Fall TV 2014: NBC New Show Guide – ‘Constantine’, ‘Heroes ReBorn’ & More

Published 4 months ago by , Updated May 14th, 2014 at 10:04 am,

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It’s not often that we see a total tonal shift for a network, but in that NBC seemed as if they were adrift and without a direction previously, this might actually pay off.

Community, Revolution, and the high-profile family comedies that filled out the rookie ranks last season are all gone. In their place? A long list of projects that are led by strong female characters (including three spy dramas in an effort to repeat the success that the network found with The Blacklist last season), romantic comedies that seem to be driven more by story than premise, event series’, and a gamble that they can launch a hit out of the Friday at 10PM timeslo – or at least enough of a hit to justify the risk that they are taking with Constantine, whose trailer so far seems like an early contender for best of the season.

Alongside Constantine, NBC will debut five new shows in the fall, including Katherine Heigl’s State of Affairs which is set to premiere on November 17th when it tags out The Blacklist for what seems like a three-month hiatus. The Mysteries of Laura (with Debra Messing), Bad Judge (the Kate Walsh starring vehicle that seems like it may resemble Rake‘s tone), and the adorable looking A to Z and Marry Me, to be followed by the rest of these 15 new shows and event series’, as well as the final season of Parks and Recreation, which will launch at mid-season for what sounds like 13 more episodes.

So, are any of these going to be your next favorite? To help with your quick assessments of each series, we’ve broken the shows down to give you a better idea of what you can expect.

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A to Z (Comedy) 

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Showrunner: Ben Queen
Producers: Ben Queen, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack
Starring: Cristin Milioti, Ben Feldman, Henry Zebrowski, Lenora Crichlow, Christina Kirk and Katey Sagal (narrator)

This is the A-to-Z story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, Mad Men) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, How I Met Your Mother) — a pair that almost wasn’t — and all that happened from the day they met. Andrew has always been a secret romantic … not above crooning to Celine Dion while driving to work, with dreams of finding “the one.” He imagines her to be just like that shimmering beauty he spotted that night in that silver dress at that concert two years ago. Zelda, having grown up with a hippie mom who believed the universe would provide for everything, rebelled into a no-nonsense practical lawyer who prefers the control of online dating. But when a computer glitch sends her a total mismatch, she’s asked to come in for an interview at the Internet dating site where Andrew works, and this is where it all begins. Andrew and Zelda meet for the first time and despite their differences, sparks fly. She thinks it’s chance. He thinks it’s fate. After all, he’s convinced she’s the shimmering girl in the silver dress. Is it true love forever or just a detour in destiny?

 

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Bad Judge (Comedy)

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Showrunner: Chad Kultgen
Producers: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Anne Heche, Jill Sobel Messick, Kevin Messick and Kate Walsh
Starring: Kate Walsh, John Ducey, Tone Bell and Theodore Barnes

No excuses, no apologies, no compromises. Wild child Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) 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.

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Marry Me (Comedy)

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Showrunner: David Caspe
Producers: David Caspe, Seth Gordon, Jamie Tarses
Starring: Casey Wilson, Ken Marino, Sarah Wright, John Gemberling, Tymberlee Hill and Tim Meadows

Six years ago, Annie (Casey Wilson, Happy Endings) and Jake (Ken Marino, Eastbound & Down) 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.

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Mission Control (Comedy) 

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Showrunner:  David Horbsby
Producers: David Hornsby, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Owen Burke
Starring: Krysten Ritter, Tommy Dewey, Malcolm Barrett, Jonathan Slavin and Julie Meyer

Houston, we have a problem! Dr. Mary Kendricks (Krysten Ritter, Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23) is a tough but brilliant aerospace engineer, leading a team of NASA scientists at the cutting edge of space exploration. The only problem is, this is the 1960s and she’s a woman. Navigating the ridiculous boys’ club of astronauts and engineering nerds is no easy task, but she’s up to the challenge … until her boss brings on Tom (Tommy Dewey, The Mindy Project) — a former hotshot test pilot and overall man’s man — to co-manage her team. It doesn’t help that he initially mistakes her for a secretary. Between him, her astronaut boyfriend, Cash, and her offbeat all-guy team, Mary certainly has her hands full… but at the end of the day, they all want the same thing: to get a man on the moon. It might just take a woman to get him there.

