Oh, NBC. Chase is one of those shows that happens every fall -- it's a bland and derivative procedural, but it's ultimately innocuous and perfectly fine for a Friday night buried somewhere on CBS (where it would get huge ratings that no one could explain, but still) or on TNT or something of that ilk. But, unfortunately, NBC is hinging its Monday night 10 PM timeslot on this show. You know, I liked The Event a lot more than I thought I would, and I think it might have legs, but outside of that? When shows like Chase are taking up prime real estate like this? It just further convinces me that NBC is still in deep trouble.
NBC has revealed the fall and midseason slate of new shows that are meant to save the network, and some of them look good! But some of them... do not, we'll say. I woke up bright and early this morning to attend the red-carpet portion of the network's upfront presentation to get season finale spoilers from current NBC talent, and to ask the new stars what the hell their shows are about and, in one case, why their show is so racist. (Also, while I couldn't get an interview with Tina Fey, I did eavesdrop the hell out of all her conversations, which were all about shrimp. Just a little tidbit.) Read on for all the information I could get out of strangers in two or three questions while their publicists desperately tried to tear them away from me.