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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fall Upfronts 2011-2012 Preview: NBC

Continuing with the week-before upfronts circus (I can just imagine network execs buzzing around their offices this week as they map out their skeds for next season...oh to be a fly on the wall), here is a ranking of the NBC pilots that I am most jazzed about seeing, based on concept and cast only. NBC has 10 hour-longs to choose from:

1. SMASH (A look inside the staging of a Broadway musical by the talent of Steven Spielberg. This looks totally original and adult, as opposed to the annoying GLEE. My top pick for NBC drama this year goes to SMASH, starring Debra Messing and Kath McPhee)
2. 17th PRECINCT (A stellar cast from Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore has Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer and James Callis, with Stockard Channing, no less! Unfortunately buzz hasnt been good for this supernatural police show, and it is all but dead going into next week. Still, it's my #2 choice)
3. GRIMM (Mystical creatures really DO exist. Sounds fun, and this one has the edge over 17th Precinct; though neither might make it to air. Scary thought!)
4. PLAYBOY (A period drama/soap set in the Chicago Playboy club. Could be a real tease. Looking forward to it.)
5. WONDER WOMAN (Iconic superhero in a summer of big-screen heroes could be the midas touch NBC needs. Has built-in appeal)
6. METRO (Similar in vain to the movie Crash, which I enjoyed.)
7. REM (Think INCEPTION)
8. MANN'S WORLD (Don Johnson is back in a SHAMPOO-like TV drama, with Rupaul's Shangella in the supporting cast. Can I get an amen?)
9. RECONSTRUCTION (Civil War era period drama)
10. PRIME SUSPECT (Maria Bello stars in this update of the Helen Mirren-UK drama)

NBC COMEDY:
1. ARE YOU THERE VODKA, ITS ME CHELSEA (Chelsea Handler. Need I say more? My top NBC comedy pick)
2. BRAVE NEW WORLD
3.I HATE THAT I LOVE YOU
4. ALPHA MOM (From Lorne Michaels)
5. WHITNEY
6. BENT
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