CW wrapped up Upfronts week with a relatively small showcase of promos, only debuting 2. Completely different, one is a quirky comedy and the other is a drama with a supernatural edge. However, both have the potential to be high quality shows and have gotten us even more excited for pilot season.
What it’s about: A police detective discovers that she is able to talk to her estranged detective father, who died in 1996, via ham radio. They forge a new connection and work together together on an unresolved murder case but consequences of the “butterfly effect” wreaks havoc in the present day.
What we think: The intriguing concept of this series was beautifully executed in the promo. I ended up with more questions than I started with and that only served to increase my interest in the show. There’s a lot of potential for great storytelling with the timeline discrepancies and Peyton List looks to be a very strong lead. It’s also great to see the talented Riley Smith land a major role. I don’t really have anything bad to say about the promo, it did an excellent job and I can’t wait to see the pilot.
Excitement factor: 4.5/5
What it’s about: A risk averse procurement manager falls in love with a free spirited thrill seeker who believes the apocalypse is on its way. Together the embark on a journey to fulfill their individual bucket lists.
What we think: So the whole promo had a fun air about it; it was charming and whimsical. It clearly did not take itself too seriously which is a good thing considering the show’s eccentric premise. The two leads had great romantic chemistry and the supporting characters brought a lot of comedy. However, it did feel as if it would be better as a movie. I mean, what happens after the 8 months us up? Does the world and subsequently show end? Or, does it not and our heroine finally has to face up to the fact that her new boyfriend might be crazy? These potential plot problems are troublesome but the promo was enjoyable and I’ll be interested to see how the story develops.
Excitement factor: 3/5