The Player (Thursdays, 10/9C) is NBC’s latest ludicrous crime show – like The Blacklist and this season’s other off-the-wall series Blindspot it’s meant to be an action-packed hour that takes an almost reasonable sounding premise and blow it up for our entertainment.
Ludicrous, I might add, does not mean bad – The Blacklist is one of the most purely entertaining, high-energy shows on network television. The Player may not, quite, be another Blacklist, but it is an hour of supercharged fun.
One of the more entertaining new shows premiering this fall is NBC’s The Player. Centered on Alex, an ex-Special Forces soldier who works as a security consultant and gets caught up in an operation possessed of technology that can predict crime.
Unlike a certain series on another network, here the crime predicting technology was created by the 1% of the 1% of the 1% not to solve or prevent crime, but to let them bet on whether it succeeds or fails. It’s all set up like an uber-casino.
Wesley Snipes’ Mr. Johnson is the pit boss; Charity Wakefield’s Cassandra is the dealer, and Philip Winchester’s Alex is the player – the bettors put money on whether he can solve/prevent each crime. The series premieres on Thursday, September 24th (10/9C).
Series creator John Rogers and stars Winchester and Snipes were present for The Player’s Comic-Con panel. Check it out after the jump.
NBC has announced its 2015 Fall Premiere dates – beginning with Sunday Night Football on Thursday, September 10th and Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris on Tuesday, September 15th. Event series Heroes Reborn begins on Thursday, September 24th.
Other new shows making their debut include: Blindspot (pictured above, Sept. 21), The Player (Sept. 24), People Are Talking (October 16) and Chicago Med (Nov. 10).
Fan favorites returning include: The Voice (Sept. 21), The Blacklist (Sept. 24) and Grimm (October 30).
For a complete list of NBC’s premieres, follow the jump.
This last week has been a bloodbath for the big four networks as they cleared out nearly thirty shows to make room for new ones that will, hopefully, perform better. NBC alone canceled About A Boy, Allegiance, A to Z, Bad Judge, Constantine, Marry Me, One Big Happy, and State of Affairs. In their place will be what the network is describing as a schedule of ‘compelling dramas, new comedies and returning favorites.’
New dramas include Blindspot (above, starring Jamie Alexander, Thor), Chicago Med (Chicago PD/Chicago Fire spinoff, Crime of Silence (legal thriller based on a Turkish format), Heartbreaker (medical soap), The Player (starring Wesley Snipes), Shades of Bluee (effective but corrupt cops).
New comedies include Coach (limited series reboot of the Craig T. Nelson series), Crowded (Empty nesters’ grown kids move back home), Hot and Bothered (telenovela), People Are Talking (two neighbor couple who have no filters – if they think it, they say it), and Superstore (the lives of the staff of a big box store).
Follow the jump for series descriptions and schedule.