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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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EXCLUSIVE: NBC’s Fall Schedule / Trailers

 

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THE VOICE – MONDAY – 8pm

BLINDSPOT – MONDAY – 10pm


THE VOICE – TUESDAY – 8pm

HEARTBREAKER – TUESDAY – 10pm

BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS – TUESDAY – 10pm


THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA – WEDNESDAY – 8pm

LAW  & ORDER: SVU – WEDNESDAY – 9pm

CHICAGO PD – WEDNESDAY – 10pm

 

HEROES REBORN – THURSDAY – 8pm

THE BLACKLIST – THURSDAY – 9pm

THE PLAYER – THURSDAY – 10pm


UNDATEABLE / PEOPLE ARE TALKING
– FRIDAY – 8pm

GRIMM – FRIDAY – 9pm

DATELINE – FRIDAY – 10pm

 

MIDSEASON

HOT & BOTHERED

CROWDED

CHICAGO FIRE (November launch)

CHICAGO MED

COACH

EMERALD CITY

GAME OF SILENCE

SHADES OF BLUE

YOU ME AND THE END OF THE WORLD

SUPERSTORE

 

NBC | 2015/2016 – 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 tomorrow. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

Dramas renewed: LAW & ORDER: SVU – GRIMM – CHICAGO FIRE – CHICAGO PD – THE NIGHT SHIFT – THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA

New dramas ordered: HEROES REBORN – SHADES OF BLUE – EMERALD CITY – CHICAGO MED – BLINDSPOT – HEARTBREAKER – THE PLAYER – GAME OF SILENCE

Comedies renewed: UNDATEABLE

New comedies ordered: TELENOVELA – COACH – SUPERSTORE – CROWDED – PEOPLE ARE TALKING

MONDAYS

8pm – THE VOICE

9pm- THE VOICE

10pm- BLINDSPOT

Even if The Voice is down versus last year -but just a little bit- Monday at 10 is still the best launchpad NBC has in store. But State Of Affairs & The Night Shift‘s failures proved they can’t just throw anything there and hope for the best. Blindspot seems to be the safest bet: their best shot in the best slot! It can skew young, both male and female -with Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton being a really hot pair- it’s ambitious but procedural-y enough to be enjoyed by the casual viewers and most of all, it has a Blacklist feel. That’s where the James Spader-starrer became a hit before being moved to Thursdays. Shades of Blue could have been an option, but it’s only a 13-episode season.

TUESDAYS

8pm- THE VOICE

9pm- BEST NIGHT EVER WITH NEAL PATRICK HARRIS

10pm- CHICAGO FIRE

It’s not easy scheduling variety show Best Night Ever With Patrick Harris Show. NBC made clear live events are their way of differentiating themselves from the other networks. They tried comedies after The Voice results show on Tuesday and they all failed. Only multicamera sitcom Undateable deserved a third season but launching it in the fall doesn’t seem to be the best idea (even with the live episodes twist). They need tro try something else first. So I decided to put The Neil Patrick Harris show at 9 with a possible special preview after America’s Got Talent‘s season finale in early September. Scheduling a variety show after The Voice totally makes sense. 10 episodes are ordered, it means by late november, they could finally launch new comedies and I’m thinking of a pair formed with Eva Longoria’s Telenovela and America Ferrera’s Superstore. If The Neil Patrick Harris Show is a hit, they will be able to promote them heavily during it for weeks! Undateable could be used during springtime with another multicamera comedy, either Coach or Crowded. At 10, stability is required with Chicago Fire doing OK.

WEDNESDAYS

8pm- HEARTBREAKER

9pm- LAW & ORDER: SVU

10pm- CHICAGO PD

Since The Mysteries Of Laura obtained a third season at eleventh hour (consisting of 13 episodes), they should move it to day, I’m thinking friday. NBC might want another light fare to start the night and soapy/cheesy medical Heartbreaker is their only option in that regard. I really don’t think it will work. That’s where Mercy failed a few years ago. Bur since they ordered it… Expect a cancellation sooner or later! The rest of the night remains the same. There’s no reason to change it. Lots of new crossovers between the Dick Wolf’s shows will help introduce Chicago Med at midseason.

