NBC Upfront: The Gone, The Returning, and The New


NBC hosted an upfront presentation this morning to entice advertisers to buy into the network. Lucky for us geeks, they revealed new information about next fall’s TV lineup.

The network announced that Seth Meyers would be replacing Jimmy Fallon on Late Night, as Jimmy Fallon replaces Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Some fan-favorites returning to the network include Parks and Recreation, The Voice, Revolution, Grimm, and Parenthood. Upon looking at the schedule, my first thought is: “WHY?!”

After announcing that Community was picked up for a fifth season, NBC doesn’t have it listed on their fall schedule. I’m hoping for a mid-season launch, but without an explanation or mention of the show we might be looking at a repeat of last season’s mishaps. Two new shows, Believe and About a Boy already have set midseason launches in time for The Winter Olympic Games, but according to Entertainment Weekly, Community will “be a midseason replacement at some point.”

Setting my Community induced rage for a minute, there are some new shows airing on NBC in the 2013-2014 season that look promising.

New Shows to Look Forward to

  • Believe -  J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón teamed up (which means it must be awesome) to tell a story about a 10-year-old superhero and the villains who want her powers. I love the idea of a child-protagonist who is also a superhero, and this show has all the right ingredients for a cult following.
  • The Family Guide - A blind father gets a guide dog. Somehow they make a show about it. I’m not quite sold yet, but maybe the dog will win me over.
  • About A Boy - A tv show adaptation of the book by Nick Hornby. They made a movie from the book in 2002, so it’ll be interesting to see how the different media adapts the plot. I’ll definitely be reading the book to be ready for its midseason release.
  • Sean Saves the World - A divorced gay father has to balance work and family when his 14-year-old daughter moves in with him. TV has recently introduced gay characters in many forms, but this storyline is a brand new take on contemporary families.
  • The Michel J. Fox Show - Michael J. Fox plays a news anchor who is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, but returns to work. This will be interesting to watch both because it’s Fox’s first TV show in a decade, and he does actually have Parkinson’s.
  • Dracula - Jonathan Rhys Meyers is Dracula. Downton Abbey’s producers produced it. What more is there to want?


The Full NBC Fall 2013 Schedule:


8-10 p.m. – The Voice
10-11 p.m. – The Blacklist

8-9 p.m. – The Biggest Loser
9-10 p.m. – The Voice
10-11 p.m. – Chicago Fire

8-9 p.m. – Revolution
9-10 p.m. – Law & Order: SVU
10-11 p.m. – Ironside

8-8:30 p.m. – Parks and Recreation
8:30-9 p.m. – Welcome to the Family
9-9:30 p.m. – Sean Saves the World
9:30-10 p.m. – The Michael J. Fox Show
10-11 p.m. – Parenthood

8-9 p.m. – Dateline NBC
9-10 p.m. – Grimm
10-11 p.m. – Dracula

Encore programming

7:00-8:15 p.m. – Football Night in America
8:15-11:30 p.m. – NBC Sunday Night Football

  • AmandaRumm

    I can’t possibly contain my excitement for Dracula, actually. It looks so good. Producers of Downton Abby, directors of The Tudors, Katie McGrath, historically accurate vampires, WHAT’S NOT TO BE EXCITED ABOUT?

  • http://twitter.com/Dannerzme Danilo Castro

    “…who is diagnoses…”

    • http://www.facebook.com/LaurelArwen Laurel Petrulionis

      Thanks for the catch!