May 14 2007

NBC 2007/2008 Schedule

The network upfronts are this week, and I thought I would add my pointless analysis to the blogosphere. For those of you unfamiliar with the upfronts, it’s a og and pony show where the networks announce their fall schedules. Descriptions of the new shows taken from Deadline Hollywood Daily.

8-9 p.m. Deal or No Deal
9-10 p.m. Heroes
10-11 p.m. JOURNEYMAN (new show): From 20th Century Fox TV; writer/executive producer Kevin Falls (formerly West Wing); starring Kevin McKidd as the lead; sci-fi romantic fantasy about a man who travels back in time to alter and fix the lives of people in trouble and sometimes affect the future.

Sean’s take: Journeyman? I liked this show when it was called QUANTUM LEAP! If it survives the season, I’ll be shocked

8-9 p.m. The Biggest Loser
9-10 p.m. CHUCK (new show): Warner Bros TV; writers/executive producers Josh Schwartz (The O.C.), Chris Fedak, director McG; starring Zachary Levi as the title character; an action comedy-drama about spies and twentysomethings in the vein of Grosse Pointe Blank.
10-11 p.m. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Sean’s take: Chuck won’t make it. Stupid name, format is wrong for TV.

8-9 p.m. Deal or No Deal
9-10 p.m. BIONIC WOMAN (new show): NBC Universal TV; writers/executive producers Laeta Kalogridies, David Eick and director Michael Dinner; starring Michelle Ryan; redo of 1970s series about Jaime Sommers rebuilt “better, stronger, faster”.
10-11 p.m. LIFE (new show): NBC Universal TV; writer/executive producer Far Shariat, Rand Ravich; Damien Lewis (Band Of Brothers) plays the lead; quirky drama about a former cop who rejoins the force after having spent years wrongly imprisoned.

Sean’s take: Bionic Woman will flop… badly. Life sounds like a movie, not a series.


8-8:30 p.m. My Name Is Earl
8:30-9 p.m. 30 Rock
9-9:30 p.m. The Office
9:30-10 p.m. Scrubs
10-11 p.m. ER

Sean’s take: Just kill ER… please… it was time like 3 years ago!

8-9 p.m. 1 vs 100/THE SINGING BEE (new show): Executive producers Phil Gurin (Weakest Link) and Bob Horowitz (Battle of the Network Reality Stars). A “sing in the blanks” game show.
9-10 p.m. Las Vegas
10-11 p.m. Friday Night Lights

Sean’s take: The Singing Bee? Really… do I need to say anything?


8-9 p.m. Dateline NBC
9-11 p.m. Drama Series Encores

Sean’s take: *snore*

SUNDAY (Fall 2007)

7-8 p.m. Football Night in America
8-11 p.m. NBC Sunday Night Football

Sean’s take: Not my cup of tea.

SUNDAY (January 2008)
7-8 p.m. Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. Law & Order
9-10 p.m. Medium
10-11 p.m. LIPSTICK JUNGLE (new show): From NBC Universal TV; writers/executive producers: Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline, Candace Bushnell (based on her book); starring Brooke Shields, Lindsay Price, Kim Raver; Sex In The City author looks behind the lives of trio on “New York’s 50 Most Powerful Women” list.

Sean’s take: Lipstick Jungle could go either way. Depends on how different from Sex And The City it is. If they try doing a sanatized version of it, with nothing original, MAJOR flop.

THE IT CROWD (new show): NBC Universal TV/Freemantle; writers/executive producers Joe Port, Joe Wiseman, Moses Port, David Guarascio (Just Shoot Me); ; based on the British series, this hour looks at the lives of the Information Technology geeks vs the fashionable and popular elite.
HEROES: ORIGINS (new show): NBC Universal Television; spinoff of NBC’s hottest show will air in Heroes Monday night time slot when flagship takes a hiatus. Features characters not yet seen on the original show. Viewers will pick their favorites to join cast of Heroes.

Sean’s take: The IT Crowd will flop. Heroes:Origins is a cool way to fill in the six week hiatus.

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  • chele

    But could Heroes rip off anything else from the comic world. First blatant steals from everything from X-Men to the Watchman and now Origins.

    Oh and if you haven’t heard – CAVEMAN will be announced picked up and the remake of the UK Hit Footballers Wives directed by Bryan Singer and Staring Luvy Lawless went from following Grey’s to not being picked up. Rumor on a post on Lawless’ official fan site was the money they offered and the pressure from ESPN not to paint football as a soap with drugs, sex and rock n rolll


  • Oh Heroes rips off tons of stuff, but I still oddly like it.

    Caveman is going to be a total disaster, and I shall laugh heartily. So that’s what happened to FW… yeesh.

  • chele

    Okay – so yeah ESPN hosed it she said on her site – blows

    Journeyman – rip off Torchwood pillot much!!?

    Life – might have Carmen from L Word but still snore

    Bionic better be as good for that old series as a redux as NuBG was for Batllestar