Sunday, May 12, 2013

NBC's Massive Overhaul Creates a Thoroughly Unimpressive Fall 2013 Line-Up

A few days ago NBC announced massive cuts, they cancelled every sitcom except Community, and Parks and Recreation, and the only returning dramas are not massive ratings grabers like Parenthood, Grimm, and Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit.  Chicago Fire, and Revolution are the only first year dramas returning at the moment.

NBC's new Fall schedule has been announced and they moved everything around, and even shelved Community until 2014, so Parks is the only returning sitcom for the peacock.  Why the massive time shifts, and cuts?  NBC is attempting an overhaul, which looks incredibly unsuccessful.  At the moment there are a few shows still in limbo: Celebrity Apprentice, Hannibal, Fashion Star, and Beauty White's Off Their Rockers.

Listed below is Fall 2013 Schedule 

8/7c The Voice
10 pm THE BLACKLIST (new series) 
8 pm The Biggest Loser
9 pm The Voice
10 pm Chicago Fire
8 pm Revolution
9 pm Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10 pm IRONSIDE (new series)
8 pm Parks and Recreation
8:30 pm WELCOME TO THE FAMILY (new series)
9 pm SEAN SAVES THE WORLD (new series) 
9:30 pm THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW (new series)
10 pm Parenthood
8 pm Dateline NBC
9 pm Grimm
10 pm DRACULA (new series)
Encore programming
7 pm Football Night in America
8:15 pm NBC Sunday Night Football
SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)
7 pm Dateline NBC
8 pm Nate Berkus’ AMERICAN DREAM BUILDERS (Reality)
9 pm BELIEVE (new series)
10 pm CRISIS (new series)
Believe (Drama)
EPs | Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk (Fringe)
CAST | Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives), Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin (Savages), Delroy Lindo (The Chicago Code), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil), Arian Moayed (The Following)
Follows an unlikely relationship between a gifted young girl and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Crisis (Drama)
EPs | Rand Ravich and Far Shariat (Life)
CAST | Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Dermot Mulroney (New Girl), Rachael Taylor (666 Park Avenue), Michael Beach (Third Watch), James Lafferty (One Tree Hill), Lance Gross (House of Payne), Halston Sage (How to Rock), Max Martini (Revenge), Max Schneider (How to Rock), Joshua Erenberg (Suburgatory)
Examines what happens when an unlikely puppeteer pulls Washington’s elite — including the President of the United States — into an international conspiracy.
About a Boy (Comedy)
EP | Jason Katims (Parenthood)
DIRECTOR | Jon Favreau (Revolution, Iron Man)
CAST | David Walton (New Girl), Minnie Driver (The Riches), Anjelah N. Johnson (MADtv), Benjamin Stockham (1600 Penn), Leslie Bibb (GCB), Al Madrigal (The Daily Show)
Based on the book and subsequent 2002 film starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult, the single-cam comedy centers on the relationship between a man-child and the young boy who moves in next door.
Sean Saves the World (Comedy)
EPs | Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted), Todd Milliner (Hot in Cleveland)
CAST | Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Linda Lavin (Alice), Echo Kellum (Ben and Kate), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds, Grosse Pointe), Samantha Isler, guest star/recurring Vik Sahay (Chuck)
A multi-cam sitcom about a man attempting to both parent the teenage daughter who just moved in and appease a temperamental new boss.
The Michael J. Fox Show (Comedy)
CAST | Michael J. Fox (Spin City), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Kate Finneran (I Hate My Teenage Daughter), Wendell Pierce (Treme), Juliette Goglia (Easy A), Ana Nogueira
The single-cam comedy is inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease.
Family Guide (Comedy)
EPs | DJ Nash (Bent), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Jim Garavente (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium)
CAST | Parker Posey (LouieThe Good Wife), J.K. Simmons (The Closer), Eli Baker, Ava Deluca-Verley
The single-camera sitcom centers on a son who idolizes his blind father and enjoys his mom’s newfound adolescence after his folks divorce and ultimately grow closer
The Blacklist (Drama)
WHO | James Spader (The Office), Megan Boone (Law & Order: LA), Ryan Eggold (90210), Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland), Harry Lennix (Dollhouse), Ilfenesh Hadera
WHAT | The world's most wanted criminal suddenly turns himself in and offers to give up anyone he's ever worked with. The catch: He'll only work with a new FBI agent, one with whom he has no known connection
Ironside (Drama)
WHO | Blair Underwood (The Event), Brent Sexton (The Killing), Pablo Schreiber (Weeds), Neal Bledsoe (Smash), Spencer Grammer (Greek), Kenneth Choi (Sons of Anarchy)
WHAT | Based on the '60s cop drama, a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective is relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting, but is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city.
Welcome to the Family (Comedy) 
WHO | Mike O'Malley (Glee), Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight), Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives), Justina Machado (Private Practice, Six Feet Under), Ella Rae Peck (Deception, Gossip Girl), Joey Haro (Glee, Awkward), Aramis Knight
WHAT | In the single-cam comedy, cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy.
Dracula (Drama)
WHO | Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors), Jessica De Gouw (Arrow), Katie McGrath (Merlin) and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones)
WHAT | Based on Bram Stoker's novel of the same name, the 10-episode series finds Dracula preparing to unleash hell on the Victorian society responsible for ruining his life. But he's thrown when he falls for a woman who's a dead ringer for his beloved, long-deceased wife.

The 2014 shows, or midseason shows are as follows, dramas: Crossbones, Chicago PD, and The Night Shift, the comedies: Community, About a Boy, Undateable , and The Family Guide.  If you look at the actual descriptions of the new shows along with the schedule shifts like Revolution to Wednesdays at 8 pm, and Parenthood to Thursdays prove the person running this network has no clue what they are doing.  Although I vow to watch anything that replaces the Celebrity Apprentice.

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