Indoor Cat’s Guide to… NBC Pilots
Well, as usual, NBC is being a fun suck and taking out some of my fun speculating, because they’re handing out pick ups like lollipops at the doctor’s office.
So far, the Peacock has picked up about 6 shows. Go On was the first pick up, a sitcom starring
Chandler Bing Matthew Perry. I would be more excited about this, but as he’s gotten older, his characters have become more and more bitter and less and less funny. Go On is about an “irreverent but charming” sportscaster who finds solace in his mandatory group-therapy session (also known as the point of group-therapy).
The second pick up was for Save Me, another sitcom, this time starring Anne Heche. I’m not a fan, so I’m not particularly jazzed about this. The official description, “A woman, who lets herself go while in a broken marriage, goes through a transformation where she becomes the best version of herself and creates miracles along the way.” Pass.
Next up is another laffer, The New Normal. This stars Justin Bartha as part of a gay couple using a surrogate to have a baby. Depending on the tone of the show, this could be funny- kind of a Modern Family focused on Cam and Mitchell. However, it could easily be a big, offensive mess.
The trend at NBC is comedy-heavy (which only makes me slightly nervous for Community, because certainly they’ll want to keep some of the existing comedies to help launch the new ones) because the next two pick ups are ALSO sitcoms. 1600 Penn has a pretty awesome cast- Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman, and Josh Gad- playing the first family- a highly dysfunctional first family. I am a tad concerned that Josh Gad will be too much and make the show annoying, but hopefully not. Plus, Bill “Today we celebrate our independence day!” Pullman!!! Animal Practice stars Justin Kirk, from Weeds, as a cantankerous vet who loves animals but hates their owners. Like House, but with animals.
The final NBC pick up announced thus far is for a drama (yes, drama!) called Revolution. It’s about people surviving in a post-apocalyptic where every single piece of technology has mysteriously blacked out forever. I’m kind of geeking out about this one, because I love post-apocalyptic words; I love people having to adjust to a new normal, and because it sounds kind of like Falling Skies minus robotic looking aliens or like The Walking Dead sans zombies (though we try not to say the zed word).
What else might the Peacock have up their feathers? Well, of personal interest to me is the comedy Friday Night Dinner, based on a British show of the same name. I love the British show- the brothers, played by The Inbetweeners Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal, are hilarious! Plus, the casting for the American version is amazing- Tony Shalhoub is the dad and Alison Janney is the mom. The pilot was produced by Greg Daniels, who did a good job bringing The Office overseas, so hopefully he’ll have the same luck here.
Also of note, IMO, is County is a drama NBC is developing. It’s brought to us by Jason Katims, and is starring Jason Ritter and Michael B. Jordan. I love both of these men, so even if the show is ER transplanted to LA, I’m in. (Plus, I liked ER, so…) I just have a hard time finding anything to dislike about something created by someone involved in both FNL and Parenthood.
So, there ya go. I’m sure at the rate NBC is going, we’ll have more pick ups by the end of the day, meaning that Monday’s upfronts will be just a big ol’ party and an excuse to get reports and advert execs drunk so they forget how down in the dumps NBC is!!