NBC announced their new fall shows over the weekend, and fortunate reporters got to screen clips and some shows in full during the network's Upfronts ceremonies, held in New York City. Though I have not returned to the wormy, mealy Big Apple to attend such an event, I was still granted the opportunity to take a look at what's to come, in order to offer you my five cents. But if you don't want to just take my word for it, take a look at the clips below and judge for yourselves.
Perfect Couples depicts the mid-season misadventures of three engaging couples as they struggle to find out what makes the ideal relationship...and how to maintain it through humorous trial-and-error. The series explores young couples that are comprised of Kyle Howard and Christine Woods, David Walton and improv genius Mary Elizabeth Ellis, and Hayes MacArthur and Olivia Munn as they subtly compete for the "perfect" relationship without destroying each other, and their friendship, in the process. Execs from Friends and 30 Rock helm this show, with direction from The New Adventures of Old Christine's Andy Ackerman. Thankfully, this smart comedy is being held until the mid-season, when it has a real shot at finding an audience and a marketing campaign instead of getting lost in the riffraff craziness of the full push.
See a clip of Perfect Couples here.
See a clip of The Paul Reiser Show here.
Love Bites (Working Title) is a new one-hour comedy series from Cindy Chupack that features three loosely connected, modern stories of love, sex, marriage and dating. Each episode of the series is set to contain multiple vignettes, all illuminating the theme of love with a so-called edgy, irreverent spin. Think that sounds revolutionary? It's not! Becki Newton stars as Annie and Jordana Spiro stars as Frannie, the last two single girls standing after all of their friends get married, whose story anchors the series, while other romantically-challenged characters will come and go each week. The pilot's guest cast includes a veritable who's-who of television today, including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Greg Grunberg, Craig Robinson, Jason Lewis, Lindsay Price, Larry Wilmore, Pamela Adlon, and Kyle Howard. It shows potential-- both for its names and for its unique style. Unfortunately, though, so far it is trying too hard to be Sex and the City flashy, and therefore doesn't feel as unique as the style implies.
See a clip of Love Bites here.
Thankfully for NBC, its returning Thursday night comedies are still as strong as ever, so the network has something on which to fall back! Disagree with any of my assessments? Leave your thoughts in the comments!