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Your Vulture Upfronts: Judge the New NBC Dramas

Of the seven dramas the network picked up, there are no scenes yet from LOLA, a.k.a. Law & Order: L.A. (even when NBC comes to its senses and realizes LOLA is incredibly silly, we will never stop referring to it as such), and The Cape and Harry's Law will not air until mid-season. This means it's up to shows from J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Conan, plus a series about something super-duper mysterious (dunh dunh dunh), to get NBC out of the ratings wasteland. What do you make of them? And when you're done, you can judge NBC's comedies here.


J.J. Abrams' Undercovers is about a husband and wife team who go back to work for the C.I.A, and like to banter while they kick ass.




Chase, about a team of Marshals that hunts down fugitives, comes from Jerry Bruckheimer.

NBC wants The Event to be its Lost-- a complex, foreboding series full of conspiracy and mythology, complete with a rabid, dedicated fan base.


On Outlaw, from Conan's production company, Jimmy Smits stars as a Supreme Court Justice who thinks he can do more justice by quitting the court. Props to the casting director who found the Ruth Bader Ginsburg look-alike for the scene in the third clip.





On The Cape, a cop is wrongly accused of a crime, appears to be blown up on national television before his son's eyes, and decides to become a superhero to remind his kid "that one man can still make a difference."



Kathy Bates stars in David E. Kelley's lawyer drama Harry's Law, apparently testing through the roof in the part. She's all kinds of likable here, for, among other things, allowing her neck to be filmed in the position you see below.