20 items from 2013
We've seen the pilots of NBC's new shows, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions to what's coming in the fall and midseason.
This quick guide is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate. For now, here are our snap judgments of NBC's new shows for the 2013-2014 TV season.
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There are 10 new scripted shows coming to NBC that were ready to preview. Does Michael J. Fox's much-anticipated return to TV live up to expectations? And is James Spader TV's best new bad guy? HuffPost TV staffers Maureen Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jaimie Etkin, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba, »
- The Huffington Post
In fact, the disabled community views the casting choice as an offensive one.
"This would be like being in the '50s and having a white guy do blackface, at this point," "Sons of Anarchy" star Kurt Yaeger -- who lost his left leg after a motorcycle accident -- told The Wrap. "You need to start having disabled people playing disabled characters. Period."
However, some are applauding NBC for putting a character in a wheelchair and a character with Parkinson's ("The Michael J. Fox Show") at the forefront of its upcoming series. "NBC is putting two shows on air that feature characters with physical limitations, moving a kind of character who’s often relegated to supporting roles -- and who’s often there »
- Leigh Weingus
Ironside Trailer. NBC‘s Ironside (2013) TV show trailer stars Blair Underwood, Spencer Grammer, Pablo Schreiber, Brent Sexton, and Kenneth Choi. Ironside‘s plot synopsis: “In the gritty world of the NYPD, no one’s tougher than Detective Robert Ironside. He’s a fearless cop who won’t stop until the guilty are brought to justice. He [...]
Continue reading: Ironside (2013) TV Show Trailer: Paralyzed NYPD Detective solves Crime »
- Rollo Tomasi
NBC has revealed the first full-length trailers for their new 2013-14 TV series, including shows such as the Michael J. Fox Show, Ironside, The Blacklist, Welcome to the Family, and Sean Saves the World. I think all of these new shows coming out have promise. I'll end up giving them all a chance. Check out the trailers for yourself and let us know what shows you're excited about!
The single-cam comedy is inspired by Fox's real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson's disease.
A multi-cam sitcom about a man attempting to both parent the »
- Joey Paur
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the first announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on NBC.
The Peacock did not have a good year. Only one of its new shows, "Revolution," was a true hit. Another, "Chicago Fire," got renewed by the skin of its teeth whilst the fate of a third, "Hannibal," remains uncertain.
None of last year's new comedies survived, neither did two mid-season dramas, which leaves the network with some big holes to fill. Three dramas and three comedies will debut in the Fall ahead of three more dramas and two comedies mid-season. Two further dramas and a comedy are presently unscheduled.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't become series including the high-profile Charlize Theron-produced drama about the Hatfields and McCoys, the Bruckheimer-produced »
- Garth Franklin
Take a look at a complete preview of the shows coming your way, and mark your calendars. It looks good for NBC this year, and while I’m not sure all of these look like winners, I think you’ll find at least a couple that you’re really going to like.
Blacklist – Fall
The Blacklist — (Photo by: NBC)
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”
Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, »
- Marc Eastman
Will NBC's target demographic of adults 18-49 watch remake of a show whose original version aired before the majority of that demographic was born? Will it help if said remake stars Blair Underwood?
Those questions will be answered come fall, when NBC debuts a remake of the 1960s-70s cop drama "Ironside." It stars Underwood ("The Event," "In Treatment") as Robert Ironside, a New York City detective who was paralyzed while on duty and now leads a team of detectives who work some of the city's highest-profile cases.
The trailer hits all the cop-show marks -- Ironside clashes with his superiors! He's a maverick! His team is unconventional, but they get results! -- but Underwood is undeniably charismatic in the lead role. The cast also includes Pablo Schreiber, Spencer Grammer, Brent Sexton and Kenneth Choi.
"Ironside" is set to air at 10 p.m. Et Wednesdays on NBC in the fall. »
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Feast your eyes on the network’s latest offerings below, and then hit the comments with your snappy judgments! (Promos for NBC’s midseason entries About a Boy and Chicago Pd, among others, will be added as soon as they become available.)
- Megan Masters
The "Office" alum and longtime "Boston Legal" star returns to the spotlight on the Peacock network and this time, instead of upholding the law (albeit via blackmail, bribery and the like), he's breaking it. In NBC's upcoming series "The Blacklist," Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington, the most wanted man in the world.
Check out Spader and his devilish ways below in NBC's new four-minute trailer for "The Blacklist", as well as two new preview clips, and scroll down for more previews and official descriptions of the new series on NBC's 2013-2014 schedule: the “Ironside" remake starring Blair Underwood, the new Mike O'Malley comedy "Welcome To The Family," Sean Hayes' return to sitcoms with "Sean Saves The World," and, of course, the highly-anticipated "Michael J. Fox Show."
"The Blacklist," Mondays at 10 p.m. Et
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, »
- Jaimie Etkin
Chicago – When you’re in as much of a ratings struggle as NBC, it makes sense to shake things up and that’s exactly what they’re doing in the Fall with a new show or an old show in a new time every single night of the week. “Chicago Fire,” “Revolution,” “The Biggest Loser,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Parenthood” are moving. “Community” is being held until a midseason, 13-episode run. No decision yet made on “Celebrity Apprentice” or “Hannibal,” which isn’t that surprising as they are mid-season shows anyway although it shouldn’t give fans of either program confidence as NBC announced a midseason schedule as well and they’re not on it. Anything could still happen with either program however and they could be held as replacements for shows that fail. That may be the best shot for “Hannibal” fans now. The best new show on the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Update 2:15 p.m. Et: NBC has also ordered a spinoff of its freshman series "Chicago Fire" called "Chicago P.D." The new show will focus on uniformed officers and detectives in a Chicago precinct and star Jon Seda and Jason Beghe, both of whom have appeared in several "Chicago Fire" episodes this season.
