NBC Announces Fall Line-up
NBC held its network up-fronts this week, announcing series cancellations, renewals, and pick-ups. While I could lament the loss of some shows, (I’m still stinging over the cancellation of Animal Practice; MONKEY DOCTOR!), and applaud the renewal of others, (Parks and Recreation, yay!), I prefer to look ahead…to the future! Which is pretty easy to do thanks to some newly released show trailers.
There are three new dramas heading our way in the fall, (and a few more later during midseason), and one of them has been sitting in a coffin for what seems like years. I’m speaking, of course, of Dracula, which stars The Tudors’ Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the immortal count in Victorian-era London. While he’s not quite up to the level of hotness as some other TV vamps, he sure knows how to rock a goatee.
Ironside is a “re-imagining” of the classic 1960-70’s series starring Raymond Burr as a detective in a wheelchair, fighting crime in San Francisco, (which always seemed like a really sucky place to be a cop-in-a-wheelchair; hills!). This time, the streets are in a more level New York, and Blair Underwood is the wheelchair-bound crime-fighter.
James Spader returns to TV in The Blacklist, and to the shock of no one, he’s playing a bad and creepy man. The most wanted man in the world, as a matter of fact. He decides to help out the FBI in finding other high-ranking criminals, but not without a few caveats, (and likely, some ulterior motives). If you’re afraid of pens, don’t watch this trailer.
On the comedy front, there are some old names coming back to the TV. First off is Michael J. Fox in the creatively named The Michael J. Fox Show. NBC wanted this show so badly that they ordered a full season before a pilot had ever been made. Hope it lives up to that hype!
Sean Hayes, perhaps best know for his Will & Grace days, also has a new series, that also happens to include his name in the title. It’s Sean Saves the World, and he stars as a single father raising a teenage girl, with the help of his nagging mother. It’s a multi-camera comedy with a live audience, and, well, let’s just say, it’s the not the show I’m most looking forward to this fall.
Last, (and possibly least), we have Welcome to the Family, a comedy about teenage pregnancy and the dueling families who are forced to like each other when the teens decide to get married. Mary McCormack, Mike O’Malley, Ricardo Chavira, and Justina Machado play the parents, and yes, you’ve seen them all on many other shows prior to this.