Next up to reveal their promos at Upfronts week is CBS. CBS has always been heavy on the crime shows so it’s no surprise that 3 out of 5 of their new shows fit into this genre. There are 2 spinoffs to established series and a revival that audiences have been waiting eagerly for. In addition, they’ve delivered a medical drama and a supernatural comedy. With these promos, CBS has certainly given a variety of programming so there should be something for everyone on this list.
What it’s about: Facing a threat that could bring down the Crime Lab, a new team of forensic investigators must welcome back old friends and deploy new techniques to preserve and serve justice in Las Vegas.
What we think: Full disclosure: I was a huge fan of the original series so I may be a bit biased in my review. Revivals are always tricky to do but from the promo it looks like they’ve done a fantastic job. They’ve struck a great balance between paying homage to the old CSI and making way for the new show. It’s nice to have original characters Grissom and Sara back and the new characters seem likeable. The science was also strongly highlighted in the trailer which was always the heart of CSI and it will be interesting to see how the advancements made in the past few years will be shown. I can’t wait to see what they do in the pilot.
Excitement Factor: 4.5/5
What it’s about: Follows the elite agents of the FBI’s International division as they travel the globe with the mission of protecting Americans wherever they may be.
What we think: This is less of a trailer and more a short interview with creator Dick Wolf. He explains the premise well and gives real insight into how the show will be unique from the others in the franchise. He’s very charismatic and sells the series well. However, I would’ve liked to see more scenes from the show itself.
Excitement Factor: 3.5/5
What it’s about: A struggling young couple’s dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to find it’s both falling apart and inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents.
What we think: This was the promo I was most looking forward to and it certainly did not disappoint. The concept is interesting and feels different to a lot of current TV series. From the trailer, it’s clear that the show is not going to take itself too seriously. There was lots of slapstick and physical comedy, and the whole thing just seemed ridiculous but in the best possible way. Full marks for entertainment value and bonus points for scoring the incredible Rose McIver as the lead.
Excitement Factor: 5/5
What it’s about: A surgeon embraces her new leadership role after her renowned boss, who also happens to be her father, falls into a coma. When he awakens and wants to resume surgery, a battle of wills ensues.
What we think: From reading the premise and watching the promo, there was definitely a disconnect between the two. The coma was never shown or even mentioned which was slightly confusing. However, the trailer was strong enough that it didn’t really matter. They did a great job of introducing Sophia Bush and Jason Isaac’s characters, and they already have great on screen chemistry. The promo was fast paced and never dragged which was helped along by the fantastic choice in music. There are a lot of medical dramas on television at the moment but this definitely had a different feel to it which is promising as it will need to work hard to stand out from the rest.
Excitement Factor: 4/5
What it’s about: The franchise expands to Hawaii as the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor and her team investigate high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security and the mysteries of the island itself.
What we think: Much like FBI: International, this was more of an interview than a trailer. Vanessa Lachey does well in discussing her character and how the location will play a big part in the series. But the audience is given even less scenes from the show than FBI’s promo which leaves viewers with very little sense of how the show will play out. Despite this, NCIS fans are loyal so I’m sure they will tune in.
Excitement Factor: 3/5
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