Having sorted through Fox’s trailers for its new fall and midseason shows, we now turn to NBC. The Peacock also recently announced its 2013-2014 primetime lineup, unleashing with it trailers for its new shows, which we’ve gone ahead and put in order from most promising to least. Take a look at them all below and let us know if there are any standouts.
The most interesting by far is “The Michael J. Fox Show,” which features Fox’s first regular small screen leading role since he exited “Spin City” in 2000 to spend more time with his family and to work on managing his Parkinson’s disease. His condition has been incorporated into some of his roles since then — including his turn as himself on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — and it’s a major part of this new loosely autobiographical series, in which Fox plays a news anchor who returns to work after being diagnosed. The “Modern Family”-esque trailer looks warm without being overly sentimental or self-congratulatory, qualities which would make this set-up unbearable.
The British co-production “Dracula” is intriguing for not making its Bram Stoker-inspired story overly gothic — instead, the Jonathan Rhys Meyers-led drama shows a touch of period poetry to its portrayal of Victorian London (the lightbulbs!), which makes sense, seeing as it comes from “Downton Abbey” producers Carnival Films. “The Blacklist,” which stars James Spader as an agent turned FBI’s most wanted who turns himself in to consult on catching another baddie, looks very “Hannibal”/”The Following,” but the paired-up-with-a-sociopath storyline still has some oomph to it, and Joe Carnahan (“The Grey”) directed the pilot.
“Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes plays a divorced gay dad whose teenage daughter moves in with him in “Sean Saves the World” — and while it’s nice to have a new LGBT main character in primetime (especially given that NBC canceled “The New Normal”), the multicamera, laugh-tracked sitcom looks pretty old fashioned. Despite a single-camera set-up, so does “Welcome to the Family” a painfully standard culture clash comedy about a white family and a Latino family brought together by their teenage kids falling in love and getting pregnant. They hate each other! But they’ll grudgingly learn to like each other! Unless the show’s canceled before then.
Finally, “Ironside” is a remake of the 1967-1975 show about a tough cop who’s confined to a wheelchair, with Blair Underwood taking on the lead role originally played by Raymond Burr. The trailer’s filled with so many clichés it’s just short of an SNL skit.