The following judgments are for the upcoming Network shows that have released trailers, which I found here. The shows will be listed by network, with my favorites in the winners circle at the end.
Is this girl child an alien or is she just super conductive? I do not care.
You can not go wrong with the team and actors from Black-ish pairing with 1980s set nostalgia.
This has possibilities:) Cobie Smulders is an ex-army PI and has serious yet fun shenanigans.
All Rise :
And this is my favorite. Judge Misty Knight from the Marvel Netflix world is joined by lawyer Bullseye from same and they dispense the best kind of justice: Legal. I love it.
Bob Hearts Abishola :
So creepy. I know Network TV ( especially Chuck Lorre ) thinks that stalking and following a woman that you are interested in is romantic. It is not. I’d like a show based on Abishola and her family without the creep please.
Pauley Perrette is finally free from NCIS and now she’s in a comedy. I really liked her in NCIS and got frustrated, just like her, when they did not let her character evolve. Natasha Leggero and Jaime Camil make this a must watch for me.
Carol’s Second Act :
Kyle MacLachlan! I’m watching this. The other parts are cute enough and well done. Kyle!
Some killers being possessed by demons is an interesting take. Another Marvel Netflixer ( Luke Cage ) joins an actress that I am not familiar with but she looks exactly like Julia Ormond in Smilla’s Sense of Snow. That is one of my favorite thrillers, so it’s making me like the show a little extra.
FBI: Most Wanted :
Could tell very little from the trailer. Julian McMahon leads a task force, police stuff happens. Might be good, might be bad.
She’s the woman chief of police. She does not quip. She does not sparkle. She does better than that: the grump. Edie Falco does a capable grump here, something men have been doing forever.
The Unicorn :
Walton Goggins from Justified is a widower with two kids getting back into the dating pool. The trailer is much better than the description. Walton is genuine and lovely, and the cast are comedy pros.
Okay no, this is my favorite. Holy fuck. This show is a gift from the GODS. Perfection in every way.
Katy Keene :
This is a teaser and thus sparse on anything at all. I’m still going to watch it because I am here for that Riverdale style.
Nancy Drew :
I will watch anything Nancy Drew. Anything. ( Saying that, I don’t know if the added supernatural elements feel right with the Nancy universe. I want Adam Beach to be the male lead, I adore him. Not as in romantic lead for Nancy. Gross, she’s a baby. As in more screen time. )
Bless the Harts :
This is horrible. It’s from SNL creators and I always want those to be good, but nope.
A newly minted Sheriff going rampage on his town and having no respect for the rule of law is a story that is horrifying at this time. Not heroic, as the trailer seems to think.
Filthy Rich :
This is a mess. It looks like a fun mess at first glace, but it is just a trash fire. Will probably kill in the ratings though.
Have I become someone that doesn’t like anything? A lot of these shows are not winning me over. This is uninspired tech paranoia that has been done many times over much better. The only gem is John Slattery, but it’s not enough to save it.
Not Just Me :
Creepy. Excellent cast that does not win over the tone that a doctor impregnating women with his own sperm was a good thing. I am not overly cool with that tone, so I’m going to skip this one.
Why Fox? Why? This is a wanna be tiny child Big Bang Theory. The parents are “normal”. The kids are super smart and thus have no social skills or actual understanding of the world. Ha ha. So funny. Ugh.
Prodigal Son :
Michael Sheen. Serial Killers. Lou Diamond Phillips. Cop drama Profiler style with a good soundtrack. Will try this one out.
Bluff City Law :
The father daughter lawyer drama with a twinkle featuring Jimmy Smits looks watchable.
Perfect Harmony :
This is charming as fuck. The cast, singing ( I am weak for musicals ), and sweetness have made we want to watch this. The genre is mostly white gospel show. Or old Glee.
This is the best it gets. The team behind Brooklyn 99 and The Good Place make a second chance comedy. Kal Penn falls from politician to teacher, helping immigrants become citizens while showing these people are really already Americans.
24 Trailers, 5 Winners:
1. Batwoman ( CW )
I have been waiting a long time for a show like this, and it looks like they got it RIGHT. First place by a mile.
2. All Rise ( CBS )
Legal drama can be interesting in the right hands, especially when the hands seem capable. This one appeals to me as a Marvel fan loving to see these actors work together again, and as someone who loves skillful arguments.
3. Broke ( CBS )
I need the balance to the more serious shows in my life. I need to cut that strong shit with a sitcom. This is the most promising sitcom of the bunch and I am a sucker for Natasha and her dog in anything.
4. Stumptown ( ABC )
The beginning sequence reminds me of Tulip kicking butt in Season One Preacher. It’s different enough to not feel like a ripoff, and the world needs more of that kind of scene anyway. I have not read the source material. It looks like a fun ride, and has the actor from Almost Human that I looove. Not Karl Urban. I love him too though.
5. Sunnyside ( NBC )
The trailer is beautiful and I really hope that they can pull this show off. Making an immigrant focused tale with comedy and humanity is a worthy and needed thing. With everything happening in this world, is the show going to feel tone death by ignoring the serious danger these people are in? Can you address that in a comedy? Here’s hoping.