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TV Talk - NBC and Fox promote their new fall series at Broadcast TV Upfronts

May 15, 2017 Updated: May 15, 2017 at 6:19 pm
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GHOSTED: L-R: Craig Robinson and Adam Scott in GHOSTED premiering this fall on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Kevin Estrada/Fox

A week of network upfronts began today, with NBC and Fox showing off their new fall comedies and dramas. NBC was up first, so let’s take a look at their upcoming offerings. Show descriptions are from the NBC and Fox media pages.

NBC dramas
“The Brave” - A team of highly trained analysts and Special Ops forces work together to execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

“True Crime: The Menendez Murders” - Stars four-time Emmy Award winner Edie Falco as lead attorney Leslie Abramson, who represented the brothers who killed their wealthy parents in a Beverly Hills mansion.

“Rise” - A dedicated high school teacher who, when taking over the school’s lackluster theater department, galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town. 

“Good Girls” - Three best friends rob a local supermarket to help make ends meet and realize their perfect getaway is anything but. 

“Reverie” - Stars Sarah Shahi as a college professor trying to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which you can literally live your dreams.

NBC comedies
“Will & Grace” - Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally return, as do executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and legendary director James Burrows.

“A.P. Bio” - From executive producers Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers, it stars Glenn Howerton (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) as an Advanced Placement biology teacher who makes it perfectly clear he will not be teaching any biology and uses his students to his own benefit. 

“Champions” - This series, from Charlie Grandy (“The Office”) and Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”), is about a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who suddenly finds out he has a teenage son.

NBC alternative series
“The Awesome Show” - From executive producers Chris Hardwick (“The Wall”), Mark Burnett (“The Voice”) and Silicon Valley’s Singularity University, this series will showcase the groundbreaking scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future.

“Ellen’s Game of Games” -  Starring the one and only Ellen DeGeneres and featuring super-sized versions of some of the most beloved games from her daytime talk show. 

“Genius Junior” - Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, this series celebrates the smartest kids in America with mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more.  

“The Handmade Project” -  From executive producers Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, a lighthearted competition celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us.

If any of these sound intriguing, you can watch a few trailers and get more info on each series right here. Fox, which followed NBC and its family of networks, also shared info on its new shows. 

Fox dramas
“The Gifted” - A family adventure series that tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Check out the trailer below. 

“The Resident” - Focusing on three doctors at different stages of their careers and a dedicated young nurse, “The Resident” is a provocative new medical drama that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. Check out the trailer here

Fox comedies
“The Orville” - A live-action, one-hour, ensemble comedic drama set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship, as its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life. Check out the trailer here.

“Ghosted” - A single-camera, action-comedy about the partnership between two polar opposites – a cynical skeptic and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal – who are recruited to investigate unexplained phenomena in Los Angeles – all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race. Check out the trailer here

“LA to Vegas” - A workplace comedy about an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take a no-frills roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind – to come back a winner. Check out the trailer here.

See anything you like? Upfronts continue throughout the week. I have an odd schedule this week but I’ll do my best to keep you posted on all the news coming out of New York. 

Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.

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