May 13, 2013

THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: NBC Trailer – “Ironside”


We’re continuing our look at NBC’s crop of trailers for its fall shows (apart from The Blacklist, the network doesn’t seem to be releasing pieces for its midseason series right now), and next up is the return of a TV icon (for those who were watching TV in 1967):  IRONSIDE.

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What becomes increasingly clear when watching the NBC trailers is how much the network wants to be CBS.  Aside from the fact that its hero is in a wheelchair, Ironside appears to be an entirely ordinary procedural cop show, complete with an abrasive but brilliant hero (Blair Underwood) who reads crime scenes and people like nobody else, his mostly anonymous team of juniors, and the clueless superiors who have to accept him for who he is.  Underwood is charismatic enough, and the show is well-partnered with Law & Order: SVU, and that’s about all there is to say about it.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."