It’s that time of year again, where TV networks repeatedly run promos of pilot shows for their fall lineup. Which shows will survive the pitfalls of ratings, and which will remain in Netflix’s future Watch Instantly queue?
A few weeks ago I listed NBC’s pilot shows for the 2012-13 season, and I gave my biased opinion of each show based on the premise and the people associated with the projects. Well, now the teasers are out, so I’m ready to judge some more. These promos are supposed to attract audiences into giving the show a chance by watching the first episode, but we all know that networks are merely competing for the highest ratings. Haven’t you noticed the previews since June? And next we’ll be bombarded by promos for the 2nd episode, with statements and quotes from various “trustworthy” sources. “The highest rated show on television!” they’ll proclaim. But you’re mostly left with your stupefied look that blatantly reads, “really?” Oy vey!
NBC is known for cancelling their “good” shows and sticking with their horrible ones—::cough::”Whitney”::cough. So, are they going to stick it through and come out on top of the other networks by the end of next May? If NBC is anything like, well, NBC, then being doubtful is an understatement. Check out the previews below and decide for yourselves.
Revolution – People struggle to connect in a world with no energy source
Mondays, 10PM (after “The Voice”)
Go On – A sportscaster feels like he has lost it all—that is until he grows closer with his group therapy members
Tuesdays, 9PM (after “The Voice”)
The New Normal – A look into a gay couple and the surrogate mother who helps to expand their family
Tuesdays, 9:30PM (before “Parenthood”)
Animal Practice – A veterinarian loves the animals he treats but despises their owners
Guys with Kids – Three “adult” males deal with parenthood
Wednesdays, 8:30PM (before “Law & Order: SVU”)
Chicago Fire – A look into the men and women who work at a Chicago fire department
Wednesdays, 10PM (after “Law & Order”)
Personally, I feel like “Chicago Fire” will be just like “Third Watch,” except with the emphasis, of course, on the firefighters and paramedics. The trailer looks decent, though some clips of specific scenes make it look less than stellar. We’ll just have to wait a see. As for the comedies, I’m not sure that any of them will particularly last, but alas it’s NBC, and you never know.