NBC 2010-11 Drama Trailers: THE EVENT, CHASE, UNDERCOVERS, SCHOOL PRIDE, OUTLAW, THE CAPE, HARRY’S LAW

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With the release of NBC’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows.  On the drama side, we have short clips from new fall shows The Event, Chase, UndercoversSchool Pride and Outlaw as well as midseason offerings The Cape and Harry’s Law .  (For clips from NBC’s new comedies, click here.)  Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.

THE EVENT, Mondays at 9/8c

“The Event” is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, “The Class”), an Everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiance, Leila (Sarah Roemer, “Disturbia”), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.  Sean’s quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including: newly elected U.S. President Martinez (Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, “Dirty Sexy Money”); Sophia (Emmy Award nominee Laura Innes, “ER”), who is the leader of a mysterious group of detainees; and Sean’s shadowy father-in-law (Scott Patterson, “Gilmore Girls”).  Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind.  Ian Anthony Dale (“Daybreak”) and Emmy winner Željko Ivanek (“Damages”) also star in the ensemble drama.  “The Event” is a production of Universal Media Studios and Steve Stark Productions. Stark (“Medium,” “Facing Kate”) serves as executive producer, Nick Wauters (“The 4400,” “Eureka”) is creator/co-executive producer and Jeffrey Reiner (“Friday Night Lights,” “Trauma”) is the director/executive producer; Evan Katz (“24″) also is an executive producer.

This one could be a nice successor to 24 if it catches on.  I’ve found Jason Ritter rather charming in Parenthood, which spells very good things for a show where a relatable lead character is paramount for success.

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CHASE, Mondays at 10/9c

“Chase” is a fast-paced drama from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (“CSI” franchise, “The Amazing Race,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) and executive producer Jennifer Johnson (“Cold Case”) that drops viewers smack into the middle of a game of cat-and-mouse as a team of U.S. marshals hunts down America’s most dangerous fugitives.  Kelli Giddish (“Past Life”) stars as U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, a cowboy boot-wearing deputy whose sharp mind and unique Texas upbringing help her track down the violent criminals on the run.  Cole Hauser (“K-Ville”), Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”), Rose Rollins (“The L Word”) and Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives”) also star as members of Frost’s elite team.  “Chase” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television.  Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman (“CSI” franchise, “The Amazing Race,” “Cold Case”) and Johnson serve as executive producers, while KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer.  David Nutter (“The Mentalist,” “Without a Trace” “The X-Files”) directed and is executive producer of the pilot that was written by Johnson.

It certainly seems like a good companion for its lead-in, The Event, and I’m all for powerful female leads.

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UNDERCOVERS, Wednesdays at 8/7c

Acclaimed writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek,” “Fringe,” “Lost,” “Alias”) serves as co-writer, executive producer – and also directs – his first direction of a TV series pilot since “Lost” in “Undercovers” with executive producer/writer Josh Reims (“Brothers and Sisters”).  “Undercovers” is a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world’s most dangerous partnership.  Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Soul Food,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Doctor Who,” “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own a small catering company in Los Angeles and are helped by Samantha’s easily frazzled younger sister, Lizzy (Jessica Parker Kennedy, “Smallville”).  Secretly, the duo were two of the CIA’s best spies until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired.  When fellow spy and friend Nash (Carter MacIntyre, “American Heiress”) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney, “Deadwood”) to locate and rescue Nash.  The pair is thrust back into the world of espionage as they follow leads that span the globe — and Steven and Samantha realize that this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides the excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing.  Also starring is Ben Schwartz (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”).  “Undercovers” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.  The pilot was written by J.J. Abrams & Josh Reims and directed by Abrams.  Abrams, Reims and Bryan Burk (“Fringe,” “Lost, “Alias”) are the executive producers.

Prediction: you will be sick of the promos for this one by the time it airs.  I was hooked from the word “Abrams”, and I’m hopeful it will live up to the hype.

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SCHOOL PRIDE, Fridays at 8/7c

From executive producers Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Denise Cramsey (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “True Beauty”), “School Pride” is a proactive, alternative series that tells the stories of communities coming together to renovate their aging and broken public schools.  While transforming the school, the community also restores its sense of value and school pride.  The cameras follow students, teachers and parents as they roll up their sleeves and rebuild their own schools, concluding with the unveiling of a brand new, completely transformed school.  They are motivated by a quartet of community organizers and personalities — SWAT Commander Tom Stroup, interior designer Susie Castillo (“House of Payne”), comedian and former substitute teacher Kym Whitley (“Til Death”) and political correspondent Jacob Soboroff (“AMC News”).  Together, the team of experts will lead the community through the makeover process.  Months later, cameras will revisit the school to discover the lasting effects of the transformation — a renewed sense of school pride and an increase in student achievement scores.  “School Pride” is produced by Horizon Alternative Television.

I appreciate it when reality shows I don’t watch do something for the community.

