reshooting and tweaking the series since its San Diego Comic Con preview.
The Firm will be placed in a Saturday night slot at 9 p.m. ET/PT, which is not a particularly promising location for a television series. Awake will take the Thursday night, 10 p.m. ET/PT slot starting on Mar. 1. Until then, the slot will be filled by reruns of the NBC crime-fantasy Grimm.
NBC, which has little primetime line-up tinkering to do as it's on the top of the TV heap, announced that it would introduce just five new shows this coming fall, The Associated Press reports.
Four nights--Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday--will see their slates remain unchanged. Unlike ABC, Fox and CBS, the peacock network is the only major network to see its number of viewers rise in the past year, prompting the stability.
Good Morning Miami will air on Thursday nights and trace the antics of a Harvard-educated producer trying to turn around a morning TV show--an attempt to find another quality comedy to help ease the sting of losing Friends after next year.
Sunday night will see two new dramas: American Dreams and Boomtown. American Dreams follows two teens who dream of being dancers on American Bandstand. Boomtown is slated to be an ensemble crime piece.
Tuesday nights will see two new comedies: Hidden Hills, which focuses on the "wild, sexy and funny" side of suburbia, and In-Laws, starring Jean Smart.
Notable shows canceled from NBC's primetime schedule include Weakest Link and Leap of Faith. While midseason replacement Watching Ellie currently isn't on the schedule, NBC is reserving it for a possible midseason run.
In an unprecedented decision, NBC has announced they are pushing back their heavily promoted premiere week of new shows one week from Sept. 17 to Sept. 24.
"In light of the recent tragic events in our country, NBC has decided to postpone the premieres of the network's fall primetime programs...Further developments could alter this plan," the network said in a brief statement, Reuters reported.
The other major networks including ABC and CBS were also contemplating the postponement of their fall shows due to the heavy news coverage on all the stations and were taking things hour by hour. They are waiting to see how the aftermath of Tuesday's attacks unfold before making any long-term decisions about programming.
"We're on the fence right now," CBS Television CEO Leslie Moonves told Variety of his network's view on whether to delay the season's start. "We're looking at all the pros and cons. I could give you 10 reasons why we should delay it and 10 reasons why we shouldn't."
But CBS's quick decision to postpone the Primetime Emmy Awards was an easy one.
"Nobody wants to watch a sitcom today, and that's the primary reason why we didn't want the Emmys to take place this week. It just doesn't fit with how everyone is feeling. But there comes a certain point where you do have to look at moving on. At the moment, things are minute by minute and subject to change, but we're thinking about putting on our schedule as planned on Monday." Moonves told The Hollywood Reporter.
CBS will be making at least one change--they will not be showing a sneak preview of The Ellen Show as planned next week. The hope is to launch the show Sept. 24, especially if the Emmys, which Ellen DeGeneres will host, can be rescheduled Sept. 23.
ABC had actually decided to delay their fall lineup a week, inside sources told Variety. But the network re-evaluated the decision and planned to debut some new shows next week, particularly if Monday Night Football were to go forward. Now it's unclear what will happen, as the NFL has announced that all 15 games scheduled this weekend have been canceled.
League spokesman Greg Aiello told the Associated Press there were several reasons involved, including the problems in air travel and the trauma to the New York Giants, Jets and the Washington Redskins. It has not yet been decided whether to reschedule the weekend's games or go with a 15-game season.
Of the smaller networks, the WB will be keeping to their Friday night premieres after affiliates urged it to resume entertainment programming.
"We feel very strongly that to disrupt our schedule completely further reinforces the sense of disruption in people's lives," WB Entertainment president Jordan Levin told Variety. "We don't want to contribute to the terrorists' desire to create chaos."
Fox Network is in a different situation since many of their new fall shows were to be debuting in a few weeks, after the World Series. However, now that Major League Baseball has postponed all the games until Thursday, Fox could be looking at bowing their post-baseball season premieres during November sweeps.
Too much reality?
As well as deciding on the fall schedules, the networks are also combing through their new shows to look for anything considered inappropriate in light of the terrorist attacks.
In particular, the pilot of the new CBS show The Agency, which focuses on the CIA, makes reference to terrorist Osama bin Laden as the mastermind behind a plot to blow up Harrods department store in London.
CBS execs will not air the pilot next week--or most likely ever--but will show another episode, making a few adjustments for continuity purposes. Promotions for the series have been pulled.
Agency executive producer Shaun Cassidy told Variety, "The world's a very different place today than it was. We will have to make some adjustments."
Also Fox has temporarily pulled its promo spots for its upcoming series 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland as a CIA agent who has 24 hours to stop a group of terrorists from assassinating a presidential candidate.
The pilot to 24, which is produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV, includes an explosion of a jumbo jet. But Fox believes the show focuses more on the relationship between the main character and his family than it does on any terrorism and that the assassination attempt is far different from what happened in the real world this week.
"The storyline is not at all related to the events going on right now," a Fox source told Variety "We don't see it as a problematic situation. But we'll keep our fingers on the pulse of the country to see where we are a month from now." The drama isn't scheduled to bow until late October.
"We've all been bombarded with these images over the past 24 hours of real life, and it's hard not to want in some way to contribute to the well-being of our country," 20th Century Fox TV president Dana Walden told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Our responsibility is to try and be sensitive to what's going on in the world without censoring our writers to the point where they feel like they're no longer able to write the shows they've created. Each of our creators feels a responsibility to be sensitive and to do whatever possible not to be disrespectful."