Hello! Welcome to Trailer Reviews™, a series of articles where a couple of TVMaze writers watch nothing more than the trailer for a new show and then pass judgment, making snap decisions about whether to bother watching something with only 2-3 minutes of network-approved content.
Last week, we reviewed seven upcoming mainstream network shows.
These first two articles cover a more traditional TV model – where mainstream networks present viewers with a Fall television season of sorts. But, soon, the Peak TVpocalypse will be upon us as we continue to review pilot trailers up through December and, honestly, probably beyond that forever.
Cadence: I don’t think this is going to be amazing, but it is 100% made for me. I love
The premise, as set up in the trailer, also suggests a potentially darker vibe (Bradley Whitford’s character is clearly depressed in retirement), so, hopefully, it will be both funny and poignant – like’s (a sitcom about a support group where Perry’s character’s wife has recently passed).
Will I watch it? YES. Will I enjoy it? YES! Should you check this out? MAYBE.
Tim: I’m 100% with you. Whitford was so good inlatest season, so a more prominent role can only be a good thing. I’ll pretty much watch any show with people singing ( , , ), but the comedy is right up my alley as well. Whitford’s character doesn’t seem to care what he says, much like in . I’m also excited that ( ), ( ) and ( ) are part of the ensemble. I’ll be checking out this show for sure and I’m hoping the characters really just work well together.
Tim: From the get-go, this show looks like a lot of fun. I’m excited to see( , ) in a “real” lead role. Carol, a new medical intern, must navigate working with both people her own age and millennials in the best way that she can. After her marriage breaks down, she has a midlife crisis and decides to get back into the workforce – as a doctor.
The show is advertised as a comedy, but from the looks of the trailer, it shows a more dramatic side to Heaton that I hope that will be explored throughout the series. With a supporting cast including( , , ), ( ) and ( , ), let’s hope this show gets time to develop into a long-running sitcom - something that Heaton is so good at. I’ll definitely be checking this show out.
So Cadence, are you planning on giving Carol a second of your time, or are you giving it a miss?
Cadence: No thanks, not for me. Heaton has been great in everything and MacLachlan is delightful, but this trailer feels a bit tired. I mentioned single-cam sitcoms before – sitcoms that can tell different jokes beyond the usual ‘setup à punchline à pause for laughter’ – well, this is a more traditional multi-camera sitcom, canned laughter and all. That’s just not my thing, especially since most of the jokes in this trailer essentially repeat the same punchline about Carol’s age, over and over. So like, haha, I guess?
Cadence: This sitcom has a lot going for it; it’s a single-cam starringwritten by ( , The Good Place) with a political message about immigration and inclusion that I hope will resonate. However, I didn’t really laugh – the trailer featured weak lines and deliveries, so I just hope these were not their best jokes. If I’m being honest, I want Sunnyside to reach the kind of audience that could stand to build more compassion for migrants and refugees – but they’re not usually the target of single-cams. For this show to be politically effective, it might have made more sense as a multi-cam, live studio audience and all, even though I might (personally) find it less comedically interesting.
Meh, I’ll watch the pilot.
Tim: I’m totally with you on this one. It has a lot of potential with Mike Schur at the helm and starring Kal Penn (), but that’s where it ends. I’m happy to see ( , ) in a new role, but I don’t know if it will be enough to keep me around. I’m not a fan of the two millennials either. I’ll be checking out the pilot only because of Schur and Penn, but if they want to keep me around, they need to actually make me laugh – it is supposed to be a comedy after all.
Tim: I love the look of this show - and with creatorsand ( , ), how could I possible say no? From the look of the trailer, it seems similar to , but with a supernatural twist. The lead is ( ) who must decide whether her patients are truly evil or possessed.
The Kings use the courtroom elements from the shows they are so well-known for to tie in with the prosecution side of the show. I think this will balance well with the other, weirder, elements. With a supporting cast that includes( , ) and ( , ), Evil, looks to be a perfect successor to when it ends next year. I’ll be tuning in to see how this show develops its main characters.
Cadence, are you a fan of shows with mixed genres, or do you prefer straight-forward genre shows?
Cadence: I really do love weird mashups – and the Kings are great at them. Their short-lived (and politically confused)was exactly that: political drama, alien invasion, musical, and more! So, with that in mind, I would watch this in a heartbeat. I don’t know how much I love the premise itself (I don’t really enjoy exorcisms outside of ), but I am more than willing to give these writers and actors (especially Emerson, he’s so good at being creepy) a chance to convince me it works.