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OUTLAW, Fridays at 10/9c

Starring Emmy Award winner Jimmy Smits (“NYPD Blue,” “The West Wing”), “Outlaw” is a new drama from executive producer John Eisendrath (“Alias,” “Felicity,” “Playmakers”).  Cyrus Garza (Smits) is a U.S. Supreme Court justice who abruptly quits the high-level position.  A playboy and a gambler, Garza had always adhered to a strict interpretation of the law until he realized the system he believed in was flawed.  Now that he’s quit the bench and returned to private practice, he’s determined to represent “the little guy” and use his inside knowledge of the justice system to take on today’s biggest legal cases — and he’s making plenty of powerful people unhappy along the way.  Jesse Bradford (“The West Wing”), Carly Pope (“24″), Ellen Woglom (“Californication”) and David Ramsey (“Dexter”) also star.  “Outlaw” is a Universal Media Studios production along with Conaco productions. Eisendrath is executive producer along with Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda,” “Reservation Road”), Conan O’Brien, Jeff Ross and David Kissinger (“Andy Barker, P.I.”).  “Outlaw” is written by Eisendrath and directed by George.

Legal dramas aren’t really my thing, but Jimmy Smits stabbing a deck of cards is pretty cool.

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THE CAPE, Midseason

“The Cape” is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons (“ER”) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, “Life on Mars”) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, “Flash Forward”). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes “The Cape” his son’s favorite comic book superhero — and takes the law into his own hands.  Rounding out the cast are James Frain (“The Tudors”) as billionaire Peter Fleming — The Cape’s nemesis — who moonlights as the twisted killer: Chess; Keith David (“Death at a Funeral”) as Max Malini, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Vince Faraday and trains him to be The Cape, Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) as Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City; and Dorian Missick (“Six Degrees”) as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday.  “The Cape” is a Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun production from executive producer/creator Thomas Wheeler (“Empire”), executive producer/director Simon West (“Con Air”), the executive producing team of Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun (NBC’s “Mercy), and executive producer Gene Stein (“Accidentally on Purpose”).

I wonder if the silliness of it all won’t overwhelm the narrative, but it’s a cool concept if they can nail it.

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HARRY’S LAW, Midseason

Emmy Award-winning creator David E. Kelley (“The Practice,” “Boston Legal”) brings his unique storytelling to “Harry’s Law,” a series about fate and the people it brings together, starring Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (“Misery,” “About Schmidt”).  Harriet (Bates), Matthew (Ben Chaplin, “Me and Orson Wells”) and Malcolm (Aml Ameen, “Kidulthood”) couldn’t be any more different.  Harriet is a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer who, having just been fired from her cushy job, is completely disillusioned with her success and looking for a fresh start.  Her world unexpectedly collides with Malcolm’s — a young man trying to figure out life. When he finds out Harriet is a lawyer, he begs her to represent him in an upcoming criminal case.  Matthew, a dreamer at heart and also recently fired from his job as a high school teacher, is introduced to Harriet through Malcolm, a previous student of his. When these three cross paths, they realize they’re all looking for a fresh start.  Now, the most unlikely of people are starting a law practice in the most unlikely of places–a rundown shoe store.  “Harry’s Law” also stars Brittany Snow (“Hairspray”) as Harriet’s assistant, Jenna Backstrom and Beatrice Rosen (“Dark Knight”) as Eve, a high school French teacher.

Legal dramas aren’t really my thing, but Kathy Bates watching Looney Tunes is pretty cool. Not as cool as stabbing a deck of cards, but cool nonetheless.

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  • Ryan

    I'm in for “Undercovers” and “Chase”. As for “Outlaw”, IDK. I'm a Smits fan but I'm bored of legal dramas too. Still that 'Cut the Ace of Spades' trick was funny. I'm going to try and make some money off that at parties.

  • Reformed_Geek

    The Event trail looks interesting… but seems very much of the Lost/Flashforward breed which I've never been able to stick with for more than half a season.

    Undercover looks like Chuck meets Mr and Mrs Smith – which is a good thing.

    The Chase looks like it might be good fun, but The Cape concept is quite cool. Very The Spirit in concept and surprised they've gone with an actual superhero outfit. Will be interested to see how it pans out.

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  • Rosencrantz

    Anyone who wants to watch “the Cape” should watch the Takashi Miike film “Zebraman”, first.

  • MCP

    The Event seems interesting, will give it a shot.

    The Chase looks like it ripped off Justified, so screw that.

    Sold on The Cape, it's got Goliath err.., Keith David in it.

    End of Line

  • SomeHuskerFan

    The Cape looks promising but after watching the trailer it’s hard not to think that they are ripping off Batman. Maybe it’s just me…

  • SomeHuskerFan

    The Cape looks promising but after watching the trailer it’s hard not to think that they are ripping off Batman. Maybe it’s just me…

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  • wilson

    I'm practically sold on The Event. I love serialized dramas and with Damages being over, I'll need something cutthroat to watch. As for Chase, meh–looks alright but nothing special. Outlaw looks meh as well. The Cape I'll definitely try, but it'll have to be really good for me to keep watching. Undercovers: I'm SOOO there! And for Harry's Law: I'm a sucker for Kathy Bates, she won me over with her “asshole” statement. :)

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