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CBS TV Promo Reviews (2018-2019)

CBS was the penultimate network to present at Upfronts. It had its work cut out competing with ABC who had presented the day before and given a brilliant line-up. Fortunately, CBS stepped up to the plate and showcased a diverse range of shows that are sure to satisfy audiences in pilot season.

F.B.I.

What it’s about: Explores the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

What we think: From the promo, it seems like your standard law enforcement procedural, just with more action and higher stakes, which means if you’re a fan of crime drama this is the show for you. An added layer though is the fantastic cast including Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki and Jeremy Sisto. They’re really selling the show in the promo and may make it a standout this television season. Bonus points to whoever chose to put that fantastic and very effective Wonderwall cover in as trailer music.

Excitement factor: 4/5

God Friended Me

What it’s about: An outspoken atheist’s life is turned upside down when he is “friended” by God on Facebook. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.

What we think: As soon as I read the premise, I was hooked. All I could hope was that the promo would match the hype. It did not disappoint. CBS really upped their game with this show. It already looks to be one of those series that is going to make you laugh, cry and really make you think, all in one episode. I’ve watched a lot of trailers this week, and this one is a true standout. Hopefully the pilot can match the high quality promo.

Excitement factor: 5/5

Happy Together

What it’s about: A young married couple whose evenings have become comfortable and routine have their lives upended when a young musician moves into their spare bedroom and brings with him the complications of being an up-and-coming popstar.

What we think: This is one of the better comedies previewed this year at Upfronts week, even if the premise is a little sketchy. Seriously, for how many seasons is a famous popstar going to live with them? Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West make a great pair and are no doubt going to bring a lot of laughs. As charming as the promo was though, there are lots of sitcoms debuting this year, so it will need to deliver a strong pilot to stand out.

Excitement factor: 3.5/5

Magnum P.I.

What it’s about: An update of the classic television series set in Hawaii, it follows Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.

What we think: I haven’t seen the original Magnum P.I. so I’m not coming into it as an established fan. That being said, it was very entertaining, if not a little over the top, which is exactly what I’d expect from a show like this. It’s probably not going to be a hard hitting drama with lots of depth, but the promo proved that it’s going to be a fun show to watch. Plus, having Zachary Knighton play the comedic role is a genius move.

Excitement factor: 4/5

The Neighbourhood

What it’s about: The nicest guy in the Midwest moves his family into a tough neighborhood in L.A. where not everyone appreciates his extreme neighborliness.

What we think: It’s hard to judge this one after hearing that Max Greenfield is replacing Josh Lawson. This show’s success is clearly going to hinge on the success of the chemistry between Greenfield and Cedric the Entertainer, so I feel like I need a new promo just to see their dynamic. However, in this trailer it was Sheaun McKinney and Marcel Spears, who play the sons, that really stood out, landing the most amusing jokes. It’s a typical family sitcom, not offering much new, but if the pilot is funny enough, it’ll be a hit for CBS.

Excitement factor: 3.5/5

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