NBC’s schedule for next season includes a whopping 14 new TV series, and the network can only hope that it’s not doing as much house cleaning this time next year.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, NBC recently lost a large chunk of its comedies, kicked Katherine Heigl to the curb, and sent John Constantine back to hell to chill while he waits to see if another network decides to change his fate. According to the Associated Press, NBC’s new shows include seven dramas, six comedies, and one variety show. With the network throwing so many new series at the wall, surely something will stick.
Check out the helpful guide below to see if any of NBC’s new shows will be able to fill the void in your DVR that your favorite cancelled series left behind. The fall series are listed below, followed by the midseason series. Premiere dates are TBA.
Blindspot – Monday At 10 p.m. ET
IGN points out that this new drama was given one of the best timeslots — NBC is hoping that fans of The Voice will be hooked after seeing the opening shot of a naked Jaimie Alexander (Thor) in the middle of Times Square. According to Entertainment Weekly, her Blindspot character is an amnesiac Jane Doe covered with tattoos, and the FBI soon realizes that her markings have dark meanings — they each represent a crime to solve. In other words, it’s another crime procedural, but it comes with a bigger mystery to unravel. Check out the trailer below.
Heartbreaker – Tuesday At 9 p.m. ET
This is a medical drama with a cool twist — it’s based on real-life heart surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato. Melissa George (The Slap) stars as Dr. Alex Panttiere, a woman who is makes a name for herself in a male-dominated medical field. According to NBC’s official description, she “always ‘operates’ on her own terms” (get it?). As the show’s title suggests, Alex’s love life will also be a huge focus of the show, and it’s more complicated and messy than heart surgery.
Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris – Tuesday At 10 p.m. ET
If anyone can bring the variety show back, it’s NPH — the beloved How I Met Your Mother star can sing, dance, and do magic. The official description of his series sounds like an interview-less Ellen DeGeneres Show on steroids with its “stunts, skits, pranks, audience interaction, musical numbers, giveaways, and unlimited surprises.”
Heroes Reborn – Thursday At 8 p.m. ET
Superheroes are big on the small screen and at the cinema, so who can blame NBC for trying to compete with Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Heroes died with a whimper, but NBC is hoping that a fresh batch of superhumans will lure fans of the original back in while also attracting a new audience. The spin-off series will feature a few familiar faces, including Masi Oka and Jack Coleman, as well as beloved Chuck actor Zachary Levi.
The Player – Thursday At 10 p.m. ET
Wesley Snipes and Philip Winchester star in this thriller set in Sin City. It’s about “a former military operative turned security expert” whose life becomes a high-stakes game. A group of wealthy gamblers decide that poker and blackjack just isn’t doing it for them anymore, so they start betting on whether their action hero pawn can stop “some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out.” There’s also a dead wife to avenge, and a plot to take down this shady organization.
People Are Talking – Friday At 8:30 p.m. ET
Fans who prefer seeing Saved by the Bell star Mark Paul-Gosselaar in comedies will be happy to know that he’s following up his serial killer arc on CSI with this more lighthearted show. Just be prepared to do a lot of listening — People Are Talking is a series is about a group of neighbors who “can’t help but analyze and obsess about everything.” Hopefully, the dialogue will be on par with a series like Happy Endings or The Mindy Project.
The series listed below are all midseason shows.
Craig T. Nelson will reprise his role as Hayden Fox in this sequel to the series that ran from 1989-1997. Fox definitely has his work cut out for him — he has to win over a younger generation who were still in diapers when the original series aired, and he has to help his son deal with the struggles of coaching a team at an Ivy League school where no one really seems to care much about football.
If you watched Rules of Engagement just to hear Patrick Warburton talk, you’ll definitely want to give this show a shot. It’s a family comedy that stars Warburton and Carrie Preston (True Blood) as empty nesters who must tame their wild ways after their two adult daughters move back in. Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) plays one of the daughters.
Hot & Bothered
Telenovela parody Jane the Virgin is a critical darling, so will another series inspired by Spanish soap operas just feel like a cheap knock-off? This comedy takes a look at what goes on behind-the-scenes of a popular telenovela, and it has a big name attached to it — Eva Longoria plays an actress who has to deal with the usual suspects (competitive costars, power-drunk network execs, bad writers, etc.). Her life will probably be crazier than the soap operas that she stars in.
Remember when everyone loved America Ferrera? Sadly, the Ugly Betty star is working a Costco-style megastore these days, and the premise for her new series is so snooze-worthy that it even mentions naps.
“From the bright-eyed newbies and the seen-it-all veterans to the clueless summer hires and in-it-for-life managers, together they hilariously tackle the day-to-day grind of rabid bargain hunters, riot-causing sales and nap-worthy training sessions.”
You, Me And The End Of The World
Rob Lowe’s DirecTV alter-egos were recently killed off, and now the actor is going to play another potentially doomed character: desperate apocalypse survivor Rob Lowe. You, Me and the End of the World is a dramedy about a group of people whose lives intersect in hilarious ways after they learn that a comet is on a collision course with Earth. The show will see Lowe reunited with Parks and Recreation co-star Megan Mullally, and Jenna Fischer (The Office) will also return to NBC. A few of the series characters are described as “an unhinged white supremacist” and “a germ-phobic cyber-terrorist” (Lowe is playing a priest).
If you enjoy NBC’s other Chicagos, you might want to check out the latest spinoff series set in the Windy City. The cast of docs dealing with the usual operating room drama include Oliver Platt (The Good Wife), S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), and Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead).
Game Of Silence
David Lyons (Revolution) stars as an Atlanta attorney whose world is rocked when some long-lost childhood pals pop up 25 years later. The guys share a dark secret that has come back to haunt them, and they must band together to face the fallout from their shared past.
Shades Of Blue
Two decades after starring in Second Chances, Jennifer Lopez is returning to scripted TV to play a muy caliente NYC detective who isn’t above taking bribes from dirty cops to provide the best life for her son. However, she has to worry about the possibility of not being erased from her kid’s future when the FBI forces her to turn on criminal coworkers by working as an informant. The cast includes Ray Liotta and Drea De Matteo.
Are you looking forward to any of NBC’s new series?
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