NBC Picks Up Three New Series: Save Me, Revolution, and The New Normal

Upfronts, the annual presentations where TV networks announce their fall schedules to advertisers, don't start until next Monday, but NBC don't care. The network has already picked up almost a half-dozen series for its 2012-2013 schedule, including three more today. Television viewers, say hello to Save Me, The New Normal, and Revolution. Let's meet the new shows that will be vying for your attention!



Save Me

What it is: This comedy stars Anne Heche (Men In Trees) as a woman in a broken marriage who gets in an accident and comes out of it with the idea that she can talk to God (maybe Mark Pellegrino will play God and appear only in her head?). Because the starring role features a blonde as a transformed character, Save Me sounds a lot like HBO's Enlightened, but I see the possibility of an Eli Stone vibe here, too. Save Me also stars Alexandra Breckenridge, Michael Landes, and Heather Burns.

Initial reaction based on description alone: This could be good. At least it's not a show about six friends—three guys and three girls—navigating the tricky world of dating in your late 20s/early 30s.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: Though Save Me could be good, it sounds like it might not be network TV material. And does Heche have any cachet? This will probably be lucky to get to Season 2.

Where NBC might schedule it: I'd put it on Thursday nights, where other smart comedies live.



The New Normal

What it is: The latest series to come out of the mind of Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) tackles the same-sex family dynamic with a sitcom about a gay couple and their surrogate mom. The pilot reportedly tested very high with preview audiences, and Murphy is great at conceptualizing new shows. He's just not great at keeping them good. But kudos for broadening the spectrum of different lifestyles on television. Starring Andrew Rannells, Ellen Barkin, star-in-the-making Justin Bartha, and Georgia King.

Initial reaction based on description alone: Murphy isn't going to exploit gay culture, so not only could this be a excellent show, it could be very important on a social level. Think Modern Family with a focus on Cam and Mitchell... until Season 2, when Murphy loses interest and starts work on something else.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: I can already see this going for three seasons, easy.

Where NBC might schedule it: This has a different vibe to it than the rest of the network's Thursday comedies and the potential to be a hit on its own. I'd throw it on Wednesdays in a one-hour comedy block.



Revolution

What it is: This post-apocalyptic action drama follows a family that tries to reunite in a world where all energy has disappeared. If you consider yourself into geek culture, get a load of the crew working on the series: It was created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural), produced by J.J. Abrams (a whole ton of stuff), and the pilot was directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man). Plus it has Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito! Also starring Billy Burke (Twilight), David Lyons (The Cape), and Tracy Spiradakos (Being Human).

Initial reaction based on description alone: OHHHHHHH GOD please let this be good.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: It's going to be a struggle to get this to a second season. But I'm pretty confident the product will be good and a loyal fan base will flock to it.

Where NBC might schedule it: With Mondays and Tuesdays likely spoken for, something tells me this will be left out on an island on Wednesday nights at 10pm, unless NBC does something crazy like pair it with Grimm on Friday nights.


These three new series join the already picked up Go On, starring Matthew Perry as a sportscaster dealing with a big loss, and Hannibal, a thriller about young Hannibal Lector, on NBC's 2012-2013 schedule.


Do you like the sound of NBC's new series so far?


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No, doesn't sound good. Pictures look bad too.
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I see, in Revolution, another Terra Nova in the making. So, no high hopes over here!
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"OHHHHHHH GOD please let this be good" I say "Amen"
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at least they didn't forget to throw in the one black guy, every family in a post apocalyptic world should have one
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Revolution sounds solid...otherwise flush the rest down the toilet
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I really want to watch Revolution I do but that picture is turning me off their is just something about it that puts me off maybe its the the guy with bow in the tight blue shirt.
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Totally watching Revolution because it's from Kripke and it might his next big hit after Supernatural.
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I'm really excited to see the New Normal for Andrew Rannells. I hope the show does well so he can get the recognition he deserves. He's such an amazing actor.
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Revolution and Hannibal because i love respectively Eric Kripke and Brian Fuller's writing skills !

