Save Me: Lightning Strikes NBC

by Rachel Stein May 23, 2013 8:33 pm
<I>Save Me</i>: Lightning Strikes NBC

NBC's new sitcom Save Me is better than it has any right to be. The leads -- Anne Heche, Michael Landes and Alexandra Breckenridge -- have no chemistry and can barely act their way through the pilot. The premise -- which has Heche as Beth Harper, a woman who starts receiving messages from God after nearly choking to death on a sandwich -- is at best pretty stupid. The first half of "The Book of Beth" was just terrible. However, by the end of the episode, I actually had the desire to watch more... an entire 12 episodes more, maybe. (Note: At the time of writing, I'd only watched the first of this week's two-episode premiere.)

NBC: We've Got Lots of New Shows, We Swear

by Angel Cohn May 17, 2010 3:47 pm
NBC: We've Got Lots of New Shows, We Swear

The 2010-11 NBC upfront presentation was so long that we're not sure who'd be more bored by a detailed recap of the event, you or us. Suffice it to say that the presentation began with a clip of Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy making jokes about his brief, ill-advised marriage to Nikki Finke, getting in a dig about President Obama's citizenship and then talking about how the "more colorful" slogan might sound like a "no-mess painting kit for pre-school girls" but is really more than that. Then there was some random talk about how the network would act like a dangerous Eastern European woman in order to gain advertisers. That was the highlight... it got less interesting from there, unless you are really, really, really into football announcers, in which case it picked up somewhere in the middle, and then it just slowly spiraled downward until it finally ended and I got to see Jerry Seinfeld on the esclalor. Oh, and did I mention that aside from an awkward appearance from Jimmy Fallon and his guitar, and the football announcers, there was a dearth of talent on stage? Guess they saved them for all of the swanky after-parties. But anyway, NBC previewed a bunch of new shows for both the fall and midseason to help us get an early start on deciding what we'll want to watch - or avoid.

The Michael J. Fox Show: Hasn’t He Been Through Enough?

by Aly Semigran September 27, 2013 6:00 am
<i>The Michael J. Fox Show</i>: Hasn’t He Been Through Enough?

Who doesn't love Michael J. Fox? (Wait, if you don't, you probably shouldn't answer that, as you are a monster). That's the question NBC is banking on for The Michael J. Fox Show to be a hit. That our universal love for the actor will make us overlook just how weak the new series with his name in the title really is. And while Fox's talents and charms are still as undeniable as ever, you can't help root for the guy… to wind up on a much better show.

Ready for Love: Zero Dollar Matchmaker

by Rachel Stein April 10, 2013 10:01 am
<i>Ready for Love</i>: Zero Dollar Matchmaker

It's obvious what Eva Longoria and NBC were trying to do with Ready for Love: Cash in quite belatedly on the fame of The Bachelor using the "science" and snark of Millionaire Matchmaker. Unfortunately, this show is so poorly edited, egregiously sexist and clearly low-budget, it's much closer to The Choice meets Fashion Star and has all of the authenticity of Burning Love. Rather than validate Ready for Love by giving it a straight-up review, I'll instead list the very worst things about the show.

Lessons Other Shows Can Learn From the 30 Rock Finale

by Rachel Stein February 1, 2013 10:26 am
Lessons Other Shows Can Learn From the <i>30 Rock</i> Finale

Rather than write a second long piece in praise of 30 Rock, add yet another blog post to the world about how Tina Fey changed television (though, she did) or try to convince you how much the series transformed TV while glazing over the fact that the show was almost unwatchable for two seasons, let's just focus on the finale... the very satisfying and heartfelt finale.

Mockingbird Lane: Smell Ya Later, Munsters

by Ethan Alter October 26, 2012 9:05 pm
<i>Mockingbird Lane</i>: Smell Ya Later, Munsters

What do you when you've got a lavishly-produced pilot for a reboot of The Munsters that you've decided against taking to series? Well, if you're NBC, you burn it off on the Friday before Halloween, billing it as a one-night-only special event. And while Mockingbird Lane's mastermind Bryan Fuller still seems to think it could still earn a place on the primetime line-up, we're pretty sure this is the last we'll ever see of the new Munster clan, populated by Eddie Izaard as the vampish Grandpa, Jerry O'Connell as man-made monster Herman, Portia de Rossi as his wife and bloodsucker Lily, Mason Cook as the wolfish Eddie Munster and Charity Wakefield as the sole normal family member, Marilyn. Having now seen what Fuller's take on this unlikely project was, here are three reasons why we'd like to see Mockingbird Lane become an ongoing series... and three reasons why we wouldn't.

Animal Practice: Yes, the Show with the Monkey

by Rachel Stein August 12, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Animal Practice</i>: Yes, the Show with the Monkey

I cannot begin to tell you how low my expectations were for Animal Practice, NBC's newest sitcom in which longtime Weeds actor Justin Kirk plays a wacky veterinarian. I have been suffering through Weeds for so many seasons that, frankly, this show sounded like some kind of sick joke my co-workers were playing on me and the addition of the monkey made the prank just plain sloppy.

Trauma: If You Like Explosions, This Is the Show For You

by Angel Cohn September 29, 2009 9:54 am
<I>Trauma</I>: If You Like Explosions, This Is the Show For You

This is not the worst show that NBC is debuting this fall (that honor goes to Mercy), and it isn't the best (that's Community) so instead it falls smack in the middle. It's not terrible, but it is more focused on explosions than anything, but if you are looking for an ER substitute, this one is probably a better bet than Mercy or CBS's Three Rivers.

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