This week the five major networks announce their schedules for the
2012-2013 TV season. The upfronts come with news of which shows are
being renewed and canceled, which new shows will be coming to the
network and which shows are moving to a new day or time.
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NBC's schedule came with some fairly sizeable changes. In addition to offering a fall season of The Voice
(adopting the Dancing with the Stars
model as opposed to the American Idol
model), NBC is also banking on comedies with 10 sitcoms spanning four nights.
Here are my five favorite things about NBC's new schedule.Community on Fridays
OK, I know that when a show moves to Friday nights, it's usually the kiss of death, but I actually like the idea of having Community
on Fridays. As the network president said, it's fans are so loyal that they'll watch it no matter when it's on, and Friday is a night with absolutely no comedy, so it might find its own place. After spending two seasons getting crushed by The Big Bang Theory
, Friday can't be any worse than Thursdays at 8pm.The Combined Hotness of Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney
I'll leave the Chicago Fire
comments about heat and fire for other writers who enjoy falling back on lazy puns. Instead, I'll simply point out that this seemingly dull firefighter drama is made far more appealing thanks to two very attractive male co-stars: Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries
) and Jesse Spencer (House
). I don't even mind the incredibly distracting American accent Spencer is forcing because those two men standing next to each other are positively combustible (OK, I lied, even I can't resist the fire puns).No Biggest Loser
At first glance you might overlook this fact, but for the first time in a long time, The Biggest Loser
is taking a season off. Seeing as how the show seems to air 50 out of 52 weeks per year, I'm ecstatic that the show has disappeared for a while from the schedule.The Revolution Trailer
This show looks like a big budget movie. The scope and scale of the pilot seems extraordinary. I don't care if it turns out to be just another The Event or FlashForward disaster, the trailer for the pilot alone is enough to keep me hooked until the very end of this series.
Matthew Perry's Return
At first I was wary of NBC seemingly sacrificing Go On
(which looks like the best of its new comedies) by putting it up against FOX's New Girl
. But then I realized that it has The Voice
as a lead-in while New Girl
is losing Glee as its lead-in. As such, it seems like NBC is giving this show the best chance for success out of any of the comedies. Also, I'm curious to see how this show works since it seems to fit more of the Showtime model of serious comedies like The Big C
since it's about a man whose wife just died.(Image courtesy of NBC)