NBC Announces Part of Their 2009/2010 Schedule! Should We Even Care?

carly-pope-1No not really, especially since the network decided to hold off the renewal announcement of its most buzzed about bubble show Chuck. Headlining the article today is Canadian actress Carly Pope. She will be appearing in the NBC “event series” called Day One. After the jump, previews for the 6 new NBC shows and my thoughts based on their promotional clips.

As previously mentioned in Saturday’s Entertainment Link-Off, the Chuck announcement won’t come until the May upfronts. Remember fellow Nerd Herders, send some nerds and watch Chuck vs. the Colonel tonight on NBC.com or at hulu. Several sources indicate that a Chuck renewal looks good, but it’s not a sure thing. It depends on the negotiations between WB and NBC and whether NBC can fit the show into it’s fall/winter lineup.

In the meantime, keep track of Ausiello’s Fall TV Cheat Sheet to stay up to date on the status of your favourite shows!

NBC has already renewed 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser (*headdesk), Celebrity Apprentice, Friday Night Lights (Yay!), Heroes (Really?), Law and Order: SVU, The Office, Parks and Recreation (it will always live in the shadow of The Office), Saturday Night Live (yawn), SNL Weekend Update Thursday (double yawn) and Southland. Joining these shows are the new comedies 100 questions and Community and the new dramas Day One, Mercy, Parenthood and Trauma.

nbc-shows-09-10Top Row: 100 Questions (Comedy), Community (Comedy), Day One (Drama)

Bottom Row: Mercy (Drama), Parenthood (Drama), Trauma (Drama)

NBC’s Official Description:
Emmy winner James Burrows (“Will & Grace,” “Friends”) directs “100 Questions,” a new comedy series written and executive-produced by Christopher Moynihan (“For Your Consideration”) that provides hilarious answers to 100 questions about love. Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman, “Peep Show”) is looking for love and has rejected multiple marriage proposals — but she has yet to meet Mr. Right. When she joins a popular online dating site, she gets a little help from her dating counselor Ravi (Amir Talai, “The Ex List”) – who requires her to take a 100-question compatibility test. The questions aren’t easy for Charlotte to answer, and each one requires her to recount a poignant and humorous time in her life with friends Leslie (Elizabeth Ho, “Women’s Murder Club”), Jill (Joy Suprano, NBC’s “Law & Order”), Mike (Christopher Moynihan “For Your Consideration”) and Wayne (David Walton “Quarterlife”). The test becomes a journey of self-discovery for Charlotte who begins to realize what she truly wants in a relationship. Ron West (“Psych”), Kelly Kulchak (“Psych”) and Michelle Nader (“King of Queens”) join Moynihan as executive producers. The series is produced by Universal Media Studios and Tagline.

Jackie’s thoughts: We’ve seen these type of shows hit the air and fade away before you know it (Miss Match, The Ex-List)… and this one already looks like a goner. The preview was just painful to watch. Hey NBC, I got a question for you! Why isn’t this show funny at all?

NBC’s Official Description:
From Emmy Award-winning directors Joe and Anthony Russo (“Arrested Development”) comes “Community,” a smart comedy series about higher education — and lower expectations. The student body at Greendale Community College is made up of high-school losers, newly divorced housewives, and old people who want to keep their minds active. Within these not-so-hallowed halls, “Community” focuses on a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin’ lawyer whose degree has been revoked (Joel McHale, “The Soup”), who form a study group and end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work. In addition to McHale, the series also stars: Gillian Jacobs (“The Book of Daniel”); Yvette Nicole Brown (“Rules of Engagement”); Danny Pudi (“Greek”); Alison Brie (“Mad Men”); and comedy legend Chevy Chase (“Saturday Night Live”). “Community” is a Krasnoff Foster Entertainment, Harmonious Claptrap and Russo Brothers production in association with Sony Pictures Television and Universal Media Studios. Russ Krasnoff (“The Soloist”), Dan Harmon (“The Sarah Silverman Program”), Joe Russo (“Arrested Development”), Anthony Russo (“Arrested Development”) and Gary Foster (“The Soloist”) serve as executive producers. Joe and Anthony Russo directed the pilot that was written by Dan Harmon.

Jackie’s thoughts: I see Chevy Chase! I see John Oliver from The Daily Show! Well the cast doesn’t look too bad. After seeing Chevy Chase’s awesome guest-stint on Chuck, I am REALLY tempted to tune in. The preview is actually quite funny and it does seem like quite the quirky comedy. This is one of those goofy-yet-smart comedies that’s worth checking out. Even the preview for this already makes Parks and Recreation look pale by comparison.

NBC’s Official Description: From executive producer/writer Jesse Alexander (“Heroes,” “Lost,” “Alias”) and director Alex Graves (“Fringe,” “Journeyman”), “Day One” tells the story of life on earth following a global catastrophe that has devastated the world’s infrastructures. Beginning with the immediate aftermath of the cataclysmic event, an eclectic band of survivors — played by Adam Campbell (“Date Movie”), Catherine Dent (“The Shield”), Julie Gonzalo (“Eli Stone”), David Lyons (“ER”), Derek Mio (“Greek”), Carly Pope (“24”), Thekla Reuten (“Sleeper Cell”) and Addison Timlin (“Cashmere Mafia”) — strives to rebuild society as they unravel the mysteries of what happened and face their uncertain future. The group, all residents of one apartment building in suburban Van Nuys, Calif., embarks on a quest for survival and discovers that hope is found in small victories — and heroes are born every day. “Day One” is a Universal Media Studios production.

