Rise

NBC | 10:01 pm

Comparisons to "Glee" are inevitable, but it should be noted that this grittier drama is based on a true story. Josh Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother") has the central role as a teacher who becomes the supervisor of his school’s theater department in the series’ premiere, portending big changes for the facility — and also for many people in the surrounding community. Developed by producer Jason Katims ("Parenthood," "Friday Night Lights"), the show also features Auli’i Cravalho ("Moana"), Rosie Perez and Marley Shelton in its "Pilot."