THURSDAYS

8pm- HEROES REBORN

9pm- THE BLACKLIST

10pm- SHADES OF BLUE

Yes, placing Heroes Reborn, which is aiming at attracting the young (male) demo, right in front of Thursday Night Football on CBS for the first weeks of the season and then The Big Bang Theory is not the best idea ever, but where else could they put the 13-episode mini-series? Certainly not at 10, where a big chunck of the audience is not there anymore. I thought of Friday nights, paired with Grimm, but I guess they are a little bit more ambitious than that (though they shouldn’t…). The Blacklist stays where it is, even if the results are meh. It’s still better than the previous years with comedies. At 10, Jennifer Lopez’s cop show Shades of Blue could do the trick for 13 weeks. It should be kept far from the successful shows broadcasted between 8 and 10 on spanish-language networks. Chicago Med should go there at midseason (the ER spot for 15 years).

FRIDAYS

8pm- THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA

9pm- GRIMM

10pm- DATELINE

Grimm should stop trying fantasy shows on fridays, they’re doomed to fail. Grimm is not strong enough to launch anything and a new show can’t self-start on a Friday Night. Put The Mysteries Of Laura there, then why not, The Night Shift or another season of The Biggest Loser later in the season.

MIDSEASON

Dramas: THE NIGHT SHIFT / EMERALD CITY / APOCALYPSE SLOUGH / CHICAGO MED / THE PLAYER / GAME OF SILENCE

Comedies: UNDATEABLE / TELENOVELA / COACH / SUPERSTORE / CROWDED

As usual, NBC has a lot in store for midseason, especially since they have to replace Sunday nights once the Sunday Night Football has ended and start something new wherever Heroes Reborn and Shades Of Blue end up. The first spot could be filled with another 10-episode mini series, Emerald City, and the second one with Chicago Med or The Player, that could do well with The Blacklist. The Player could also be launched on Monday after The Voice if the first season of Blindspot is split into two parts. I don’t see English co-produced Apocalypse Slough appearing anywhere on the regular schedule but Friday is a possibility, and I guess Game Of Silence will end up at 10 on Sundays during springtime. The extra comedies ordered could take The Voice‘s slot on Tuesday between two editions.

 

What do YOU think?

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“The Player” (NBC) pilot preview: Game over or game on? All bets are off!

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Previously entitled “Endgame“. Pilot “Place Your Bets” written & produced by John Rogers (The Librarians, Leverage, Catwoman, Transformers). Co-produced by John Fox (The Blacklist) & John Davis (The Blacklist, Predator, Paycheck).  For NBC, Sony Pictures Television & Davis Entertainment. 64 pages.

Description: In the high stakes world of Las Vegas, Alex King, a former sniper turned security expert who just lost his wife, is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives. It’s called The Game. There are the House, the Pitt Boss, the Dealer and he is the Player. 

With Philip Winchester (Strike Back, Fringe, 24, Crusoe), Wesley Snipes (Blade, Demolition Man, The Fan, Murder at 1600), Damon Gupton (Empire, The Divide), Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall), Cara Buono (Mad Men, Person of Interest)…

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Because at NBC they can’t find their own voice (pun intended) regarding their scripted slate, they have no choice but to order more and more tideous dramas from Dick Wolf (Chicago Med is next) and copy what the others do better (like mixing Scandal & Homeland to offer disastrous State of Affairs). But sooner or later, it won’t be enough anymore to stay revelant, to stay in the game. They have already lost the comedy battle, with only failed attempts for more than three years. And The Voice can’t be broadcast 5 days a week. And the Sunday Night Football can’t become the Every Night Football. They recently made a good move though: this past development season, they asked for a new TV show from the producers of The Blacklist, their most recent hit, and that’s how Endgame came to life. And that’s how they might finally have a winner! But I’m being precautious with this one: it sounds like a mid-season entry. They won’t be able to sign Wesley Snipes for 22 episodes per season. And Wesley Snipes -playing the very mysterious but not so serious Mr Jonhson- while not being the central character, is one of the main reasons why Endgame is good.