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Revolution and Hannibal sound interesting =)
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Out of all of these shows I would say Revolution and Hannibal sounds the most interesting. And Revolution sounds the most likely for NBC not to ruin.



The New Normal, sounds like NBC is going after the very shallow well of Ryan Murphy. Being that it is a Murphy idea. We know two things. It is going to be unoriginal and appeal to the lower common denominator. LIke Glee and AHS.



Save Me sounds interesting. Heche can pull off comedy. However I am not sure if the TV viewing public can watch a comedy about a woman with Schizophrenia. And wasn't this a CBS show before, but not a comedy?



And the Mathew Perry thing. Sounds about 4 episodes tops before it gets the ax. I am not sure why people keep giving that guy shows. Make him a part of an ensemble somewhere. He isn't strong enough anymore to carry a whole show. If he ever was.
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I think Matthew Perry should just stick with The Good Wife and not ruin his career lol
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The only show among these that I have any interest to watch is The New Normal. I wouldn't mind a show revolving around a Cam and Mitchel characters. Hopefully it is just as good as Modern Family.



IMO and yes, its an opinion, Save Me and Revolution will be DOA. God talking to people tv shows is such a boring plot device. I loved Eli Stone and look what happened to it. As much as I like JJA, I don't like the premise of the Revolution. It just sounds like a long shot. Crossbow and bow and arrow people? It sounds cliche. But like I said, this is just me and my presumptions.



I hardly watch NBC nowadays anyway. I think what NBC should do is copy more successful shows after all it seems to be working. (like The Voice, Smash, Grimm).
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Revolution could be good and I hope it turns out great!

Hannibal sounds interesting too!
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Not convinced by "Save Me". Like you said, does Anne Heche have any cachet?

Revolution and the new normal could be something, but it all depends on the actual production doesn't it? Remember Terra Nova ?



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Revolution will probably start off with strong ratings then gradually plummet into cancellation, or at least the end of a 13 episode order. I could easily see NBC using it to replace Chuck on Fridays at 8pm in the hopes of going for the Friday night SF/F crowd. The network will then replace it with Who Do You Think You Are in the spring.



The biggest problem I see with the show is that they could get too caught up in talk and not enough action, the same thing that doomed Terra Nova. If you have a special setting then why not make use of it?

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What amazes me in the Revolution picture is that in all post-apocalyptic futures the only ones to survive are either hot men and women or old/ugly but funny men/and women. Is there an application on BeautifulPeople.com for "Post apocalyptic Survival"? Do they measure your facial symmetry and your body weight before you can "survive"?



ps. This is one of the great things in Game of Thrones. Not all the characters are goodlooking and not all characters have sex with beautiful women only. That keeps a show in a fantasy realm, closer to reality than shows set in the realm we live in
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It is a known fact that attractive people are better suited to survive the apocalypse
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This is true, but Game of Thrones still only shows thin women. I don't see any fuller figured women without their clothes.
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Revolution sounds great but that picture above concerns me. Hoping its going to be great but fear it will be another Terra Nova, Flashforward, the Event and Alcatraz (to name a few)
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The marketing still photo for Revolution is a turn off visually. Post-apocalyptic Dawson's Creek?



But I share your sentiment : "OHHHHHHH GOD please let this be good."



Because I love post-apocalyptic survival stories.
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Is it going to be Jerichoish which didn't last? Dystopian fiction is really popular in the Young Adult fiction world (Hunger Games, Divergent, Legion, etc...). Should the networks be looking at a younger market for these types of shows?

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Seriously, this: The marketing still photo for Revolution is a turn off visually.



