nbc upfronts drama mysteries of laura state of affairs constantine 'Constantine,' 'State of Affairs,' 'Mysteries of Laura': NBC drama first impressions for 2014 2015NBC presented its upcoming slate of shows to advertisers Monday (May 12) at the upfronts in New York City. Among those presented were DC Comics-derived “Constantine,” Katherine Heigl’s “State of Affairs,” Debra Messing’s “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Allegiance,” “The Bible” follow-up, “A.D.,” and “Odyssey.”

How were the shows received? Find out here.

‘The Mysteries of Laura’

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Described as a “cop show with some attitude” by NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt. With Debra Messing’s presence at the front and center of all talk, the trailer for “Laura” met with polite applause from the audience — but no apparent enthusiasm.


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NBC’s new Friday-night action/horror drama got a little more of a reaction. It appears that even advertisers are fans of comic books too, and the presentation proved Greenblatt’s statement that “They’ve pulled the stops out of this one.”

‘State of Affairs’

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NBC saved the reel for this show, tarring Katherine Heigl a CIA officer who briefs the president (Alfre Woodard), for last in the
presentation. There was sound applause for the trailer, although many
seemed ready to leave the lengthy NBC show by the time Greenblatt took
the stage to call the production “something special.”

And the midseason offerings:


A spy thriller that pits the United States against its old Cold War foe, Russia, got a warm reaction for a trailer that did present some compelling characters and plenty of action.


A video presentation from executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey was shown in lieu of a proper trailer. While the production looks suitably epic as a follow-up to “The Bible,” Burnett’s assertion that the event series would be “‘Game of Thrones’ meets ‘The Borgias’ meets ‘The Bible’!” was greeted with a bit of skepticism.


One of the surprisingly stronger trailers and presentations was for his midseason drama. An almost “Traffic”-like story of international, military and business corruption, Greenblatt may have been right in saying, “We think this will be one of the most compelling dramas on television next year.”

Posted by:Laurel Brown