NBC, oh NBC, what a crazy up and down year it has been for you and to present to a bunch of critics that have not been so kind over the last was not that easy. Alas, NBC is looking in pretty positive shape coming this fall with new shows, good promotion, and strong acting and buzz. Here are the highlights from their day at the Television Critics Association Press Tour:
- The network decided to change some of its fall premiere dates to better launch new and returning shows. Parenthood will premiere a week early September 14th at 10/9c, after America’s Got Talent, while new drama Outlaw with Jimmy Smits will preview after the Talent finale the next day at 10/9c. It will then settle into its regular slot, Fridays at 10/9c on the 17th. The Apprentice will get a two-hour launch on the 16th now, while Law and Order: LA will get pushed to September 29th.
- Speaking of LOLA, lots of news as production starts Monday for the franchise spinoff. The cast is now locked with Terrence Howard napping a DDA role which will rotate with Alfred Molina, Regina Hall will play the ADA Eva Price, and Wanda De Jesus plays Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales. Also, according to TV Guide, Mariska Hargitay may stop by for the premiere from SVU to give the show synergy with its lead-in.
- 30 Rock will perform a LIVE episode on the 14th of October for both coasts. Live episode are especially exciting for the unknown factor, but veterans Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are doing it from the SNL stage so its nothing new for them. Also in comedies, Drew Carey and Rob Corddry will pop up on Community, and Kathy Bates and Amy Ryan will return to The Office. Ryan stay will last most of the season (Hell yes!!).
- Other Office gossip was presented to NBC President Angela Bromstad who said that the news that Steve Carrell is leaving the show in May was not a surprise and that they have a plan which will be a mystery throughout the year. Someone will replace him.
- Now for some quick takes about the new and returning shows: Rob Lowe is now a series regular on Parks and Recreation, The Event producers want you to not feel cheated and repeatedly say it’s not Lost, Chase got Eddie Cibrian for multiple episodes, Outlaw is getting retooled a lot, the Undercovers‘ leads race is a pretty big step for TV and people should care, and Outsourced is still not funny. Oops.