Monday morning at the annual NBC "upfront" presentations to advertisers, NBC announced seven new comedies will join its 2012-13 schedule. Imitation is the sincerest form of television, so move over New Girl. Step aside, Modern Family. Here come a whole bunch of shows sorta like that, only broader:
1600 Penn, which is not yet scheduled and may be mid-season, seems to signal a swing back toward high concept comedies. NBC is calling it Modern Family meets The West Wing, but the clips look more Animal House meets Police Squad.
|The stars of Animal Practice, Crystal and Justin Kirk. Charles Sykes/NBC|
Another occasional Canadian, Matthew Perry, surfaces again on the aptly titled Go On. Perry plays a sportcaster who just lost his wife in a car accident and now is part of a therapy group. "Grief can be good" sez NBC. Wonder if somebody down there was watching Michael Tuesdays & Thursdays? The series launches Tuesdays in the fall. Jump to the trailer here.
|Go On stars Matthew Perry and Laura |
Benanti with NBC Chair Robert Greenblatt
Next Caller rescues Jeffery Tambor from Bent. That's the good news. The bad news is that it stars Dane Cook as a foul mouthed, Howard Stern-like satellite radio shock jock. He's paired with an NPR feminist (Collette Wolfe). Before you can say, "sounds like a four-minute SNL sketch," hilarity ensues. Air date TBA. See the really bad teaser here.
Save Me stars Anne Heche as an angel. Sort of. She's still alive, but she nearly died choking on a hero sandwich, so now she has a hot line to God. That's right, Anne Heche. And it's called Save Me. TBA. The preview clip is here.
The New Normal is a really obvious Modern Family ripoff. Ellen Barkin gets work in it, Ryan Murphy produces. Tuesdays on NBC. See the trailer here.
These new comedies don't seem very Robert Greenblatt-y, but lets try not to judge all these colouring books by their covers. NBC also unveiled five new dramas and four new reality shows. Find more on today's NBC upfront in New York here and all the new show information here.