Snap Judgements: NBC Unveils its 2009-10 Fall Schedule


No news is good news. Or at least that’s the story we’re sticking with after NBC unveiled a CHUCK-free Fall 2009 schedule to advertisers at their annual InFront presentation in New York City this morning.


As for CHUCK, LAW & ORDER, MEDIUM and MY NAME IS EARL, Michael Ausiello claims via proverbial ‘inside sources’ at the Peacock Network that, “a final ruling on the fate of all four shows will come on May 19 [when NBC unveils its official Fall schedule.]”

Until then, feel free to entertain yourself with our first look videos and uninformed snap judgements of NBC’s new offerings.

According to the official NBC description: TRAUMA is an intense, action-packed look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco General is first on the scene, traveling by land, by sea or by air to reach their victims in time. From the heights of the Transamerica Pyramid to the depths of the S.F. Bay, our heroes must face the most extreme conditions to save lives, and give meaning to their own existence in the process.

According to the TV Addict: It’s THIRD WATCH with a bigger budget. Which is something we wouldn’t normally be interested it, except that it comes from the brilliant creative team (Jeff Reiner, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey) behind FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

According to the official NBC description: This is the story of the Bravermans – Sarah, Adam, Crosby and Julia – four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and unexpected joys of being a parent.

According to the TV Addict: When the grown up siblings include such TV Addict favorites like Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Monica Potter, Sam Jaeger and Craig T. Nelson, not to mention a creative team comprised of Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Jason Katims and Thomas Schlamme, PARENTHOOD has “Must See TV” written all over it.

According to the official NBC description:
You haven’t seen inside a hospital until you’ve seen it through the eyes of those who know it best: its nurses. Veronica Callahan is one of those nurses. She just returned to Mercy Hospital from a tour in Iraq and knows more about medicine than all of the residents combined. Together with fellow nurses Sonia and Chloe, she navigates the daily traumas and social landmines of life and love both inside the hospital and out in the real world.

According to the TV Addict: Score one for NBC, who may have just injected the increasingly tired medical drama (yes, we’re talking to you GREY’S ANATOMY) with a group of sexy and sassy nurses… and did we mention, GOSSIP GIRL’s Michelle Trachtenberg?

According to the official NBC description:
In the aftermath of a global event that devastates the world’s infrastructures, a small band of survivors strives to rebuild society and unravel the mysteries of why the event took place and what the future has in store. Told from the point of view of an eclectic group of neighbors in a Van Nuys, California apartment building, this journey of survival will show us that hope is found in the smallest of victories and heroes are born every day.

According to the TV Addict: DAY ONE is going to have to be really [and we mean, really] special to overcome the fact that at first glance, it sure sounds like a JERICHO/DEEP IMPACT rip-off.

According to the official NBC description:
Charlotte Payne is looking for love. She’s dated lots of men and has been proposed to ten times, but has yet to meet Mr. Right. So Charlotte decides to join a popular online dating site, where she has to take a 100-question compatibility test. The questions aren’t easy for Charlotte to answer, and each one requires her to recount a poignant and humorous time in her life with friends Leslie, Jill, Mike and Wayne. The test becomes a journey of self-discovery for Charlotte and helps her realize what she truly wants in a relationship.

According to the TV Addict: After sitting through a fairly painful four minute preview, we’ve got one really important question for the brains behind 100 QUESTIONS: Where’s the funny?

According to the official NBC description:
It’s been said that community college is a “halfway school” for losers, a self esteem workshop for newly divorced housewives, and a place where old people go to keep their minds active as they circle the drain of eternity. Well, at Greendale Community College…that’s all true. Community focuses on a band of misfits, at the center of which is a fast-talkin’ lawyer whose degree has been revoked (Joel McHale, The Soup). They form a study group and, in “Breakfast Club” fashion, end up learning a lot more about themselves than they do about their course work.

According to the TV Addict: Joel McHale! Chevy Chase! And THE DAILY SHOW’s John Oliver! Where do we enroll?

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  • Modwild

    Day One had me at Day One. I am a complete sucker for disaster flicks and when they make it to my TV in even a limited run, I’m all over it. If Nielsen would like to send me their people watcher, I’m sure to help it. 🙂

  • Edmund

    I hope to see Chuck and the original Law & Order on the final schedule. Otherwise Leno and SVU will be my only shows on NBC. Thank goodness for cable/satellite stations.

  • Ace

    Anyone else feeling deja vu? Trama = Third Watch, Parenthood = Brothers & Sisters, Mercy = yet another boring medical drama, Day One = Jericho, 100 Questions = The Ex List. The only one of these that sounds remotely original is The Community. Even then, it kind of sounds like Boston Common. And I think you mean a lawyer whose license has been revoked. They can’t take back the diploma ;).

    They should renew Chuck anyway, but they’ll want something around when at least 3 of those shows fail.

  • Ace,
    If PARENTHOOD is inspired by BROTHERS & SISTERS does that mean that BROTHERS & SISTERS was inspired by the movie version of PARENTHOOD?

    While I’ll definitely check out DAY ONE, I’m not too excited about it.

    I’d be shocked if CHUCK and LAW & ORDER aren’t picked up. After-all, NBC will need some solid backup, when 50% off their schedule falters before November Sweeps.

