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Gut Reactions: CBS Trailers!

Star Trek: Discovery – Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) – Photo courtesy of CBS All Access

 

Today’s unveiling of trailers for seven new fall series (9JKL, Me Myself and I,SEAL Team, Star Trek: Discovery, S.W.A.T., Wisdom of the Crowd and Young Sheldon)on CBS/CBS All Access revealed shows that fit the network’s particular mold exceptionally well – except for Discovery, which feels like Star Trek more than anything else.

Here are my gut reactions to the trailers for this shows…

  1. 9JKL – This comedy series about a man who has to move into the apartment between his parents and his broth and his wife and baby stars Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) – which I thought would make it worth a look. Add Linda Lavin (Alice), Elliott Gould (M*A*S*H, Ray Donovan), David Walton (Brockmire, Masters of Sex) and Liza Lapiri (NCIS, Dollhouse) and you’ve got a lot of talent on hand.

What you get for that talent is a series of bad jokes about boundaries and testicles. If these are the bits that are supposed to make me want to watch this show, then I can’t imagine how bad the rest of pilot must be.

Grade: F

  1. Wisdom of the Crowd – Jeremy Piven is back with a show that takes the eccentric tech billionaire from Pure Genius and turns him into a crimefighter. Like that show, our hero’s motivation is understandable, but the execution – an algorithm that follows everyone, everywhere, to find clues to solve his daughter’s murder (which sacrifices privacy for expediency – like is already happening in the real world without the purity of motive) just seems a step too far; but it’ll go down a bomb with a certain crowd that doesn’t worry about niceties guaranteed by the Constitution.

The result – at least in this trailer – is heartstring tugging so blatant that it feels like I need a shower after watching it.

Grade: D

  1. Me, Myself & I – telling its protagonist’s story from three points of view: as a fourteen-year old boy, a forty-year old man and as a 65-year old man is a cute idea – and Bobby Moynihan (SNL, The Awesomes) is perfect as 40-year old Alex. The problem is that I just didn’t care about young Alex (Jack Dylan Grazer) or, worse, 65-year old Alex – who is played by comedy legend John Larroquette (Night Court, The Librarians).

Grade: C-

  1. SEAL Team – Just as the Navy Seals are America’s elite special ops teams, there’s an elite Navy Seals team – the best of the best. SEAL Team is about them – led by Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz). This is a show looks to be split between gung ho action and tug-at-your-heartstrings family drama. Following the trailer I can honestly say that my heartstrings were pulled.

I don’t know if we really another show like this (History’s SIX has already staked out this turf with the amazing Walton Goggins), but enough of this trailer worked for me that I’m willing to watch it until it ticks me off.

Grade: B-

  1. Young Sheldon – the story behind the legend, or How Sheldon became Sheldon. This Big Bang Theory spin-off is kind of like The Wonder Spectrum Years: Jim Parsons’ Sheldon narrates the story of how he became the man he is today. The trailer suggests that while there might be a lot of easy jokes available here, they’re not going to be used (until the temptation is just too great).

It’s a bit jarring that Young Sheldon is a single-camera show while its progenitor is a three-camera show, but the writing seems pretty sharp and Iain Armitage is pretty good as young Sheldon. Kudos to the casting director for casting Laurie Metcalfe’s daughter to play the role that Metcalfe plays on the mother ship.

That sweet moment between Sheldon and his dad at the end of the trailer points to a show that will have as much heart as humor – but it makes me wonder how the writers will handle Sheldon’s dad’s death…

Grade: B

  1. S.W.A.T – the show that I most expected to hate turns out to have a trailer that makes me very curious to see if the show can match it. Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) plays the new head of the S.W.A.T. team, Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson after the former commander (Justin Louis) accidentally kills a black youth.

The new S.W.A.T. comes from Shawn Ryan (The Shield), a guy who knows his way around unorthodox cop shows – and the cast (Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Peter Onarati) is first rate. Plus, the trailer treats every character as a real person with individual traits (no cookie cutter stereotyping!), so that’s a plus.

Grade: B+

1. Star Trek: Discovery – science fiction isn’t out of place on CBS (see: Person of Interest), but it’s not the network’s go to. Which is probably what Star Trek: Discovery is on CBS All Access.

