NBC's New Fall and Midseason Shows: Your First Look
This morning at Radio City Music Hall, NBC unveiled its new fall lineup with the help of a lot (a lot) of singing. Those of us in attendance were treated to a performance by "Voice" winner Jermaine Paul, a full gospel choir and orchestra backing "Smash" stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Katherine McPhee on "Stand" to close the presentation, and, to open things up, McPhee and Megan Hilty doing "Let Me Be Your Star," complete with a bit of "The Voice" judges (sans Blake Shelton) spinning their chairs for them. And then, in a pre-packaged bit, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon "found" footage of the returning shows infused with music (including "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "Law & Order: SVU," "Meet the Press," and, most amusingly, "Grimm").
Honestly, while NBC exec Bob Greenblatt joked that a "Grimm" musical episode was a long way from a reality, it might get me to start watching that show again. The network's execs promised that their fall lineup won't be all music, but there is a lot of it, and they are going really heavy on the comedies as well. In fact, they mentioned the word "comedy" about 1,000 times in the two hours, but given that they did see fit to renew both "Community" and "Parks and Recreation," I am inclined to overlook that. However, I am not willing to overlook the fact that most of the comedies that they mentioned look mediocre and forgettable at first glance.
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"Go On (Tuesdays at 9 PM)
So a show like "Community" struggles in the ratings and got bumped to a death slot on Friday nights (after "Whitney"), but a show that seems to channel the same sort of quirky oddball group behavior gets a Tuesday night slot? This can't end well. Matthew Perry is playing a sports radio host (because radio hosts are a thing on NBC next season), and after his wife dies while texting in a car accident, he's forced into group therapy where he makes fun of other people's pain and then eventually helps them heal with the power of bracketology. Yes, really. "Playboy Club" star Laura Benanti is the group's therapist (maybe they'll need her to sing Zooey Deschanel-style at some point), along with Tyler James Williams, who has definitely grown up since "Everybody Hates Chris."
"The New Normal" (Tuesdays at 9:30 PM)