NBC announced some key pieces of its Fall TV lineup today as the network Upfront season kicked off, but it also left a bunch of questions unanswered. The fate of several shows remains up in the air, as does NBC's official schedule, which is complicated by the addition of Jay Leno in the 10 p.m. slot Monday through Friday. After the jump, I've got video and photos of NBC's six new shows, but first, a few of my thoughts as I read through the announcements:
- Yeah, no news on Chuck — nor on Medium, Life, Law and Order, or My Name is Earl.The new deadline when NBC says they'll decide is May 19. It's hard not to be bummed, but I'm going to do as Josh Schwartz commands and try to stay positive.
- Where on earth is NBC going to put all of these shows?
- On first glance, I reacted most positively to the trailer for Parenthood, which has a cast filled with some of my favorite actors and a script from Friday Night Lights's Jason Katims. I'm a little confused by the tone of Mercy and not taken by the preview of 100 Questions. Community could be great, though I wish I'd laughed even more. Trauma blows a lot of things up and looks very well-produced. All we have to go on for Day One is a behind-the-scenes clip, but there's still time — that one will launch in midseason after the Winter Olympics.
- In general, FNL alumni had a pretty good season at NBC! In addition to FNL itself coming back, five of the show's writers and/or producers are now working on other NBC shows, as is one of its actors (Kevin Rankin, aka Herc, who's on Trauma).
- Joel McHale will be pulling double duty next year: In addition to his role on Community, he intends to keep hosting The Soup.
- I'm a little surprised not to see David E. Kelley's Legally Mad on the list, but apparently it got mixed reaction at a screening. Of the buzzworthy pilots, I'm still curious about that one and the buddy-cop comedy Off Duty with Bradley Whitford.
I'm curious to know your first reactions, so without further ado, to see clips and photos from the NBC shows, just read more.
Note: this is a behind-the-scenes clip
Photos courtesy of NBC