I'll admit that I have a problem: I have a weakness for David E. Kelley's melodramatic brand of drama... no matter how ridiculous it may be. I sat through all of Ally McBeal (against my better judgment, mostly), adored The Practice and was probably the one person who sat through the short-lived The Wedding Bells (even though it nearly physically killed me). I even watched Harry's Law far longer than I should have (though not after they stopped selling shoes at her law firm). But even though I also have a fondness for soapy medical dramas, this new TNT series is going to be a quite the challenge to watch on a regular basis without a heavy dose of Red Bull.
Squeezed in between a week of high-profile broadcast network upfronts, Turner's cablers launched themselves into the TV conversation by hosting their big event at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom this morning. TNT's biggest new property is, of course, the campy Dallas remake, while TBS is clearly trying to move past their former "We saved Conan and bought the rights to Family Guy repeats!" image and instead focusing on the future, now claiming, "We saved Cougar Town and bought the rights to The Big Bang Theory repeats!" After excited executives talked shop about shows currently in development (not particularly worth noting) and sampling their new series, Conan O'Brien came out to do a bit about television bigwigs and their imaginary Craigslist postings. It was underwhelming, but he snuck in a few funny jokes about Turner having their upfronts at 9 AM next to Penn Station while this afternoon's CBS upfronts will be at li'l ol' Carnegie Hall, and managed to keep the tired NBC jabs to a minimum. And on the bright side, his set was a lot funnier than anything else previewed for the network.
Look out world -- Josh Gad is moving into the White House.
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