Ooooooh, IT’S UPFRONTS SEASON! You guys! That wonderful time of the year when major networks and some select cable channels let us all in on what they have in store for us, their viewers, next season. Oooh lala. It’s like we’re all a bunch of Mr. Hollywoods. Really, we should’ve talked about the new NBC comedies yesterday when they were announced, but it’s possible that some of us kind of, by accident, dropped the ball on upfronts news yesterday. Not that they aren’t professionals, it’s just that maybe they had other things to pay attention to here yesterday and the VERY important thing that is “upfronts” kind of slipped by silently and unnoticed, the way most of these new shows will eventually slip off of TV and into the land of Canceled Shows We Don’t Even Remember. But in any case, now we have both new NBC comedies and new FOX shows to talk about! Upfronts Christmas! There are so many shows! My goodness! WHERE DO THEY EVEN GET THE IDEAS FOR ALL OF THESE SHOWS?

Fox

The Mindy Project is Mindy Kaling’s vehicle in which she plays Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a Zooey Deschanel’s The New Girl type, except smarter and more like a real human, who’s looking for love. With Bill Hader and Ed Helms (at least in this trailer) and the handsome boyfriend from the final season of Six Feet Under! It looks very promising! A+. Can’t wait.

The Mob Doctor is a show about how the girl from My Boys is a surgeon who also works for the mob, to whom she “owes a debt.” Looks like a cheesy “I’m a real bad ass” doctor drama that could go either way with most people! And by that description it seems like it should make up for how House ended this season, but I’m not sure that it will! Mob Doctor!

Ben & Kate is brother-and-sister-who-raised-each-other-are-all-grown-up-now sitcom where the brother is a screw-up and the sister has it mostly together, except for in the lover department, and she also has a young child who is adorable and speaks too calmly and intelligently for her age, and the screw-up brother talks to the child as if she is a grown up, and the brother moves back to town to help raise the child and in all of those ways sounds exactly like a sitcom version of You Can Count On Me. It doesn’t really end up feeling like that, because it is a sitcom, but that is basically exactly what it is! Sitcom YCCOM, except if SPOILER Mark Ruffalo stayed at the end of that movie. Also: It’s from New Girl writer and executive producer Dana Fox. Looks good!

The Goodwin Games is produced by the team who brought you How I Met Your Mother, and is about siblings, one of whom will inherit $20 million after their father’s death if they win a game of Trivial Pursuit about their own lives. WHAT A PREMISE! It looks like what that sounds like, which is fine, and like it was from the team who brought you How I Met Your Mother.

The Following has Kevin Bacon playing a retired FBI profiler getting the band together one more time (the band = Kevin Bacon) after a serial killer (James Purefoy) breaks out of prison to lead a cult of followers who come together to carry out his serial killer wishes. That sounds like something!

NBC

Go On stars Matthew Perry as a recently widowed sportscaster who joins a support group with the hope of soon getting back to work. Glad to see Matthew Perry back on NBC, where he BELONGS!

The New Normal is Ryan Murphy’s (Glee, American Horror Story) new project about a wealthy gay couple (Justin Bartha, Book of Mormon‘s Andrew Rannells) and the midwestern surrogate mother (Georgia King) who will be carrying their child. Though it does come from Ryan Murphy, which is not necessarily a sign that it’s something WE would enjoy, it looks like it might be pretty good!

Animal Practice stars Andy from Weeds (Justin Kirk) as a veterinarian. I’ve seen other websites say that it “seems to pose the question ‘What if House were a veterinarian?’” Sooo uhhhhhhh. THAT. It also seems to pose the theory “animals + Andy from Weeds,” though, and those are both things that any normal person should enjoy. So we’ll see!

Guys with Kids is executive produced by Jimmy Fallon, so that sounds kind of promising, and it’s about exactly what the title tells you it’s about. I’m not loving the clip, but WE’LL SEE! That’s the thing about upfronts. You have to wait and see if things turn out as badly as they seem!

Save Me is about Beth (Anne Heche), who has a spiritual transformation (and a “direct line with God”) after a near-death experience. Sure.

Next Caller is the Dane Cook show about how he’s super awful.

1600 Penn is the second Book of Mormon-star-fronted comedy coming to NBC, about a dysfunctional family living in the White House. Starring Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) (like I already said), Jenna Elfman, and Bill Pullman. Looks pretty good!

PHEW. WE’RE FINISHED! WITH THESE TWO NETWORKS! What do you guys think? Which show is your favorite? Which show do you HATE? Which one do you think will be the so-so-ist? Which one will be canceled first?

Comments (49)
  1. If Animal Practice is House as a Veternarian, then it should have been called Dog House. This is why you are in 4th place, NBC! This is why!

  2. I wish the networks would be a little more up front about how many of these shows are gonna suck. Get it? You’re smart. You get it.

  3. House But For Animals This Time would have been a better name for the show. Still, Andy from Weeds is very good on Weeds AND Yo Gabba Gabba, so I’ll for sure watch it.

