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All Up In The Upfronts: 5 Shows We Can’t Wait For This Fall, Part 1

Does your television take up a high percentage of your living room? Have you ever bailed out on plans to cook pasta to watch an episode of “Lost“? Do you often run into situations where your DVR gets overloaded because there are just too many shows you want to record? No, I am not here to chastise you for being a coach potato or to tell you that so much TV-watching is actively decreasing your brain cells. I am here to congratulate you for being a TV head!

For us TV heads, the third week in May rivals the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve for everyone else. It’s upfronts week! This week in New York City, the major networks are holding grand events—think big presentations and musical numbers—to unveil their lineups for the fall and winter. NBC and Fox upfronts are today. ABC presents on Tuesday. CBS is Wednesday. And The CW takes their turn on Thursday. For advertisers, this is how they decide when and where they’d like to run commercials. For the press, it’s time to get the lowdown on what’s coming down the pipeline. And for TV heads, it’s a big old tease since most people won’t be able to actually watch the new shows until September. But who cares? It’s still like being able to see into the television future! So every day this week, I’ll be bringing you five shows that have me a tad bit giddy.


The Show: “Love Bites”
The Deets: NBC, Thursdays, 10 p.m. (EST)
We were sadsies when “Ugly Betty” got canceled. Luckily, our favorite part of the show—the hilarious Becki Newton—is getting her own series. In “Love Bites,” she plays the virginal half of a best friend duo. And while the preview makes me think it retreads well-worn territory—the vibrator as boyfriend, the list of “celebrity exemptions”—it’s written by Cindy Chupack of “Sex and The City,” so we are still expecting genius. [NBC]




The Show: “Undercovers”
The Deets: NBC, Wednesdays, 8 p.m. (EST)
J.J. Abrams is the dude behind two of my favorite 10 shows ever—”Alias” and “Lost”—so I’m pretty sure everything he touches turns to television gold. His latest sounds like a spin on “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”—it’s about a couple who run a catering company but are really retired spies. When a friend goes missing, they snap back into action. The husband of this duo is the ultra hot Boris Kodjoe and the wife is Gubu Mbatha-Raw of “Doctor Who.” Enough to make us say Angelina and Brad, who? [Daily Beast]




The Show: “Running Wilde”
The Deets: Fox, Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. (EST)
Oh, how we miss “Arrested Development.” Luckily, its creator has this series in the works, starring two of our faves—Keri Russell of “Felicity” fame and Gob Bluth, I mean Will Arnett. The concept? Arnett is a nasty oil company big wig. His childhood sweetheart, Keri, is a tree-hugging activist. When they try to make it happen again, well, I dunno what happens. But that’s what the series is about.




The Show: “Friends With Benefits”
The Deets: NBC, More Info To Come
Remember when we told you about the epic three-way battle for the title “Friends With Benefits”? Well, here is the television entry into the race. It centers around a pair of best friends who, while playing the dating game, have taken to sleeping together. What makes us so excited about this show? It’s written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber of “(500) Days of Summer” fame. Oh, and we’re always looking for the next “Friends” or “How I Met Your Mother.” [Give Me My Remote]




The Show: “Franklin and Bash”
The Deets: TNT, More Info To Come
What if we told you that Mark-Paul Gosselaar—who we’re still rooting for 15 years after “Saved by the Bell”—and Breckin Meyer, aka the cute stoner from “Clueless,” were teaming up for a comedy about two friends who join a mega law firm? Now, what if we told you that the pilot featured multiple shots of Mark-Paul’s posterior? Yes, it’s an easy sell. [EW]

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