The grandiose staircase, the purported situation, and the styling of the cast have nothing in common.
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The New Normal sounds promising thanks to Ryan Murphy, but I only hope that it doesn't inundate us with the typical stereotypes...
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'Revolution' sounds interesting...
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I'll give Revolution a chance, even if I have almost no faith in NBC.
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Problem with Post-Apocalyptic/Alternative World/Far Future Shows with Families is that tend to become a little bit cliched. Jericho, Terra Nova, Fallen Skies, etc. They soon start having so much drama and no action and soon viewers leave them 9although Fallen Skies had a comeback in the last 3 episodes last year, so I give 2nd season a shot)



Same with all these new JJ Abraams-ish shows tryung to be new Lost/Fringe (Alcatraz, The Event, Flash Forward etc)



Producers should stop trying to recreate the success of earlier shows and just try something new e.g. Lost was a success because above all it had a fresh format and exploited other media (internet fanbase) and people found it intriguing.



So, stop this "Post Apocalyptic Family drama", The Walking Dead does it better and when the drama started over there, it was the worst part. Try find something new or at least try revive something old that no-one was revived recently

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I'll be giving "Revolution" a chance, but the concept sounds pretty silly. "a world where all energy has disappeared." somebody didn't take high school physics.
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What does that even mean, where all energy has disappeared. How is anything working then?! Plus, toooo many people... eleven leads! Basically a lot of emo-crushing conversations and deaths. And their clothes are so strange and tacky, the guy with the bow-arrow in the tight blue tee is just *ugh*. Can't make it so 'literally' geeky, gotta start cool and mainstream while spewing geeky one-liners like Supernatural did.
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I'm guessing that they don't mean all forms of energy disappeared. They probably will show that at the time of the show no electrical energy is in use (althought I want to see how they'll explain it, I mean there are so many forms of energy and sources of energy that you can use to get at least a minimum of electrical energy)

Basically what all these shows want you to find strange is that there is no internet/tv/radio/microwave ovens/iPod/iPad/iAnything that needs electricity at some point of its lifecycle but it will be interesting to see what kind of lame pseudo-scientific excuse they will come up with
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I'm also suspecting that there must be a catch to the premise. They can't mean that literally *all* energy has disappeared, can they? How are the characters supposed to move? Like Cynycal said, someone has skipped a few lessons in high school physics.

The problem is that they do quite clearly say that "all energy has disappeared". Because of this I fear that the show will be one giant extravagant mess. I like sci-fi shows, and don't mind them taking creative liberties when it comes to science. Usually you can't do sci-fi without making shit up. But there is a limit to this. And having "all energy disappear" is a big no-no. There is no way they can rationalize the disappearance of all energy while keeping the story interesting. I wish it would be a great show, but I'm pretty sure it won't be. Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst.
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I'm pretty sure that with "all energy" they mean "all sources of electrical energy modern humanity uses". I can see a plausible explanation for solar or wind energy to disappear
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@Keyser: You're on the mark. From blogs.ajc.com:

Abrams... has created a new series set in the future, in the aftermath of a world where all energy sources have been mysteriously made inoperable. That means no iPhones, no lights, no motor cars...



So yeah, I guess by 'all energy' they mean electricity, and maybe fossil fuels like petrol. Because even if they have a wood-burning light, the situation changes.
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Quite a few onliners (including me) are championing Revolution....which means the mainstream audience will find the show totally irrelevant. I really hope we finally get a sucessful sci-fi/fantasy show, but I smell another Firefly/Terra Nova/The Event/Alcatraz/Moonlight. It's hard being a geek. At least Grimm is up for seconds and Fringe is getting its final bow. As for Alcatraz, it had its rough spots, but I thought it should have done a bit better than it did, still a more watchable show than a lot of other popular ones out there.
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Is it just me or does The New Normal sound like a blatant rip-off of Will & Grace?
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Not in the least bit. Did you actually read the show's premise?

