NBC has released the first clips for all their new 2011-2012 dramas: Prime Suspect, The Playboy Club, Smash, Grimm, Awake, and The Firm. Based on initial impressions, Awake is the one I am now most looking forward to. The clips promise terrific entertainment for a structure geek like myself, splitting screen time between two realities. The 1960s-set The Playboy Club and modern fairy tale Grimm both have interesting premises, but the clips look too silly out of context. I hold out hope the subject matter makes for a better series. Prime Suspect looks like a kickass role for star Maria Bello — pencil her in for an Emmy nomination.
Click through to the links for the official schedule announcement and the complementary clips for NBC’s new comedies. Hit the jump for the preview clips and official synopses for all new dramas.
NBC has released the first clips for all their new 2011-2012 comedies: Whitney, Up All Night, Free Agents, Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea, Best Friends Forever, and Bent. Nothing hooked me immediately, but it’s hard to distill sitcoms into a 60-second clip filled with laughs. Based on first impressions, my top pick is Bent. I’ve really enjoyed David Walton in previous NBC comedies Perfect Couples and 100 Questions — I hope Bent is the one that keeps him on the air for more than a half-season. Plus, any show that includes Jeffrey Tambor weekly has a leg up on the competition. Arrested Development love will likewise ensure that I check out Will Arnett in Up All Night, especially when you surround him with two very funny ladies in Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph — I just wish the humor wasn’t so baby-centric.
Click through to the links for the official schedule announcement and the complementary clips for NBC’s new dramas. Hit the jump for the preview clips and official synopses for all new comedies.
NBC has officially announced their schedule for 2011-2012. The network ordered six new dramas (The Playboy Club, Prime Suspect, Grimm, The Firm, Smash, Awake) and six new sitcoms (Up All Night, Free Agents, Whitney, Best Friends Forever, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea, Bent).
The network is programming Fridays fairly aggressively. Chuck will air its fifth and final 13-episode season on Fridays, paired with the new fairy tale drama Grimm and Friday staple Dateline NBC. NBC will hold 30 Rock for midseason to accommodate star/creator Tina Fey’s pregnancy. The Thursday night sitcom block will be cut back to two hours with Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, and Whitney leading into the Maria Bello-led Prime Suspect remake.
Click through to the links to watch preview clips for the new dramas and the new comedies. Hit the jump to check out the new schedule.
Upfront week is over, and ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and The CW have all announced their schedules for next fall (barring any changes over the summer). Discounting the barren wasteland that is Saturday, from 8:00-11:00 PM Sunday-Friday, we have:
- 81 shows across the five networks, totalling 87 hours of broadcast television
- 20 comedies, 51 dramas, 16 unscripted hours (reality, sports, news, etc.)
- 26 new series, with 23 total hours of new programming
- 17 timeslot changes
- 12 procedural dramas on CBS
For a more qualitative breakdown of each night of broadcast television — including the full schedule, what will be successful, and what I’ll be watching — hit the jump.
With the release of The CW’s 2010-11 schedule comes a couple of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. With fewer programming hours during the week, The CW will only debut two new shows in the fall, the action-thriller Nikita and the college cheerleading drama Hellcats ; both have potential for success with solid lead-ins of The Vampire Diaries and America’s Next Top Model, respectively. Check out the clips and images for yourself, as well as full synopses for both shows, after the jump.
With the release of CBS’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. Here we have short promos for freshman shows $#*! My Dad Says, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0, The Defenders, and Blue Bloods. You can see that CBS is working in their wheelhouse here (three-camera sitcoms and procedural dramas), resulting in a slate with a good chance of success in the fall. Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.
The CW officially released their 2010-11 schedule this morning, and as rumored, they sent the sixth season Supernatural to Fridays for a night of sci-fi along with what will be the final season of Smallville. Some other highlights:
- Mondays — Instead of splitting 90210 and Gossip Girl to anchor two different nights, the two teen soaps are now paired on Mondays.
- Tuesdays — It was thought that the recently renewed One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected might share a timeslot over the season. Instead, they’ll share Tuesday nights.
