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Sneak Preview: The New NBC Shows

by Bob Sassone, posted May 17th 2010 4:00PM
OutlawNBC has announced their new fall schedule, and while some might be mourning the loss of 'Law & Order,' 'Heroes,' 'Mercy,' and 'Trauma,' the network has several new shows that look promising.

After the jump, watch clips from NBC's new dramas and sitcoms. Obviously it's a little unfair to judge an entire TV show based on a one minute clip from the pilot episode, but we can at least tell if the show is something we want to watch.

(By the way, if some of the clips don't show up above you can click on the links below and go to their show page and watch the clip.)

So, here are my thoughts on each of the new NBC shows:

'Undercovers.' Even with this short clip you can tell this is from J.J. Abrams. It's a spy show, it has two attractive leads, banter, a hot spy trying to stall a bad guy by trying to seduce him, high tech and a sidekick/helper guy who is the comic relief (like Marshall on 'Alias'). I hope the formula doesn't become so stale that we say "boy, have we seen this before," but hey, I'm definitely in.

'Outsourced.' There's a buzz going around the industry right now that what critics have seen so far from this new sitcom, about an American worker whose company sends him to India, isn't that great. But from the clip above, I don't know what they heck those critics are talking about. In the span of one minute, I laughed out loud a couple of times. True, a lot of the jokes come from the "fish out of water" aspect, and I wonder if the humor will be a bit controversial, but this has a 'Community' vibe and I'm looking forward to it.

'Perfect Couples.' OK, so not every sitcom can be funny in a one-minute clip. This one ... has potential? It also seems a little forced, though Kyle Howard and his date could be the funny characters on this show. Let's hope it's more 'Friends' or 'Cougar Town' than the NBC remake of 'Coupling' from a few years ago.

'The Event.' I still wonder if viewers will want to take the time to watch a serialized conspiracy show after so many series like that have come and gone quickly. But this has Zeljko Ivanek in it, so that's something, plus it's an excellent trailer. Blair Underwood plays the President.

'Chase.' Action show. Looks like a little bit of 'CSI' and a little bit of 'Fugitive.' If TV math works the way it is supposed to that sounds like a successful mix, but who knows? It will be up against the real 'CSI: Miami.'

'Harry's Law.' Kathy Bates as a pot-smoking lawyer who gets fired from her 30 year job as a patent law attorney? Sounds good to me!

'Friends with Benefits.' At first I thought this would be your run-of-the-mill romantic sitcom, but then the guy started talking about how the woman's kissing is like "a hobo cleaning out a margarine container" and it jumped a few notches on my "Must-See" list.

'The Cape.' From this clip it looks like this could be the show that satisfies 'Heroes' fans. Looks like fun.

'The Paul Reiser Show.' This seems like it's going to be a very meta-comedy, like 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' or the new show Matt LeBlanc has coming up on Showtime. Paul Reiser plays himself, having to deal with a post-'Mad About You' career. This could be funny. It's all about the writing, of course. I did like the line "Tell him who you used to be."

'Outlaw.' Jimmy Smits plays an ex-Supreme Court Justice who quits so he can run a firm that helps the little guy. Anything with Smits and this supporting cast is going to be worth a look, though I wonder if this will be lost on Friday nights at 10PM. Also, based on the little demonstration Smits does with the playing cards and the knife, are we to assume his character is, um, insane?

'School Pride.' Not sure what to say about this. NBC Universal President Jeff Gaspin said in yesterday's conference call to critics that this was a "feel good, do good" show, and that's what it seems to be. It's like 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' -- only for schools.

'Love Bites.' This is an anthology show so it's hard to figure it all out from one clip, but I think we can safely assume a lot of it will feature young characters dating, going out to clubs, and meeting cute guys/girls. Again, it's all in the writing and the characters.

You could say that about all TV shows though, right? Any of the shows above could fail miserably, succeed wildly, or pleasantly surprise us, based on the writing and the stories and the cast. I guess that's what every fall season is like.

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It certainly would be a treat to have a variety of new shows on any of the main channels. Too much of reality shows, stupid comedies and nothing so-called dramas. Give me the good old days when there were great actors, real laughs, realistic dramas and less repeats. One of the best was - Jerry Ohrbach as a real, down to earth cop, his sayings, his lifestyle, etc. That was about the best I've seen in years.

May 18 2010 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jimmy Smotts back on TV. I was glad when they got rid of him. I'll make a note not to watch the show.

May 18 2010 at 7:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Undercovers, The Event and Harry's Law are the shows I'm looking forward to most. The Event looks like a serialized drama to sink your teeth into and Harry's Law looks like a hoot.

May 17 2010 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Event looks awesome. Both comedies look pretty good and Undercovers has J.J. Abrams running it, so you know it should be good. Harry`s Law is David E. Kelly`s latest show so I will probably check it out.

May 17 2010 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

I'm looking forward to OUTLAW with Jimmy Smits but I'm also worried about the Fri. 10pm time slot. I wasn't a big LA Law fan but loved him on NYPD Blue and Dexter. Hope the show does well for him.

May 17 2010 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm loving 'The Cape.' and really hope it succeeds
As for 'Undercovers.' it feels a lot lighter than Alias which is a good thing

May 17 2010 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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