Like red-hot Blindspot, another high octane thriller in consideration for next season (Read the preview here), Endgame begins with an almost naked character -this time, it’s a man- in the streets of a big city -Fabulous Las Vegas instead of Big Apple- for a chase including very bad guys, gunshots and lovely people dying. It starts like the climax of an action movie and then the pilot takes its time to delve into the very complex story of our dark hero and the conspiracy he is drawn into, and not without multiple twists and turns and other action-fueled scenes. Honestly, I’m not sure I am capable to explain it you. I’m not even sure I understood everything correctly. And I don’t think it would be fair to tell you too much. Let’s just say in the world of Endgame, there is no such thing as chance or coincidence, of any sort. There are people over there who know everything about eveybody and you can never escape from them. They are part of “The Game”.

They described themselves and their organization as almighty. They are more powerful than the FBI, the CIA or even the NSA. They are the wealthiest. They gamble -litteraly- over people’s lives and they are not afraid to lose because, even when they lose, they’re still winners. To be more precise and I won’t say anything more after that, they created a technology that helps predicting crimes (hello Person Of Interest, hiiii Minority Report) and they bet on the issue: will the crime be committed or will it be prevented? They could stop murders, wars and famines if they wanted to, they have the resources, but they don’t care. All they are interested in is to play and win. You and me, we are their checkers. And our hero is their player. He is the one that takes all the risks to save us from our death. And he can’t always succeed even if he looks like a superhero most of the time, but with a bad temper and some sadness in his eyes because, of course, he lost his wife. If you look at it closely, it shares a lot with The Blacklist. They have the “preventing crimes” thing in common. But it works very differently.

So, I don’t know if I helped you get a better idea of what Endgame is about, but what you have to remember for now is : it’s fast-paced, it’s dark, it’s twisted, it’s smart and it’s kind of fun. There is a mythology behind, a lot questions to be answered, a lot of characters whose motivations need to be explained and the promise of a thrilling ride. It could very well end up as a disappointment after a few episodes like The Blacklist, but not if NBC plays it smart. I bet on it. Game on!

NBC’s 20 most exciting projects for 2015/2016 pilot season

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The following article is based on descriptions mixed wih talents attached ONLY. None of the scripts have been read at this point. 

 What are NBC’s needs for next season:

– A new The Blacklist, for takings its place on mondays or pairing it with on thursdays

 – At least one original comedy that can attract people one way or another… before extinction!

– Finally a good companion for Grimm on fridays

– Some more old school tepid dramas like the Chicago‘s ‘cos it partially works for now….

– Mini-series to follow the steps of A.D. (The Bible follow-up that could score big this spring)

Drama Scripts ordered: around 35 / Comedy Scripts ordered: around 55

Drama pilots ordered last year: 8 /  Comedy pilots ordered last year: 17

8 Drama Pilots should be ordered / 12 Comedy pilots should be ordered

Observation: NBC’s list of projects is surprisingly weak for next season, with very few attractive ones, most of them sounding the same: déjà vu, very dark, with a supernatural twist… and it doesn’t look like what works for them at all! I have no idea what they’re doing, but they’re doing it wrong. This year, Odyssey and Allegiance are steps in the right direction… creatively… until ratings come probably!  A to Z and Marry Me were not awful comedies, but it was clear from the get go they could’nt get huge. The Mysteries Of Laura… Well… They succeed with it for something like two seconds. State Of Affairs was a no-brainer order but it turned out people didn’t want to have Katherine Heigl on their couch every week.

