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NBC| 2016/2017 – Fantasy Schedule

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Those are predictions based on feelings and NBC final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Sunday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

Dramas renewed: LAW & ORDER: SVU | GRIMM | THE BLACKLIST | CHICAGO FIRE | CHICAGO PD | CHICAGO MED | SHADES OF BLUE | BLINDSPOT

New dramas ordered: TAKEN | EMERALD CITY | CHICAGO JUSTICE | TIMELESS | MIDNIGHT, TEXAS | THIS IS US |

Comedies renewed: THE CARMICHAEL SHOW | SUPERSTORE

New comedies ordered: THE GOOD PLACE | POWERLESS | TRIAL & ERROR | GREAT NEWS | MARLON

As the number one network, NBC could simply decide to fill the holes with new shows and hoping they stick. But I hope they will be a bit more ambitious with some bold moves while taking care of their comedy slate, using Superstore and The Carmichael Show as launchpad for new comedies, surrounded by The Voice and Little Big Shots.

 

MONDAYS

THE VOICE

THE VOICE

TIMELESS

Among the new dramas ordered by NBC so far, Timeless is the closest to The Blacklist & Blindspot. And when I say “closest”, it’s still very far from it. The time-travel twist makes it a bit harder to jump on occasionally but as ambitious as the concept is, they did something pretty simple, easy to understand. Will they be able to sustain the premise and the excitement though? I’m not sure. It’s more in the vein of Revolution in the end, that didn’t thrive behind The Voice but did very bad when it was moved somewhere else on the schedule (wednesdays at 8) for the second season. I would have prefered Miranda’s Rights there but obviously, it’s not gonna happen. They could also leave Blindspot there one more year, but it would be a waste of their best timeslot. If Timeless doesn’t do good, the spin-off of The Blacklist could totally end up here for the remaining of the season…

 

TUESDAYS

THE VOICE

THE GOOD PLACE / SUPERSTORE

CHICAGO FIRE

The Chicago Med/Chicago Fire duo does pretty well these days, sometimes matching The Voice ratings. But it’s clear Chicago Med doesn’t really need this to do acceptable numbers. It would probably do the same anywhere else on the schedule. NBC needs to use The Voice to give a good exposition to their comedies, a genre that is still almost dead on the network. Promising Superstore has at least two new shows that would fit well with it : The Good Place with Kristen Bell & Ted Danson and DC Comics’ Powerless. I’ll try The Good Place first in the fall, keeping the other one for a midseason launch when The Voice returns. Trial & Error, Great News & drama Law & Order: True Crime could end up on mondays or tuesdays to fill the holes when The Voice will be gone for a few months.

 

WEDNESDAYS

CHICAGO MED

LAW & ORDER: SVU

CHICAGO PD

Wednesdays should remain stable with Chicago Med solidifying the 8pm slot, where The Mysteries Of Laura did ok and Heartbeat failed and got cancelled. Nothing else should change, especially Law & Order: SVU that stays strong despite Empire and ABC comedies still going strong.

 

THURSDAYS

TAKEN

THE BLACKLIST

BLINDSPOT

NBC has many options for the 8pm timeslot but with the Olympics this summer and the football on Thursdays for one month, they’d better put there a show with a short-term commitment. Taken is only 10 episodes and fit well with high-octane fares The Blacklist & Blindspot, now a duo. They could put a preview somewhere during the Olympics to promote it heavily. It’s a better option than Emerald City, that seems to be a trainwreck from the get go. Chicago Justice could start at 8 during midseason.

FRIDAYS

EMERALD CITY

GRIMM

DATELINE

The Mysteries of Laura was worth at least a reduced third season but it didn’t happen. Miniseries Emerald City has a shot there. Shades of Blue could take over at midseason, while Midnight, Texas could replace Grimm if they don’t decide to keep it for a summer run.

 

SUNDAYS

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

MIDSEASON

CHICAGO JUSTICE / POWERLESS / TRIAL & ERROR / SHADES OF BLUE / MIDNIGHT, TEXAS / THIS IS US / THE CARMICHAEL SHOW / MARLON / GREAT NEWS

Any thoughts? Feel free to comment.

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Midnight, Texas (NBC) pilot preview: True Blood, without the sex & the fun

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Created and executive produced by Monica Owusu-Breen (Charmed, Alias, Brothers & Sisters, Fringe, Agents of SHIELD). Based on Charlaine Harris (True Blood). Directed by Niels Arden Oplev (Game of Silence, Under The Dome, Unforgettable). Also executive produced by David Janollari (Six Feet Under). For NBC & Universal Television. 58 pages.

