TV

NBC TV Promo Reviews (2018-2019)

It’s that time of the year again. Upfronts week is upon us! As per usual, NBC kicked things off, revealing their Fall programming schedule and debuting promos for their new shows. NBC tends to offer up less trailers to the public but here they have given us a good selection of varying genres that is sure to please.

I Feel Bad

What it’s about: Emet is juggling being a mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter. She feels bad when she has a sexy dream about someone other than her husband, or when she pretends not to know her kids when they misbehave in public, or when she uses her staff to help solve personal problems. But that’s OK, right? Nobody can have it all and do it perfectly.

What we think: A sitcom about juggling a family and career, it feels like it’s been done a 1000 time before, and the promo didn’t really give us anything new. However, it was entertaining enough to get me interested in watching the pilot where it may really shine. Sarayu Blue is a great comedic actress and is already proving that she can strongly lead a show. She also benefits from fantastic supporting cast including Paul Adelstein and James Buckley, neither of who were used in the trailer enough. Amy Poehler is an executive producer of the show which gives me high hopes but, in a television, landscape over-saturated with family comedies, I wonder whether it will be able to stand out.

Excitement factor: 3/5

Manifest

What it’s about: A plane disappears from radar and returns years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane, but for their loved ones at home, 5 years have gone by. As they settle back into normal lives, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they thought possible.

What we think: When I read the synopsis for this, I was excited. After seeing the promo, I’m even more excited. The show gives off a Lost mixed with the 4400 vibe, and I’m all for it. There’s a solid plot, interesting characters and a great cast to carry it. Most importantly, it seems different to the other shows out there right now. My only gripe would be that too much time was spent on the family drama aspect and not enough on the sci-fi mystery element, but if I’m honest it only served to increase my intrigue and desire to watch the pilot.

Excitement factor: 4.5/5

New Amsterdam

What it’s about: Based on Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the United States, and follows the brilliant and charming Dr Max Goodwin, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care.

What we think: Throughout the promo, it seemed like your standard medical drama. But those last 10 seconds where it’s revealed the main character has cancer changed things up. It certainly makes the show stand out and it’ll be interesting to see how that storyline develops. If you’re a fan of medical dramas, you’ll love this. It’s the right amount of emotionally draining and feel-good that you come to expect from a series like this, and the trailer did a good job of showcasing it’s potential.

Excitement factor:  4/5

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