NBC is not ambitious enough anymore. They are still trying to find their identity and it’s taking a very very long time. The Voice is already declining as everybody expected because of two seasons every year. Be careful, NBC…

 

DRAMAS

BLINDSPOT (Warner Bros. Television)

What? An FBI agent is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a naked amnesiac is found in Times Square covered in fresh tattoos… including his name on her back

Why? This wannabe The Blacklist produced by hit maker Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Brothers & Sisters) has an exciting premise even if the word “conspiracy” should be banned from any new pitch. It always sounds like catastrophe. Anyway, if the conspiracy is only adressed every other week and if it starts more like an ambitious procedural, NBC might have a winner!

DECALOGUE (Wonder Monkey Entertainment)

What? Domestic take on the Danish mini-series of the same name, which examines the Ten Commandments in a modern setting, with each episode exploring one or several moral and ethical issues

Why? Here is the mini-series project that could be an interesting follow-up to A.D. The Bible, if one is needed in case of a large success. I wouldn’t consider it a perfect one since it’s a bit derivative but with Todd Ellis Kessler as a writer (The Good Wife, The Practice, Nashville), we can expect at least something good.

THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE (Warner Bros. Television)

What? Based on the novel-turned-feature of the same name about a public defender who joins a law firm that is run by the Devil himself

Why? It’s easy to be against movie adaptations just for the sake of it, especially this year when there are plenty of them in development. But sometimes a good idea is a good idea, no matter what. And trying to refresh the good old legal drama with a supernatural twist can’t be that bad. If NBC let it be suitably dark with a deeper mythology than the movie, plus the usual cases of the week, then there’s hope. John Wells (ER, Shameless) is producing. That’s reassuring.

ENDGAME (Sony Pictures Television)

What? A former intelligence officer, while working as a security expert for the wealthy, is wrongly accused of the brutal murder of his wife; a syndicate of powerful people offers him freedom in exchange for stopping high-stakes crimes, as he continues to avenge his wife’s death and uncover the game-like conspiracy among his mysterious employer

Why? Pretty strong premise, even if nothing here sounds original. It comes from John Rogers, creator of Leverage and The Librarians for TNT. He’s able to make entertaining TV. It wouldn’t hurt to add some dark humor to the story. Why so serious?

FREQUENCY (Warner Bros. Television)

What? small screen take on the Jim Caviezel/Dennis Quaid-led 2000 feature, in which an NYPD detective connects with his son, 30 years in the future and the two must work together to change the history of tragic events to come while also getting the chance to heal their complicated relationship

Why? The Fringe vibe of this project makes it sound like something we already know, besides the fact that it’s a movie adaptation of course, and something we’d be interested to return to ‘cos there’s a lot to say and do with this story. It’s basically the promise of an effective procedural with strong characters driving it towards a solid mythology. Person Of Interest isn’t that far either…

MANHUNT (Universal Television)

What? Anthology-style drama focusing on the mounting tension of an entire city on the hunt for a fugitive roaming the streets at large. Each season will examine the moment an American, or International City becomes a police state, a war zone or a ground zero and the ensuing bloodlust it inspires.

Why? If this show makes it to series, then it would be a great opportunity for young writers Whit Brayton & Zach Rice, creators of the show, who are just starting their career. Their spec script was hot last summer and NBC entered a bidding war with a cable channel to get it. It’s already a 10-episode commitment with a cast contingent, meaning it’s looking good. The story is exciting, the promise is all action and suspense. This is a great idea for an anthology. Really looking forward to it…

RAVEN ROCK (Paramount Television)

What? drama which explores the history of our government’s secret efforts to ensure survival if most of America or its leaders are killed in a nuclear attack on the U.S.

