|Look, it's Matthew Perry and his new friends. Go On premieres this fall.|
You can see trailers for every one of the new shows at this link.
And here we go ...
Sunday (post football): Dateline, Fashion Star, Celebrity Apprentice, Do No Harm
I don't really have any use for these returning shows.Monday: The Voice, Revolution
Do No Harm is a modern take on Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. BBC One did a great one with James Nesbitt and Gina Bellman in 2007, do we need another? I guess that's up to lead Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me). The show will ride on his performance. I'll check it out, I got nothing going on Sunday nights at 10.
The network is pushing for two cycles of The Voice each year, using a different set of judges. I hope one of those judges catches fire and they call him or her up to the first show to replace that nasty drunk Christina Aguilera. I don't watch reality competition shows as a rule, there's way too much very compelling dramas and comedies for me to waste my time.
Revolution is about a world where all the methods of creating energy are rendered useless. How'd it happen? Is it the end of the world? Who would have the ability to pull this off? Are they from here? Somewhere else? Will someone create a perpetual motion machine? It's from J.J. Abrams and action begins 15 years after this has happened. Apocalyptic aspects assured. Features Giancarlo Esposito who is coming off some great TV roles on Breaking Bad and Once Upon A Time. I'll check it out.
Tuesday: The Voice, Go On, The New Normal, Parenthood
Why can't reality competition shows just happen on one night? Rand Corporation, work on this, okay?Click past the break for Wednesday through Saturday.
Go On. Okay I will. Stars Matthew Perry as a sportscaster of some sort. I thought he was playing a sports radio call in show host. I can't get an answer so I tweeted the source. There's just one other guy in the core cast which I thought was strange but I'm good with it. Perry's character Ryan Nolastnameatthistime has just lost his wife and these (photo top of post) I guess are the people who help him with that. There's also a grief group component. Scott Silveri from Friends wrote the pilot and exec produces with Todd Holland.
Bryan and David are a couple. They hire a surrogate to have a child for them. Ellen Barkin is someone's mom. And it's a comedy. Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon on Broadway) star in this comedy from Ryan Murphy. Nene Leakes is in this. I guess Nene as actress is gonna happen . I can't imagine how the throngs of black actresses waiting to be on TV feel about that. I imagine not so great. This and Perry's shows definitely make my own personal schedule.
Parenthood's back. I find I don't connect to this and Modern Family the way other people of my age do. Great cast, I'm sure they knock it out of the park. It's just not for me.
Wednesday: Animal Practice, Guys With Kids, SVU, Chicago Fire
Immediately let me say that it's a terrible idea to schedule SVU at 9. It was a terrible idea the last time they did this and it's a terrible idea now. Stop it!Thursday: 30 Rock, Up All Night, The Office, Parks & Recreation, Rock Center
Animal Practice starts Justin Kirk from Weeds. Love this guy. Co-stars Tyler Labine & Bobby Lee. Love these guys. Features a monkey named Dr. Zaius. That's all I need to know, I'm in.
Guys With Kids, now there's a show I don't need to see.
Chicago Fire stars former Lady Gaga boyfriend and Vampire Diaries alum Terry Kinney (above) as a firefighter. If they promote it with the shirt off his back (literally) it will get a lot of sampling. I'll try it out.
Nothing new here. Certainly happy 30 Rock and Parks & Rec are back. Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope are two of the great TV loves of my life. This summer I will once again try to connect to Up All Night should they rerun any, but that and The Office are not shows I watch.Friday: Whitney, Community, Grimm, Dateline
Rock Center? Thursdays? What, no highly gimmicky hour drama starring a great foreign actor that they don't have to pay so much?
What the hell are they doing? Dunno, but Grimm does well enough on Friday, might as well see if something around it will pick up its juice.Saturday: Encores of your favorites.
I didn't think Whitney would be picked up, especially after Whitney Cummings got a weekly E! talk show. Then I found out that by the end of 2025 every one of us will get a weekly talk show, Whitney is just getting hers out of the way. Also surprising considering it's a multi-camera and the trend is otherwise.
Community on Friday? And without Dan Harmon as the showrunner? I don't know what to make of this but I'm going to be optimistic and tell myself it's all gonna work out. The Harmon thing is iffy right now, NBC says he WILL have input they just don't know how much. If NBC breaks it they buy it.
I don't watch Grimm or Once Upon a Time. I object. That's all I have to say about it.
Dateline, remember when Dateline was relevant? No, neither do I, but it might have been back in the Jane Pauley days.
Wouldn't it be a great idea if at the end of the original runs of these shows they replay they told us if they'd replay on the weekend? We could then tell our friends who might wanna see them. Just sayin'.So that's it. I'll try to do this with the other nets and then compare skeds when we have all of them. For the record I'm hoping for MY weekly talk show in 2017.