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