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Upfronts: ABC Promo Reviews 2022-2023

You might believe that May is the best month of the year for nerds due to the fact that the first Saturday of the month is Free Comic Book Day. Or that at the end of the month is Geek Pride Day. Or the completely obviously May 4thwhere Star Wars fans across the globe celebrate. But another huge reason is that May is the month of Upfronts. Upfronts is the week where networks confirm what series are renewed/canceled/premiering, announce their fall schedules and present sneak peeks of their new TV shows. It thus marks the start of a new television season for us to geek out over.  

First up we have ABC. ABC’s renewed scripted shows are The Good Doctor, The Conners, The Goldbergs, Abbott Elementary, Home Economics, Big Sky, Station 19, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Rookie which all return in the Fall. Also returning are A Million Little Things and The Wonder Years which will air midseason. Canceled shows are Promised Land, Queens, and Black-ish. New shows premiering are Alaska, Not Dead Yet, and The Rookie: Feds. ABC did things a little differently this year and only gave us 15-second teaser clips to showcase their new series making it more difficult to judge them. However, it may be a smart play as it’s made us even more excited for pilot season.  

Alaska 

What it’s about: A star journalist moves to Alaska and joins a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage for a fresh start after a career-killing misstep.  

What we think: It’s not the most original idea and there seems to be a lot of these types of shows out there right now. However, Hilary Swank being in the cast definitely amps up interest. It’s hard to tell much from the short promo but it seems like fans of gritty crime dramas will be happy with this show.  

When it airs: Fall 

Excitement Factor: 3/5 

Not Dead Yet 

What it’s about:  Nell Stevens, a broke and newly single self-described disaster, works to restart the life and career she left behind 10 years ago. When she lands the only job she can find — writing obituaries — Nell starts getting life advice from an unlikely source.  

What we think: So based on the teaser, it appears as if the unlikely source is a ghost which immediately piqued our interest. It adds a unique twist to a television/film landscape that is oversaturated with “hot mess” trope comedies. The whole thing feels very fun whilst also remaining endearing. And with the very capable Gina Rodriguez leading the cast, it feels like it’s the perfect package.  

When it airs: Midseason 

Excitement Factor: 4/5 

The Rookie: Feds 

What it’s about: The Rookie spinoff follows the life of Simone Clark, the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy.  

What we think: Perfect for fans of The Rookie but also maybe bring new fans to the franchise. Niecy Nash is a great choice for the role as she can bring a lot of comedy to the regular police procedure formula.  

When it airs: Fall 

Excitement Factor: 3/5 

As an additional treat, Disney (the owner of ABC) also presented a trailer for the new She-Hulk series which will air on Disney+.  

Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law 

What it’s about: Following Jennifer Walters as she acquires Hulk-like qualities after a blood transfusion. 

What we think: Before even getting into the trailer, we need to share our excitement about the incredibly talented Tatiana Maslany returning to our screens as the titular character. Great casting choice by Marvel. From the promo, it’s clear that she’s going to be fantastic in the role and her dynamic with Mark Ruffalo is already brilliant. The trailer has a good amount of action and a surprising amount of comedy which bodes well. From what we’ve seen, this is going to be a show that both Marvel fans and newcomers can enjoy. Top marks! 

When it airs: August 17th 

Excitement Factor: 5/5 

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