Saturday, 19 May 2012

Hollywood Babble On & On #902: Fall TV Preview - NBC

NBC used to be the home of "Must See TV" but now it's home to "Must Avoid TV" and is struggling to recover its former position of dominance. Let's look at their Fall Schedule and see if they have a hope in hell of doing that.... 

(New Shows are in ALL CAPS & BOLD)


8-10 p.m. – “The Voice”

10-11 p.m. – “REVOLUTION”

The latest sci-fi epic from the JJ Abrams entertainment factory. It's about society trying to rebuild itself after a mysterious event destroys mankind's ability to use electricity. I get the feeling that like other Abrams projects based around a central mystery that no one at the show actually knows the solution to that mystery like they did with Lost, and will start pulling random twists out of their collective ass and then will brand anyone that calls them on it stupid for calling them on it. That feeling pretty much doomed Alcatraz to an early grave, and could doom this show.


8-9 p.m. – “The Voice”

9-9:30 p.m. – “GO ON”

Matthew Perry stars as a widowed sportscaster trying to rebuild his life. Well, it starts off with death, so it can only get more upbeat.

9:30-10 p.m. – “THE NEW NORMAL”

A sitcom from the creator of Glee about a gay/straight blended family. I don't think any "controversy" will sink the show. The odds are pretty good that it'll be Murphy's distraction with trying to squeeze another season out of Glee by booking celebrity cameos and hit songs, coupled with NBC's inability to sell anything will sink the show.

10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood”


8-8:30 p.m. – “ANIMAL PRACTICE”

It's like House MD only with a veterinarian. I suspect the monkey will get all the best lines.

8:30-9 p.m. – “GUYS WITH KIDS”

I get the sinking feeling that the more accurate title would be Dumb Stereotyped Guys With Kids

9-10 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

10-11 p.m. – “CHICAGO FIRE”

A new drama from Law & Order guru Dick Wolf.  He's so happy to have a new show on NBC he's already fired the entire cast. 


8-8:30 p.m. – “30 Rock”

The long struggling cavalcade of celebrity cameos limps on for a big finale season where they're hoping to finally crack the Nielsen Top 100.

8:30-9 p.m. – “Up All Night”

9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”

9:30-10 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”

10-11 p.m. – “Rock Center with Brian Williams”


8-8:30 p.m. – “Whitney”


8:30-9 p.m. – “Community”
Just heard that Sony has taken show-runner Dan Harmon down from his post, and NBC has put it in the Friday night death slot. Bastards all around.

It's the biggest Community related disappointment I've ever had since the time I bought the Season 1 Box set and discovered it was empty.

9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”

10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”


Encore programming

SUNDAY (Fall 2012)

7- 8:15 p.m. — “Football Night in America”

8:15-11:30 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)

7-8 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

8-9 p.m. – “Fashion Star”

9-10 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”

10-11 p.m. – “DO NO HARM”

A new show about a dedicated doctor with a dark secret. He has another personality hidden inside of him, and that personality is a sociopathic asshole. So it's basically House MD with Dr. House and Dr. Wilson merged into on character to save money.

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