Our continuing look at the upcoming genre shows takes us to NBC (see ABC, CBS, The CW and Fox), who will have four new programs for your entertainment. Of course, being mired in last place among the big four networks means that NBC is willing to take a chance and hope they can catch Heroes lightning in a bottle again. Will they be successful? Let’s see.
They Say: “Struggling as a bartender and surrogate mom to her teenage sister, Jaime Sommers didn’t think life could get much harder. But when a devastating car accident leaves her at death’s door, Jaime’s only hope for survival is a cutting-edge, top-secret technology that comes at a hefty price.”
We Say: David Eick, fresh from re-imagining Galactica, re-imagines Jaime Sommers as a post-feminist Bionic Woman. Whatever that means. The bigger question is: will this show be any good? Early reviews haven’t been positive. I didn’t watch the first version, but that’s probably because Jaime never got to meet Sasquatch. No Sasquatch, no watch. I will note that this one of only a handful of new science fictional shows this season. That’s enough to get me to tune in, if no other reason than to see how well Starbuck fares.
They Say:”…comes a one-hour, comedic spy thriller about Chuck Bartowski – a computer geek who is catapulted into a new career as the government’s most vital secret agent. When Chuck opens an e-mail subliminally encoded with government secrets, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. Now, the fate of the world lies in the unlikely hands of a guy who works at Buy More. Instead of fighting computer viruses, he must fight assassins and international terrorists.”
We Say: After starring in the sadly cancelled Daybreak, Adam Baldwin returns in Chuck! [It’s not about him, or even Jayne. It’s about a computer geek at Buy More. — Ed.] Ahem. I didn’t really know too much about this show, but the promo above certainly got my attention. Buy More, Nerd Herd (great name), Ninja Assassins and geek humor. I’m in, and not just because I’m a geek. Because it looks funny. And it has Adam Baldwin.
Premier: During the Heroes season 2 break
They Say: Well, not much here except what we already now. A 6 episode mini-series where fans get to vote one of the characters onto the regular series.
Video: Sadly, no video.
We Say: Sort of a reverse Survivor, which could be good or could be bad. Let’s hope Stan Lee’s disembodied head stays far, far away.
They Say:”Journeyman is a romantic mystery-drama about Dan Vasser, a San Francisco newspaper reporter and family man who inexplicably begins to travel through time and change people’s lives. Along the way, he also must deal with the difficulties and strife at work and home brought on by his sudden disappearances. However, his freewheeling travels through the decades reunite him with his long-lost fiance Livia.”
We Say: This looks like a self-referential Quantum Leap, although more serious in tone. It kind of intrigues me, I’ll probably catch an ep or two just to see, but I don’t think I’ll be setting the DVR. If anything, I’ll catch the shows on NBC’s web site during lunch.