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NBC Adds Six New Series

May 8, 2012

REVOLUTION — Season: Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Anna Lise Phillips as Maggie, Graham Rogers as Danny, Tim Guiee as Ben, David Lyons as Bass Monroe, Billy Burke as Miles, Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie, Andrea Roth as Rachel, Maria Howell as Grace, Zak Orth as Aaron, Giancarlo Esposito as Lt. Neville — (Photo by: Nino Munoz/NBC)

When you’re NBC, ratings don’t really matter. Apparently, their annual showcase to advertisers, known as upfronts, don’t either. In the past couple of days, they have been firing off announcements for their pick ups for Fall 2012. Here’s hoping something off of this list works; the vast majority of their current schedule certainly isn’t.

Revolution – Things just got very interesting for me on this one… As a fan of EVERYTHING J.J. Abrams, I was already excited; as a fan of the late, great Jericho, I have been intrigued (because this show seems to be dancing around the edges of a similar concept; but 38 seconds ago I found out that my girl, Ms. Maria Howell, is in the cast. I don’t know the significance of the role yet, but I do know that Howell is a lovely, lovely lady who I had the pleasure of working with years ago in Atlanta and we even discussed her rooming with me should she make a move to NYC. I am so proud of her! …. Now, back to the show. Revolution will center around a group of people trying to make it in America after an apocalyptic disaster leaves the country unplugged from all devices and machines. Meaning, no cars, no phones, anything. Billy Burke (Twilight), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Andrea Roth (Ringer) star in the series. Eric Kripke (Supernatural) will produce the project alongside Abrams.

Animal Practice – Weeds‘ Justin Kirk plays Dr. George Coleman, a House-like veterinarian who loves animals but usually hates their owners.

THE NEW NORMAL — Season: Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Ellen Barkin as Jane, Andrew Rannells as Bryan, Georgia King as Goldie, Bebe Wood as Shania, Justin Bartha as David — (Photo by: Robert Trachtenberg/NBC)

  • The New NormalGlee/American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy provides his take on the modern family, with this series about a gay couple (Justin Bartha, The Hangover and Andrew Rannells, Book of Mormon) and their surrogate (Georgia King, Skins). Ellen Barkin (Ocean’s Thirteen) and NeNe Leakes (yep, that NeNe Leakes) co-star.
  • Save Me – Anne Heche (Hung) stars in this project described as, “a woman, who lets herself go while in a broken marriage, goes through a transformation where she becomes the best version of herself and creates miracles along the way.” Co-stars include Alexandra Breckenridge (American Horror Story), Michael Landes (Burlesque) and Lamman Rucker (Why Did I Get Married?).

Go On – I know very little about this Matthew Perry-led comedy that was NBC’s first pick up almost 3 weeks ago. Perry plays a sportscaster who, while trying to move on from a loss, finds solace in group-therapy sessions. That’s it. Well, except that none of the reports have included that Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) is in the cast. Good news for him.

1600 Penn – This comedy, created by Jon Lovett (former speechwriter, President Obama), Jason Winer (director, Modern Family) and Josh Gad (actor, Book of Mormon), stars Bill Pullman (Independence Day) once again playing the role of the President and Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) taking on the role of First Lady.

Do any of these looks like something you’ll be tuning in to? Let me know what you think.


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