NBC TV: Out with the Bad; In with the Good

You know how life, real life, can take center stage in your…well, life? That’s a very good thing. It helps to throw out a lot of stuff that does not amount to a hill of beans. You know what I mean. Anyway, I want you to trust me that, when I do take some time to write to you here at Comics Grinder, it is time well spent. Sometimes it will be a quick observation on comics or pop culture. Sometimes we’ll throw in an interview. Lots a good stuff. For now, a few thoughts upon learning that NBC’s once bright shining star of a TV show is no more. Yes, “Heroes” has finally gotten the axe.

“Heroes” is cancelled. It is a thing no more. And that is such a good thing. As I say, it’s good to throw out the things that simply do not matter. At Comic-Con in San Diego last year, you would have choked on all the heavy promotion for “Heroes.” I told you all way back then that something did not seem quite right. And where did it lead to? Nothing. Zero. If you are in tune with what is good and worthwhile, I do not believe for a second you would have been sold my the panel presentation or the outdoor circus to desperately make “Heroes” appear relevant. It was all false. The whole so-called “exciting” theme of a carnival was totally bogus. It was something that was ripped out of the last “Wolverine” movie. So, anyway, breathe a deep sigh of relief. The nightmare of a forced “exciting” TV show is over. Of course, the show has its fans. Maybe they will “demand” a very special episode or “movie” to tie up all the loose ends. Or maybe they won’t. I say, let us move on.

Now, from all the other shows that have been touted out for the Upfront treatment, the only one that appears to be a genuine piece of entertainment is the latest J.J. Abrams effort, the spy show, “Undercovers.” Let’s hope the best for it. Here is the logline as reported in The Hollywood Reporter:

Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own a small catering company in Los Angeles and are helped by Samantha’s easily frazzled younger sister, Lizzy (Jessica Parker Kennedy, “Smallville”). Secretly, the duo were two of the CIA’s best spies until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. When fellow spy and friend Nash (Carter MacIntyre, “American Heiress”) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney, “Deadwood”) to locate and rescue Nash. The pair is thrust back into the world of espionage as they follow leads that span the globe — and Steven and Samantha realize that this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides the excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing. Also starring is Ben Schwartz (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”).

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