Judging the Upfronts By Their Cover: NBC
State of Affairs
What's it about?: Charlie Tucker is a top CIA analyst tasked with the daily duty of assembling a daily briefing for the President of the top security threats around the world. Her relationship with the President is complicated, since she used to be engaged to her son, who was killed in a terrorist attack. If you close one eye and squint, you can see Olivia Pope.
Who's involved?: Well there's Katherine Heigl, making her return to network television as Charlie. And there's Alfre Woodard, who plays the President. It's created and directed by Joe Carnahan, who worked on last season's runaway hit, The Blacklist.
When will it air?: Monday at 10:00 EST
The Verdict: It's hard not to see this as NBC's play at Scandalmania; is there love enough in your heart for two Olivia Popes? It's also hard to predict how audiences are going to feel about Heigl, who was beloved on Grey's Anatomy and then rejected swiftly when she made a play for movie stardom. But NBC is betting big on this show, giving it the post-Voice timeslot and already giving it a full season order. The marketing for this show is going to be everywhere come fall, so why not give it a shot. It's not like you've got a lot else going on on Monday nights (Scandal isn't on until Thursday anyway).
What's it about?: Annie and Jake have been dating for six years. So Annie is a little frustrated that Jake didn't propose while the two were on vacation together. Unfortunately, he'd planned to propose right when they got home and she accidentally calls his mom a bitch. Hijinks ensue.
When will it air?: Tuesday at 9:00 EST
The Verdict: Watch this. This will be funny. Just watch it.
The Mysteries of Laura
What's it about?: Laura is a homicide detective and a single mom. Also her soon-to-be ex-husband is maybe her new boss? Can she balance it all?
Who's involved?: Well since you have presumably have eyes, you know that's Debra Messing. And Josh Lucas plays Laura's ex. The show is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, sort of the king of the CW, and McG (The O.C.).
When will it air?: Wednesday at 8:00 EST
The Verdict: I don't know, am I wrong to want this to work so badly? I'm not sure if it's old longings for Will and Grace or Smash, but I want this show to work so badly. Let's all give it a shot. Let Debra's love open the door to your heart.
What's it about?: It's a pretty straightforward name: the show's about a bad judge. Basically, Rebecca is kind of a mess. But then she meets a little black boy she likes. Hijinks (and lessons) ensue.
When will it air?: Thursday at 9:00 EST
The Verdict: It's a cute concept, but something's not really clicking for me here. I say give it a shot when it airs, but don't get too excited.
A to Z
What's it about?: This show is the complete history of one couple, Andrew and Zelda, starting from the day they met.
When will it air?: Thursday at 9:30 EST
The Verdict: Didn't we just finally find out How I Met Your Mother?
What's it about?: Constantine is based on the DC Comic Hellblazer, perhaps you remember the 2005 Keanu Reeves film?
When will it air?: Friday at 10:00 EST
The Verdict: I'd say this looks like a pretty good compliment piece to Grimm, which has been doing very well for NBC on Friday nights. I'd guess that you already know whether or not a show based on a DC Comic is for you.
Here is the complete fall schedule:
8:00-10:00 PM THE VOICE
10:00-11:00 PM THE BLACKLIST (STATE OF AFFAIRS BEGINNING NOV. 17)
8:00-9:00 PM THE VOICE
9:00-9:30 PM MARRY ME
9:30-10:00 PM ABOUT A BOY
10:00-11:00 PM CHICAGO FIRE
8:00-9:00 PM THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA
9:00-10:00 PM LAW & ORDER: SVU
10:00-11:00 PM CHICAGO P.D.
8:00-9:00 PM THE BIGGEST LOSER
9:00-9:30 PM BAD JUDGE
9:30-10:00 PM A TO Z
10:00-11:00 PM PARENTHOOD
8:00-9:00 PM DATELINE NBC
9:00-10:00 PM GRIMM
10:00-11:00 PM CONSTANTINE
8:00-11:00 PM RERUNS
7:00-8:20 PM FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
8:20-11:30 PM NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL