As the current season is wrapping up, the major networks are both cleaning house and looking ahead to next season as they present their new fall shows at the week long upfronts in NYC. NBC took the stage first and you can find out what’s renewed, what’s cancelled and what’s new from the Peacock below.
- The Blacklist
- The Voice
- Chicago Fire
- Chicago PD
- Chicago Med
- Law & Order: SVU
- The Carmichael Show
- Game of Silence
- The Mysteries of Laura
- The Player
The Good Place: Starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, Bell stars as a woman who dies and ends up in Heaven but thinks there was a mix-up with a woman who shared her name that did the actual good things to wind up there. Danson is her guide and mentor in “The Good Place” and she is paired with her “soulmate”, played by Willam Jackson Harper, who helps her navigate the new, weird world she’s in. It’s from Michael Schur, who helped create Parks & Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Timeless: Starring Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett, the trio is assembled by a secret government project to chase a criminal who has stolen time travel technology into the past, Timecop style, to stop him from disrupting the present timeline. The pilot focuses on the criminal going back to the 30’s before the Hindenberg disaster.
This is Us: A new drama starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, the show interweaves between multiple characters, many of which share the same birthday, as they go through major changes in their lives, like Ventimiglia and Moore having their first child. It’s from the team behind Crazy, Stupid Love.
The Blacklist: Redemption: A spin-off from The Blacklist, Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) begins working for Grey Matters and it’s CEO Scottie Hargrave (Famke Janssen), who *spoilers*, Tom learned is his mother. Grey Matters runs a covert mercenary force that does jobs for governments and high end clients.
Chicago Justice: The fourth entry in NBC’s Chicago franchise, Phillip Wichester, Carl Weathers, Nazneen Contractor, Joelle Carter and Ryan-James Hatanaka star as the team in Chicago’s State’s Attorney’s office. Their first case involves the brutal murder of an officer from Chicago PD.
Emerald City: A new modern spin on The Wizard of Oz stars Adria Arjona as Dorothy, who’s a cop that is carried to the magical world with her police dog Toto in a tornado. She learns she may hold the key to saving the realm and meets new and old characters, like Vincent D’Onofrio as The Wizard.
Midnight, Texas: A small town in Texas is home to vampires, witches, psychics and other strange creatures who work together to keep their strange home safe from outside forces like biker gangs and suspicious cops. It’s based on a series of books by Charlaine Harris, who also wrote the True Blood books.
Taken: Starring Clive Standen from Vikings as Bryan Mills, this is a prequel to the Liam Neeson trilogy of action movies that shows how Mills got his “particular set of skills”. Jennifer Beals co-stars as Mills’ handler.
Great News: A comedy starring Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin from the Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, it follows an up and coming news producer who is horrified to learn her mother is the new intern at their station.
Marlon: Somewhat based on his real life, Marlon Wayans stars in a new family sitcom as the father to two kids he’s raising his with his ex-wife.
Powerless: Set in the DC Comics universe, Powerless stars Vanessa Hudgens as an agent at an insurance company that specializes in dealing with the damage left in the wake of massive superhero brawls. Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk co-star.
Trial & Error: A young lawyer, Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Amoto), gets his first big case defending a poetry professor accused of killing his wife. Setting up shop in a taxidermy shop and helped by a team of wacky assistants, Josh has to figure out the facts while keeping his client (John Lithgow) from constantly, but inadvertantly, incriminating himself.
I’m like the J. Jonah Jameson of Everything Action, writing and editing and constantly demanding pictures of Spider-Man.