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2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On NBC

Christopher Monigle Christopher Monigle
September 5th, 2013 3:15pm EDT

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I documented NBC's woes last week. Other bloggers and critics have documented NBC's woes. The network's like a kid that's get picked on, and then the sweetest mother in the world tries to help that child fit in and feel included. There isn't the sweetest mother blogger. Anyone writing about NBC anywhere is piling on. I'm sort of excited for the day The CW beats NBC. It'll probably never happen.

CHICAGO FIRE returns on Tuesday, September 24 at 10PM

Treat Williams WILL return for season two. There's baby drama for Lauren German's character. Lauren German and Treat Williams are enough for me to watch bits and pieces of an episode. Another character's mourning the death of his beloved while punishing himself for not saving her from the fatal fire. Casey and Dawson will explore their relationship over the course of the season because that's what many other writers decide to do with couplings.

REVOLUTION returns on Wednesday, September 25 at 8PM

The important question wasn't "What happens with the lights go off?" but "What happens when a hit (for NBC) goes off the air for months?" Well, the answer's simple: a second season happens. Kripke said two cities will be destroyed, including Philadelphia (to which I respond, ala Xander Harris, "Hey!). The characters will go back to the basics of survival. NBC will hope a summer hiatus hasn't nuked its audience for Revolution. Kripke's other show, Supernatural, is entering season 9. If Revolution maintains decent numbers, I bet it could last 7-8 seasons. (This is baseless speculation).

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT returns on Wednesday, September 25 at 9PM

Season 14 ended with a gun pointed at Oliva's head. Season 15 opens with what happened followed by an exploration of how the incident changed her. Is Ice T still a cast member?

PARKS AND RECREATION returns on Thursday, September 26 at 8PM

Season six kicks off in London, England. Just once I'd like to watch a series open a season in any other city in the world instead of London. Michael Schur jokingly bemoaned the happiness of the characters going into season six. The threat of cancellation got the writers to make happen what fans wanted to happen. Season six's story about Leslie dealing with her best friend's departure seems really sweet and heartfelt.


PARENTHOOD returns on Thursday, September 26 at 10PM

Wondering what to expect in season 5? A lump in your throat, tears rolling down your face, your hand reaching for a box of tissues near you, a hug from a friend or spouse, etc. I watched parts of season four and felt incredibly moved by the cancer storyline. I'm going to watch the series from the beginning. A family drama hasn't moved me like Parenthood since Greg Berlanti's Everwood.

GRIMM returns on Thursday, October 25 at 9PM

Grimm's second season lasted from August 2012 through May 2012, with a four month hiatus between November and its return in March. David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf seem content in telling procedural stories with just a dash of serialized storytelling. The two-part finale is abrupt. The show suffered from long storylines that spun in place too long. Silas Weir Mitchell told TVLine the first two episodes have much zombie fighting while also describing the episodes as 'cinematically big.' Grimm's very enjoyable on a week-to-basis, though frustrating at times. Guintoli's an underrated leading man. Silas Weir Mitchell's under-recognized as Monroe. Monroe's relationship with Bree Turner's Rosalee could soften Henry Higgins to love.

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