With three timelines to keep straight, NBC's "Sliding Doors"-style "Ordinary Show" could have been a disaster. But it's not. Yet.
(CNN) — Broadcasting's fall TV season gets underway this week with a pair of promising -- one might even say out of the ordinary -- dramas, a few spinoffs, and a particularly stale new primetime soap. The brand extensions include "CSI: Vegas," "NCIS: Hawaii," "FBI: International" and a new "The...
Three new broadcast series, “NCIS: Hawai’i,” “Ordinary Joe” and “The Big Leap,” launched last night. But it was the returning shows, “The Voice,” “NCIS,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “9-1-1” that led primetime. Certain Fox and ABC affiliates carried last night’s “Monday Night Football” game. Therefore, the below Nielsen numbers...
Ordinary Joe might be a new and upcoming show for viewers, but it’s a concept that’s been in the works for quite some time, according to creators Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner. “Matt Reeves (The Batman) wrote the original script about 10 or 15 years ago, and he basically took...
While Marvel explores their own slew of “What If…?” scenarios on Disney+, NBC is beginning a similar journey with the series premiere of “Ordinary Joe.” But for the show’s protagonist, and showrunners Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend, the important message is that really, any choice can be the right one.
‘Ordinary Joe’ is a drama series that follows the eponymous Joe Kimbreau as he takes a single, life-changing decision at his graduation. The show then explores three timelines, each of which explores the long-running ramifications of each of his choices. Co-created by Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, and Caleb Ranson, the quirky show compares how life turns out for the central character when he chooses between following in his father’s footsteps, following his passion for music, and following the love of his life. Set across three parallel storylines, the show has a varied backdrop that examines Joe’s life from every angle. Curious about where the show is filmed? We’ve got the story!
Play 'What If?' With the New NBC Drama, Ordinary Joe—What You Need to Know About This Sliding Doors-Like Series
“So, you ever get that feeling that one choice could change your whole life?” That’s the question at the center of the new NBC series, Ordinary Joe. In this Sliding Doors-like tale, a young man (yes, named Joe) meets a pretty young lady just as he’s about to graduate from college. He makes some decisions that are truly life-changing; not just for himself, but for others as well.
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Literally less than a day after the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out, the new fall TV season is upon us. As you can see on the billboards all over LA, the multi-million-dollar hype machine is in full throttle, but we all know most of the new kids on the block won’t even make to a sophomore year.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Joe Kimbreau (James Wolk, "Mad Men," "Watchmen") has just graduated from Syracuse University, and has some life choices to make. They are almost instantly presented to him. At the ceremony, he literally bumps into fellow graduate Amy Kindelán (Natalie Rodriguez, "The Fugitive") and it's love-at-first-sight. Should he ask her out? That's a problem because he has a longtime girlfriend, Jenny Banks (Elizabeth Lail, "Once Upon a Time"), who wants him to go away with her to the Jersey shore for the weekend. Meanwhile, his family and his uncle Frank (David Warshofsky) want Joe to go to dinner with them. Uncle Frank wants Joe to become an NYPD officer, just like Joe's dad, who was killed on 9/11.
EXCLUSIVE: Black Lightning alumna Christine Adams and Joe Carroll (Pose) are set for recurring roles on Ordinary Joe, NBC’s upcoming drama series starring Jimmy Wolk from House veterans Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner and The Batman writer/director Matt Reeves and his 6th & Idaho banner. The project, which co-stars Natalie Martinez, Charlie Barnett and Elizabeth Lail, is a co-production of 20th Television, Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, 6th & Idaho and 3 Arts. Written by Friend and Lerner, Ordinary Joe explores the three parallel lives of the show’s main character (Wolk) after he makes a pivotal choice at...
Whether or not to "follow your passion" can be a surprisingly controversial subject. Mark Cuban, for instance, believes that following your passion is a "lie." The billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner said it's more valuable to pursue anything that you put a lot of effort and work into, because you'll likely be more successful in it, during a 2017 interview.
