NBC 2006 Fall Season
NBC Fall 2006 Grid
New Show Descriptions
"The Black Donnellys" (Thursdays at 9 PM; starts in January in the "E.R." timeslot)
Premise: (From NBC's press release) Academy Award winners Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco are the creators of "The Black Donnellys," a gritty new crime drama series loosely based on Moresco's background. The series follows the exploits of four young, working-class Irish brothers and their involvement
in organized crime in New York City. Despite their rough surroundings, the Donnelly brothers basically remain "good kids"...who will do anything to protect each other against all odds. The ensemble cast includes Jonathan Tucker, Billy Lush, Thomas Guiry, Michael Stahl-David, Keith Nobbs, Olivia Wilde, and Kirk Acevedo.
"Friday Night Lights" (Tuesdays at 7 PM)
Premise: (From NBC's press release) Expanding on the themes from the hit feature film Friday Night Lights, this series centers on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the vaunted 2006 state football championship rings are held in the highest regard. The town's promising high school team,
its star quarterback, and newly appointed head coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) feel the mounting pressure of the town's pride and honor riding on their shoulders as a new season kicks off. The fresh cast also includes: Scott Porter as team captain and first-string quarterback Jason Street; Gaius Charles as feared running back Brian "Smash" Williams; Taylor Kitsch as running
back Tim Riggins; Connie Britton as Taylor's long-suffering wife, Tami; Zach Gilford as third-string quarterback Matt Saracen, and Minka Kelly as Lyla Garrity, Panther cheerleader and Street's girlfriend. Also starring are Aimee Teegarden as Julie Taylor and Adrienne Palicki as Tyra Collette.
"Heroes" (Mondays at 8 PM)
Premise: (From NBC's press release) The epic drama "Heroes" chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. As a total eclipse casts it shadow across the globe, viewers follow a genetics professor (Sendhil Ramamurthy) in India whose father's disappearance
leads him to uncover a secret theory...there are people with super powers living among us. A young dreamer (Milo Ventimiglia) tries to convince his politician brother (Adrian Pasdar) that he can fly. A high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere) learns that she is totally indestructible. A Las Vegas stripper (Ali Larter), struggling to make ends meet to support her
young son (Noah Gray-Cabey), uncovers that her mirror image has a secret. A prison inmate (Leonard Roberts) mysteriously finds himself waking up outside of his cell. A gifted artist (Santiago Cabrera), whose drug addiction is destroying his life and the relationship with his girlfriend (Tawny Cypress), can paint the future. A down-on-his-luck beat cop (Greg Grunberg) can
hear people's thoughts, including the secrets of a captured terrorist. In Japan, a young man (Masi Oka) develops a way to stop time through sheer will power. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world.
"Kidnapped" (Wednesdays at 9 PM)
Premise: (From NBC's press release) "Kidnapped" is a high-stakes, serialized thriller in which the teenaged son of a wealthy Upper East Side family is kidnapped and everyone is a suspect. The series focuses on the elaborate, triangulated game between the kidnappers, law enforcement, FBI, and the
private negotiating team of the "perhaps" less-than-picture-perfect family. The ensemble cast includes Jeremy Sisto ("Six Feet Under"), Delroy Lindo, Emmy winner Dana Delany, Timothy Hutton, Mykelti Williamson, Linus Roache, Carmen Ejogo, Will Denton, and Boris McGiver.
"Raines" (Sundays at 9 PM; starts in January following the end of the season of "Sunday Night Football")
Premise: (From NBC's press release) Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Graham Yost, acclaimed director-writer-producer Frank Darabont and star Jeff Goldblum combine creative forces in this inventive police drama, which blends traditional noir storytelling with humor and intrigue. Eccentric LAPD detective
Michael Raines' (Goldblum) unique ability to have detailed conversations with deceased crime victims allows him to re-trace their lives leading up to their murder and helps him to solve their cases. Unfortunately, it also causes increasing friction with his boss, Captain Daniel Lewis (Matt Craven), fellow officers Remy Boyer (Dov Davidoff) and Sally Lance (Linda Park), as well as
civilian employee Carolyn (Nicole Sullivan). Aided by Charlie (Luis Guzman), his ex-LAPD partner and conscience, Raines struggles to accept his peculiar gift...or burden...as it often forces him at times to confront his own past and internal demons.
