While much of May is taken over by TV season finales, it’s also when the major networks debut the trailers for their newest pilots. These freshmen shows will go up against those already established hits in the fall, hoping to stake their claim on the network TV landscape. While they’re not all great, and many of them will not make it past a first season, there are always a few (or, at least, one) that appear to have some potential. Lucky for you guys, I decided to sit down and watch all of the trailers released by the major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, The CW and Fox) and picked four that caught my attention. I know I know, I’m the best. Don’t worry about it.
1) “The Good Place” – NBC
Created by Mike Schur (aka one of the brilliant minds behind “Parks and Recreation” and “Brooklyn 99“), this NBC comedy stars Kristen Bell as a not-so-nice newly deceased woman who seems to have found herself in heaven (or “the good place” as the series seems to be calling it) due to a mistake. The trailer featured some fun bits, like the fact that you can’t curse in “the good place” and any attempt at cursing is instead replaced with words like “fork” or “shirt.” It also seems somewhat different from Schur’s previous work, so it’ll be interesting to see if there are any similarities. Based on my love of his other shows, I have high hopes for this one!
2) “Designated Survivor” – ABC
This intriguing-looking drama from ABC has Kiefer Sutherland (who I almost bumped into on the street in New York once, true story) in a very un-Kiefer Sutherland-like role, as the meek-seeming designated survivor put in place during the president’s State of the Union address to take over if something happens to everyone in that room. Needless to say, something definitely does happen and Sutherland’s character becomes president. So chill. It seems like there’s a lot of room for different stories to come up, so if the show doesn’t get bogged down in some sort of high-concept plot that can never really pay off it might actually be something with staying power. I know I’ll be tuning in to see what happens.
3) “Son of Zorn” – Fox
If there’s anything I love, it’s something weird, and this new comedy from Fox seems like it fits that bill to a T. The show stars Jason Sudeikis as an animated He-Man– like character attempting to come back to his live-action ex-wife and son with the intent of living a normal life. The series comes from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the geniuses behind “The Last Man on Earth” and “The Lego Movie,” so it’s bound to be hilarious, as if this excellent trailer isn’t indication enough of that.
5) “Making History” – Fox
If one new Lord and Miller series wasn’t enough for you, I have some very good news. “Making History,” another new Fox comedy, has the two comedy masterminds as producers! Sometimes things just work out in life. Isn’t it nice? The show follows Dan (played by Adam Pally, a perpetual favorite) a lowly computer science professor who builds a time machine and travels back to pre-Revolutionary War America and begins dating Paul Revere’s daughter (played by former “Gossip Girl” Leighton Meester). Dan’s actions in the past start to change history though, so he teams up with a history professor (played by Yassir Lester) in the hopes of maintaining the world as we know it. With “Hamilton” bringing all things revolutionary to the forefront of pop culture, it seems like perfect timing for this show to pop up.
So there ya go! Four bright and sparkly trailers to get you excited for fall TV. Because let’s be real, what else is there to do in the summer except get ready for fall TV? I certainly can’t think of anything.
What do you think? Any of the above trailers really stand out to you? Have another new show that isn’t mentioned here that you’re really psyched for? Share in the comments. And, before I go finish my laundry (I know, so glamorous)…