Here am I again at the end of week 1 of the Fall TV Preview. Look, NBC’s back. Hi, NBC. I hear NBC’s got bland procedurals and a trite sitcom on the way in late September.
Chicago Med’s the best shot of the four to earn a second season, because, you know, Dick Wolf. Blindspot either becomes a surprise like its spiritual sister, The Blacklist, or it’s quickly cancelled. The other two are screwed.
At TCA, the NBC president spoke about doing more live events, re-booting old shows, how ratings affected the image of the company, and the ratings for online streaming Aquarius vs. the numbers from those watching weekly. NBC’s in a better spot than it was. The network won the demo battle two seasons in a row. They ordered an unexciting bunch of shows. Also, HEROES falls under the list of returning shows. I did not include it below. My emotional reunion with the series comes next week. By reunion, I mean I’ll watch a trailer, read some stuff, and have the lowest of low expectations for Tim Kring.
Created By Martin Gero
Premiere Date: Monday, September 21 at 10PM
Premise: from NBC's press release, May 2015) From executive producer Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash," "The Mysteries of Laura") comes "Blindspot": A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But there's one tattoo that is impossible to miss: the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller, emblazoned across her back. "Jane," Agent Weller and the rest of the FBI quickly realize that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, leading them closer to the truth about her identity and the mysteries to be revealed.
Thoughts: “From the executive producer of The Blacklist.” Well, then. I read that The Blacklist would be terrible without James Spader. Blindspot burrows in convolution. Jane Doe’s tattoos inform everything: her identity, weekly crimes, and when unravels the mystery of her tattoos, seeking revenge could sustain season two. Jane Doe pairs with Kurt Weller to investigate the crimes—another pairing that’ll hook up. I’m gonna guess a satellite of the FBI tattooed Jane. Why? Without, Martin Gero doesn’t have a show. I don’t know. The intricate tattoo thing is a good gimmick for a procedural. At least it’s less generic, but it retains a certain generic quality. Greg Berlanti also executive produced the series. He’s never creating another warm family drama again, is he?
Created By John Rogers
Premiere Date: Thursday, September 24 at 10PM
Premise: (from NBC's press release, May 2015) From the executive producers of "The Blacklist" and starring Wesley Snipes and Philip Winchester ("Strike Back," "Fringe") comes an action-packed Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative turned security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Can he take them down from the inside and get revenge for the death of his wife, or is it true what they say: The house always wins.
Thoughts: Winchester’s character thinks he’s needed to improve a security team, but he’s needed to make criminals money by stopping criminals from committing big crimes. The Player may remind one of ANGEL’s “Double or Nothing.” You don’t? Yes. Gambling, crime, and Vegas don’t work well. Vegas as a setting for a series never sustains a story. NBC aired a night-time soap set in Vegas that aired four season (maybe? No?). Generally Vegas can’t prop up a feeble show if it needs the blandness of Vegas intrigue. I lost interest after whoever it was revealed the gaming aspect. The protagonist has a motivating tragic past, but every procedural hero or heroine has that. The Player’s a stand-alone episode that unfortunately is the premise of a weekly series.
TRUTH BE TOLD
Created By D.J. Nash
Premiere Date: Thursday, October 2 at 9:30PM
Premise: from NBC's press release, May 2015) If you can think it, they will say it. From producer Will Packer ("Ride Along") and director Pam Fryman ("How I Met Your Mother") comes this unabashed new comedy about two diverse couples who are both neighbors and best friends. As they go through life side-by-side, they can't help but analyze and obsess about everything. From topics like sex and race, to the fact that the trusted new babysitter might just be a porn star, nothing is out of bounds for this wildly outspoken foursome.
Thoughts: I wonder how long the question of the new babysitter’s porn career lingers. The first episode revolves around the new babysitter, specifically regarding how the one guy couldn’t sleep with her if he tried, which leads to humor about marriage and also, and, also, running gags about pizza box porns. The best friends are white and black. Early in the episode, a valet makes a crack about white people listening to John Mayer. I think this show’s already done. Many of the jokes would’ve been ancient in 6-8 years ago. NBC gave it a crappy night. It leads into a show about detectives fighting creatures from fairy tales. It’ll compete against Dr. Ken. Dr. Ken has more potential.
Created By Derek Haas, Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead & Michael Brandt
Premiere Date: Tuesday, October 14 at 9PM
Premise: (from NBC's press release, May 2015) Executive producer Dick Wolf delivers the newest installment of the compelling "Chicago" franchise, an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city's most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. They will tackle unique new cases inspired by topical events, forging fiery relationships in the pulse-pounding pandemonium of the emergency room, and through it all, familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will intertwine as this third team of Chicago heroes hits the ground running.
Thoughts: The lone clips I saw came from the backdoor pilot (?) from Chicago Fire. A Jihadist blows himself up in the emergency room while people stricken with a deadly virus waited for treatment. Chicago Med will fit in with Chicago Fire and Chicago PD. People won’t lack for stakey medical or cop procedurals this fall.