NBC: Which pilots look promising in the Fall 2012 lineup?
This week was Upfronts, which means that the major broadcast networks released their schedules for the fall 2012 television season. It’s like TV Christmas. Or something. Futon Critic has a great scheduling grid, so you can take a look at the upcoming television landscape. It’s best to prepare your DVRs in advance—get them the appropriate counseling, etc. We don’t want to hurry the inevitable robot uprising. This is also the time of year when networks start releasing trailers and sneak peeks of their new pilots. I have watched them all, so you don’t have to. You’re welcome. (Okay, fine. I didn’t watch that one about alien neighbors. You caught me.) Which pilots did NBC pick up? You can find a comprehensive list with descriptions here, and all the recently released clips here. There are only two NBC pilots that I care about so far, given my admittedly superficial research.
First up is Revolution, an upcoming sci-fi drama from Eric Kripke, Jon Favreau, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk. I mean, you’re kind of in already, just from that list of names, right? Here’s the official description:
“Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why?
Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down, the lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it?
On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.”
Dun dun dun. I like it. I like it a lot. Check out the trailer below to get a closer look:
I also plan to watch the upcoming half-hour comedy, Go On, starring Matthew Perry. To be honest, it probably wouldn’t be on my radar if it weren’t for Matthew Perry. Recently, I rewatched the entire series of Friends, and I just fell in love with him all over again, so there’s just no way I can say no to his latest starring vehicle. Here’s the trailer:
Thoughts? Will you be watching? Chime in below.