By Caryn James | James on Screens May 13, 2012 at 9:48PM
J.J.Abrams and Giancarlo Esposito go post-Apocalyptic, Jesse Spencer post-House fights fires in Chicago, and Matthew Perry tries again as a widowed sportscaster, in NBC’s fall series This week all the networks parade their new-season stars on stage for advertisers in their noisy Upfront extravaganzas, but they no longer even pretend to keep the schedules secret until then. NBC, whose Upfront happens Monday morning, has posted clips from its fall shows. Here are glimpses of the best.
No one can guarantee a hit, not even Abrams (Fox has canceled this season’s Alcatraz) but Revolution seems like the network’s most promising new series, and NBC is giving it a big push, scheduling it Mondays at 10 after The Voice. In a world without electricity - zeitgeisty way to deal with going green - bands of marauders face off. I love the cast, which along with Esposito includes Billy Burke and Tim Guinee. Take a look at the extended trailer, from the pilot directed by Jon Favreau.
GUYS WITH KIDS
Jimmy Fallon is the executive producer of this sitcom about a group of guys - including Anthony Anderson - adjusting to life as new fathers. Fallon has great comic judgment, so I hope they lose that over-the-top laugh track.
THE NEW NORMAL
In the latest from Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) Andrew Rannells from The Book of Mormon and Justin Bartha, the groom from The Hangover movies, star as a gay couple that hires a surrogate to give birth to their child. Timely enough and the stars are appealing, but it’s hard to tell from this clip whether the writing is very good.
So now we know what Jesse Spencer will be doing now that he’s not Chase on House anymore: fighting fires and getting divorced in this drama. The trailer features shirtless hunky fireman and talk about brotherhood and bravery from Eamonn Walker, and the show comes from executive producer Dick Wolf – overall, that makes the series much more promising than “firehouse drama” has any right to sound.
Matthew Perry plays a sportscaster who has to grieve for his wife and recover before his boss lets him back on the air. It’s meant to be a comedy – just saying, because the clip’s one joke isn’t funny. There must be more.
I’ve spared you the unwatchable Animal Practice, a comedy with Justin Kirk as a veterinarian, but you can see clips for that as well as mid-season shows at nbc.com