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Fall Shows First Look: NBC

  • Ryan Duncan TheFish.com Editor
  • 2012 5 May
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Fall Shows First Look: NBC


Well, it's officially summer, and our favorite programs have once again packed their bags and headed out until the cold winds of fall drive us back to our sofas. In the meantime though, TheFish.com is giving you an inside look at what television series you can expect to see when that day comes, and which members of the new crop appear the most promising. Take a moment to check out these all new shows coming this fall to NBC.

 

Revolution

What's it About: Fifteen years ago, the entire world experienced a sudden and unexplained blackout. Every piece of technology, from airplanes to batteries, was permanently shut down, and in the wake of the disaster humanity was forced to adapt to a world without power. In the middle of it all is the Matheson family, who possess an amulet that may be the key to explaining what happened all those many years ago. However, they must fight to protect it from warlords and bandits who also desire its secret.     

First Impressions: J.J. Abrams produced the show, and he's usually a safe bet. Plus, a TV show with a post-apocalyptic storyline is always something worth checking out. It's pretty clear that NBC is banking on Revolution becoming TV's next big drama, but Fox made a similar gamble last year with Terra Nova, and that series ended as one expensive cancellation. Only time will tell for Revolution.             

Final Verdict: Watch  

*Click here to watch the trailer for NBC's Revolution

 

Go On

What's it About: Matthew Perry stars as Ryan King, a talented sportscaster who joins a support group after the death of his wife. King's sarcastic personality causes disarray among his fellow group members, and after discovering that their leader's (Laura Benanti) only qualifications consist of a "Weight Watchers" membership, King decides to take the reins of the support group himself, introducing his own brand of therapy in a One-Flew-Over-the-Cuckoo's-Nest style fashion.

First Impressions: Too soon to call, really. Go On has some potential in it, but Matthew Perry's last show, Mr. Sunshine, didn't pan out and this one has a similar feel. The show's trailer also flirts with dark humor, and that can easily fall apart if not handled correctly.

Final Verdict: Undetermined  

*Click here to watch the trailer for NBC's Go On

The New Normal

What's it About: After single mom Goldie (Georgia King) walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her, she and her daughter (Bebe Wood) head to California with hopes of starting a new life. At her daughters urging, Goldie agrees to become the surrogate mother for a young gay couple (Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) who promise to help her pay for law school in return for her maternal services. Then, just when things are finally starting to look up, Goldie's racist grandmother arrives…       

First Impressions: Conservatives will hate it, Christians won't touch it, and the show just doesn't seem clever or funny enough to carve out the niche audience it needs to survive. We recommend Ryan Murphy stick to Glee.          

Final Verdict: Pass  

*Click here to watch the trailer for NBC's The New Normal

 

Animal Practice

What's it About: In this new comedy, Weeds alum Justin Kirk plays Dr. George Coleman, a talented veterinarian who loves animals and despises their owners. Unfortunately, the arrival of a new hospital director puts Coleman and his unorthodox methods in the spotlight. To keep his job and help the animals he so loves, this quirky caretaker must learn to treat humans with the same affection he shows their pets. Not an easy task when your closest friend is a trained monkey.           

First Impressions: House meets Dr. Dolittle? Eh, we're not feeling it. They say you should never work with children or animals, and a show about an animal hospital seems doomed to cancellation even if it scores good rating. Still, Justin Kirk can be pretty hilarious, and the show has already gained a small following online, maybe it's worth a shot?         

Final Verdict: Watch      

*Click here to watch the trailer for NBC's Animal Practice 

 

 

Guys with Kids

What's it About: Three men in their thirties (Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger, and Jesse Bradford) must navigate life as young fathers while still attempting to grow up themselves. With each one living in their own unique stage of life, ranging from newly divorced to married with several children, the three of them meet frequently to trade their misguided advice, which usually ends in disastrous results.  

First Impressions: We don't really see this one having an audience. Even if it did have the occasional laugh, it's unlikely that guys (with kids or otherwise) will be tuning in to watch.              

Final Verdict: Pass      

*Click here to watch the trailer for NBC's Guys with Kids

 

 

Chicago Fire

What's it About: NBC's final fall drama follows the lives and relationships of the men and women working in Chicago Firehouse-55. While its characters range from the firefighters to the paramedics, particular focus is given to the emerging rivalry between firefighter Matthew Casey (House's Jesse Spencer) and Squad member Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) after the death of their mutual friend and colleague.           

First Impressions: Am I the only one who thinks these guys are way too pretty to be firemen? Seriously, this show looks like Grey's Anatomy with fire trucks, which probably means it will do well regardless of whether it's actually any good. Also, the show was produced by Dick Wolf, the same mind behind the Law & Order franchise, see previous comment.      

Final Verdict: Undetermined       

*Click here to watch the trailer for NBC's Chicago Fire  

*This Article First Published 5/30/2012