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NBC New Fall Shows: Trailers and Predictions

Here are the trailers for NBC’s new Fall 2014 shows, along with our predictions!


A to Z

About: “This is the A-to-Z story of Andrew and Zelda – a pair that almost wasn’t – and all that happened from the day they met. Is it true love forever or just a detour in destiny? Follow along the ins and outs of Andrew and Zelda.”

Cast: Ben Feldman, Cristin Milioti, Henry Zebrowski, Lenora Crichlow, Christina Kirk

Will we watch it: A to Z looks cute, but in a very bland and predictable sort of way. We’ll probably give the first few episodes a try, but we don’t foresee this show becoming a fave. It’s nice to see these actors – Mad Men‘s Ben Feldman, How I Met Your Mother‘s Cristin Milioti, and Being Human‘s Lenora Crichlow – getting work, though.

Prediction: Given NBC’s track record with sitcoms, it doesn’t look too good for A to Z. Then again, with Parks and Recreation nearing the end of its run, NBC might not have any other choice but to renew A to Z.

Bad Judge

About: “No excuses, no apologies, no compromises. Wild child Rebecca Wright knows how to have a good time, but she also happens to be one of L.A.’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges. She has a reputation for unorthodox behavior in the courtroom, including creative rulings and saying exactly what’s on her mind. Her private life, on the other hand, is anything but innocent. She parties too much and rocks out on the drums in a band with her best friend, Jenny. While there’s no shortage of male admirers who would love to spend time with her, she’s not ready to settle down … except when an 8-year-old boy — whose parents were put in jail by Rebecca — needs her help. He may, in fact, be the one thing that starts to tame this “bad” judge.”

Cast: Kate Walsh, John Ducey, Tone Bell

Will we watch it: For that bailiff and because of Addison Montgomery nostalgia, we might tune in for an episode or two, but this seems a lot like Bad Teacher – only in a courtroom instead of classroom. Remember what happened to Bad Teacher? Also, it’s a little difficult for us to wrap our heads around a “wild child” judge…

Prediction: Probably canceled.

Marry Me

About: “Six years ago, Annie and Jake bonded over their mutual love of nachos and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Now, after returning from a romantic two-week island vacation, Jake’s all set to pop the question. Before he can ask, though, Annie lets loose on Jake for his inability to commit. She was expecting him to “put a ring on it” in paradise and now Jake’s perfect proposal is ruined. Not wanting to spend the next 60 years talking about that mess of a proposal, Jake and Annie decide to hold off on the engagement until they can do it right. Yet if history tells us anything, it’s when we really want things to go right that they all tend to go wrong. The only thing we know for sure is these two are destined to be together whether they can get it together or not.”

Cast: Casey Wilson, Ken Marino, Sarah Wright

Will we watch it: These characters seem insufferable and we could barely sit through the trailer, let alone an entire episode, so… nope. Which is sad to say, because this comes from the creator of Happy Endings, and we loved that show.

Prediction: Canceled. So quickly.


The Mysteries of Laura

About: “Laura Diamond is a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her “Columbo” day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband — also a cop — who just can’t seem to sign the divorce papers. Between cleaning up after her boys and cleaning up the streets, she’d be the first to admit she has her “hot mess” moments in this hilariously authentic look at what it really means to be a “working mom” today. Somehow, she makes it all work with the help of her sexy and understanding partner, and things becomes even more complicated when her husband, ironically, becomes her boss at the precinct. For Laura, every day is a high-wire balancing act.”

Cast: Debra Messing, Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso

Will we watch it: We’ll give this one a trial run.

Prediction: Renewed. Maybe.

State of Affairs

About: “Each day the President is faced with dozens of life and death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst — Charleston Tucker — assembles the President’s Daily Briefing (PDB). Navigating a complex personal life and a pressure-cooker profession is, of course, a challenge, and Charlie sometimes engages in boundary-pushing behavior to avoid facing her grief. But when the clock strikes 2 a.m., she is all about her job — protecting her nation, serving her President and still trying to get to the bottom of her fiancé’s murder that will reveal itself as a shocking mystery.”

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Adam Kaufman

Will we watch it: Could there be a tagline more cringe-worthy than, “All the President’s men are nothing compared to her“? We do want to give State of Affairs a chance because it’s female-led and this might be the first time (that we know of, anyway) where the President is a black woman, and that’s pretty revolutionary.

Prediction: State of Affairs is meant to be Katherine Heigl’s big return to television post-Grey’s Anatomy (yay?), but we have our doubts it’s going to succeed.


About: “Based on the wildly popular DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv, the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.”

Cast: Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford

Will we watch it: From what we’ve heard, Matt Ryan actually looks like John Constantine and the trailer captures the right tone of the comic book series so it’s already a marked improvement from the Keanu Reeves movie. Despite the cheesy tagline (“giving hell… hell”), demons are cool and so are action sequences involving magic and said demons. We’ll definitely give this one a look.

Prediction: Renewed. But since this is NBC, you never know.

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