Video Preview: NBC's New Shows for 2011-2012

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It's our favorite time of the year! Networks are picking up fresh new series, giving us hope for an incredible season of quality television. But they're also rolling out trailers for those new series, and trailers usually either bolster our ridiculously high expectations or inspire us to bury that hope in a shoebox in the backyard.

NBC is the first network to unveil trailers for its new shows, and... well, it's NBC. Take a look at the clips below and share your thoughts with us.


THE DRAMAS


Awake

What it's about: From Kyle Killen (Lone Star), this psychological drama stars Jason Isaacs (Brotherhood) as a police detective. Sounds normal, right? Get this: After a car accident, he alternates between two realities... one in which his wife died in the accident, and one in which his son died in the accident. Major brain cramps ensue. Awake, previously titled REM, is being held for midseason.


Our take: Killen appears to have done it again. We were wowed by the trailer for Lone Star at this time last year, and so far Awake looks like the mind-bending thinking man's drama we've been looking for in primetime. Hopefully its procedural aspects will draw more viewers than Lone Star did.

Grimm

What it's about: A policeman discovers he's one in a long line of Grimms, hunters who were formed to protect humans from supernatural beings. Turns out all of Grimm's Fairy Tales weren't just bedtime stories; they were warnings, and the baddies in them are very much real.


Our take: Spooky! But what will happen when the book closes on all the well-known fairy tales? Not every episode can be "Hansel & Gretel" or "Little Red Riding Hood."

Prime Suspect

What it's about: This adaptation of the U.K. hit follows a female police detective (Maria Bello) trying to make her way in a precinct that's dominated by men.


Our take: This tough-girl drama could work if it respects the spirit of the original.

The Playboy Club

What it's about: Set in Chicago during the 1960s, this drama follows comings and goings within the infamous gentleman's club where fantasies come true. But when a new bunny accidentally kills a mob boss, it's up to one philandering lawyer to help her out.


Our take: Wow! The Playboy Club looks like a fun place to hang out... until someone gets killed! We get the feeling that an executive at NBC asked for a Mad Men clone, then tacked on a murder when they felt it was too boring.

Smash

What it's about: This ensemble drama follows everyone involved in the production of a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. Steven Spielberg is credited as co-creator, and Debra Messing, Angelica Huston, and Katharine McPhee star. Expect lots of singing.


Our take: Is this Glee for grown-ups? Not a full-on drama, not a full-on musical, Smash might actually be able to carry a tune.


NEXT: NBC's new comedies for 2011-2012

UPFRONTS 2011: TV.COM'S COMPLETE COVERAGE

New Fall Schedules:
+ CBS: New Nights for The Good Wife and CSI
+ FOX: The X Factor Marks Its Spot
+ ABC: Tim Allen Is Back
+ NBC: Music Mondays, Chuck Fridays

Video Previews:
+ CBS's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ FOX's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ ABC's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ NBC's New Shows for 2011-2012

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THE COMEDIES


Free Agents

What it's about: This comedy, a remake of the U.K. show of the same name, stars Hank Azaria as a talent agent who is going through a messy divorce. He gets involved in a relationship with a co-worker, for better or worse, who's dealing with her own set of problems.


Our take: More mid-life heartache that networks have tried before, but this one has a bit of bite to it. Problem is, it isn't enough bite to get our attention. Let the show bare all of its teeth and put it on Showtime where it belongs.

Whitney

What it's about: Starring racy comic Whitney Cummings, this relationship comedy focuses on an unmarried couple that's been dating for five years. He's normal, she's way off the deep end.


Our take: Even worse than it sounds.

Up All Night

What it's about: A couple welcomes a baby into their lives, only to discover they're horribly unprepared for it. She (Christina Applegate) is a successful executive, he (Will Arnett) is an unemployed, stay-at-home dad.


Our take: Great stars head up this one-joke comedy aimed at 30- to 40-year-olds. The trailer has its moments, and that's more than we can say for most of the other new comedies.

Are You There Vodka, It's Me, Chelsea

What it's about: Based the book by Chelsea Handler, female lead Chelsea (Laura Prepon) is a mouthy, strong-willed party girl who works at a bar. But after getting a DUI, she tries to change her life for the better.


Our take: The multi-camera format isn't doing this show any favors. And how likable is this girl, anyway? Drinking and driving is dangerous, mmmmkay?

Bent

What it's about: A woman (Amanda Peet) hires a contractor (David Walton) to remodel her kitchen. Though the two are worlds apart (she's recently divorced, he's a horny bachelor), they find themselves attracted to one another.


Our take: Where are Jennifer Aniston and Matthew McConaughey? Or Sandra Bullock and [insert male rom-com star name here]? And how is NBC going to stretch what should be a 90-minute fluff movie into an entire series? This does not look good.

Which new NBC shows are piquing your interest so far?


NEXT: Watch additional clips from all ten shows

UPFRONTS 2011: TV.COM'S COMPLETE COVERAGE

New Fall Schedules:
+ CBS: New Nights for The Good Wife and CSI
+ FOX: The X Factor Marks Its Spot
+ ABC: Tim Allen Is Back
+ NBC: Music Mondays, Chuck Fridays

Video Previews:
+ CBS's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ FOX's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ ABC's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ NBC's New Shows for 2011-2012

PAGE THREE

Can't get enough of Bent? Need to see more Prime Suspect NOW? NBC has also released these standalone clips.

Grimm



Prime Suspect



The Firm



The Playboy Club



Smash



Free Agents



Up All Night



Whitney



Which new NBC shows are piquing your interest so far?

UPFRONTS 2011: TV.COM'S COMPLETE COVERAGE

New Fall Schedules:
+ CBS: New Nights for The Good Wife and CSI
+ FOX: The X Factor Marks Its Spot
+ ABC: Tim Allen Is Back
+ NBC: Music Mondays, Chuck Fridays

Video Previews:
+ CBS's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ FOX's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ ABC's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ NBC's New Shows for 2011-2012

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