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Mr. Robinson (Comedy)

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Showrunner: Robb and Mark Cullen
Producers: Robb and Mark Cullen, Mark Schulman, and Howard Klein
Starring: Craig Robinson, Jean Smart, Ben Koldyke and Amandla Stenberg

As lead singer and keyboardist of a rock band, Craig (Craig Robinson, The Office) knows a thing or two about working the crowd, but his day job is where he really makes the grade. Every struggling artist knows the drill: you got to pay the bills while you wait for that big break. So when Craig finds himself short on cash, he takes a job as a substitute teacher. It’s an easy gig, right? Throw a DVD in the player, dim the lights and sleep off last night’s party. Yet when he realizes that the kids think his class is an easy A, Craig’s moved to inspire his students. Music is his passion and he’s not about to let anyone sleep though this period … period. The school principal (Jean Smart, Samantha Who?) is a woman who believes that rules were made to be strictly upheld. She’s none too fond of Craig’s unorthodox teaching style, or his crush on the pretty English teacher. If he wants to keep his gig, get the girl and teach these kids the joys of music, he’ll have to buckle down, shape up and rock out.

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One Big Happy (Comedy) 

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Showrunner: Liz Feldman
Producers: Liz Feldman, Scott Ellis, Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman
Starring: Elisha Cuthbert, Nick Zano, Kelly Brook, Brandon Smith, Rebecca Corry and Chris Williams

Best friends Lizzy (gay and a bit type-A) and Luke (straight and more laid back) are like family. When they were kids and both of their parents were getting divorces, Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert, Happy Endings) and Luke (Nick Zano, 2 Broke Girls) stuck together, and they’ve been there for each other ever since. Now, all grown up and still single, they’ve decided to start a family of their own. No, not like that (there are some lines even they won’t cross), we’re talking the non-romantic, go-to-the-doctor’s-office type of baby-making. Then one night, after yet another failed attempt at conception, the two head out to a bar to let off some steam. That’s where Luke meets Prudence (Kelly Brook, Smallville), a free-spirited British girl who’s slated to go back to England in a matter of days. Lizzy isn’t a huge fan — it might have something to do with Prudence waltzing around their apartment naked — but Luke really hits it off with her. Soon they’re spending every last minute of her limited time together. Then, just as Lizzy discovers that she’s actually pregnant, Luke announces that he and Prudence got married and a different kind of family is born.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Comedy)

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Showrunner: Robert Carlock
Producers: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, David Miner and Jeff Richmond
Starring: Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Sara Chase and Lauren Adams

After 15 years of living in a cult, the unbreakable and wide-eyed Kimmy (Ellie Kemper, The Office”is rescued along with four other women, causing a national sensation that culminates with an appearance on the ”Today” show. Before getting back on the bus to Indiana, however, Kimmy decides it’s time to reclaim her life. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, a couple way-past-due library books and a big wad of rescue-fund cash, she’s ready to take on New York City. It’s easily the best time of Kimmy’s life as she rides subways, plays with street performers, frees Central Park horses and makes a spontaneous decision to rent a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor who makes a living dressing as a robot in Times Square. This unlikely pairing may not seem ideal, but it quickly becomes clear that they can really help each other out: Kimmy needs someone to reintroduce her to the modern world, and Titus could use someone to show him that you should never give up on life, no matter how many times you get rejected from performing in “The Lion King.” As long as they stick together… they might just make it after all. Hakuna matata!

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Allegiance (Drama) 

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Producers: George Nolfi, Avi Nir, Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Yona Wisenthal and Giyora Yahalom
Cast: Alex O’Connor, Hope Davis, Scott Cohen, Margarita Levieva, Morgan Spector, Annie Ilonzeh, Alexandra Peters and Kenneth Choi

Alex O’Connor (Gavin Stenhouse, Person of Interest), a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark (Scott Cohen, Necessary Roughness) and Katya (Hope Davis, The Newsroom) are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago.  But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees.  Years ago, Russian-born Katya was tasked by the KGB to recruit American businessman Mark O’Connor as a spy —  and the two fell in love. A deal was struck: As long as Katya remained an asset for Russia, and it was agreed that her services could be called on in the future, she would be allowed to marry Mark and move to America. After years in America building a happy life and without word from Moscow, they thought they had escaped. Now it seems that the new Mother Russia has one more mission — turning Alex into a spy. For these anguished parents, the choice is clear: Betray their country or risk their family.

