NBC: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Well, NBC has announced it’s upcoming new shows, as well as some shows that will be picked up. And to be honest, I can’t say I’m over the moon about any of them. Well, maybe one.

What’s original here? NBC seemed to be one of the networks we’re more curious about, what with ER‘s  good-bye and their newest pitch to have Leno have a 10:00 daily talk show. And yes, that Leno plan is still happening.

And while I have mixed feelins about Leno’s show (I think it’s a terrible idea, though at least it will be a backup to reruns at 10:00 on other networks), that now limits NBC to two hours of programming. So what do we have?

Well, in place of ER, we’ve now got two new hospital dramas, one of which has Michelle Trachtenberg as a nurse–something I doubt very heavily. Sorry, Michelle fans, but somehow that just seems odd to me. Can she play an adult? I mean, I saw her relatively try in The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, and it was painful.

We’ve also got Day One, which apparently has someone from Heroes involved (let’s hope season 1) and involves people reacting after a global disaster. Didn’t we do this a few years ago and call it Jericho? The frontrunner of that show is Julia Gonzalo, the most annoying cast member of the lost Eli Stone.

And then what? Parenthood? Oh dear, Maura Tierney, is there no hope left? At least Monica Potter’s finding work after Trust Me was canceled.

But where, oh, where are the original premises? I’m most looking forward to Community, mainly because it stars Joel McHale of The Soup, but from what I’ve read on other blogs, people are less enthused because it’s “just another multi-camera comedy.” I’ll take that any day over another Parks and Recreation, which, by the way, has been renewed.

Speaking of renewals, what about the ones we’re really wondering about? No news on Chuck, and contrary to various reports this weekend, it looks like Medium hasn’t yet been decided on yet, either. From what I can tell, you’ll have to wait until May 19, when they announce the fall schedule.

These are two very popular series. I’m still surprised they’re being debated.

Meanwhile, we can expect the return of Heroes, The Office, 30 Rock, reality TV, and at least one Law & Order series.

What else is missing? My Name Is Earl. Again, very surprised.

I should mention that all of these might not be fall shows–some may be winter or “event”–but I think there are some surprises and disappointments here. With such original series as Chuck and, of course, Kings, we’re stuck with the old and the done.

So here’s what I suggest. If you don’t like what you see, and you’re waiting for your favorite NBC show to appear, you better get moving. Write to NBC, post blogs, do what you must. You’re running out of time, and we’re running out of quality.

It’s decent, trust me

TRUST ME: 1.01 “Before and After” (the pilot)

I’ll say it right now: I liked it.  I’ll get into the possible whys and hows in a minute, but I will say that I liked it. Now, I haven’t seen any other episodes–I’m watching it in its live airings like most people–and I hear that the next episode might not be stellar, but I did like it.

We have to take into account that this was a pilot episode. The pilot needs to do two main things: set up the premise and set up the characters. And it did both. I’m not saying that we get to like all the characters, but we do get to know them. And honestly, in a world full of customers and deadlines, you get some rather snippity people. So while we might not like Tony, the boss (otherwise known as the teacher from My Girl), sometimes that happens.

The main characters we really needed to focus on in the first episode were, of course, Connor, Mason, and Sarah. I wouldn’t have minded seeing more of the backstory of Connor and Mason. So far, we know they’re partners and we hear that they’re as close as brothers. One is supposedly likable (Connor) and one is not as liked (Mason). I would have enjoyed seeing their relationship with Jason O’Mara’s character, Stu, a little more to really understand why they were at such odds after his dead and to see why it was such a big deal that Mason was promoted and Connor wasn’t. That being said, I tended to like the guys.

Speaking of Jason O’Mara, perhaps my liking of the episode was because of him. Somehow, in my watching of Life on Mars, I’ve become a fan, so seeing him first thing, just made me smile–even though he was throwing CDs like throwing stars. Perhaps this episode should have been a second episode. Give us a full pilot to show relationships, show how Stu really was daily and how he acted around Connor and Mason, show him hiring Sarah and give us some background on her a little more. I think the episode would have been stronger.

But it wasn’t and it was the pilot. But it was decent and I liked it. Let’s move on to Sarah.

I don’t know my feelings on her yet. She’s supposed to be this really good advertising person, and yes, she’s being thrown into some very strange surroundings, but I guess I just expected her to be a little more solid. More confident in her abilities. Perhaps demanding a window because of her talent more so than just because she was promised one. Basically asserting herself more. I’m seeing her as more of a newbie intern than a veteran advertising woman, but maybe we just need to have some more development. I’m willing to see where she goes, though.

I liked the first episode. Yes, it was because of Jason O’Mara, but I think the show has promise. I worry because of other things I’ve read about how it goes downhill, but I’m definitely willing to give it more time. This could all be a problem with sequencing episodes, so why not try it out a few more weeks? Couldn’t hurt, right? What else is on at 10:00 on Mondays?