NBC just released the 2 new trailers for the 2017-18 Fall season, and we have them both right here for ya. I tell you my thoughts below, but watch all of these beforehand:
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC’s reply to The People vs. OJ Simpson):
The Brave (Special Ops saves kidnapped American on foreign soil. U.S.A! U.S.A!):
Will & Grace (…do I really need to describe Will & Grace?):
While I just said FOX was mainly just meh, NBC took no real risks here. Shows about A unit saving Americans (with a trailer which ruined the pilot’s ending, by the way, thanks!), the revival of an old MUST SEE TV show, and a carbon copy of a Ryan Murphy-show while retooling the name of an already-franchised show. It’s like NBC is in the lead and just trying to run out the clock before the clock even starts. But can you blame them? They’re the #1 network for the 2nd time in 3 years, and this coming season, they have Thursday Night Football, the Super Bowl, AND the Winter Olympics. So if there’s one year you don’t have to care, this would be that year. You got The Voice twice a week and still near the top. You have Chicago Fire, steady dramas and comedies, and hit of the year This is Us. So NBC doesn’t have much to worry about. But that doesn’t mean their new shows aren’t blah.
The Brave (Mondays, 10p): …I mean, unless you’re in middle America, who cares about this? No way this gets a 2nd season.
Will & Grace (Thursdays, 8p): 10 years after it ended, Will & Grace is back. Not a fan of the trailer, but this show’s prediction is tricky. Revivals don’t do well, but NBC has given their comedies more of a shot (Great News got it renewed amid low ratings, Superstore and The Good Place were never hits, but been ratings reliable going into their 3rd season and 2nd season respectively). So it can’t do worse than Sean Saves the World so…sure, I’ll predict a 2nd season.
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (Thursdays, 10p): It is truly BALLSY of NBC to move This is Us to Thursday nights at 9p for one reason, and one reason alone: they are betting people rather watch them than anything from Shondaland at 9p (Scandal has been slipping). If they can keep a portion of that Season 1 audience, it’ll be a fantastic lead-in for L&O True Crime. And since they’ll be competing with ABC’s flailing How To Get Away With Murder and more than likely a newbie at CBS’s 10p timeslot, True Crime may have a legitimate chance. I predict the show gets a 2nd season.
There are many mid-season shows, but they didn’t release those trailers, so we’ll make predictions once mid-season dates are announced.