It's that time a year again, folks. We're at that moments where one season of TV winds down, and we look ahead to see what the networks have to offer us this fall. Out the gate, we've already got some great looking shows from the networks, but lets take a look specifically at what we've got coming from the Peacock network. A few new ensemble comedies, one featuring the return of Michael J. Fox to TV screens, a remake of a classic procedural series from the 1960s, a new take on Dracula, and a few new thriller starring James Spader.
The Michael J. Fox Show
Probably the show I'm most looking forward to next season on any network, Michael J. Fox returns to television in 'The Michael J. Fox' show, which is loosely based on his life, and his battle with Parkinsons Disease. Michael J. Fox has been my favorite actor for a long time, and every TV show he has starred on has been very strong, as well as incredibly entertaining, and this trailer promises much more of that. It looks like a very fun, exciting, and just overall entertaining series, and I'm so glad to see Michael J. Fox will be back entertaining me on a weekly basis. It feels much like those classic sitcoms of yesteryear, which seems to be the way that NBC wants to with their newer comedies.
Sean Saves the World
Centers on Sean, who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter, who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss at work.
Sean Hayes is returning to NBC as a single, Gay, father who is trying to take care of his daughter, while dealing with his seemingly overbearing mother, and awful new boss at work. The trailer definitely has some good laughs, and it looks to be, as 'The Michael J. Fox' series above, more in the vein of the more classic sitcoms we had years ago. I'm not sure if this one will take off, but maybe being on Thursday nights, with this new block being bookended by returning hits 'Parks and Rec' and 'Parenthood', the series will find an audience. I remain optimistic for it.
Welcome to the Family
Chronicles how 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.
I'll be honest, this trailer doesn't do much for me. It made me smirk a few times, but not much else. It seems too much like everything else we get on TV, and that's not a good thing. Could it work? Sure. Especially being between 'Parks and Rec' and 'Sean Saves the World', but I'm thinking this might be shuffled quickly off the schedule by the end of fall, where 'Community' will replace it.
From NBC: The series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There's only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.
While I'm not hugely into the Dracula stories outside of the original black and white classic film starring Bela Lugosi, this series definitely piques my interest. The cast looks strong, and I'm definitely curious to see how the show plays out. It could be on of the stronger offerings by NBC this fall, so I'll definitely be giving it a chance.
Centers on Robert T. Ironside, a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases.
A remake of the Raymond Burr classic from the late 1960's, 'Ironside' actually looks to be one of the more interesting procedurals in recent memory. Blair Underwood, the man who now plays Ironside, looks absolutely phenomenal in the role, and I have to say, it'll definitely be interesting to see how he does. My only worry, is not only with the many procedurals we already have on TV, but for many, sadly, the changing of ethnicity won't help it, which is a shame. I don't want this to disappear as quickly as USA's remake of 'Kojak', which starred Ving Rhames a few years back. This looks to be a character driven procedural show, and those are the best kinds worth watching, so I'll definitely be tuning in. I think this looks to be the third best show that NBC will be debuting this fall, right behind 'The Michael J. Fox Show', and our final entry on this list.
The pilot revolves around Raymond "Red" Reddington, the world's most-wanted criminal who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent Liz Keen (Blue Bloods' Megan Boone) with whom he seemingly has no connection.
Now this is one series I can't wait to see. I'm a huge fan of James Spader, because the man can absolutely act, and this looks to be one where he's really going to get to show off his acting prowess. The show is giving me a strong 'Silence of the Lambs' vibe, which is very interesting and exciting, and Spader looks to be chewing up every scene he's in. It's going to be a very interesting show, and with 'The Voice' as its lead in, the show has a very good chance of doing very well next season.
So that's your first look at some of what the Peacock will be offering this fall, and I have to say, it looks to be one of it's strongest candidates for new series in quite some time. I think there is a good chance this could be the year the NBC starts getting out of their ratings slump, but they need to make sure to get people's attention and make sure they know these shows are coming. Thankfully, landing Michael J. Fox's new show should help them in that department, and it'll be very interesting to see just what the network pulls off next year.