"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (Mondays at 9 PM)
Premise: (From NBC's press release) Emmy Award-winning executive producer-writer Aaron Sorkin and Emmy Award-winning executive producer-director Thomas Schlamme return to television with this crackling take on the drama behind the humor of producing a popular, late-night comedy sketch show, "Studio 60 on the
Sunset Strip." Sorkin lays bare the backstage politics, romances, and delicate balance between creative talent, on-air personalities and network executives in an instant text-messaging world. Prominent are Jordan McDeere (Amanda Peet), a savvy new network entertainment chief who inherits a massive public relations disaster on the series...even before she starts her
first day...and Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) and Danny Tripp (Bradley Whitford), a brilliant creative team that she wants to resurrect the program. Also playing crucial roles are the sketch comedy series stars Harriet Hayes (Sarah Paulson), Simon Stiles (D.L. Hughley, "The Hughleys"), and Tom Jeter (Nathan Corddry), their normally cool-headed director, Cal Shanley (Timothy Busfield)
as well as supreme network honcho Jack Rudolph (Steven Weber.) Evan Handler, and Carlos Jacott also star.
"20 Good Years" (Wednesdays at 7:30 PM)
Premise: (From NBC's press release) This high-energy comedy follows two New Yorkers who have finally realized that life doesn't last forever. Mismatched buddies John Mason (Emmy Award winner John Lithgow, "3rd Rock from the Sun"), an impulsive, thrice-divorced surgeon who has been forced into
retirement...and Jeffrey Pyne (Jeffrey Tambor, "Arrested Development"), a widower judge who agonizes over every situation...are polar opposites in every way. The one thing the duo can agree on is that they only have about 20 good years left and both men vow to live each day as if it were their last...with no regrets. "20 Good Years" also stars Heather Burns (Bewitched)
as John's pregnant daughter Stella, and Jake Sandvig (The Story of Us) as Hugh, Jeffrey's un-motivated son.
"30 Rock" (Wednesdays at 7 PM)
Premise: (From NBC's press release) Emmy Award winner Tina Fey writes, executive-produces, and stars in this workplace comedy that takes viewers behind the scenes of a frenetic television variety show. Single Liz Lemon (Fey) is living every comedy writer's dream. She's head writer on a demanding,
live TV program in New York City whose life is jolted when a brash new network president (Alec Baldwin) interferes with her show and bullies Liz into convincing Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan), a wild and unpredictable movie star, to join the cast. Now Liz must manage the unmanageable so that the show...and her dream...can go on. Also starring are Rachel Dratch as Jenne DeCarlo,
Scott Adsit as Pete Hornberger, and Jack MacBrayer as Kenneth.
"Andy Barker, P.I." (Comedy)
Premise: (From NBC's press release) Andy Richter re-teams with co-writer and executive producer Conan O'Brien in this comedy as he portrays Andy Barker, an earnest, hard-working CPA who has succeeded at everything...that is until his new accounting business fails to take off. But when he's mistaken for
Lew Staziak (Harve Presnell)...the retired private detective who used to occupy his office...Andy embraces the twist of fate and takes the case. Andy's incessantly supportive wife Jen (Amy Farrington) isn't sold on this risky new venture, that is, until she notices a sudden boost in Andy's self-confidence. Andy's neighboring merchants...Simon (Tony Hale), Wally (Marshall
Manesh), and Jessica (Ion Overman)...join him in the dicey investigation. Whether chiding thugs for "renting instead of buying" or being pursued by Sri Lankan gangsters, Andy will prove to be a consummate problem-solver.
"The Singles Table" (Comedy)
Premise: (From NBC's press release) In this comedy, a group of witty and single strangers...Ivan (John Cho), Eli (Conor Dubin), Adam (Jarrad Paul), and Stephanie (Rhea Seehorn)...meet at a wedding and suddenly realize they have one thing in common, they are each a party of one stuck at a remote singles table.
Because of their solo status and tenuous relationships with the bride and groom, they are all destined for Table 18, a far corner of the wedding reception. But through the course of the party, each emotionally vulnerable person questions his or her life's issues and vows to make it better. For richer or poorer, these five kindred spirits will grow to become good
friends...and, in some cases, they may become more than that.
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