According to the NBC official description: THE CAPE is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons (“ER”) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, “Life on Mars”) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, “Flash Forward”). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes “The Cape” his son’s favorite comic book superhero — and takes the law into his own hands. Rounding out the cast are James Frain (“The Tudors”) as billionaire Peter Fleming – The Cape’s nemesis – who moonlights as the twisted killer: Chess; Keith David (“Death at a Funeral”) as Max Malini, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Vince Faraday and trains him to be The Cape; Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) as Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City; and Dorian Missick (“Six Degrees”) as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday.

According to this TV Addict: You only get one chance to make a good first impression, which, thanks to the epic fail that is the above promotional photo, THE CAPE most definitely does not do. Add to that a premise that sounds like some NBC exec was a little too fond of CBS’ cheestacular 90′s reboot of THE FLASH (not that there’s anything wrong with that says the TV Addict who owns the complete series on DVD) and we have to ask ourselves the slightly awkward albeit painfully obvious question for any show that involves Summer Glau: When is too soon to start a “Save Our Show” campaign?

According to the NBC official description: Starring Emmy Award winner Jimmy Smits (“NYPD Blue,” “West Wing”), OUTLAW is a new drama from executive producer John Eisendrath (“Alias,” “Felicity,” “Playmakers”). Cyrus Garza (Smits) is a Supreme Court justice who abruptly quits the high-level position. A playboy and a gambler, Garza had always adhered to a strict interpretation of the law until he realized the system he believed in was flawed. Now that he’s quit the bench and returned to private practice, he’s determined to represent “the little guy” and use his inside knowledge of the justice system to take on today’s biggest legal cases — and he’s making plenty of powerful people unhappy along the way. Jesse Bradford (“West Wing”), Carly Pope (“24″), Ellen Woglom (“Californication”) and David Ramsey (“Dexter”) also star.

According to this TV Addict: We’d be a lot more excited for this show if the Supreme Court Justice who abruptly quits his high-level position to represent “the little guy” that Jimmy Smits plays was named Matt Santos. We’re just sayin’

According to the NBC official description: Emmy Award-winning creator David E. Kelley (“The Practice,” “Boston Legal”) brings his unique storytelling to HARRY’S LAW, a series about fate and the people it brings together, starring Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (“Misery,” “About Schmidt”).Harriet (Bates), Matthew (Ben Chaplin, “Me and Orson Welles”) and Malcolm (Aml Ameen, “Kidulthood”) couldn’t be any more different. Harriet is a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer who, having just been fired from her cushy job, is completely disillusioned with her success and looking for a fresh start. Her world unexpectedly collides with Malcolm’s — a young man trying to figure out life. When he finds out Harriet is a lawyer, he begs her to represent him in an upcoming criminal case. Matthew, a dreamer at heart and also recently fired from his job as a high school teacher, is introduced to Harriet through Malcolm, a previous student of his. When these three cross paths, they realize they’re all looking for a fresh start. Now, the most unlikely of people are starting a law practice in the most unlikely of places — a rundown shoe store. “Harry’s Law” also stars Brittany Snow (“Hairspray”) as Harriet’s assistant, Jenna Backstrom and Beatrice Rosen (“Dark Knight”) as Eve, a high school French teacher.

According to this TV Addict: NBC had us at Kathy Bates!

According to the NBC official description: From Oscar and Emmy winner Brian Grazer (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Arrested Development”), FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS is a half-hour comedy revolving around a group of twenty-something singles as they navigate the difficult, and often confusing, world of dating. Ben Weymouth (Ryan Hansen, “Party Down”) is on the hunt for the perfect woman who meets his unique set of standards, while his best friend, Sara Maxwell (Danneel Harris, “One Tree Hill”), is just looking for a man to settle down with and raise a family. Ben and Sara have fallen into the habit of turning to each other for moral and physical support as they wait for Mr. and Ms. Right to arrive. Their friend Aaron (Fran Kranz, “Dollhouse”), a romantic at heart, doesn’t approve of Ben and Sara’s complicated friendship, but he, along with womanizer Hoon (Ian Reed Kesler) and straight shooter Riley (Jessica Lucas, “Cloverfield”), are all distracted with their own dating trials and tribulations.

According to this TV Addict: Thanks to a cast that includes ONE TREE HILL’s Danneel Harris and DOLLHOUSE’s Fran Kranz, we’re willing to give FRIEND WITH BENEFITS, which on paper sure sounds like another tired comedy about a really good looking group of twenty-something singles as they navigate the difficult and often confusing world of dating… you guessed it, the benefit of the doubt.

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  • Sourabh

    Is NBC picking up everything?

  • The TV Addict

    If it seems like NBC is picking up a little more than usual, it's because they have quite a few holes to fill courtesy of last season's Jay Leno at 10pm debacle.

  • Ace

    Apparently “Friends with Benefits” didn't learn anything from “Cougartowns” poor naming. Obviously I haven't seen it yet, but if it is any good I bet a lot of people won't watch just b/c of the name.

  • Danny

    Is it wrong that “The Cape” is probably one of (if not THE) shows I'm most looking forward to? I don't know it just sounds so..batmanish…and entertaining..hope it's ant good (but yeah, the picture does suck)

  • The TV Addict

    Not wrong at all, I for one am excited despite the really poor first impression!