Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, Up All Night
Shortly after announcing its fall schedule for the 2011-12 TV season, NBC released previews from 11 of its new series, including new comedies from Christina Applegate and Hank Azaria, the remake of BBC's crime drama Prime Suspect and the upcoming musical dramedy Smash.
The Playboy Club, airing Mondays at 10/9c, comes from 24, Parenthood and Friday Night Lights executive producer Brian Grazer. The period drama explores the lives of the first Playboy bunnies and the men who loved them. Amber Heard, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Eddie Cibrian and David Krumholtz star:
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Up All Night offers an irreverent look at parenthood from the perspectives of an acerbic working mother (Applegate), her stay-at-home husband (Will Arnett) and her outspoken mom and dad. Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels will executive-produce and SNL alum Maya Rudolph will co-star in the comedy, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c:
Free Agents, slotted for Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c, stars Azaria as a recent divorcé who finds love at a talent agency with Kathryn Hahn's character, who just lost her fiancé:
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Airing on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c after The Office, Whitney stars creator Whitney Cummings and Chris D'Elia as a couple weathering the ups and downs of a modern-day committed relationship. Maulik Pancholy and Beverly D'Angelo will co-star:
Prime Suspect, an adaptation of the British miniseries, centers on a tough female detective (Maria Bello) who has to make her bones in a tough New York precinct dominated by men. Aidan Quinn, Brian O'Bryne and Joe Nieves will also appear in the drama, which will air Thursdays at 10/9c:
Grimm, set for Fridays at 9/8c, gives a dark and fantastical twist on cop dramas, featuring characters inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel alum David Greenwalt helped pen the pilot and will executive-produce:
From executive producer Steven Spielberg, Smash follows a group of people, including Debra Messing as a put-upon lyricist and Katharine McPhee as a spirited ingénue, as they come together to put on a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe. Grammy and Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) will write original songs for the show, which will premiere midseason on Mondays at 10/9c:
Based on Handler's best-selling book, Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea centers on an outspoken, sexually aggressive young woman (Laura Prepon) who works in a bar, where she drinks away its profits, avoids her eccentric father and goes home with the clientele. The series has not been scheduled yet:
The drama Awake stars Jason Isaacs as a police detective who's involved in a traumatic car accident and wakes up in two fractured realities. Wilmer Valderrama, Cherry Jones, B.D. Wong, and Michaela McManus also star in the project from Kyle Killen, creator of Fox's short-lived Lone Star. There is no airdate yet:
The comedy Bent stars Amanda Peet as a recently divorced single mom who's fighting her attraction to her hunky contractor (David Walton). The series has not been scheduled yet:
Best Friends Forever, which has not been scheduled, centers on a woman and her live-in boyfriend, who take in her best friend after a divorce and is written by actresses Lennon Parham (Accidentally on Purpose) and Jessica St. Clair (Worst Week):
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