  4. UGGH… judging purely from the screenshot Guys with Kids is based on an old reference from the Hangover…it also looks exactly like the preview of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

  5. Can we talk about the premise for J.J. Abrams’ Revolution? Do you think the creators think electricity is magic? In real life? That somehow copper wire could just lose its properties of conductivity if someone said the right magic words? It just seems like the writers need to take a rudimentary physics class.

  6. The Fox lineup is dark and full of terrors.

  7. Is Ryan Murphy trying to compete with Shonda Rimes on how many projects he’s going to tackle at once next season?

    • it’s pretty obvious watching 3 or 4 episodes of any of his shows that he gets bored with his characters pretty quickly.

      • I definitely agree with you, which is why American Horror Story worked for me, since it was a very short season. When he has 22 episodes to write, he’s going to veer off course very quickly. With shorter seasons, he only has a small period of time to work on arcs, therefore making for tighter stories and less superfluous filler characters.

        • let it go for more than 2 or 3 seasons and see what happens. i was a huge fan of nip/tuck and holy shit did that fly off the rails…and that’s a show that’s whole MO was flying off the rails.

        • Shorter doesn’t always equal better. If anyone has seen Running With Scissors, you know Mr. Ryan Murphy can do a lot of damage in only 2 hours.

      • Popular was wonderful. You shut your whore mouth.

  8. I love Mindy Kaling, so The Mindy Project is a must-see for me. Though apparently not for NBC.

  9. Well, there’s always books.

  10. “This isn’t legal”
    “Well, it’s a good thing that we’re not lawyers!”
    Are you sure about that, because I’m pretty sure that defense would hold up in any court.

    • “This isn’t money!”
      “well, it’s a good thin we’re not accountants”

      “This isn’t beer!”
      “well, it’s a good thing we’re not bartenders”

      “this isn’t ham”
      “well, it’s a good thing we’re not hamsters” … I don’t know, you get the idea.

  11. Good luck with that, netdorks.

  12. I think “The Mindy Project,” and “The New Normal,” look wonderful! This comment is sincere!

  13. Fuck off, NBC.

    • Whitney gets renewed, Awake gets cancelled and all of these shows look faker than a parody Spielberg movie about a horse in The Great War as seen through a child’s eyes? At least they kept Grimm. Seriously, watch Grimm. It is very entertaining.

      I’m so fucking happy I quit entertainment so I don’t have to pretend any of this crap has promise. The two or three Fox shows are fine, but man oh man that NBC stuff… Wow.

  14. My god, this post was exhausting. Not Kelly’s commentary, but the number of trailers! It’s like an animal video post except less funny, less cute, and a lot longer.

  15. The Goodwin Games looks like something I would watch but I do not understand how a TV show with that limiting premise was greenlit. It absolutely sounds like a movie, not a 13-22 episode dramedy that if successful could run for years. That is truly confusing.

    In good news, The Mindy Project looks great and I will definitely watch it.

  16. Mindy’s show looks excellent. I spit out my coffee at that JCM v. Springsteen line.

    The Goodwin Games looks awesome, but does that mean Barney isn’t marrying the stripper and that actress won’t be on HIMYM bc I love that girl. Love her. Also that show, while promising, looks like a TV version of a Wes Anderson movie… which could be fine but the premise is a little too twee for a serial program. But it’s a funny idea. This being said, I hope to god they don’t play that game for 7+ years. JUST INTRODUCE THE GODDAMN MOTHER.

    • I skimmed this and basically read “The Goodwin Games…JUST INTRODUCE THE GODDAMN MOTHER” which actually sums up a lot of my feelings right now.

      • At this point I sort of want her to be a surrogate and he just had kids on his own.

        • A friend and I have talked about this before and we think that the showrunners are afraid to introduce the mother because they think that then the show will have to end. But we both think that that’s absolutely not the case. Once Ted meets her, it’s still got to be a while before she actually becomes a mother. You can show the journey of how she and Ted become the people they need to be in order to parent children. So, come on HIMYM, SHOW ME THE MOTHER.

          • I admittedly haven’t watched any of the new season of HIMYM, but it seems like they abandoned the premise of the show a long time ago. It’s basically a slightly better version of Friends at this point. They need to introduce the mother at the beginning of the next season and wrap it up, or the “better version” part of that goes away.

  17. Ummm, did you guys hear about how at the NBC upfronts they had the girls from “Smash” singing as the Voice judges spun their chairs around dramatically revealing the NBC chairman in one of the chairs? That’ll do, NBC, that’ll do.

  18. Very good names for shows all around. Good job, everybody.

  19. I gat paid $15 to watch a screener of The New Normal a few weeks back. Ellen Barkin & Justin Bartha were great. So is the female lead. But the mail male lead BLOWS. He has no charisma and zero chemistry with the rest of the cast and his secretary is played by Nene from the Real Housewives. Not too surprisingly, she can’t act.

  20. Can we try “Drive” again? That show was great for the 3 episodes it was on, and I bet more people would watch it (again) than a lot of these “shows”.

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