The 2014 fall TV schedule for NBC features quite a few TV series with premises and characters that might feel just a tad familiar to you. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but these shows will have to work extra hard to differentiate themselves from their predecessors if they want to avoid being called complete rip-offs.
Here’s a look at the 2014 fall TV series on NBC that might give you a sense of déjà vu:
Will “Bad Judge” be the next “Bad Teacher?”
CBS decided that Ari Graynor flunked as a gold-digging teacher, and “Bad Teacher” got expelled from the network. Kate Walsh is hoping to do better as a bad judge over at NBC, and she definitely proved that she can do naughty well by playing a former stripper on “Fargo.” She dresses a bit like a stripper in the trailer for “Bad Judge,” but at least it’s easy enough to throw a respectable black robe on over that leopard print bra and those torn booty shorts. Weirdly, it looks like she’s a gold digger just like the bad teacher — her hard-partying judge character drives a van (or a shaggin’ wagon?) with a bumper sticker that reads, “If you’re RICH… I’m single!” See Kate having wine and cake for breakfast and sleeping with random guys starting October 2 on NBC at 9:00 p.m.
The “How I Met Your Mother” Mother is resurrected for “A to Z”
The Mother lives! Cristin Milioti will get the love story that she deserves after getting unceremoniously killed off on “How I Met Your Mother.” Milioti’s Zelda is an absolutely adorkable character who could still be Ted’s dream girl in the trailer for “A to Z” — she loves wearing costumes to themed cocktail parties. However, she falls for a different guy who believes in destiny, Ben Feldman’s equally appealing Andrew (it’s cute how fast he falls for her). Those disappointed in the “HIMYM” ending might want to check out this sitcom rom-com when it airs on October 2 at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.
“Marry Me” gives one “Happy Endings” character a happy ending
This show is definitely for you if Penny was your favorite “Happy Endings” character — just pretend that she dumped her old friends and found a fiancé. Casey Wilson’s character Annie is just as neurotic and obsessed with settling down as Penny was, and she’s just as good at ruining her romances. However, this time she doesn’t scare the guy away, which is shocking because she epically ruins his perfect surprise proposal party by having a major meltdown in front of all of their friends and family. Ken Marino stars as Jake, the poor guy who gets eviscerated when he gets down on one knee. You’ll be glad to know that the show managed to snag “Happy Endings” writer/creator David Caspe. See how Penny is doing on October 14 at 9:00 on NBC.
“Constantine” is already being called a “Supernatural” rip-off
“Supernatural” and “Constantine” don’t just share a love of dark arts and decimating demons. Fans of “Supernatural” have already started complaining that titular character John Constantine (Matt Ryan) looks an awful lot like a**-kicking angel Castiel. But here’s the thing — Castiel’s look was based on that of John Constantine, and Constantine has been rocking that trench coat in “Hellblazer” comics for close to three decades. It’s a good sign that Matt Ryan’s take on the occult detective looks a lot more like the comic book character than Keanu Reeves did in the 2005 movie based on the cynical exorcist whose soul belongs to the devil. “Constantine” airs October 24 at 10:00 p.m. on NBC.
“State of Affairs” looks a lot like “Homeland”
Just like “Homeland,” “State of Affairs” features an attractive CIA worker trying to bring terrorists to justice. However, Katherine Heigl’s main concern isn’t a P.O.W. turned terrorist turned double agent — instead she’s after the terrorist who killed her fiancé. Oh, and it just so happens that her fiancé was the son of the president (Alfre Woodard). “State of Affairs” will join NBC’s fall lineup on November 17 at 10:00 p.m.