After NBC announced its upcoming fall programming, all most of us could do was laugh at the promotional photos that introduced shows like Bad Judge and State of Affairs. NBC is becoming known for its awful promo art, which is often terribly photoshopped, decidedly unsubtle, hilariously unsexy, and just plain ridiculous. While you shouldn’t judge a show by its promotional art, it’s impossible not to laugh at these.
Free Agents was a short-lived workplace romantic comedy, and you can tell everyone at NBC patted themselves on the back for this faux-racy advertisement.
Do No Harm was about a plastic surgeon — “Dr. Face Hands,” as Paul F. Tompkins called him — who had an evil personality that came out every night. Unsurprisingly, it was canceled after two episodes.
There are so many reasons to pre-judge State of Affairs — it’s a political thriller starring Katherine Heigl — but this promo art is the biggest offender. I don’t even believe that’s actually Heigl.
I have no idea what’s happening in the art for the blindingly white Welcome to Sweden, but apparently in Sweden, taxi cabs are able to drive directly onto the water.
The only thing worse than Ryan Murphy’s misguided The New Normal was the promo art that accompanied it. The way NeNe is quickly photoshopped in as the Token Sassy Black Woman (side-eye, hand on hip) is just awful.