NBC is not done picking up new series for next season. The network has added another drama and comedy to the six new shows it had previously ordered.
The latest drama pickup is "Ironside," a remake of the 1960s-70s series about a detective who is paralyzed on the job but continues working. It stars Blair Underwood ("The Event," "In Treatment") in the title role. (Raymond Burr starred in the original.)
The remake also stars Brent Sexton ("The Killing"), Spencer Grammer ("Greek"), Kenneth Choi ("Sons of Anarchy") and Neal Bledsoe ("Smash"). Michael Caleo ("Rescue Me," "The Sopranos") is the creator. »
The reboot centers on Underwood as Robert T. Ironside (originated by Raymond Burr), a tough, sexy but acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting. In addition to Underwood, NBC's "Ironside" remake stars Spencer Grammer ("Greek"), Brent Sexton ("The Killing"), Pablo Schreiber ("Lights Out"), Neal Bledsoe and Kenneth Choi. Michael Caleo of "The Sopranos" wrote and executive produced the "Ironside" pilot for NBC.
The network also picked up "Undateable," from "Cougar Town" creator Bill Lawrence. "Undateable" stars Chris D'Elia (who is now free after NBC canceled "Whitney" on Thursday) as "confident slacker" Danny Beeman who takes Justin (comedian Brent Morin) on as a roommate. Since Danny sees himself as "the ultimate player," he decides to help Justin's group of "romantically challenged" friends.
In addition, NBC ordered the "Chicago Fire" spinoff, »
- Jaimie Etkin
And NBC's pickups continue! After ordering two dramas and three comedies on Thursday, the peacock network picked up two additional pilots on Friday. Ironside, a drama starring Blair Underwood, who last starred on NBC's short-lived The Event, and a sitcom from Cougar Town and Scrubs' creator Bill Lawrence join J. J. Abram's Believe and the About a Boy TV adaptation as the projects that made the cut. Ironside: Underwood stars as sexy and acerbic police detective who is relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting in this remake of the '60s series, which will find his character pushing and prodding his hand-picked team to solve the city's most difficult cases. Greek's Spencer Grammer, »
Laffer “Undateable” marks the Peacock’s fifth new comedy series. “Ironside” (pictured) is a remake of the 1970s series, starring Blair Underwood as the wheelchair-bound gumshoe originally played by Raymond Burr.
Peacock unveils its new sked to advertisers in Gotham on Monday.
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When confident slacker Danny Beeman (Chris D’Elia, “Whitney,” ”Glory Daze”) takes Justin »
- Cynthia Littleton
"In Lieu of Flowers" approaches indie romance in a fresh way by showcasing the discovery of new love amidst the ruins of dying love. The film follows Spencer Grammer ("Greek") as Rachel and Josh Pence ("The Social Network") as Eric, who've both had a hard time letting go of their past relationships but find solace in each other through their burgeoning friendship. Their friendship gets a bit more complicated along the way as they start to develop deeper feelings for one another. The film was written and directed by William Savage and will be premiering this Sunday at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Watch the exclusive trailer below. »
- Cristina A. Gonzalez
Per our sister site Deadline….
* Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder) has landed the lead in onetime Housekeeper David Shore’s ABC legal drama Doubt, about a cop-turned-low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system while battling assorted personal demons.
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Right now it's looking like we've got a series of programming dominoes at MSNBC. First, Ed Schultz announced he was starting a weekend show, then Chris Hayes was announced as the host of a new show airing in Schutlz's time slot, leaving Hayes' show Up needing a host. Yesterday, MSNBC announced that Steve Kornacki will be the new Up host. Now, there's an unfilled host's chair at The Cycle. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Johnathan Capehart who was an great guest-host on The Cycle when Kornacki wasn't there.
In today's "Oh, damn it!" news, HBO went and cancelled Enlightened. Dammit.
Jane Espenson has joined the team working on that Once Upon a Time spin-off. She'll be a consulting producer, the same role she has at Once.
The upcoming season of Sherlock will begin with its take on "The Adventure of the Empty House »
Greek alumna Spencer Grammer has landed the female lead opposite Blair Underwood in NBC’s drama pilot Ironside. The reboot of the 1967 series, written by Mike Caleo and directed by Peter Horton, centers on Robert T. Ironside (Underwood), a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases. Grammer, repped by UTA and Untitled, will play Holly, who stands up to Ironside and everyone else and would be much higher up in the police department if she would distance herself from the criminals she grew up around. Former Hung star Jane Adams has been cast in another NBC pilot, the single-camera comedy starring Craig Robinson and executive produced by Greg Daniels and Owen Ellickson, who wrote the script. The untitled project centers on a talented »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
On TV this Wednesday: American Idol tunes up for another season, Arrow gets bent out of shape, a Gossip Girl visits Criminal Minds and there’s no Middle of the road when it comes to parental guilt. As a supplement to TVLine’s features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm American Idol (Fox) | Two-hour Season 12 premiere: It all begins again – this time, with Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban joining Randy Jackson on the judges’ panel. (The two-night premiere continues Thursday at 8 pm.)
8 pm Arrow (The CW) | Suffering a crisis of confidence, Oliver hangs »
- Kimberly Roots
Nick Stokes is not ready for his close-up, as seen in TVLine’s first-look clip from this week’s CSI.
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In the episode “Dead Air,” airing Wednesday at 10/9c on CBS, the CSIs investigate the death of a prominent TV news anchor, who kicked the bucket during a live broadcast. (Let’s hope it was at least during sweeps for her station!)
- Matt Webb Mitovich
20 items from 2013
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