Megan Lane’s New Fall TV Preview Series

We wrap up the Fall TV Preview with the NBC Dramas that are all strangely reminiscent of other shows.

Playboy Club

  • Premiere Date:  Monday, September 19th at 10:00pm Eastern
  • Logline: Set in the 1960s, this period drama centers around the bunnies and other employees at the first Playboy Club in Chicago.
  • Who’s Involved? Numb3rs star David Krumholtz
  • Will I Watch? Similar to Pan Am, this drama makes no secret of trying to be the next Mad Men.  And again, I ask, what’s so wrong with that?  Drama, scandal, intrigue, and great costumes.
  • Will It Last?  Though Monday night isn’t exactly a coveted timeslot, Playboy Club has little competition and with the Playboy brand as hot as it was in 1963, this show should do well.



  • Premiere Date:  Friday, October 21st at 9:00pm Eastern
  • Logline: A homicide detective learns that there is a group of “Grimms” who keep the world safe from the sinister storybook characters who are living among us.
  • Who’s Involved? Created by one of the Angel co-creators David Greenwalt
  • Will I Watch? Wow, Fall TV Preview Déjà vu: isn’t this show called Once Upon A Time and premiering on ABC?  Seriously, between Pan Am vs. Playboy Club and Grimm vs. Once Upon a Time, I’m having major 30 Rock vs. Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip flashbacks.  My money’s on the Lost writers.
  • Will It Last?  Buried on a Friday night with an incredibly similar show in a much better Sunday timeslot?  This one is neck and neck with Revenge in the race for “First to Be Cancelled”.


Prime Suspect

  • Premiere Date:  Thursday, September 22nd at 10pm Eastern
  • Logline: Centers around a female homicide detective who is brilliant despite having to keep up in a boy’s club.
  • Who’s Involved? Reimagining of the British series of the same name and starring Maria Bello
  • Will I Watch? Um, TNT called, they’d like every show on their network back.  How did this show make it out of basic cable?
  • Will It Last?  Though female-driven dramas tend to do well on basic cable, this one is up against Private Practice which controls the demographic on Thursday nights.