One of the events I get really amped up about every year is network television’s Upfront Week. Every year in the spring, the major television broadcast networks present its slate of new shows to potential advertisers and the press. While I go into extreme detail over on my personal blog about what NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS have in store for us this year, I wanted to do a quick brief here and highlight some of the most interesting shows to come to light this week.
When I first heard that NBC had ordered to series a Katherine Heigl led drama, I immediately went, “ew, not interested,” and moved on. However, after watching the trailer, I changed my mind. Not only does it star Alfre Woodard as a black and female POTUS, it appears to have the right mix of drama and political intrigue that isn’t gimicky. Plus, the little twist at the end of the trailer made my jaw drop.
ABC by far delivered the most shows I’m looking forward to this fall. The president of ABC’s Entertainment Group openly stated that he’s aiming to push the envelope on diversity when it comes to the 2014-2015 primetime slate. Because of this, such comedies as “Black-ish” and “Fresh off the Boat” portray an all minority cast that has been missing from our television screens. And from the drama department, “How to Get Away with Murder,” “American Crime,” and “The Whispers,” all have me wanting to watch the premieres. Lastly, and most surprisingly, is the new fantastical, musical comedy “Galavant.” Check out the trailers below!
Fox presented an eclectic mix of shows this week, but out of the mixed bag, “Gotham,” “Gracepoint,” and “Red Band Society,” caught my full attention. Gotham is a prequel to Batman and follows a young Jim Gordon as he tries to clean up the corrupt city while kid Bruce Wayne deals with the death of his parents. Gracepoint is a BBC import of David Tennant’s highly acclaimed Broadchurch and Red Band Society centers around youngsters living in a pediatric ward [no trailer yet].
CBS is quite the predictable network and the only standout show I can’t wait to check out is Spielberg produced “Extant.” Extant is a sci-fi mystery that follows astronaut Molly Watts (Halle Berry) who has just returned home from a 13-month solo mission only to find out that she’s pregnant. Alongside her are her husband John Woods (Goran Visnjic) and the couple “raise” their AI robot child. Also semi interesting on CBS’ docket is “Madam Secretary” from which I’m getting major Hillary 2016 vibes from.
Sound off! What shows are you most interested in this season?