FOX is the next network to bring their new shows to Upfronts. They’re bringing 3 new comedies to their line-up but it’s their dramas that are really shining. From these promos, pilot season is certainly shaping up to be an exciting time.
The Cool Kids
What it’s about: Three guy friends in a retirement community are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by a new arrival — a female rebel who’s ready to challenge their standing.
What we think: It’s such a brilliant concept, definitely different to your typical family sitcom, but something about the promo felt lacking. There were some definite funny moments but quite a few of the jokes felt a bit forced and obvious. Fortunately, there’s a talented cast who by the looks of the trailer have great chemistry with each other. And Charlie Day is serving as an executive producer, so I think the pilot will be much better than the promo.
Excitement factor: 3/5
Last Man Standing
What it’s about: A revival of the series that followed a senior employee of a sporting goods store in Denver, Colorado, who is a married father of three daughters.
What we think: I’ll admit I’ve never seen the original show so this promo probably won’t have the same effect on me as it will its fans. It seems like your typical family comedy that a lot will enjoy but it doesn’t really offer anything new. With so many sitcoms, it’s hard to make a dent unless you have something that makes you stand out, and unfortunately this promo didn’t really do that. But it has a solid fan base, as well as a great comedic actor in Tim Allen (even if I’d much rather see him in a Home Improvement revival), so I’m predicting that it will do well.
Excitement factor: 2.5/5
What it’s about: Based on the New York Times bestseller, it follows a 10 year old girl who is chosen to be the test subject for an experimental virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of humanity, and the federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her.
What we think: Okay, so there’s a lot going on in this promo. So much that I left it feeling a bit confused. However, the confusion was greatly outweighed by intrigue and interest, and I’m still thinking about it several hours later which is always a good sign in a trailer. Mark-Paul Gosselaar is a proven strong lead and he shows why in the promo. They did a great job with this and I’m eager to see what the pilot delivers.
Excitement factor: 4.5/5
What it’s about: A legal drama set in a wrongful conviction firm. Led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer with a hunger for justice, the team reopens investigations, putting their own lives in danger to exonerate the innocent that were “proven” guilty.
What we think: So when I read the synopsis for this, I was immediately struck by the similarity between it and the ABC show Conviction that aired a couple of years ago. But after watching the promo, my opinion was changed. Whereas Conviction was very glossy and bold, this show seems much more natural, with the potential to have a lot more depth than your average legal drama. Plus, Rachelle Lefevre is very likeable as the main character, and honestly I’d watch it just for her. If you like uplifting television, based on the trailer, this is going to be the show for you.
Excitement factor: 5/5
What it’s about: A single dad tries to rebuild his life after a nasty divorce while on a quest for love, respect and a new barber in the South Side of Chicago.
What we think: This was by far my favorite of Fox’s comedy promos. Lil Rel Howery has such great charisma that he sells the show by himself. Not all of the jokes landed and I could’ve done without the overplayed laugh track but there were some solid moments and the show seems to have great potential.
Excitement factor: 3.5/5