  • bws

    So NBC has what, 13 hours of programming now that Leno has taken over 5? (3 on Sunday, none on Saturday). Not a lot to work with.

    If I had to pick one of these based on the quick look, I’d say Parenthood, but I worry it will take itself too seriously. community might actually be funny. McHale knows what funny is. Because fall premier time is soooo busy, I’ll probably hang back on the rest and see what happens for a couple of weeks. I would guess that I’ll only preemptively season pass 3-4 shows on all networks

  • ggny

    if chuck get cancel and that horrible looking 100 questions gets a spot nbc is retarded that why they fail give Chuck time to grow move it out of that grid locked time slot and it will…Come on NBC dont be stupid

  • Ace

    TVA — I know Parenthood is based on the movie, but it does also seem B&S esque. I was more saying that everything seemed so rehashed. That is more important than what it is specifically “reinventing”. You just made my point stronger b/c it is rehashing two things. 😉

    Also, I’m very protective of Chuck in these post-sanity/Jay Leno times. I personally will never watch Leno again and I used to be a fan. I’ve even been to a taping.

  • Hil

    None of those shows look very interesting. At all really. On NBC I only watch Chuck, Life, and The Office (after I stockpile five or six of them). Looks like NBC will be like CBS to me very quickly. I watch nothing on CBS.

  • Did spell “Judgment” wrong for a reason? Just wondering.

  • Dear Robin,

    While I’m quite used to getting called out for my poor spelling and grammar mistakes, I’m fairly confident that there are two ways in which one might spell judgement!

  • Ace

    So, apparently there was also a 1990 TV show version of Parenthood that was extremely short lived. But get this…it was written by Joss Weden and started Leo Decaprio, David Arquette and Thora Birch.

  • blueberry

    Say what you will about Jericho, but the first half of the first season trumps any season of Heroes (sans the first one, of course). So I’m giving Day One a shot.

    …Until they move it to a death-sentence slot and then burn off the remaining episodes in the summer and then pretend to care about the show and then cancel it.

  • brian

    Wow. That laugh track on 100 Questions is really great! It made me realize that this is one very funny show. (Prediction: canceled after 4 episodes)

    And pardon my fatalism but CHUCK is doomed. if they were going to renew it, they would have renewed it. They leak to Nicki Finke that it’s getting picked up to keep everyone off balance and prevent it from being the big news.

    If they continue the show they’ll kill it by either A. putting it on Fridays or B. mid season/january killing any momentum. (Or C.? both A & B).

    Sigh. Silverman/Zucker are the McCain campaign of network exec teams.

  • Josh Emerson

    Wow, after watching those previews, I cannot imagine how NBC could not bring Chuck back. Most of those shows look terrible!

    Day One doesn’t have a proper trailer but has an interesting description, so I don’t know about that. Mercy looks like it could have potential. No thanks to Trauma or Parenthood.

    I had high hopes for Community, but it looks pretty lame. The plot is just too cliche. Yeah, community college is just filled with people who fit these pathetic stereotypes. Ha ha ha, how hilarious. 100 Questions….where would they even air this? Why would they pick up a multicamera sitcom when they don’t have any others?

  • Kevin

    Save Chuck its a great show just switch its time slot its going against house one of the most popular shows. and advertise it more

  • Kevin

    Also get rid of leno at 10 your killing your line up

  • Does anyone know if the new show Mercy is based in Charlotte, North Carolina? I know I read about a month ago about a new hospital drama being based in Charlotte, but I can’t remember what the name of it was supposed to be. There is a Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) – Mercy in Charlotte, so this might be the one. There again, Mercy is a common name for a hospital.

    Anyway, Mercy looks like it has a pretty good cast. Oddly, my chances of watching it depend partially on whether it’s based in North Carolina and whether Chuck gets renewed.

  • Naf

    How did 100 Questions ever get picked up? Mercy looks like a Grey’s rip off, but you can see why NBC would be interested in that, and the rest all look good. Day One is probably the one I’m more excited about. I hadn’t even heard about Parenthood until today, but the cast is excellent.

  • Amy

    I’ll defin. watch Parenthood and Mercy. Very much looking forward to them.
    100 Questions looks retarded and I’m not really into disaster stuff.
    I might watch Community but I’m not sure.

  • Neena

    I may try Day One…i’ll see how it goes. The problem with shows now is that you just don’t know how long there’ll last.

    Trauma will most likely do well; all it has to do is be glossy like the CSI’s and fast paced like ER.

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  • Spookykat

    They better not cancel Chuck!!! Just when things were starting to get predictable for that show, it goes in a new direction, and dammit, I want to find out what happened after the 2nd season cliff hanger! Although if it DOES get picked up, how much do y’all want to bet that the writers will be pressured to jump the shark and ruin it anyway just for sweeps week?? I agree with those that think that Chuck is probably doomed, unfortunately. The same thing happened with Veronica Mars on CW. They put it up against House and it only lasted three seasons, and the third season was shoddily written. I’m hoping that Chuck does NOT have the same fate, but I’m worried that it does.

    Honestly, I think ratings systems really need to be changed in order to include episodes watched legally online on sites like this one, hulu, fancast, etc. and those that TiVo shows, because most people do that these days…it doesn’t give the underdog shows a fair shake not to count the TiVo’ed viewers, too.

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