A Guide to NBC's New Shows

This year NBC picked up 3 dramas and 3 comedies to fill their slate for next year. Many of their new shows are ensemble shows and look promising, this is a departure from NBC's current focus on the Chicago Fire/PD/Justice/Med franchise. In addition, there will be a 13 episode special of Will & Grace. Based on the currently released trailers and casts, here's a closer look at each show: 


Rosie Perez and Josh Radnor star in Rise
A couple of years ago NBC tried to compete with Glee with a musical drama of their own, Smash.
While the show had a well-known cast and was relatively successful, it was never the big ratings hit they hoped for. Rise looks to be their new attempt to break ground in this genre. The cast is a mix of tv veterans (Josh Radnor and Rosie Perez) with young up-and-comers (Moana's Auli'i Cravalho, Amy Forsyth and Damon Gillespie).
This is the official description
When dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town. Inspired by Lou Volpe as chronicled in the book Drama High
Verdict: Will most likely watch

Rise will begin airing midseason.


Sarah Shahi and Dennis Haysbert star in Reverie
Out of the 3 dramas, Reverie is the one show I will definitely catch when it airs. It has a great cast that includes TV vets Dennis Haysbert, Sarah Shahi, and Sendhil Ramamurthy, plus the premise of the show integrates VR, which has a lot of potential when it comes to promoting the show and using the actual technology. Having an original crime drama that has sci-fi undertones is SO refreshing considering NBC has been spinning off the Chicago franchise for the past 2 years and still trying to revive the Thursday comedy slate.
Official description
This grounded new thriller follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior, who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when she's brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which you can literally live your dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself.
Verdict: On my must-watch list
Reverie will begin airing midseason.

The Brave


This year almost every network has added a military-themed show to their schedules, for NBC it is The Brave. The trailer for this show looks really good, pretty much like a film. What makes me a bit apprehensive is the possible structure of the show. It's implied on the trailer that each episode there will be a mission, therefore turning a great idea for a deep drama into a procedural (not a big fan of those). The cast, which includes Mike Vogel, Anne Heche and Demetrius Grosse, looks solid but come fall we'll see if that is enough to carry the whole show.

Verdict: Might DVR
The Brave will air Mondays at 10pm EST.

A.P. Bio

Glenn Howerton in A.P. Bio
The trailer shown at the presentation didn't get great reactions, and as some have pointed out the show feels like the TV version of Bad Teacher (good, not great). The young cast might be the wildcard.
Official description
When philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement Biology teacher, he makes one thing very clear: he will not be teaching biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack uses his flawed logic to misdirect his principal (Patton Oswalt) and recruit the kids to help him mentally break his job-stealing nemesis and win back the position that's rightfully his.
Verdict: Might watch it on the NBC site
A.P Bio will begin airing midseason

Good Girls

Retta and Mae Whitman star in Good Girls
The show was picked up but one of the main characters is in the process of being recast (Beth, originally played by Kathleen Rose Perkins). The premise of the show sounds pretty hilarious and, for fans of Parks&Rec and Parenthood, the potential team-up of Retta and Mae Whitman makes this a show that has potential.
Official description
When three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet, they decide it's time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn't take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think.
Verdict: Will watch or DVR depending what day/time it airs
Good Girls will begin airing midseason


Andy Favreau, J.J. Totah and Anders Holm star in Champions
If we are being super honest, this show sounds an awful lot like Two and a Half Men (full disclosure, I never really watched the show, never caught my attention). The trailer shown at the presentation reveals that Vince's son, Michael, is gay. So here's hoping that this will not be a place where I have to take shots for every gay stereotype they try to write in. The fact that Mindy Kaling is involved will hopefully mean that the show is funny, without resorting to overused storylines.
Official description
Vince is living every bachelor's dream. He owns the fifth largest gym in Brooklyn, dates an endless string of beautiful women and lives with his dumb, lovable brother Matthew. But Vince's simple life gets complicated fast when his high school fling Priya (Mindy Kaling) unexpectedly drops off their 15-year-old son Michael so he can attend a city school for super-talented kids. How will Vince handle this wildly ambitious and hilariously witty teenager? Well, somehow he'll have to work it out.
Verdict: Might watch on the NBC site
Champions will begin airing midseason


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