“Parenthood” returns tonight, and thank goodness I heard a commercial for that on the radio or I would not have remembered! I’ve included the spoilers for the first two episodes. Also in here are spoilers from other new NBC shows starting in the fall I plan to give a try – “Revolution” and “The New Normal.” I watch several 1/2 sitcoms, mainly the ABC line up, but don’t really blog about them. The main problem is they usually are stand alone shows, and I find it hard to blog about shows that don’t have some kind of storyline arc. “The New Normal” looks to have this . . . . I hope! Also “Grimm” returns at the end of the month, and “Smash” isn’t back until next year.
Spoilers all below the jump! . . . .
“Parenthood” FAMILY PORTRAIT – September 11th at 9pm.
SEASON PREMIERE-A PLANNED FAMILY PORTRAIT DOCUMENTS A NEW CHAPTER FOR THE BRAVERMANS—RAY ROMANO AND JASON RITTER GUEST STAR–The Braverman family gathers for a family portrait before Haddie (Sarah Ramos) departs for college, while Kristina (Monica Potter), Adam (Peter Krause) and Max (Max Burkholder) have a hard time digesting the new change. Meanwhile, Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) struggle to adjust to their newly adopted son’s behavior and worry about their family’s future. Newlyweds Jasmine (Joy Bryant) and Crosby (Dax Shepard) disagree on the spiritual beliefs they should teach Jabbar (Tyree Brown). Mark (Guest Star Jason Ritter) proves his commitment to Sarah (Lauren Graham) by altering a Braverman tradition, while she attempts to prove her worth as an assistant to photographer Hank Rizzoli (Guest Star Ray Romano). Also, Amber (Mae Whitman) navigates a new job at The Luncheonette. Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Miles Heizer, Savannah Paige Rae and Xolo Mariduena also star.
“Parenthood” LEFT FIELD – September 18th at 9pm
VICTOR LEARNS TO BE A BRAVERMAN AND KRISTINA’S WORLD IS SUDDENLY ALTERED—RAY ROMANO GUEST STARS—As the family adapts to their new son, Julia (Erika Christensen) communicates her love in an unusual way to Victor (Xolo Mariduena). Meanwhile Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant) work as a couple to add structure and boundaries to their marriage. Also, Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) new boss Hank (Guest Star Ray Romano) unexpectedly helps her understand Drew’s (Miles Heizer) feelings. And Kristina (Monica Potter) convinces Adam (Peter Krause) to fill a missing void in the household and receives news that may change her life forever. Sam Jaeger, Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Miles Heizer, Savannah Paige Rae, Tyree Brown and Sarah Ramos also star.
“Revolution” PILOT – September 17th at 10pm (rerun on the 19th)
SEASON PREMIERE-AN EPIC ADVENTURE FROM J.J. ABRAMS, ERIC KRIPKE AND JON FAVREAU – What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and “Supernatural’s” Eric Kripke, a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape void of electricity: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out forever. The series stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Graham Rogers, Anna Lise Phillips, Zak Orth, JD Pardo, Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons, Maria Howell, Daniealla Alonso, Tim Guinee and Elizabeth Mitchell. Kripke, Abrams and Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) serve as executive producers, and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) serves as co-executive producer. “Revolution” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Favreau.
“Revolution” PONTIAC, ILLINOIS (FKA YORKVILLE, ILLINOIS) – September 24th at 10pm.
MILES LEADS CHARLIE ON A SEARCH TO FIND NORA – In order to rescue Danny (Graham Rogers), Miles (Billy Burke) knows he and the gang will need help. Thus, the search begins for Nora (Daniella Alonso), a rebel fighter battling against the Militia. Meanwhile, Aaron (Zak Orth) confides in Maggie (Anna Lise Phillips) and Danny lays witness to what Captain Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) is capable of.JD Pardo, Tim Guinee and Elizabeth Mitchell also star.
“The New Normal” PILOT September 10th (rerun on the 12th) at 9:30pm
A FAMILY IS FAMILY AND LOVE IS LOVE — These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors. Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) are a Los Angeles couple and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed, loving partnership, there is one thing that this couple is missing: a baby. Just when they think the stars will never align, enter Goldie (Georgia King), an extraordinary young woman with a checkered past. A midwestern waitress and single mother looking to escape her dead-end life and small-minded grandmother (Ellen Barkin), Goldie decides to change everything and move out west with her precocious eight year-old daughter. Desperate and broke – but also fertile – Goldie quickly becomes the guys’ surrogate and quite possibly the girl of their dreams. Surrogate mother, surrogate family.
“The New Normal” SOFA’S CHOICE – September 11th at 9:30pm
MUST WE GO BACK TO GREY GARDENS? – Shania (Bebe Wood) is working to adapt to her new surroundings and, much to the delight of Bryan (Andrew Rannells), begins impersonating Little Edie from ‘Grey Gardens.’ Later, David (Justin Bartha) and Bryan reminisce about the first time they met and decide to have a night on the town like they did when they were younger. Elsewhere, Jane (Ellen Barkin) finds something disturbing in the boys’ room and enlists Goldie’s (Georgia King) ex-husband Clay (Jayson Blair) to try and woo her granddaughter back to Ohio. Elsewhere, Rocky (NeNe Leakes) mistakenly suspects Shania of misbehaving.