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seriously? because it stars gay characters? Will & Grace was focused on singles while this new show is about a couple with a kid. tell me again how it is a blatant rip off?
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"Revolution". The other two sound blah-ish. But that's just my opinion.
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Revolution is the only one that sounds interesting long-term.
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Given NBC's recent track record of deciding a show's ratings are too low, pulling it, and the replacement having even lower ratings... none of the above. I'm down to Community, SVU, and SNF on the peacock network, and only one of those is sure to return next year.
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By all accounts, Revolution will be awesome if it wants to be and The New Normal should be at least pretty good. Save Me might even be OK but I'm not expecting much.
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Definietely gonna try New Normal and Revolution
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REVOLUTION looks good and I will definitely be watching it - Just hope NBC don't give it the JERICHO treatment and yank it prematurely.
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J.J. Abrams



TV HITS: Felicity, Alias, Lost, FRINGE, Person of Interest.



TV MISSES: Alcatraz.



Yeah, I'll be giving Revolution a try.
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You also for under TV MISSES: Undercovers
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The only one that appeals to me is Revolution. I love post-apocalyptic stories (Jericho, Falling Skies, etc). Though they don't seem to last long, I would rather watch one season of awesome action than several of canned(or uncanned) laughter. Only exception, Community. As long as Community stays on, NBC can order what ever they want, but Community has to stay!!!!
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Why do i get a terra nova vibe from the revolution show, based on that picture.
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I know EXACTLY what you mean. Hopefully we're just being cynical.
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So far looks like Community 30 Rock and Parks&Recs are getting renewed...for short seasons to make way for these new shows I guess...so here's to hoping they suck so bad that they get cancelled and leave room for the good stuff!
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Looks like NBC is going to continue to suck.
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Planning to watch with some optimism: Revolution, Go On, Hannibal (only because of Bryan Fuller).

Planning to watch with little to no optimism: The New Normal (I like Bartha, I dislike Murphy).

Not planning to watch at all: Save Me.
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Okay so:

- Save Me: is this based on Anne Heche's life? I mean I remember going through that crazy phase were she thought she was God and her name was Celestia or something.

- The New Normal: sounds good, I'm just worried because it's a Ryan Murphy production and we all know what happens with that, cough, cough: Nip Tuck, Glee and the train wreck known as American Horror Story. I also hope they don't start with the typical stereotypes.

- Revolution: sounds boring. Besides, science fiction never works well unless it's on cable. It also usually does bad ( V, Terra Nova, Invasion) and we can certainly expect another whiny and annoying teenager ( remember Tyler from V..... oh lord he was so annoying).
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SF-themed programming does OK in syndication (ST's various offspring series, Stargate's various offspring series, Outer Limits (The new one).) SF on cable stinks... the last cable SF I liked was Farscape.
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Remember Josh from Terra Nova? That kid had enough douchiness to equal THREE Tylers.
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I would definitely watch Revolution. I will definitely not watch Revolution unless they renew Community. I expect NBC will screw it up anyways, so this is a commitment that won't be hard to keep.
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Revolution sounds amazing...but sci fi apocalypse shows seem to be losing (or gaining?... Falling Skies?) ground to fairy tale dramas nowadays. This honestly looks like a good show, and I hope NBC lets it get its legs before prematurely canceling it.
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Revolution sounds excellent, however NBC doesn't have the greatest track record with sci-fi action dramas..... The Event anyone? I really hope they put money into it and give it a decent chance. I'd be very curious to see who will be writing the series.
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Save Me - I doubt it will make it. A comedy that involves God. I see the religious groups coming out protesting it. And it's NBC. If it was CBS, maybe, but then it would be tinkered to more of a family show.



The New Normal - The most interesting of the three. I can see this one sticking around but, since it Ryan Murphy, I will wait a while before I even watch it because I want to see what direction this show goes. Weekly celebrities of the week? Then forget it. I expect NBC to schedule this show opposite Modern Family because we need two shows that have leading gay characters to go up against each other, right?



Revolution - Good luck with this one. It seems every time some network comes up with an ambitious show with an Action/Sci-Fi/Fantasy aspect with a large cast (post-Lost), it seems to fail: Fast Forward, The Event, Terra Nova.



Hopefully the Matthew Perry show is good.



A young Hannibal Lector show? Yikes! Is each episode going to focus on an entree of the week?
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The only one that interests me is Revolution
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