May 7, 2012

THE SKED: NBC’s New Cry – “Save Me”

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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NBC has issued its 2d early order of the 2012/13 broadcast season, the single-camera sitcom Save Me, starring Anne Heche, Alexandra Breckinridge, Michael Landes and Heather Burns.  The show will join another early order, Go On with Matthew Perry, on the network’s schedule.  Speculation is that one or both may begin airing in August in order to take advantage of the promotional platform afforded by NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics, but that’s as yet unconfirmed.


Save Me was written and created by John Scott Shepherd, whose credits include the less-than-hit movie comedies Life Or Something Like It (the answer to the question “Did Angelina Jolie ever make a romantic comedy?”) and Joe Somebody, as well as a short-lived 2004 TV series The Days and a busted 2009 pilot.  Reports are that he’ll be backed-up by experienced showrunner Alexa Junge, whose resume includes Friends, The West Wing and The United States of Tara.  The show, produced by Sony TV, concerns a woman (Heche) who has a spiritual “awakening” that changes her life and may evidence that she’s channeling God.  So there’s that.  For the network’s sake, let’s hope it has more popular appeal than Enlightened, HBO’s somewhat similarly-premised show that’s gotten critical praise and virtually no viewership..


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."