Whether it’s football or a lack of commitment to certain new shows, the networks have backups already scheduled to shine from your television screen come January.
NBC – The Firm – 10-11
Likely held for 2012-13 seasons
Remember 1993? The Dow Jones closed at 3654. A gallon of gas cost $1.16,Bill Clinton was President. And if you went to see The Firm, you paid around $4 a ticket. That was 18 years ago. Wouldn’t 2011 be a great time to launch a TV series based on the 1993 film? Even better, let’s have the events of the series take place 10 years after the events of the movie. So, the show may be set in 2003 or not. Hard to tell. NBC hasn’t released much information and as far as I can tell, shooting hasn’t started. The only info available is this John Grisham interview about what he hopes to see in the series, other than residuals I’m assuming. I have a feeling this gets pushed to the next fall season.
FOX – Napoleon Dynamite – 8:30-9
Full (1/2) season, Questionable Return
Remember 2004? The Dow Jones closed at—oh, never mind. For some reason, midseason replacement television on Sunday nights will be based on movies you’ve forgotten about. Haven’t got your fix of Napoleon Dynamite lately? Wait for winter when Fox unveils a half-hour animated sitcom with the original cast. If I had to guess which of the 8:30 animated comedies makes it on the 2012 fall schedule, my money’s on Allen Gregory, not Napoleon Dynamite.