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Trailer Previews for NBC's New Fall Series

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | May 13, 2013 | Comments ()


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Blacklist

If you didn't catch the trailer for this James Spader trailer yesterday, I have to say -- despite the fact that it gives away the entire pilot -- it looks phenomenal. I am all over this.

The Michael J. Fox

It's probably way early to say this, but I already love "The Michael J. Fox," mostly because I can't help but love Michael J. Fox. He makes a non-issue of the Parkinson's almost immediately by making fun of it, making it the but of the joke, but not in a cruel way. It has a sweet vibe, it's self-effacing, and home-y. It could save the network, but the 9:30 Thursday slot is an odd one.

Dracula

It looks like an appropriate Friday companion to "Grimm": Overcooked, over-acted, and takes itself too seriously, but it could be a little compelling.

Ironside

Looks like a fairly familiar cop procedural fare: Wise-cracking nut job and a by-the-books partner, only the nut job (Blair Underwood) is in a wheelchair.

Sean Saves the World

Kind of what you'd expect from a laugh-track sitcom starring Sean Hayes as a single-father mugging it up. That's not a compliment, and I hate that it's the lead-in to "The Michael J. Fox Show."

Welcome to the Family

A white family and a Mexican family mashed together by an unplanned pregnancy and a shotgun wedding. It has a lot of familiar faces (and the always likable Mike O'Malley), but it feels a little too safe, too broad to do any better than, say "Go On."

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Ultimately, the first two series -- "Blacklist" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" are likely the only ones I'll end up sticking with, while the rest seem to suffer from network genericism. Fortunately, "The Michael J. Fox Show" has a guaranteed full first season order, while "Blacklist" has the post-"The Voice" slot, so neither one is likely be to cancelled anytime soon.



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  • Kristobel

    Seeing Betsy Brandt made me remember that Breaking Bad is ending, and now I am sad. Butt glad she will be on TV. But also sad.

  • Kristobel

    Haha butt. Sorry. *BUT

  • Buck Forty

    Okay, that Michael J Fox show looks gooood. The production values on Draula surprised me, and I'll probably give Welcome To The Family a try too.

    Can I be the first to say that as a long time fan of the comic, I think it's wrong to cast Blair Underwood as Ironside. No offense, I love black people, but the character was clearly written as white.

  • SPADER. That is all.

  • This article was all over the place.

  • lowercase_ryan

    So Mike O'Malley won't be wondering aloud how many hillbilly d*&%s his son's girl had to suck to get where she is in life?

    I'm out.

  • Less Lee Moore

    Ironside is a remake of the '70s TV show with Raymond Burr, correct? Right down to the wheelchair. The theme song that was used in Kill Bill...

  • BWeaves

    The 70's was full of handicapped investigators.

    Ironside - Raymond Burr, wheelchair.

    Longstreet - James Franciscus, blind insurance investigator (I'm still trying to figure out how that worked).

    Dragnet - Jack Webb, no personality, none, at all, or hotness.

  • Uriah_Creep

    "Just the facts. ma'am."

  • Devin McMusters

    Mike O'malley and Mary McCormick on the same show.....incredible!
    And Carlos from DH's and the nurse from PP! Someone give me a tissue, I need to clean up!

  • George

    Wheels and the Legman-Ironside.

  • John G.

    Dracula, it's the Tudors with vampires.

  • nachosanchez

    Blacklist--unless he turns out to be her father, could be good

    Michael J Fox show--Bunk as a supporting character, and MJF mocking himself and not in a overly saccharine way? Love it.

    Dracula--Ducksauce and Thomas Kretschmann? I'll give it a shot

    Ironside--"Damn it Ironside! Why can't you play by the rules?!"

    Welcome to the Family--Mike O'Malley makes everything better.

    Sean Saves the World---god, no

  • Mrs. Julien

    "Typecasting" was the first word that came into my head when I say Rhys Meyers as Dracula. Perfection.

  • Rooks

    Is it normal for a trailer preview to give away SO much? I feel I just watched the first season of "Blacklist". The only reason I could possibly even bother to watch the show itself would be because I worship every syllable out of Spader's mouth. Which I do. So I'll be watching it. Probably quoting his lines because they're all included in this trailer.

  • That's less a trailer than it is a sizzle reel for the pilot episode to sell to advertisers before they know what the show is. Pretty sure that was just a 4 minute cut-down of episode 1 and the rest of the reason will unfold accordingly. Person of Interest had a very similar reel going around after the upfronts a couple of years back which definitely showed WAY too much of Episode 1, but it was a great word of mouth generator for the series which this is for The Blacklist. I'd be surprised if they didn't have that in mind when they decided to release this as-is (and would also be surprised if this doesn't become the norm with the big budget network anchor shows in years to come).

  • Tinkerville

    Well hello, Blacklist. Never had any interest in it before but that does look pretty damn intriguing.

  • BlackRabbit

    It reminds me of like 50 other shows and a few movies, and yet it looks pretty watchable. Odd.

  • Christian

    def sold on MJF show, haven't laughed that hard during a promo in a while!

  • Anna von Beav

    Hm. This Dracula seems very The Lost Boys meets Hannibal meets .... I don't know, something.

    Still, though, Rhys-Meyers. *faints dead away*

    *again*

  • Fabius_Maximus

    ... meets Francis Ford Coppola.

  • Anna von Beav

    Ah, yes; of course. Thank you.

  • Lee

    Yes. I was straight away reminded of Bram Stokers Dracula. Total ripoff.

  • Drake

    I think casting Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula is about the best bit of casting I've heard in a while. Anyone sure that he's not really a vampire? Those eyes are confusing. Probably still won't watch it though.

  • Jules

    JRM back on my TV....I love it!!

  • the other courtney

    Yes. YES. He's like eating two Snicker's bars in a row. While taking a bath. I shouldn't but I can so don't judge me because the delicious is delicious and I've had a long day, dammit.

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