Well, NBC…this all seems just fine.
When former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran unexpectedly stumbles into choir practice at a small-town church, he finds a group of singers that are out of tune in more ways than one. Despite the ultimate clash of sensibilities, Arthur and his newfound cohorts may just be the perfect mix of individuals to help each other reinvent and rediscover a little happiness, just when they all need it most.
Starring: Bradley Whitford, Anna Camp, Tymberlee Hill, Rizwan Manji, Will Greenberg, Geno Segers, Spencer Allport
I am a person who has watched every damn musical tv show in the last ten years, including every episode of Glee and Smash. I was always going to watch this. Especially with the actors they’ve casted. It speaks well of the project that Bradley Whitford agreed to be in it because, for the most part, he chooses really interesting projects. Anna Camp is such a fun, underrated actor and the trailer already has me invested in the relationship between her and the “Eat Me D” guy (also I am kind of furious about how hard I laughed at that one joke.) The music for the show will be handled by Glee’s Adam Anders, who seems very excited about doing something more grounded than the Ryan Murphy musical.
Also Tymberlee Hill’s Maya Angelou episode of the Dead Author’s Podcast is perfection and you should listen to it.
I watched every season of Glee and Smash.
I am so tired.
Premieres September 26th
Garrett Modi was living the American Dream. As the youngest New York City Councilman ever, he was rubbing elbows with the political elite, attending star-studded parties and was the pride of Queens. But instead of spending his time in office helping the people that got him elected, he lost his way amidst the power and glamour of politics. When his downward spiral got him busted for public intoxication (and downright stupidity), it was all caught on tape and ended his career. Now, Garrett’s crashing with his sister, Mallory, and wondering where it all went wrong. That is, until he’s hired by a diverse group of hopefuls who dream of becoming American citizens and believe he can help – giving him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption, as long as he remembers where he came from.
Starring: Kal Penn, Diana Maria Riva, Joel Kim Booster, Kiran Deol, Poppy Liu, Moses Storm, Samba Schutte
They had me at Joel Kim Booster. Watching Joel Kim Booster play a vaguely psychotic spoiled rich kid on network tv is the dream. But this is also a timely and necessary comedy created by smart, talented people. Sunnyside was created by Kal Penn and Matt Murray, who worked on shows like Parks and Recreation, Community, Brooklyn 99, and The Good Place. They’ve assembled a writing room and a cast that are almost entirely made up of immigrants and children of immigrants. The staff of this show is filled with funny people who know just how difficult it is to become an American citizen. Murray has mentioned that they intend to mine all these different experiences for the show and that their goal is to tell real stories. Though I imagine that the twins’ history will just be a series of noodle incidents. Think Jason Mendoza’s stories about Florida but posh.
So…my neighbor’s pastor’s nephew is on America’s Got Talent and I’ve been watching a bit of it (choose the right song or you’ll get knocked out by several magicians) I couldn’t help but notice that every time an ad comes up for Sunnyside, it’s literally just its shiny rainbow-like title card flashing up. All the other new shows advertised get some sort of short clip to let you know what it’s about. This didn’t. NBC clearly likes this show enough to pick it up and not to banish it to midseason. They’ve also dealt with the subject of immigration on Superstore so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt but…not wanting AGT viewers to know what this show is about set off alarms in my head.
Premieres September 26th
Bluff City Law
Follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis law firm that specializes in the most controversial landmark civil rights cases. Led by legendary attorney Elijah Strait and his brilliant daughter, Sydney Keller, they take on the toughest David-and-Goliath cases while navigating their complicated relationship.
Starring: Jimmy Smits, Caitlin McGee, Jayne Atkinson, Barry Sloane, Michael Luwoye, Stony Blyden, MaameYaa Boafa, Mo Gallini
I am a person who had their first big tv related cry watching Bobby Simone die a slow painful death. I am a person who would 100% buy Santos/McGarry merchandise if they weren’t all sort of hideous. I love Jimmy Smits and I wanna see him do a big civil rights court case speech, is what I’m trying to say. Also Michael Luwoye was Hamilton and I’m always pleased when someone from that show pops up on my tv.
Doesn’t this give off mid to late-90s courtroom drama vibes? I love an earnest, corny as hell monologue about justice and being a fighter but even watching that trailer I was just like…”that’s corny as hell.” This opinion only formed after watching the trailer like nine times because every time I started it up, Don’t Be A Lawyer from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend kept playing in my head and distracting me.
Premieres September 23rd
What More Interesting Shows Did They Move To Midseason?
Council of Dads
When Scott, a loving father of four, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by a cancer diagnosis, he calls on a few of his closest allies to step in as back-up dads for every stage of his growing family’s life. Scott assembles a trusted group of role models that includes Anthony, his oldest friend; Larry, his AA sponsor; and Oliver, his surgeon and best friend to his wife, Robin. These men agree to devote themselves to supporting and guiding Scott’s amazing family through all the triumphs and challenges life has to offer – just in case he ever can’t be there to do so himself.
Starring: Sarah Wayne Callies, Clive Standen, Tom Everett Scott, J. August Richards, Blue Chapman, Emjay Anthony, Michele Weaver, Thalia Tran, Steven Silver, Michael O’Neill
A former NYPD detective and forensic genius Lincoln Rhyme was at the top of his game until a serious accident at the hands of a notorious serial killer forces him out of the field. When Amelia Sachs, an intuitive young officer who’s got her own gift for proﬁling finds herself hot on the killer’s trail, Rhyme in turn finds a partner for this new game of cat and mouse. As the unlikely detective duo joins forces to crack the city’s most confounding cases, they must also race to take down the enigmatic “Bone Collector” who brought them together. Inspired by the novel The Bone Collector.
Starring: Russell Hornsby, Arielle Kebbel, Brían F. O’Byrne, Tate Ellington, Courtney Grosbeck, Ramses Jimenez, Brooke Lyons, Roslyn Ruff, Michael Imperioli.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
In this joyous and celebratory drama, Zoey Clarke is a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At first, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift.
Starring: Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Peter Gallagher, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Lauren Graham, Mary Steenburgen, Andrew Leeds
Young parents Dave and Rebecca are ready to reclaim their life after years of diapers and sleepless nights. However, things take an unexpected turn when Dave’s parents show up unannounced and broke, leaving Dave with no choice but to open the door to the people who gave him everything. But these boomerang parents aren’t great with boundaries and the question of who’s parenting who quickly become blurred.
Starring: Adam Pally, Abby Elliott, Steven Weber, Fran Drescher, Jessy Hodges
The Kenan Show
Kenan Thompson strives to be a super dad to his two adorable girls while simultaneously balancing his job and a father-in-law who “helps” in the most inappropriate ways.
Starring: Kenan Thompson, Punam Patel, Dani Lockett, Dannah Lockett, Andy Garcia
What Show Do We Wish They Had Picked Up?
I think that Amber Ruffin should have had a prime time comedy in The Village Gazette. But also she should stay and be excellent on Late Night With Seth Meyers. And also she should have her own late night show. But also maybe she could be Queen?