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Constantine (Drama)

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Showrunner: Daniel Cerone
Producers: David Goyer, Daniel Cerone
Starring: Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths, Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford

Based on the wildly popular  DC Comics series “Hellblazer,” seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, Criminal Minds) 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 (Lucy Griffiths, True Blood), 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. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, 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.

 

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The Mysteries of Laura (Drama) 

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Showrunner: Jeff Rake
Producer: Jeff Rake, McG, Greg Berlanti, Aaron Kaplan, Todd Lituchy and Sarah Schechter
Cast: Debra Messing, Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso and Janina Gavankar

Debra Messing (Will & Grace) stars as Laura Diamond, 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 (Josh Lucas) — 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.

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Odyssey (Drama) 

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Showrunner: Peter Horton
Producers: Adam Armus, Kay Foster (The Following); D/EP Peter Horton; EP Mikkel Bondesen, Kristen Campo, Simon Maxwell, Henrik Bastin, Elena Kampouris

In this “Traffic”-like action drama, an international conspiracy explodes when three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide — a female soldier, a corporate lawyer and a political activist. After a team of American soldiers battles Jihadists in North Africa, they’re shocked to find that one of the men they killed is Al Qaeda’s top man. Sgt. Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel, “Pushing Daisies”) — a soldier, mother, wife and the unit’s only female member — discovers computer files that suggest a major U.S. corporation is funding the Jihadists.  But before she can tell anyone, her team is attacked and left for dead. News is reported that the unit was wiped out, but the truth is that Odelle survived and is the only witness to her unit’s assassination by U.S. Special Forces. In New York, former U.S. Attorney Peter Decker (Peter Facinelli, “Nurse Jackie”) is working on a merger deal for the same company that was funneling money to the Jihadists. Meanwhile, Harrison Walters (Jake Robinson, “The Carrie Diaries”), a political activist and trust fund kid, meets a hacker who claims to have unearthed a massive military-industrial conspiracy. And he’s right: He’s stumbled onto the cover-up that began with Odelle and will soon be out in the open and everyone’s lives will be in danger. The only way they’ll ever save their country, their families and themselves is by joining forces and exposing the people behind it.

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State of Affairs (Drama) 

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Producers: Joe Carnahan, Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Robert Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon and Julia Franz
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Cliff Chamberlain, Tommy Savas and Leslie Odom, Jr.

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 (Katherine Heigl, Grey’s Anatomy) — assembles the President’s Daily Briefing (PDB). This list of the most vital security issues facing the nation brings with it moral and political judgment calls for Charleston and her trusted group of brilliant analysts at the agency. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with the President (Alfre Woodard, Desperate Housewives) because she was once engaged to her son before a tragic terrorist attack took his life. Charlie survived that attack and is now determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. 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.

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A.D. (Event Series) 

In the follow-up to the eye-opening success of “The Bible” miniseries on History, the 12-hour miniseries “A.D.” — from producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey — will look at the lives that were instantly altered following the death of Christ. His disciples, mother Mary and key political religious leaders at the time saw their world turned upside down and their lives forever altered. Beginning at that fateful moment of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, part two of the greatest story ever told will focus on the disciples who had to go forward and disseminate the teachings of Christ to a world dominated by political unrest and the start of a whole new religion that would dramatically reshape the history of the world.

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Aquarius (Event Series) 

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It’s 1967 and the era of free love, drug experimentation and the Vietnam War is in full effect. When the teenage daughter of a respected lawyer goes missing, L.A. Police Sgt. Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, Californication, The X-Files) starts asking around. He soon discovers that the hippie kids he’s questioning don’t take kindly to cops, especially one with hair as short as his. Needing the help of someone they will trust, he partners with rebellious undercover cop Brian Shafe, a man who’s more comfortable rolling a joint than patrolling a beat. It’s not long before they stumble upon a small-time cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his cause. From there, they follow this man’s trail down a rabbit hole of drugs, sex, murder and cultural revolution. Little could they know, however, the guy they’re hunting will eventually become the killer we now recognize as Charles Manson.  He was a lost soul who desperately wanted to get into the music scene of the ’60s until something snapped. This is the show that will explore the cat and mouse game between him and the police that will go on for several seasons, ultimately ending with the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders.