The trailer is incredibly cinematic, but looks aren’t everything. What’s also important – especially for a Trek series – is intelligence and wit.  In that sense, the trailer is not found wanting – a lot of thought has gone into what we are being shown – James Frain as Sarek, father of Spock, hits precisely the right notes as a Vulcan; Doug Jones’ Saru is a unique new alien with a particular gift; the new Klingon design is as scary as we could ever hope for.

There’s not a lot of action – Trek was never an action franchise, after all – but it has a pair of very capable Starfleet officers at its core in Michelle Yeo’s Captain Philippa Georgiou and Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Michael Burnham. Two women of color in leadership roles? Very Trek!

The effects are, for TV, truly dazzling, the cinematography is beautiful and the two-and-a-half minutes we get to see of the show really feels like a good vintage of Trek. A bit more action would have been nice, though.

Grade: A-

Without Further Ado – The First Trailer for Star Trek: Discovery!

At today’s upfront, CBS unveiled the key art and first trailer for Star Trek: Discovery. As a Trekker myself, it looked great and felt right.

Star Trek: Discovery’s first season has been expanded to fifteen episodes and its first episode will premiere on CBS – following the premiere, all episodes will stream exclusively on CBS All Access.

Additionally, each episode will be followed by an after-show, Talking Trek.

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Star Trek: Discovery Adds Five More To Cast!

Star Trek: Discovery – (L-R) Shazad Latif, Rekha Sharma, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell and Damon Runyan – Photo courtesy of CBS All Access

Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful’s Dr. Henry Jekyll), Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica, The 100), Kenneth Mitchell (Jericho’s Eric Green), Clare McConnell and Damon Runyon (DeGrassi: The Next Generation, Gangland Undercover) have signed on to boldly go in CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery.

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The Good Fight Nabs Early Renewal!

CBS All Access exclusive series The Good fight has been renewed after barely a few episodes.

The sequel to The Good Wife, The Good Fight stars Christine Baranski, Rose Leslie and Cush Jumbo.

The first season of The Good Fight can be streamed on CBS All Access with new episodes available on Sundays.

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Jason Isaacs To Captain Star Trek: Discovery’s Starship!

Pictured: Jason Isaacs and Mary Wiseman – Photo courtesy of CBS

Jason Isaacs has come aboard Star Trek: Discovery as Captain Lorca of the U.S.S. Discovery.

Mary Wiseman will portray Tilly, a Starfleet Academy Cadet in her final year, who has been assigned to the Discovery.

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The Good Fight Scores a Win for CBS All Access!

The Good Fight — Cush Jumbo, Christine Baranski, Rose Leslie — CBS All Access (Sundays)

The Good Fight (CBS All Access, Sundays) may be a spin-off from The Good Wife but its first two episodes are as good as anything from that show’s run.

The stunning two-hour premiere opens with characters and familiar, seamlessly integrating the two into a new environment – an environment without the Florricks, but with Diane Lockhart moving from the penthouse to the outhouse and back in a way that feels natural and unforced, and surrounds her with a new cast of equals that equals the one she’s moved on from.

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Three Enlist as Officers for Star Trek: Discovery!

(Pictured: Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy, and Sam Vartholomeos)

Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy and Sam Vartholomeos has signed up to play Starfleet officers on CBS All Access’ new series, Star Trek: Discovery.

Serpico will play Admiral Anderson, while Pancholy – as Dr. Nambue, and Vartholmeos – as Ensign Connor, will be officers aboard the Starship Shenzou.

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James Frain Joins Star Trek: Discovery in Very Familiar Role!

James Frain – best known for his villains you love to hate/hate to love (Ferdinand in Orphan Black; Theo Galavan on Gotham) – has joined Star Trek: Discovery, where he will play the iconic role of Sarek, father of Spock.

Should be very interesting…

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Eventually… Trailer: The Good Fight!

The Good Fight has its first trailer… and it’s a doozy!

In the new series, an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s preeminent law firms.

The good fight premieres on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 8:00 PM, ET on-demand on CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network’s digital subscription video-on demand and live streaming service. In addition, a special broadcast of the premiere episode will air on the CBS Television Network that same night, Sunday, Feb. 19 at 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT. Check out the new trailer after the break.

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