Thursday nights aside, NBC’s scripted programming is hurting. The network is not bringing in the ratings it should and in some cases has become a critical laughing stock. Hopefully that’s about to change as the (former) peacock has picked up four new scripts and given them a green light.
First up (and the one we’re most excited for) is called REM from Lone Star creator Kyle Killen. If you were smart enough to have watched Lone Star early last season, you would have seen a smart, dense and well thought-out story about a man living double lives. Now Killen is basically doing that again for NBC but with a supernatural twist. To put it in buzzwords – it’s Inception style. It follows a cop who wakes up from an accident to discover he’s living in two different realities. Maybe one reality will have an NBC with a hit hour long drama! Thanks, Jay.
The second is an enigma. It’s from a Party Down co-creator John Enbom but is also based on a British show. However, it is single camera, but then again it’s a basic love story show, not to mention it has a pun title (Free Agents). No, seriously. It couldn’t be any simpler. Two advertising executives are on the rebound Will they fall for each other? Blegh. The only thing that sounds remotely interesting is that one of the people is on the rebound because their fiance died. Not to sound morbid, but it does make for compelling television.
Up next we have LoveLives from Family Guy executive producer Chris Sheridan. It’s a multi-camera program following another couple that decides to test the waters of an open relationship at the encouragement of their friends and family. The only part that sounds interesting here is the family and friends encouraging the wandering couple, because after all there has been a strange and huge influx of people trying out open relationships in the movies lately. As the AV Club points out, start hoarding the condoms people.
Finally we have a comedy about a young doctor joining his family’s medical practice where he winds up dealing with his family more than he does patients. Sounds decent. Medical comedies tend to work well for me at least (namely Scrubs and Children’s Hospital off the top of my head). This one comes from Dan Goor and remains untitled. Considering Goor writes for Parks and Recreation, this one might just be a hit.