Description: Midnight, Texas, a remote town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf, and even an angel. Mystery, horror and romance combine to both enthrall and frighten any outsiders who decide to venture into this unusual place. Like the new man in town, Manfred Bernado, a psychic hoping to start anew but the ghosts of his past and those of the town won’t let him rest…

With François Arnaud (The Borgias, Blindspot), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black, Arrow, Heroes Reborn), Arielle Kebbel (Life Unexpected, The Vampire Diaries, Ballers, 90210), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood, American Dreams), Jason Lewis (Sex & The City, Charmed, Brothers & Sisters) Kellee Stewart (My Boys, The Soul Man), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Jessica Jones), Yul Vasquez (Magic City, Treme)…

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Can you believe Grimm is on the air for 5 years already? I would never have bet on this one. At some point this season, it was clear the supernatural procedural was poised to find an end soon. But despite meh ratings on fridays, NBC just decided to give it a 6th season –mostly for syndication purposes since they fully own it– possibly the last and possibly reduced to 13 episodes. Nothing’s set in stone right now. What it means for supernatural pilot Midnight, Texas, clearly an underdog from the get go, is: either it’s incredibly good and NBC takes a chance on it, hoping it becomes their next Grimm; either it’s doomed and at the very best they send it to sister-cable network SyFy, where it would fit perfectly. And the second solution may be for the best. Because it’s not “incredibly good” on the page. It’s okay.

When you adapt a story from Charlaine Harris, whose True Blood series was a hit in libraries and on HBO, you expect three things: lots of sex; lots of fun; lots of creepiness. I’m sorry to tell you Midnight, Texas has nearly none of this. Let’s start with the sex. It’s pretty simple: we’re not on HBO or other cable outlets. On NBC, you just can’t have the same amount of sex scenes and they certainly can’t be as graphic as they were in True Blood, with a lot of gentlemen’s very fine asses, perky boobs, orgies and raw fuck. In this pilot, we follow the arrival of Manfred Bernado in Midnight. As sexy as he is supposed to be, he’s not fucking every women of the town yet. He quickly finds his Sookie though, a charming, timid, innocent lady called Creek. She’s a waitress. Like Sookie. In the only diner/bar in town, like Sookie. He’s not a vampire like Bill, neither a monster. But he’s a dark man too, with many secrets. He’s tortured because of his visions, because ghosts can litteraly jump under his skin, invade his brain. So their relationship is similar to Bill & Sookie. And it was not the best part of True Blood. There are other romances, and a tiny bit of sex thanks to them but really, don’t expect that from Midnight, Texas. That’s too bad. They assembled a very sexy cast! It will get frustrating. You’ve been warned!

Told you it lacked fun. Let me be clear about that: when you’re doing a show where there is a psychic, a vampire, an angel, a werewolf, a witch and a talking cat (yes, a talking cat like in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch!), the least you can do is having fun with all this. Like True Blood did. Like Supernatural does for 12 years. This pilot is way too serious in my opinion. You get an occasional joke and the character of the vampire is clearly designed to be the funny/cynical one –as always, hum– but he can’t do all the heavy lifting by himself. He needs help and he doesn’t get it. That’s something that can be worked on though. They can add more humor in subsequent episodes…

Regarding the creepiness, apart from the ghosts, it’s very soft. No horror. There are strange and horrible things supposed to happen. We’re teased about them but we don’t see them yet. We’re told the town of Midnight has been built where the veil between the living and dead is the thinnest. It explains why supernatural creatures decided to live there, together. At peace. At least until a murder happened and caused the attention of the media. ‘cos of course there’s a murder in the middle of this… What did you expect? There was a serial killer in True Blood season one too. Charlaine Harris tends to tell the same story all over again anyway… There is the exact same atmosphere in Bon Temps and in Midnight. It’s reassuring in a way. But we’ve already been there, haven’t we?

Midnight, Texas is simply a network version of True Blood, a cousin of Grimm, which doesn’t take any risks and leaves us mostly indifferent even though there’s a bunch of interesting relationships and a lot of stories to tell starting from here. Not an incredible pilot, but potential nonetheless. If you have never seen True Blood, maybe you can tolerate it. NBC has way better and/or safer pilots to bet on this year. Except if they’re planning a summer run or a midseason start after Grimm ends, if Grimm ends.