New Fall TV Shows on NBC: A Focus on Comedy
New fall TV Series of all types but with a comedy core
NBC almost always delivers a fall TV lineup with new TV series that capture both critical and viewer attention. Of course the two sometimes don;t agree, with some shows gaining critical acclaim and viewers tuning out, and vice versa. One thing seems to hold steady about NBC’s new fall TV series lineup each year, however, and that is that they tend to look for a solid comedy or two to lead the charge. NBC has long been known for producing very high quality and lasting comedies, and thus it is no surprise that they would stick to this brand recognition in rolling out their new fall TV lineup.
Comedies have advantages over dramas in that they usually follow a 30 minute time frame and therefore literally take up more space making them a bit less of a risk should they fail. They are also a bit easier to produce and often have smaller budgets – at least for things like scenery and effects. Losing a comedy at midseason only leaves a 30 minute hole, while losing a drama leaves an hour, and the money that might have gone into the latter may be very high. These factors alone may not be what is driving NBC to look for comedies each year in their new fall TV lineup – we do think it is brand recognition and past success – but they may be string secondary issues.
The new fall TV series lineup of 2013 on NBC is no exception to this trend, and “The Michael J. Fox Show” is leading the way. Mr. Fox, who has been successful over and over as both a lead character and more recently in a variety of supporting roles, plays a newsman returning to his job even after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s. A well-cast family around him and colleagues at the newsroom are likely to push this one to be a breakout hit for NBC this fall. This new show will have terrific range, pulling out many emotions from viewers within each episode. If you like Michael J Fox in a comedic yet heartwarming type of setting, or generally like comedies that are flexible enough to take on some dramatic flavors at times, this may be the show for you. We expect big things from this new fall TV show, and unless you want to be playing catch-up you may want to check this series out from the start.
A completely different type of new fall TV show we are going to see from NBC this fall is “The Blacklist” which stars James Spader. This new TV series shares one thing in common with the above in that a popular and highly talented actor is headlining a cast of compelling characters. In this new show, Mr. Spader plays an internationally wanted criminal who unexpectedly turns himself in under the condition that he is not prosecuted and instead will help the FBI and other international law enforcement catch highly sought criminals. Mr Spader’s character chooses to work with one particular young novice FBI agent for reasons we don;t know, at least at first. The action and intrigue will be quite high in “The Blacklist”, and we are particularly impressed with the range that NBC is showing with its new fall TV line-up – these first two shows have success written all over them even though they could not be more different.