NBC got a head start on the new TV season by airing some of their new comedies weeks ahead of the other network premieres during and after the Olympics. This year NBC is starting the season with four new comedies and 2 new dramas. Some would say that the network is still searching for its new “ER;” after several years it still hasn’t found a show that has had the same level of success. Among the comedies, at least two have touched off some controversy, one will touch on topics of gay equality and bigotry while another is set at an animal hospital and uses live animals; a reason why the activist group PETA has set its sights on the new series.
Go On: Former “Friends” star Matthew Perry returns this season in a new sitcom about a man Ryan King, trying to overcome the grief of losing his wife. Ryan wants to get back to his on-air radio job but his boss wants him to attend grief counseling first. While at counseling, Ryan meets some of the most unusual people, each with a heartbreaking story. As a way to avoid dealing with his own grief, Ryan gets the group to compete to see who has the saddest story. “Go On” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Comcast channel 3/803 or AT&T U-verse channel 11/1011.
Animal Practice: Justin Kirk (Weeds) plays Dr. George Coleman, a successful vet with an all-star clientele. Although he’s one of New York’s top vets, his gift for understanding animals doesn’t include humans. Dr. George’s life is about to get more complicated with his ex becomes his boss and threatens to change how the hospital runs. With a slightly unconventional way of practicing medicine, Dr. George will have to use interactions with his new boss to try to prevent her from making any drastic changes to his hospital. “Animal Practice” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Comcast channel 3/803 or AT&T U-verse channel 11/1011.
Guys With Kids: Three guys who are new dads try to support each other as they deal with their new responsibilities as daddies while still trying to hold on to their lifestyles before the baby. “Guys with Kids” produced Jimmy Fallon stars Jesse Bradford, Zack Cregger and Anthony Anderson, airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Comcast channel 3/803 or AT&T U-verse channel 11/1011.
The New Normal: A gay couple in Los Angeles played by Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells, desperately want a child of their own and hires a single mother to be their surrogate. However their surrogate comes with some baggage including her mean spirited, insult hurling grandmother played by Ellen Barkin. The show tackles racism, homophobia, gay equality and a host of other social issues currently I the headlines. The also featured on the show, reality star NeNe Leakes from Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”. “The New Normal” airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Comcast channel 3/803 or AT&T U-verse channel 11/1011.
Chicago Fire: The producer behind the “Law & Order” franchise offers up a new drama that follows the firefighters of Chicago’s Firehouse 51. The series centers on an internal conflict between members of firehouse 51’s truck and rescue squad. When a call comes in they all take off to combat a fire as a united front, but back at the house they are a family divided. “Chicago Fire” stars Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Teri Reeves and Eamonn Walker. “Chicago Fire” Premieres Wednesdays October 10 at 10 p.m. on WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Comcast channel 3/803 or AT&T U-verse channel 11/1011.
Revolution: Civilization collapses when technology is mysteriously turned off and everyone is forced to survive without electricity, cars and computers. The world has changed and militias fight for control of territories. When the man that may have an explanation and a way to turn the power back on is killed and his son takes, his daughter sets on to find her brother with the help of her long lost uncle who is familiar with the leader of the militia. “Revolution” stars Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie, a resourceful and fearless young woman determined to save her brother. Billy Burke plays Charlie’s uncle Miles; a former military commander who after the fall of the government made a life for himself trading on the black market. “Revolution” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on WXIA-TV in Atlanta, Comcast channel 3/803 or AT&T U-verse channel 11/1011. Be sure to check your local listings for specific channel information.
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