Ordinary Joe is a new drama that chronicles the parallel lives for Joe Kimbreau from one split decision at his college graduation. From that moment, the story diverges into three separate paths (perhaps a little Sliding Doors, with the emotional punch of This Is Us). Does Joe follow his dad and become a cop? His dream and become a musician? His heart and marry his college sweetheart? No matter which life he leads, it is unpredictable, messy, and beautiful. Ordinary Joe premieres on Monday, September 20 at 10 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. CT on NBC. Read on to learn how to watch Ordinary Joe live and on-demand.
NBC’s latest drama goes down easy despite some significant flaws. For many, present company included, tales of alternate realities contain an undeniable hook to them. As people, after all, we start with so many choices to make, so many avenues to pursue. Sometimes, no matter how happy you might be, one can’t help but ponder how things could be different. What if you attended that other school? What if you went on that one blind date? Those questions sit at the center of NBC’s newest offering, Ordinary Joe.
‘Ordinary Joe’ is a drama series created by Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend that explores three distinct versions of the eponymous character’s life. The story explores the idea of how a person’s choices drastically affect the kind of life they lead. The three parallel lives of Joe represent three choices that he faces at a crucial stage that ultimately shapes his life.
Follow Your Heart: The Message of NBC’s “Ordinary Joe” Tracking 3 Different Choices from the Same Character
Have you ever been caught at a crossroads in life? In the new NBC drama Ordinary Joe, audiences will explore three divergent paths for Joe Kimbreau, who becomes a cop, a nurse and a rock star in three different timelines. “It's all a real world, none of them are a fantasy,” actor James Wolk revealed at the TCA Summer Press Tour about the three versions of the same character he plays. “I don't think there is a right way that Joe should have gone. In fact, I know there isn't. There's just life that happened. It's playing with the idea that he married one woman in one life, he married another in another life, he didn't get married in the third life. And none of those lives are better than the other; they're just the way that life played out for him.”
In every episode of the ultimate “what if?” series, Ordinary Joe, we’ll watch earnest Joe Kimbreau (Watchmen’s James Wolk) live out the three paths he could’ve chosen when he graduated college: What would’ve happened if he’d become a nurse, a cop or a rock star?. Ten years later, “The guy...
What if? It’s an existential question pondered by just about every human on the planet at some point. What if I took that job? What if I married the one that got away? What if I pursued my hobby as a career? As mere mortals, we’re left to wonder IRL, but Ordinary Joe, a new show premiering on NBC in September, is not limited by the constraints of space and time. It not only asks the what-if question, but puts it to the test as the main character lives out three possible paths in parallel timelines.
EXCLUSIVE: Rushi Kota (Never Have I Ever), Jason Burkey (The Resident) and Gabrielle Byndloss (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) are set for recurring roles in Ordinary Joe, NBC’s upcoming drama series starring Jimmy Wolk from House veterans Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner and The Batman writer/director Matt Reeves and his 6th & Idaho banner. The project, which co-stars Natalie Martinez, Charlie Barnett and Elizabeth Lail, is a co-production of 20th Television, Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, 6th & Idaho and 3 Arts. Written by Friend and Lerner, Ordinary Joe explores the three parallel lives of the show’s...
"Ordinary Joe" is a new drama series coming to NBC this fall. The show has taken a unique path to the screen. It was originally developed for ABC way back in 2006 (via The Hollywood Reporter) by Matt Reeves, back when "The Batman" director was best known for co-creating the drama series "Felicity." It didn't go to series back then, and it lay dormant for well over a decade until NBC ordered it to pilot in 2018 (via The Hollywood Reporter). It then got pushed to the 2020 pilot slate and went into production in March 2020, according to the Chicago Tribune. You can guess from that date what happened next: Production shut down due to the pandemic and the show was pushed to 2021.