The “peacock network” seems to be dropping any geek cred it had. Heroes was given a mercy killing (only Smallville deserved one more, if you ask me), The Cape was marketed to the wrong group of superhero fans and paid for it, and Wonder Woman was spared David Kelley outside of the pilot. (Actually, with tweaking he might have worked for Power Girl or She-Hulk. Not the current ones, the original.)
NBC’s summaries are a lot shorter than the one’s we saw yesterday; at least the ones Entertainment Weekly posted on their website. You can also check out the previews and trailers here before jumping in to my thoughts. Again, I’m not going through all of them, just the ones that elicited a response.
It’s not a good showing when you preview a show that isn’t even in the press release, such as this show. It’s based on a UK series and we seem to be starting off with the “let’s piss Tronix off” show. It’s a crime drama, but this one is about a female detective dealing with institutionalized sexism, and every other cop in the trailer and preview makes me want to kick them in the baby maker in the hopes that I can stop their reproductive abilities. I’m not even a feminist and I was insulted to have guys like this representing my gender on any kind of program, much less a crime drama, a format that only relatively recently started treating female detectives and cops like law enforcers instead of females. (I refer you to yesterday’s reasons why the new Charlie’s Angels had the right idea about the characters’ backgrounds.)
Not being a police detective I don’t know how much of this BS happens in the real world, but I don’t care either. This is fiction and doesn’t have to be bound by the real world to a point. I hope this show crashes worse than The Cape did or I will lose a lot of respect for the viewing public. There are better cop shows out there easily.
The Playboy Club
I have to at least acknowledge it because of the legacy, but otherwise I couldn’t care less. It’s another period piece, and if ABC’s Pan Am isn’t the only other one, does every network have one this year?
From the limited description, even the EW writer for the clips page compared it to Glee. While I’m sure the success about a bunch of musically gifted kids had something to do with the greenlighting, this show about trying to put together a musical based on Marilyn Monroe seems closer to A Chorus Line. With names like Angelica Houston on the list, people will possibly watch it, although the trailer put the emphasis on the characters as it should. It may not be in my field of interest, but I see this show taking off, at least in the beginning. We’ll have to see what staying power it has.
NBC’s description says it all: “Grimm: Inspired by the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the drama follows a homicide detective who learns he’s a descendant of an elite group of hunters known as “Grimms” who “fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world.” It sounds like an interesting concept, but how well can they pull it off? Horror and cop shows aren’t my usual thing so I won’t be watching it, but I have to give them points for trying something like this, considering their record with sci-fi/fantasy lately.
When Detective Michael Britten regains consciousness following his family’s car accident, he is told that his wife Hannah perished but that his teen son, Rex has survived. As he tries to put the pieces of his life back together, he awakens again in a parallel reality in which his wife is very much alive — but his son Rex died in the accident.
Apparently there’s more to it than that, as cases from each reality are different but events from one can solve the other. Is this what the network that canceled Medium while CBS found a way to keep it going? How many of these are there in the new schedule? (Yes, I’m reviewing as I go through them.)
A multi-camera comedy series about a happily unmarried couple. Together for five years, the duo is in no rush to get hitched.
I’m pro-marriage and Hollywood apparently isn’t. However, the clips made me laugh, something none of the ABC sitcoms did. I may actually root for this one if it’s as good at the trailer. But what is this “multi-camera” stuff? Another sitcom is being sold as “single camera”. Is this a genre now?
There were a couple sitcoms I didn’t even bother watching the trailer for. Overall, there’s one show that sounds interesting, one that I may watch (although not the same show), and one that pisses me off. I can’t say I’m all that impressed. Tomorrow we’ll look at the last of the big three networks and see what CBS is send us this year.
- Fall Preview Week: ABC (bwmedia.wordpress.com)