Tim:( , , ) is really at the top of his game these days. Goggins plays Wade, the elusive “Unicorn”, a creature that every single woman is looking for: a great husband, father, all-around great guy, and (most importantly) a widower. His friends include and who both star in (in its final season). In the trailer, we see the funny side of trying to get back into dating when you have no clue what’s going on.
Wade has plenty of support from his two mates, as well as( , ), who brings lots of laughs. His two daughters, Grace and Natalie, played by and , just want the best for their dad. They are a little hesitant about him dating at first, but they warm up to the idea quickly because they know their Dad is doing the best he can for them.
I’ll be checking this out to see if the show can continue to stay funny and not drop off after a few episodes. With a strong lead and supporting cast, I don’t see this being a problem.
Cadence: I also really liked this trailer, although my primary concern will be, as you alluded to Tim, whether they show can maintain its own premise. I appreciate that it will have a mix of melancholy (as Wade, his family, and friends remember his wife) and humour (as Wade dates, badly), but will the show be more about short-term dating (which the title of the show suggests), or about serious long-term relationships? He can’t be a unicorn forever. I’ll watch at least a couple episodes, to see what it can do.
Cadence: Now THAT’s what a trailer should look like! BOOM! I’m a hugefan and I know you are too, Tim. For me, Glee – a show that managed to balance edgy humour with an emotional core few shows will ever find – convinced me of his genius. Happily, The Politician boasts the same behind-the-scenes team (Murphy, , and ). However, Glee also walked a fine line between total incoherence and brilliance (especially in terms of character development), so I am cautious about giving this show a full-throated endorsement. But with a cast that includes (BROADWAY SUPERSTAR AND CRYSINGER SADMAN) (did I mention I love musicals), I will absolutely be watching. I am, however, a bit leery about giving eyeballs to something starring (given her deeply harmful ‘wellness’ empire), but not everything can be perfect.
Tim: WOW!!! Within the first few seconds, I could absolutely see what you were talking about, Cadence! I’m excited to see Platt in a TV show, especially as its star. Murphy’s pièce de resistance,
Tim: Joining FOX’s Animation Domination (hopefully for more than one season), Bless the Harts is about a family of southerners who may not have much, but at least they have each other. The show reminds me a little of, which was a part of the original “Animation Domination” lineup. The trailer doesn’t really show enough to get a really good idea of what’s going on, but with a cast including ( , ), ( , ), ( ), and ( ), I’m hopeful. I’ll be giving this show a watch, but I’ll drop it after my three-episode rule if it doesn’t use its impressive voice cast to their full potential.
( , , ) has had his shows dominate the time slot, so Bless the Harts has a lot to live up to if it wants to stay part of the lineup (which also includes and, of course, the long-running ). Unfortunately, there have been too many animated shows that just haven’t been good enough to stick around for more than a season ( , ). So, I’m hoping Animation Domination is back for a good long while instead of Sunday Funday, which happens when the lineup is a mix of both animated and live-action shows.
Cadence: Yeah, I’ve been having trouble finding a coherent trailer for this show other than just a series of one-liners. I guess it’s about a Southern Family, the end? It *should* be funny, given its cast, but I just don’t love what I’m seeing. I’ve never understood the fun in mocking poor, rural families – working-class shows need to work hard to not come across as weird or exploitative. I’d much rather just watch. I’ll wait for mid-season reviews to decide if I should check it out, but I’m leaning no for now. More like BLESS THE FARTS, amirite :D!? ( gets me).
Cadence: Oh shit, I am ALL IN on this show. From its bonkers cast (, , ) to its politically compelling setting, this trailer had me hooked in the first 30 seconds. It’s got drama, action, and STYLE. I think, at this point, it should be pretty clear that I have a strong bias toward serialization, cable (over network) dramas, and innovative comedies – so if that’s what you want too, check this out. I don’t have anything else to add – watch the trailer, enjoy. You're welcome.
Tim: I am such a huge fan of shows based on real-life events AND period pieces, and this one looks like it won’t be an exception. It’s set in the 1960s and follows Bumpy Johnson (Whittaker), a mob boss, and an impressive supporting cast with some great veterans and up-and-comers alike.( , ), ( ), ( ) make up the ensemble, with Thatch playing Malcolm X. ( ) plays Mayme Johnson, Bumpy’s wife. So, if it wasn’t clear, I’ll be ABSOLUTELY checking this show out. I’m interested to see how the story unfolds and develops.
Cadence: Welp, that’s it for this week’s Trailer Reviews! We’ll be back with EVEN MORE in Part III next Monday and most weeks after that forever until the end of time because Peak TV has neither end nor start, it is a circle that eats itself as the sun rises and the world burns anew.
Let us know what you’re most excited about watching in the comments below!
Written by TimDavidCasey on Sep 23, 2019