- Wednesdays — The network will attempt to launch new college cheerleading drama Hellcats on the heels of America’s Next Top Model.
- Thursdays — The CW’s most high profile new drama Nikita gets the biggest lead-in the network has to offer in The Vampire Diaries.
- Fridays — Smallville and Supernatural aired together on Thursdays from 2006-2009 until the Superman show was slotted for Fridays last season. They have been reunited, and it feels so good.
Check out the full schedule after the jump:
The big news to come out of the Turner networks upfront presentation today is the announcement that Conan O’Brien’s new late night TBS show will premiere at 11:00 PM on November 8. O’Brien’s debut on TBS will end a nine-month hiatus from television, punctuated by a 30-city live tour, the creation of a Twitter account, and a somber appearance on 60 Minutes.
The upfront also gave TNT and TBS a chance to brag about their new series, like the 1980s-set comedy Glory Daze and the buddy lawyer series Franklin & Bash. Hit the jump for the full press release.
With the release of ABC’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 trailers for new fall shows Body of Proof, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, No Ordinary Family and The Whole Truth as well as midseason offering Off the Map . (For clips from ABC’s new comedies, click here.) As per usual, it looks like ABC will rival Fox for the most ambitious slate of the season. Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.
With the release of ABC’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. On the comedy/reality side, we have short trailers for new fall shows Better Together and Secret Millionaire as well as midseason offerings Happy Endings and Mr. Sunshine. (For clips from ABC’s new comedies, click here.) Targeting me specifically, ABC spread the lovely ladies JoAnna Garcia, Eliza Coupe and Andrea Anders throughout their three new comedies to make sure I’ll watch each one. Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.
ABC officially released their fall schedule this morning, with new programming on most nights. Mondays will stick with the Dancing With the Stars/Castle combo. New dramas No Ordinary Family and Detroit 1-8-7 will bookend the Dancing results show on Tuesdays. The Wednesday night comedy block remains mostly intact save for new laffer Better Together at 8:30, followed by legal procedural The Whole Truth. The buzzed-about hourlong My Generation will lead off Thursday nights, followed by the familiar pair of Shonda Rhimes medical soaps, Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy. Two new shows unveil on Friday, with the unscripted Secret Millionaire at 8:00 and scripted medical/crime drama Body of Proof at 9:00. Meanwhile, stability is the word on the weekends, with three hours of football on Saturday and not a minute of ABC’s female-friendly Sunday lineup altered from last season. Check out the full schedule after the jump.
With the release of Fox’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. We have video from new fall shows Lonestar, Raising Hope, and Running Wilde as well as midseason offerings Mixed Signals, Bob’s Burgers, and Ride-Along; from the early looks of things, Fox has a really impressive slate for the upcoming season. The videos are embedded after the jump: scroll through to see a trailer and clips from each show.
CBS and sister network The CW have refrained from the early pilot pickups that ABC, NBC, and Fox so readily engaged in over the last couple weeks. No longer for CBS, who have now ordered six new series in advance of their May 19 upfront. The network ordered two new comedies: Mike & Molly from Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) and $#*! My Dad Says (or whatever they end up calling it), which stars William Shatner as a cantankerous father that says $#*!. From the drama department, the Hawaii Five-0 remake, the Criminal Minds spinoff, and the legal drama Defenders will all appear on the 2010-11 scheule, while dark horse contender Blue Bloods starring Tom Selleck gained traction in the eleventh hour for a surprise order. Check out the details on all the series after the jump.
Fox officially released their fall schedule today, with just one new drama and two new comedies on the slate. The buzzed-about new Texas soap Lonestar is the beneficiary of the House lead-in on Mondays. This year’s success story Glee moved to 8:00 to kickstart a night of comedy on Tuesdays with Raising Hope and Running Wilde in the 9:00 hour. Lie to Me will team with Hell’s Kitchen for Wednesdays, while the Bones/Fringe pairing will continue on Thursdays. Fox is keeping Fridays scripted, with comic adaptation Human Target and this summer’s The Good Guys. Saturdays, as always, are devoted to Cops and America’s Most Wanted, and Sundays go to the animated comedies. Check out the full schedule after the jump.
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, Undercovers, School 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.