Why?  Can we call it the most ambitious & exciting drama project of NBC’s plate this season? Yes, we can. Based on a book not yet published, it is Robert Zemeckis produced. What is Raven Rock you’re asking? Raven Rock is a massive, classified, underground military installation in Pennsylvania (one of several secret military bunkers), which will serve as the central command post for the U.S. government in the wake of a nuclear attack. I think there’s no need to explain more: this show has to get off the ground!

UNTITLED BEATLES PROJECT

What? limited series about the Beatles that would tell the story of the greatest band of all time

Why? From the channel that brought you Smash, Sound Of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live! and The Voice of course… It seems like a no-brainer, also considering it is written by Michael Hirst, the man behind The Borgias, The Tudors & Vikings.  It’s a very different beast but I’m sure he can make something great out of it. Let’s do it before movies do!

WASTELAND (Sony Pictures Television)

What? limited series about a hardened U.S. Marshal, who in the wake of a massive prison break, is charged with hunting down fugitives with supernatural powers, while unlocking the mystery of his past

Why? First, I’m not sure why this particular project is billed as a limited series since it’s a premise that could sustains for many years. Let’s make it a real drama series! Second, why is it a man at the center of the show? It’s the case of 90% of NBC’s projects and it is starting to get irritating and suspicious. Anyway, if Manhunt is not going to series, it could be a good alternative. Pairing it with Grimm is a possibility, if they are still hoping to find a companion for the friday show.

THE ZONE (ABC Studios)

What?  In a present-day prison colony situated in an uninhabited area of California where there are no guards, no laws, and the prisoners are left to fend for themselves, a young woman, skilled in combat and survival, has gotten herself incarcerated so that she can find her father who went missing before his sentence was up

Why? It’s pretty clear why ABC’s chiefs decided not to keep this project for themselves. They couldn’t have paired it with anything already existing. But I still find it a little sad. They could have tried. This is an out of the box idea and they need some. On NBC, I’m not sure it’s a good fit either but it surely has a potential and this time it’s a female-lead project! Still, I don’t think they can make 22 episodes per season out of it…

 

COMEDIES

BEWITCHED (Sony Pictures Television)

What? re-imagining the famed 1964-1972 series which centers on Daphne – Samantha’s granddaughter and Tabitha’s daughter – a single twentsomething witch who has always used her magical powers to conjure herself the perfect life

Why? In time of crisis -and NBC’s comedy department is in a serious one obviously- cinema and television tend to rely on established properties people already know about. So they can get publicity without even spending a dollar. As stupid as this new Bewitched sounds -and I actually don’t think it sounds that bad- NBC really should try it. Order a pilot, sign Malin Akerman for the role -or any other skilled AND blond comedy actress- and shoot the best show you can! If it really stinks, just forget about it. If it’s good, give it the best timeslot you can, advertise it a bit and just pray for a miracle!

DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS (Sony Pictures Television)

What? an irreverent family comedy about three teenage boys who are given a dad’s guide to living lives full of adventure after he passes away

Why? Sir Bryan Cranston -yeah Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston- is producing this comedy written by Greg Mottola, mostly known for his directing (Supergrave, Paul, The Newsroom recently). It looks emotional and funny, add it a Malcolm vibe of some sort. I’m not saying it can become THE comedy. But it sure can be a good one.

THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER STOLD (Universal Television)

What? a disparate group of employees working at a big-box store in Middle America and the love stories that ultimately will unfold among them

Why? Apart from winning the price of “the most pretentious title” of the season, this comedy from writer Justin Spitzer (The Office) is trying something kind of new: mixing the workplace comedy style with the romantic/friendship one. Friends meets The Office. Interesting. I wouldn’t bet a lot on it though…

HOSPITALITY (Universal Television)

What? multi-camera comedy which would air live every week, set in a midtown Manhattan hotel and focuses on the hospitality staff

Why? Will & Grace days are long gone now. It’s one of the few recent shows that made a couple of live episodes, on NBC already. Sean Hayes was part of it, as an actor. He witnessed the process. And now he is much more a producer (he’s behind Hot In Cleveland and Grimm) and he’s offering to do that live episode thing every week. It is coming back to the roots of television. It is a crazy idea but a damn exciting one! If NBC can budget it and order it, Hospitality can really make noise and motivate people to watch live. Imagine it behind The Voice live performances. They can really make a difference here!