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Emerald City (Event Series) 

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Desperate for clues that will lead to the identity of her biological mother, a young woman breaks into a sinister underground facility somewhere in the Midwest. Unable to complete her mission and surrounded by security, our feisty heroine steals a K9 police dog and drives away into the night… and headlong into the path of a raging tornado. In the blink of an eye, she is transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and 20-year-old Dorothy Gale becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands. You’re not in Kansas anymore, and this is not your Grandmother’s Oz.

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Heroes Reborn (Event Series) 

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The saga behind the 2006 breakout series “Heroes” will continue as creator Tim Kring returns to the fold and develops new layers to his original superhero concept. This highly anticipated 13-episode miniseries will reconnect with the basic elements of the show’s first season where ordinary people were waking up to the fact that they had extraordinary abilities. This series will be preceded by a new digital series that will introduce audiences to the new characters and storylines that will take the “Heroes” phenomenon to new places.

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  1. Looking forward to Heroes Reborn.

    Is Allegiance the sequel to The Americans? :)

  2. Only Constantine for me. The others look painfully generic.

  3. Constantine and Heroes ReBorn for me…

    The rest just look terrible. Guarantee most, if not all, will end up on the cancelled list.

  4. Wait…I thought Heroes Reborn was premiering in 2015?

  5. Saw the trailers for all of them. Allegiance looks the best by far. State of Affairs would be the best if Kerry Washington (or someone like that) was the main star and not someone who can’t act…

  6. These summaries are painful. CANCEL.

  7. I’ll give Constantine a chance. Not too interested in any of the rest.
    Mr. Robinson is a painfully obvious attempt to turn School of Rock into Glee. Pass.

  8. Casey Wilson and Ken Marino are both very very funny, but no matter how hilarious those two can be, the premise of Marry Me sounds horrific…along with the bulk of these shows.

    With that said, I will probably catch a couple of these for a few episodes, but nothing really sticks out as a “must watch” yet. Not even Constantine or Heroes.

  9. Is Mission Control supposed to be a spinoff of Better Off Ted, or are they just using both Barret and Slavin coincidentally?

    • HA! So, this would be a prequel? And they didn’t age because of some test from Veridian Dynamics. I can see that.
      I loved Better Off Ted and those two were great in it. I also loved Don’t Trust the B. Krysten Ritter was really funny in that.

      But guess what…I don’t think I will like Mission Control. Using sexism as the backbone of a sitcom…that’s originality at it’s best! My guess is that having an African-American scientist during the Civil Rights Movement will also create some “fun” racial humor. This sounds like the perfect mixture of racism and sexism from Adam McKay, Ron Burgandy, and Rickety Cricket from Always Sunny…3 middle-aged white guys (and Owen Burke who I do not know of…but he could be a 4th).

  10. Constantine for the win, all the others sound like crap.

  11. Constantine is the only one that has my interest and I am loving the fact that it’s going to be paired with Grimm. Fridays are sounding good again

  12. And this is why we see so many cancellations.

  13. Like every year a typical all white line up with 1 or 2 token diverse shows….Even when a white actor show gets canceled, they get other opportunities in new shows. If your black its typically one & done. Would love to see fairness with the opportunities.

  14. Yeah all of these sound way better than a sixth season of Community

    he said sarcastically… *sigh*

  15. The comedies have cancel written all over them as usual. I miss NBC’s glory days.

  16. They cancel Community, but resurrect Heroes, which turned awful after its first season? I think I’ll stay away from this network for a while.

  17. That Mr. Robinson show sounds almost exactly like Eastbound and Down

  18. I lost 3 series from NBC this year. There is not enough to interest me, to replace them all. I’m watching Constantine. I’ll give Heroes Reborn (only a mini-series) a chance, suppose to be in the summer 2015. I’ll watch the Emerald City pilot. I read it’s suppose to be more Game of Thrones (minus the nudity of course) than Once Upon A Time. If that’s true, i’ll watch more.

  19. Looks like Allegiance, Odyssey, and State of Affairs make it onto my list of things to watch. A.D. might be a possibility, and because of star David Duchovny, who I liked in X-Files, there is a very slight possibility I might give Aquarius a watch, probably more likely on Netflix. Not real sure about Aquarius though. I am trying hard to get interested in Constantine, but not succeeding so far.

  20. Any remnants of Revolution fans left we have a movement on twitter called #relocaterevolution and we also have a petition that has over 25,000 signatures http://www.thepetitionsite.com/553/454/200/revolution-season-3/

  21. I cant wait to see Aquarius and Emerald city! They both look fantastic!

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