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NBC TV Promo Reviews (2017-2018)

The wait is over. Upfronts week is officially here! Over the next few days we’ll be treated to promos for the shows that we will inevitably fall in love with during the 2017/2018 television season. As well as teasing us with some trailers, the Fall programming schedule will be revealed and any last minute renewals/cancellations will be announced. NBC kicked things off by giving us a sneak peek of two dramas and the comedy revival we’ve all been waiting for. And as you’ll see below, it was definitely worth the wait.

The Brave

What it’s about: Using advanced surveillance technology, a team of analysts work with a Special Ops squad of military heroes to execute dangerous missions and save lives behind enemy lines.

THE BRAVE — Pictured: “The Brave” Key Art– (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

What we think: This show is the perfect example of one where its synopsis doesn’t do it justice. On my initial read through, I felt slightly underwhelmed. Thankfully, the brilliant promo changed my mind. Despite being just over 2 minutes, the trailer managed to deliver a solid plot, as well as give us a good look at the varying characters. Several of them managed to stand out and pique my interest which is no easy feat for such a short promo. And with talented actors like Anne Heche, Mike Vogel and Tate Ellington appearing, I’m looking forward to some great performances throughout the season.  A show like The Brave is particularly relevant given the current political climate and global affairs, and has the potential to be both interesting and important.

Excitement factor: 4/5

Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

What it’s about: The first season of this anthology series focuses on the case and trial of Lyle and Eric Menendez who were convicted of brutally murdering their parents.

What we think: Visually, this trailer is excellent. The shot of the blood and feathers flying through the air was a standout moment. And the use of home videos/real footage alongside Edie Falco’s voiceover was particularly effective in setting up the premise. Falco, is of course, brilliant in the trailer but it would’ve been interesting to see other characters appear. At just over 1.5 minutes, it felt as if there was a lack of real exploration into the series. What was shown was great, I just would’ve liked more of it.

Excitement factor: 3.5/5

Will & Grace

What it’s about: The revival of the 1998-2006 comedy series brings back iconic characters Will, Grace, Jack and Karen for more adventures.

What we think: It’s back! After 11 years we’re finally being reunited with the awesome foursome; and if the trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to be fantastic. The promo ends up feeling more like a grand production, which seems rather apt for a show like Will and Grace. There’s some reminiscing over the good old days, a catchy musical number, and of course, Karen (martini in hand) critiquing Grace’s fashion choices. The moment when Will turns on the lights to the set and the theme tune plays in the background was a real highlight and had me feeling particularly nostalgic. It would’ve been great to see some new series footage or learn some plot details, but honestly I’m just as happy with this highly entertaining preview.

Excitement factor: 5/5

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