THE IT CROWD (Warner Bros. Television)

What? import of the U.K. series, about two IT nerds stuck in the basement of a major corporation who know nothing about how to interact with people, and their newly installed, ambitious female manager, who knows nothing about computers

Why? Just before The Big Bang Theory became a hit for CBS, before geeks became a thing on fiction, NBC worked on the adaptation of The IT Crowd and even shot a pilot with Joel McHale (who became one year later the star of Community) and Jessica St. Clair. It was even ordered to series before NBC decided to call the whole thing off for mysterious reasons. Now, they want to try it again, with new writers and Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) attached as a producer. It’s probably too little too late but it’s worth a try.

TELENOVELA (Universal Television)

What? an ambitious telenovela star who struggles to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera

Why? NBC still has the bad habit to order shows where television and its messy behind-the-scenes are dealt with every week, even when this is not the major plot point. For one great 30 Rock who was all about it, we had so-so Up All Night, Go On, The New Normal and The Michael J. Fox show, who mixed it with family or romantic elements. Nobody cared about it. Here it’s just television and behind the scenes. And it is a vehicle designed for and by Eva Longoria, whose return to television can be a real event. She’s still very popular. It’s a better option than Kate On Later, a project starring Lauren Graham (we love her, that’s not the point) about the female anchor of a late show. Something that doesn’t exist in real life at this point, sadly.

TUNED (Universal Television)

What? an ambitious New Yorker whose life is upended by sudden musical hallucinations; while these vivid hallucinations threaten to completely derail his enviable life, he’ll eventually realize that they might lead him on a more fulfilling journey

Why? Eva Longoria is also producing this project, with the delicious Zachary Levi attached to star. This man can do everything, especially singing (Remember his voice in animated movie Tangled). Just for the pleasure of seeing him every week doing its magic, Tuned is an exciting project. The story reminds me of Eli Stone, an ABC’s legal dramedy from a few years ago (which was good). A comedy format is probably better suited for that kind of idea.

UNTITLED AISHA MUHARRAR PROJECT (Universal Television)

What? a young, agnostic woman inherits a church and the crew of strong-willed characters makes up her new community

Why? Parks And Recreation is coming to an end this year, and NBC definitely needs some more Amy Poehler in its schedule (even if her ratings suck). She’s producing this one and probably don’t plan to have a role in it -except for a guest stint- but it sounds different enough. If they can make it less “niche” than Parks -meaning no mockumentary format- maybe people could get excited about it. I am. If it’s too good for them, just pull an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt!

UNTITLED BILL COSBY PROJECT (Sony Pictures Television)

What? multi-camera comedy about a patriarch of a multi-generational family who shares his many years of wit, wisdom and experience to help his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren navigate their complicated modern lives

Why? This project won’t make it to pilot nor to series for very good reasons we all know about (for those who weirdly don’t: Bill Cosby is in the middle of a multiple rapes scandal). NBC officially announced the cancellation a few weeks ago and obviously made the right call. Still, it had potential. The potential to become the Modern Family of NBC. That won’t happen now. And we won’t cry over it.

THE WALK-UP (Universal Television)

What? multi-camera comedy about two 30-something couples – one with a baby on the way – who decide to buy and live in a Brooklyn brownstone together, creating their own version of the modern urban family

Why? The idea of a pilot season without a project from Jason Katims is atrocious, all the more with Parenthood ending and About a boy probably getting canceled. So there’s that. Plus, this premise is interesting, especially for a multi-camera show. It sounds warm. It needs to be funny too. With the right actors, there’s the potential to do something great. Fingers already crossed!