SideReel's Fall TV Preview - NBC - Featured

The Fall TV Season is so close, I can feel the couch potato metamorphosis beginning!

As the premieres of all the new fall shows approach, we'll be giving you a peek at this fall's newbies and our opinions on each network's new shows all week, so check out the FOX Fall Preview here, the NBC preview below, and stay tuned for much more!

The Best:

Community - Premieres September 17th

While I wouldn't have guessed The Soup's Joel McHale could transfer his comedic stylings from TV critic to sitcom star, the promos and pre-released pilot episode of Community show otherwise! This new NBC comedy is packed with hilariousness from the start with the cast line-up including Joel McHale as mentioned, the comedy legend Chevy Chase, funnyman Ken Jeong of The Hangover, Role Models, and plenty more, plus a number of other comedic gems like Yvette Nicole Brown and Danny Pudi. McHale stars as a lawyer returning to community college because his degree was discovered as a fake, and the rest of the cast fill in as community college students and professors with their own tragic reasons for getting stuck in the stereotypical groupings of those who have to (or choose to) attend community college.

With its pre-released pilot, Community has already proven it's worthy of joining NBC's Thursday night comedy line-up, so here's hoping the rest of this first season can measure up! The comedic style falls right in place with NBC's lovable loser-based comedies including The Office, 30 Rock, and Parks & Recreation. As long as they stick with that hilarious line of laughing at life when it's got you down or when you just can never quite make dating, work, or just plain life work, I think it'll be a success.

The Worst:

Mercy - Premieres September 23rd

This one almost falls into the 'wild card' column at this point, but with the not-so-thrilling promos and with the over-saturation of new medical shows, I think this one will be the one to not make the cut. While Scrubs really shouldn't be on anymore, it still has a lot of loyalty going for it, so if TV fans are going to watch a medical comedy, it'll be Scrubs. Mercy focuses on the nurses' perspective of a hospital, and while it's more comedy-driven than the likes of this summer's TNT drama, HawthoRNe, nurses running around talking about how doctors don't do anything was already proven in that one not to be interesting enough to keep most of our attention.

Mercy doesn't have any big, or even little, comedy names, and the show doesn't have a unique hook. The only recognizable cast member is Michelle Trachtenberg who in the promos does not come off as funny or endearing as it seems she's meant to be. The older, more knowledgeable nurses aren't mean, competitive, or funny enough to be intriguing. If the show reflects the promos, I don't think there'll be enough interest to draw viewers in, much less keep them. I think there's still a chance it could surprise us, but if it delivers what it's promising, this one definitely belongs in the 'don't bother' column.

The Wild Card:

Trauma - Premieres September 28th

Trauma is the all new (very epically advertised) medical drama for NBC. While it does look much more focused on the paramedics crew as opposed to the doctors in the emergency room, this is basically the ER replacement. While the promos for this one are dramatic, it doesn't provide much more incentive to watch beyond some dramatic accidents and medical cases. So far in medical shows like House, ER, and Grey's Anatomy, it has been very intriguing to occasionally get those episodes where they spend more time at a horrible accident site, but it seems with the entire focus of this show on the paramedics, it will just be epic moment after epic moment which will becoming tiring and repetitive without including much of a chance for character development.

If you're looking for some action in your fall TV line-up, this one's for you, but if you're looking for a new, edgy, and unique medical show, I'd say this one may be a big disappointment.

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Default avatar cat
Sep 1, 2009 1:55AM EDT

I am not excited about any of these shows. Mercy just seems too cliche and done to death.
Trauma just seems way too dramatized. They are supposed to be EMT's? The guys who pick up peope in the ambulances or fly the patients in the helicopter to the hospital, I think if you asked a real life one they would tell you it is never as dramatic as they are trying to make it here. In the trailer they have helicopters crashing and bombs going off like they are in a war zone, but they arn't, its just the middle of a city, so that one has already turned me off just becuase of the over dramatic feel.
Community seems like it has the best chance of being good out of these three. Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong, and Joel Mchale are funny but the trailer seems way too sitcomy without much heart. Mchale is funny on The Soup, but I dont know that he will be able to be likable as a different character for an entire season. I'll give this one a try but am not going in expecting much.
Overall I would ask, "This is what the peacock axed Scrubs and was thinking about canceling Chuck for? All I have to say is that if they keep any of these shows over Chuck I'll be upset.

Sep 1, 2009 4:55AM EDT

looking forward to all these shows hey so what if been an emt is not like this its going to liven up the winter nights

Sep 3, 2009 3:27AM EDT

I'm hoping Trauma will be a bit like Third Watch... but just focused on EMT's. Then maybe.... I'd like it!

Sep 7, 2009 4:42PM EDT

I am just looking forward to Trauma. I hope it lives up to my standards. Probably won't give the other two a chance. I am really picky about my TV and I have to make room for all my shows! Thank god for DVRs. :)

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