"Upfronts" is the name given to the meeting when networks unveil the shows they will be unveiling as soon as they unveil them.
Yeah. That makes sense.
Anyway, we got a quick glimpse at some of the new network offerings this week. Here's NBC's slate, along with my always insightful reactions.
"America's Toughest Jobs"
Description -- A Reality Show look at ... well ... America's toughest jobs.
My reaction -- You want a really tough job? Try watching NBC reality shows.
Description -- A Reality Show look at yet another hellish kitchen.
My reaction -- May I please leave the table?
Description -- Based on Dafoe's classic, by way of Cast Away and the Pirates of the Caribbean films, a man is shipwrecked and tries to return to civilization and the wife he left behind. Stars to be determined.
My reaction -- An appealing cast and good writing could keep this material above water, but premise-wise, isn't this just a little too "Lost?"
"Kath and Kim"
Description -- Starring "SNL's" Molly Shannon and Zoe herself, Selma Blair. Based on the Australian comedy series, a self-absorbed young woman separates from her husband and moves back home with her divorcee mother who is herself discovering that life doesn't stop at 40.
My reaction -- But life DOES stop at 40. Duh. I'm not a fan of the original Australian series. Bit too precious for me. But I love both Shannon and Blair. This is the first one on the NBC list that I would definitely give a shot.
Description -- A soldier rescues a king's son from enemy territory and is thrust into the limelight, setting off a chain of powerful events in this take on the classic David vs. Goliath struggle. Stars Christopher Egan, Ian McShane and Sebastian Stan.
My reaction -- A solid set-up and a great actor in McShane make this worth a look-see.
Description -- Well, see, there's this talking car and ...
My reaction -- The two-hour pilot was painful to watch. The product-placement money must be too good to pass on this slop.
Description -- A paramedic who reads minds solves crimes.
My reaction -- I hope he fights with the cop from "Heroes" in one of those big NBC crossover events!
Description -- The talking bird from "The Brady Kids" finally gets his own show. No wait. I'm sorry. This is about the wizard and King Arthur as youngsters.
My reaction -- It features some good British TV talent like Anthony Head, Colin Morgan and Katie McGrath, but I'd rather see the talking bird.
"My Own Worst Enemy"
Description -- A new show based on the Lit hit! No wait. I'm sorry. It's actually a Christian Slater vehicle where a middle-class efficiency expert/suburban family man shares his body with a trained killing machine. Another take on the classic Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde dynamic.
My reaction -- Merlin? Crusoe? Jekyll and Hyde? Apparently, the gang at NBC Development recently renewed their library cards.
"The Office Spin-Off"
Description -- A spin-off of "The Office." You like how I figured that out?
My reaction -- I love "The Office." I love spin-offs (Bring back "The Ropers!"). Is it wrong to hope they don't change the title?
Description -- After the death of his only child, a billionaire playboy begins taking extreme measures to help those in need around the world. No cast announced.
My reaction -- This is from the producing team that gave us "Homicide: Life on the Streets," one of the greatest television shows of all time that nobody watched. With this title, I envision a similar scenario, viewership-wise.
Description -- Yet another Reality thing.
My reaction -- I REALLY hope this is about urban punks scrawling graffiti on the sides of sharks.