May 14, 2012

TV Upfronts: NBC's New Shows for 2012-2013

With NBC's Upfront essentially in the books, it's time to take a look at the crop of new shows that it's offering viewers next season. The following are trailers for the upcoming fall series. If you want more about what's in store for mid-season, check out NBC's official site.

Animal Practice

For some reason, I'm getting a Scrubs with animals vibe from this trailer, and I'm not sure if that's a good thing. I'll definitely give it a shot (mostly because of the monkey), but I'm not going to have high hopes for it.

Chicago Fire

We already know that people are going to ship Chase and Mason Lockwood, so they might as well just cut out the subtext and have them hook up by the end of the pilot. Seriously, this one could have potential, but my interest will depend on what else is on at 10/9c on Wednesdays.

Go On

It' Matthew Perry at his Matthew Perry-iest, but that's always something I can get behind. From the looks of it Go On's a little more accessible than Studio 60 and Mr. Sunshine, which is a good thing, but it feels like it should be a 60-minute dramedy instead of a 30-minute sitcom. Maybe NBC's trying to replicate Showtime's success with this new format.

Guys with Kids

Since I'm a fan of Jimmy Fallon, I really wanted to like Guys with Kids, but I was underwhelmed by the trailer. There's a chance that I'll try it out just to be sure, but I won't be holding my breath.

The New Normal

Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler's new show also feels like it should be an hour long dramedy based on the trailer alone. I'll admit that I found myself laughing at most of the jokes, but it has a semi-serious tone that could be confusing. Plus, all of the familiar Glee faces made me wonder if I was watching a spec trailer for a spin-off. Odds on how long it takes before Matthew Morrison shows up as one of the guy's exes?


Not gonna lie, I was intrigued by the Revolution trailer even though it looks like Falling Skies without aliens or The Walking Dead without zombies. These kind of post-apocalyptic shows can be wildly hit or miss, and I'm betting that Revolution's the latter, but it could be the surprise breakout of the year.


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