Chalk up three more new series for NBC's 2012-2013 season! The network has had a busy few days as it prepares to announce its schedule on Monday. Today, The Peacock ordered a comedy and two dramas to add to its previous pickups. Allow me to introduce them!
What it is: This comedy was created by Jimmy Fallon, so it had an automatic in with NBC brass. The premise is pretty simple: Three 30-something dudes (Jesse Bradford, Anthony Anderson, and Zach Cregger) are new dads who still like to have a good time. That means bringing their babies to the bar and sporting events, I'm guessing. And here's the catch: It's a multi-camera comedy.
Initial reaction based on description alone: Ummm... what's a nice way of saying "this sounds terrible"?
My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: NBC isn't a good home for multi-camera comedies, so I think this one will face an early exit.
Where NBC might schedule it: That seems to be the question du jour. It's multi-cam, so the network's Thursday comedy block is an unlikely home for it. Either NBC needs to pick up another multi-camera comedy (or renew Whitney) for a mini-block on Wednesday or this thing is going to disappear fast.
What it is: Formerly titled Notorious, this soapy drama follows a detective (Meagan Good, ROWR!) who goes undercover for the rich family she grew up with in order to solve the murder of the family's daughter—who just so happened to be her best friend. Sounds an awful lot like Revenge, doesn't it?
Initial reaction based on description alone: Can television afford two versions of Revenge? The ABC drama may have taken all the interest out of this style of soap already. I approve of the casting of the African-American Good in the lead role, though.
My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: I'd predict a non-eventful first 13 episodes, with the possibility of a back nine order but not a Season 2.
Where NBC might schedule it: I'd say it sounds like a 10pm Wednesday show, but that's where Revenge currently sits. Could it move up to Tuesday behind The Biggest Loser or to Thursday after the comedy block? Or will it get a better hour and sit earlier on Wednesday? For now I'll guess 9pm on Wednesday.
What it is: One of several Jekyll-and-Hyde-like series put into development over the last two years, this one puts the schizophrenic in the scrubs of a neurosurgeon whose alter ego makes a mess of his personal and private lives. Probably not a good idea to have brain surgery done by a guy who can snap at any second. Rescue Me's Steven Pasquale has a chance to break out in the lead role, but because the show is on NBC it may just end up being a stepping stone to something else.
Initial reaction based on description alone: I'll bite, this sounds pretty interesting. But why is he a Jekyll-and-Hyde type? What happened!? Tell me, NBC!
My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: Fifty-fifty. NBC loves these types of shows, but they just don't seem to work out.
Where NBC might schedule it: Normally I'd say this series could be paired with Grimm on Friday nights, but I think NBC has higher aspirations for it and will give it a prime slot, though it runs into the same problems as Infamous.
Do any of these three new NBC shows sound appealing to you?
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