NBC Releases Trailers For Immigrant Comedy ‘Sunnyside’, Legal Drama ‘Bluff City Law’ & Choir Comedy ‘Perfect Harmony’
As we hit the first Upfront presentations today, NBC has released trailers for three of their new shows – Immigrant comedy ‘Sunnyside’ from Kal Penn and ‘The Good Place’ creator Michael Schur, legal drama ‘Bluff City Law’ starring Jimmy Smits, and choir comedy ‘Perfect Harmony’ starring Bradley Whitford.
In ‘Sunnyside’, Garrett Modi (Kal Penn – ‘Designated Survivor’, ‘House’) was living the American Dream. As the youngest New York City Councilman ever, he was rubbing elbows with the political elite, attending star-studded parties and was the pride of Queens. But instead of spending his time in office helping the people that got him elected, he lost his way amidst the power and glamour of politics. When his downward spiral got him busted for public intoxication (and downright stupidity), it was all caught on tape and ended his career. Now, Garrett’s crashing with his sister Mallory (Kiran Deol) and wondering where it all went wrong. That is, until he’s hired by a diverse group of idealists who dream of becoming American citizens and believe he can help – giving him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption, as long as he remembers where he came from.
The six immigrants consist of Dutch-Mauritanian actor Samba Schutte, who plays Hakim; China-born actress Poppy Liu portrays Mei Lin; South Korea-born Joel Kim Booster plays Jin Hao; Romania actor Tudor Petrut stars as Drzen; American-Dominican actress Diana Maria Riva plays Griselda; And American actor Moses Storm takes the part of Brady.
The show is being written and exec produced by Kal Penn alongside writer-producer Matt Murray (‘The Good Place’, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘Parks and Rec’), with ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ & ‘The Good Place’ creator, Michael Schur, supervising and exec producing. Universal TV will serve as the studio.
‘Perfect Harmony‘ sees Bradley Whitford (‘The West Wing’, ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’) star in this comedy about finding inspiration in the most unlikely places. When former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran unexpectedly stumbles into choir practice at a small-town church, he finds a group of singers who are out of tune in more ways than one. Despite the ultimate clash of sensibilities, Arthur and his newfound cohorts may just be the perfect mix of individuals to help each other reinvent and rediscover a little happiness, just when they all need it most.
Anna Camp (‘Pitch Perfect’), Tymberlee Hill (‘Marry Me’), Rizwan Manji (‘The Magicians’), Will Greenberg (‘Wrecked’), Geno Segers (‘Banshee’) and newcomer Spencer Allport also star. The show is written by Lesley Wake Webster whose has previously worked on ‘Life in Pieces’, ‘New Girl’ and ‘Speechless’.
‘Bluff City Law’ follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis firm that specialises in the most controversial landmark civil rights cases. Coming from a famous Memphis family known for taking on injustice, brilliant lawyer Sydney Strait (Caitlin McGee – ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) used to work at her father Elijah’s (Jimmy Smits – ‘Sons of Anarchy’, ‘Dexter’, ‘The West Wing’) celebrated law firm until their tumultuous relationship got in the way. After barely speaking to him for years, Sydney is suddenly thrust back into the family fold when her philanthropist mother passes away unexpectedly. In the wake of her loss, hoping to reconnect with the daughter he loves, Elijah asks Sydney to rejoin his firm. She agrees because, despite her lingering resentment and distrust, she knows that working alongside her father is her best hope at changing the world… if they can ever get along.
The series was co-created by Dean Georgaris (‘The Brave’) and Michael Aguilar (‘I’m Dying Up Here’, ‘Kidding’).
As these shows have only just been announced, there is obviously no UK pickups yet, but we’ll let you know when we hear something.