Video Preview: NBC's New Shows

NBC has released trailers for all the shows it will debut this fall, and if these sneak peeks are a preview of what to expect from NBC, then [if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all]. New drama The Event looks like it has a ton of potential, and there's no such thing as too much J.J. Abrams on television; aside from that, the pickings are slim.

Expect a slew of nearly identical romantic comedies aimed at women, a wannabe successor to Heroes, and a comedy that should raise some red flags from some watchdog groups. Ladies and gentlemen, meet NBC's Class of 2010; comedies are on Page 1, dramas on Page 2, and the lone reality entrant on Page 3. Have a look, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Love Bites

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Notable Cast Members: Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Jordana Spiro (My Boys), Lindsay Price (Eastwick), Jennifer Love Hewitt, Greg Grunberg (Heroes). However, we're still not sure if most of them are regulars or guest stars.
It's Like... Love Actually and Love American Style had a baby that was raised by Sex and the City.
Time: Thursdays, 10pm

Perfect Couples

Genre: Comedic Romance
Notable Cast Members: Olivia Munn (Attack of the Show), the waitress from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, that guy from My Boys who is also in that video you just watched above.
It's Like... someone decided that what the world needs is a recycled version of Friends. It's also like what will be playing nonstop in Hell when I arrive there.
Time: Midseason

Friends with Benefits

Genre: Comedy, with Romantic Elements (I'm running out of ways to say the same thing here...)
Notable Cast Members: Ryan Hansen (Party Down), Danneel Harris (One Tree Hill). Fran Kranz (Dollhouse) was recently dropped from the show.
It's Like... all these other rom-com shows. Can anyone tell them apart?
Time: Midseason


Genre" Workplace Comedy
Notable Cast Members" Ummm... every single Indian-American actor working today.
It's Like... someone just okay'd racism on TV.
Time: Thursdays, 9:30pm

The Paul Reiser Show

Genre: Comedy
Notable Cast Members: No one. Oh, wait, Paul Reiser.
It's Like... a show from some alternate universe where Paul Reiser is still relevant. Or like being cornered by some weird dude who thinks he's funny and wants to tell you about his life.
Time: Midseason

Can you tell the romantic comedies apart? Does Paul Reiser deserve his own show? And how about that Outsourced?

Next: NBC's New Dramas for Fall 2010


Genre" J.J. Abrams thriller-comedy fest!
Notable Cast Members: Soon-to-be-breakout stars Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, plus that guy I saw at the free UCB Theater improv show (the very funny Ben Schwartz)
It's Like... Mr. and Mrs. Smith, if Mr. and Mrs. Smith were African-American. Still totally hot, though.
Time: Wednesdays, 8pm

The Event

Genre: Thriller
Notable Cast Members: Blair Underwood, Zeljko Ivanek
It's Like... Tom Clancy threw his stories in a blender for a made-for-TV smoothie. And it tastes really delicious.
Time" Mondays, 9pm


Genre: Action drama
Notable Cast Members: Kelli Giddish (Past Life), Cole Hauser (K-Ville)
It's Like... Justified, but with Jerry Bruckheimer's sense of subtlety.
Time: Mondays, 10pm


Genre: Light-hearted legal drama
Notable Cast Members: Jimmy Smits!
It's Like... House in a courtroom.
Time: Fridays, 10pm

Harry's Law

Genre: David E. Kelley legal drama
Notable Cast Members: Kathy Bates
It's Like... any other David E. Kelley show, slightly Eli Stone-ish.
Time: Midseason

The Cape

Genre: Not-quite-super superhero drama
Notable Cast Members: David Lyons, Summer Glau
It's Like... Heroes, it even has a carnival. Are you kidding me?
Time: Midseason

Did The Event catch your attention? And does The Cape look like a hit or a fizzle-out?

Next: NBC's Single New Reality Show for Fall 2010

School Pride

Genre: Reality, of the makeover variety
Notable Cast Members: Cute kids, gross schools
It's Like... Extreme Home Makeover goes to schools.
Time: Fridays, 8pm

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