This new show from Ryan Murphy is... definitely a show from Ryan Murphy. It's got his signature stable of quirky characters (and even a few cameos from some of his alumni, like Gwyneth Paltrow and Leslie Grossman), some "edgy" (for network TV) dialogue and storylines involving some non-traditional family matters. Still, at its heart it's just a pretty typical sitcom, but of NBC's new comedies this fall, it's the one with the most potential. Though that's not saying much, given Guys With Kids, Go On and Animal Practice are the Peacock's other offerings.
This morning at Radio City Music Hall, NBC unveiled their new fall lineup with the help of a lot (a lot) of singing. Those of us in attendance were treated to a performance by Voice winner Jermaine Paul, a full gospel choir and orchestra backing Smash stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Katherine McPhee on "Stand" to close the presentation and, to open things up, McPhee and Megan Hilty doing "Let Me Be Your Star," complete with a bit of The Voice judges (sans Blake Shelton) spinning their chairs for them. And then in a pre-packaged bit, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon "found" footage of the returning shows infused with music (including The Office, Parks and Recreation, Law & Order: SVU, Meet the Press and, most amusingly, Grimm). Honestly, while NBC exec Bob Greenblatt joked that a Grimm musical episode was a long way from a reality, it might get me to start watching that show again. The network's execs promised that their fall lineup won't be all music, but there is a lot of it, and they are going really heavy on the comedies as well. In fact, they mentioned the word comedy about 1,000 times in the two hours, but given that they did see fit to renew both Community and Parks and Recreation (and I got to sit within 100 yards of Adam Scott, which probably violates my restraining order in some way), I am inclined to overlook that. However, I am not willing to overlook the fact that most of the comedies that they mentioned look mediocre and forgettable at first glance.
Apparently ruining one classic children's tale isn't enough for The CW.
Giancarlo Esposito now has a full season to improve his equestrian skills.
Oh, hell yes.