Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Trailer Tuesdays: NBC, FOX and ABC Upfronts


All week long, the major networks are putting on major dog-and-pony shows for advertising executives and members of the press to preview their shows for the 2011-2012 season. This parade of optimism and "This has been the best development season ever!"-ness is known as Upfronts Week.

The best part of Upfronts Week, of course, is getting a sneak peek at all of the new shows. I am admittedly picky when it comes to picking up new shows, so I love watching all of the trailers to get a sense of what will and will not be making the DVR cut next fall.

So far, upfronts have been held by NBC, FOX and ABC, with CBS and the CW coming in the next two days. Take a look at the shows I'm looking forward to so far...

Up All Night (NBC)
On the Schedule: Wednesdays at 8/7c This Fall
The Gist: New parents Reagan (Christina Applegate) and Chris (Will Arnett) struggle to balance their new lives as parents. Also stars Maya Rudolph as Ava, Reagan's best friend and boss. Talk about an amazingly funny cast!



Awake (NBC)
On the Schedule: Not Until Midseason 
The Gist: After a horrific car accident with his family, Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) finds himself in two worlds: one in which his wife survived and one in which his son survived. Which one is a dream? Which one is reality? Or are they each a mixture of both? This show comes courtesy of Kyle Killen, the creator of short-lived (but much-loved) Lone Star.



Bent (NBC)
On the Schedule: Not Until Midseason
The Gist: Single mom Alex (Amanda Peet) falls for her handsome-but-deadbeat contractor Pete (Perfect Couples' David Walton). Much flirting and sarcasm occurs. Also stars Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor as Pete's father.



Smash (NBC)
On the Schedule: Not Until Midseason, Mondays at 10/9c
The Gist: Smash follows the creation of a Marilyn Monroe musical in New York. Starring (among others) American Idol Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee and Will and Grace's Debra Messing, it has a more dramatic and "real" vibe than Glee and will, with the obvious exception of songs used for auditions, feature original music every week.



New Girl (FOX)
On the Schedule: Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c This Fall
The Gist: Awkward girl Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three guys and they all learn how to live together. I'm a little iffy on this one, but I tend to enjoy Zooey Deschanel so I'll give it a shot.



Terra Nova (FOX)
On the Schedule: Mondays at 8/7c This Fall
The Gist: This is FOX's big new Steven Speilberg-produced drama that has been set back several times. People of the future are sent into the distant past to try and save humanity. Enter dinosaurs, renegades and tons of adventure.



Apartment 23 (ABC)
On the Schedule: Tuesdays at 9:30/7c Starting in Late November
The Gist: Originally titled The Bitch in Apartment 23, it's about June (Dreama Walker) is a Midwestern girl in big bad New York City who ends up living with Chloe (Krysten Ritter), the worst roommate ever. Also starring James Van Der Beek playing a modified version of himself, which is probably the thing I am most looking forward to next season.



Charlie's Angels (ABC)
On the Schedule: Thursdays at 8/7c This Fall
The Gist: The Angels are back for a reboot. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie remakes (can you believe the first one came out over a decade ago?!), and while this is sure to be a completely separate franchise of Charlie and the girls, I'm looking forward to some kickass women fighting crime.




Which shows are you looking forward to next season? Do any of these pique your interest?

[Image Credit: NBC]
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