Jackie’s thoughts: Hmm… sounds like a cheap man’s version of Jericho. I can’t really say anything else since there are no finished clips shown. At least Carly Pope is in this… hurray for some eye candy!

NBC’s Official Description: “Mercy,” a new medical drama with a unique point of view, portrays the lives of the staff at Mercy Hospital as seen through the eyes of those who know it best — its nurses. Nurse Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling, “Dark Matter”) returns to Mercy from a military tour in Iraq — and she knows more about medicine than all of the residents combined. Together with fellow nurses Sonia Jimenez (Jamie Lee Kirchner, “Rescue Me”) and Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg, “Gossip Girl”), Callahan navigates through the daily traumas and social landmines of life and love both inside the hospital and out in the real world. The cast also includes: James Tupper (“Men in Trees”) as Dr. Chris Sands, a new doctor at the hospital who complicates Veronica’s life; Diego Klattenhoff (“Supernatural”) as Mike Callahan, Veronica’s husband; and Guillermo Diaz (“Weeds”) as Nurse Angel Lopez. “Mercy” is a production from Universal Media Studios and Berman Braun. Joining writer/executive producers Liz Heldens (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”) and Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts (“Pushing Daisies,” “Pepper Dennis”) are executive producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. Emmy Award winner Adam Bernstein (NBC’s “30 Rock,” “Rescue Me”) is the director.

Jackie’s thoughts: Oh a nurse-centric medical drama! Didn’t FOX try this a few years back? I believe it starred Eliza Dushku… oh wait.. the pilot didn’t even get picked up! Great, this seems like another tired entry into the medical dramas.

NBC’s Official Description: From the executive producers of the box-office hit “Parenthood” — Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (Oscar winners for “A Beautiful Mind”), and writer/executive producer Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”) — this contemporary re-imagining of the blockbuster film depicts the colorful and imperfect Braverman family — four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and joy of being parents. The star-studded cast includes Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Sarah Ramos. When Sarah Braverman (Tierney, “ER”), a financially strapped single mother, returns home to her parents and siblings in Berkeley, Calif. after packing up her Fresno apartment and uprooting her two inconvenienced kids, Amber (Mae Whitman, “In Treatment”) and Drew (Miles Heizer, “ER”), she is greeted by her opinionated father, Zeek (Nelson, “Family Stone,” “Coach”), and strong mother, Camille (Bedelia, “Heart Like a Wheel”), who are privately dealing with their own marital issues. As Sarah is reunited with her siblings — sister, Julia (Christensen, “Traffic”), and brothers Crosby (Shepard, “Baby Mama”) and Adam (Krause, “Six Feet Under”) — all struggling with issues of their own, it’s clear that the Braverman reunion is just what they need to face the everyday challenges of modern family life. “Parenthood” is a production from Imagine Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. Emmy winner Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”) directs the pilot.

Jackie’s thoughts: The show has a fairly solid ensemble cast that includes Peter Krause, Maura Tierney and Monica Potter. Heck, even the creative team behind this is quite solid. Ron Howard, Brian Grazer (Arrested Development), Jason Katims (FNL!) and Thomas Schlamme (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) sounds like a force to be reckoned with. While I’m not into the whole remake of an 1989 flick, I am curious about what will come out of this giant talent pool.

NBC’s Official Description: Executive producer Peter Berg (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”) delivers “Trauma,” the first high-octane medical drama series to live exclusively in the field where the real action is. Like an adrenaline shot to the heart, “Trauma” is an intense, action-packed look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco General is first on the scene, traveling by land, by sea or by air to reach their victims in time. From the heights of the city’s Transamerica Pyramid to the depths of the San Francisco Bay, these heroes must face the most extreme conditions to save lives — and give meaning to their own existence in the process. Starring in “Trauma” are Derek Luke (“Notorious”), Cliff Curtis (“10,000 B.C”), Anastasia Griffith (“Damages”), Aimee Garcia (“George Lopez”), Kevin Rankin (“Friday Night Lights”) and Jamey Sheridan (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”). “Trauma” is a production of Universal Media Studios and Film 44. Berg, Sarah Aubrey (“Bad Santa,” “Friday Night Lights”), Dario Scardapane and Jeffrey Reiner (“Friday Night Lights”) serve as executive producers. The pilot was written by Scardapane and directed by Reiner.

Jackie’s thoughts: I swear, the FNL team is being divided into two shows – Parenthood and Trauma. This better not destroy the best family drama on air right now! Anyway, this show looks like it is fit to take over ER’s spot… except ER is technically replaced by Jay Leno. While I do like the creative team behind this, which includes FNL’s Peter Berg, this show feels like Third Watch with bigger fireworks. This is another example of how NBC is just simply a shadow of what it used to be.

You can check out all the preview clips here!


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