Monday, May 16, 2011

NBC coming strong next season with 'Grimm', 'The Playboy Club', 'Up All Night' and 'Smash'

New NBC President Robert Greenblatt put it best this morning that their upfront presentation when he said that they, "need to spend less time trying to reinvent the wheel and more time focusing on Broadcasting 101."  An obvious dig at Jeff Zucker who once did away with the upfronts and tried "The NBC Experience".  Oh, and he totally killed NBC's television power and turned it in to the beaten up kid pretending that Jay Leno is hilarious. 

It looks like they are on the right track with some of these new shows premiering next season. 

Here are some of the ones we're really looking forward to:



This promo got me excited and made me laugh.  A show based on Grimm's fairy tales...or are they just tales?  It's incredibly promising and I can't wait to see it.

The Playboy Club

All of our fans know that we are fans of Playboy, along with the era and culture of The Rat Pack.  To take these ideas and smash them together is just fantastic.  This looks to not only to be a great drama, but also to touch on how Hefner used the Playboy Club's to fight for racial equality.  (If you don't know what I'm talking about, rent Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel.)

Up All Night

Normally this kind of show would have me yawning and screaming to change the channel.  But Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph make me want to see this.  Damn you!


Geez...a GLEE wannabe is now here, right?  Maybe.  But there appears to be a great concept to this show.  Putting on a Broadway show.  From concept to auditions to staging and performances.  While many kids watch GLEE and hope to be on American Idol, Smash looks to bring them the reality of trying to make it on Broadway.

I'm a sucker for great stage musicals, and the theater geek in me got chills watching this.

This isn't to say that everything they unveiled will be a winner.  Are You There Vodka?  It's Me Chelsea looks freakn' horrible.  Awake is a great concept, but the premise of a man creating alternate realities in his mind after losing his wife and son can't sustain a whole series.  Whitney has some promise, but the pilot wasn't that strong.  If it survives it will be because of the comedy of it's star Whitney Cummings.  Bent isn't going to go anywhere.  Free Agents is either a romantic comedy, work place comedy, entertainment parody, or just m'eh.

To watch more NBC promos, take the jump over the The TV Addict.

What say you?

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