Upfronts: CBS Promo Reviews 2022-2023

Next up to showcase at Upfronts is CBS. CBS’s renewed scripted shows are The Neighbourhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: Hawai’i, FBI, FBI: International, FBI: Most Wanted, Young Sheldon, Ghosts, CSI: Vegas, S.W.A.T., Blue Bloods, and The Equalizer which all return in the Fall. Canceled shows are B Positive, Bull, How We Roll, Magnum P.I., and the United States of Al. New shows premiering are East New York, Fire Country, So Help Me Todd and True Lies. Keeping to tradition, CBS released full trailers for their debuting seasons. 

East New York 

What it’s about: Centres on Regina Haywood the newly promoted police captain of East New York, an impoverished, working-class neighborhood at the eastern edge of Brooklyn. 

What we think: From the description, I was fully expecting it to be yet another basic police drama to add on to the (what feels like) 100s of others out there. However, the trailer really succeeded in making it feel different. The lead character was instantly easy to root for and connect with. And we were given just enough of the other characters to be intrigued by and entice us to want to know more. It had an inspiring air to it and felt like a crime show that would actually be enjoyable rather than all doom and gloom.  

When it airs: Fall 

Excitement Factor: 4/5 

Fire Country 

What it’s about: Seeking redemption and a shortened prison sentence, young convict Bode Donovan joins a firefighting program that returns him to his small Northern California hometown, where he and other inmates work alongside elite firefighters to extinguish massive blazes across the region. 

What we think: There are a plethora of firefighter shows on television right now. However, the trailer showed that this one may stand out from the crowd. It’s deeply character-driven and the small-town setting offers a different perspective. The unique selling point of having inmates working alongside firefighters is sure to bring a lot of conflict and drama to the series, which will keep audiences interested. And from the promo, it seems as if there will be enough action scenes to keep everyone excited along the way.  

When it airs: Fall 

Excitement Factor: 4/5 

So Help Me Todd 

What it’s about: A talented but directionless P.I. who is the black sheep of his family begrudgingly agrees to work as the in-house investigator for his overbearing mother, a successful attorney reeling from the recent dissolution of her marriage. 

What we think: This one is tricky. For me, the trailer didn’t translate well at all. The jokes didn’t really land, the pace was inconsistent, and there just seemed to be a disconnect with what it was trying to convey. However, I think the idea is promising and the pairing of Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Astin is genius. The two of them clearly have great chemistry. Although the promo was disappointing, I think the pilot is where it will shine.  

When it airs: Fall 

Excitement Factor: 3/5 

True Lies 

What it’s about: Based on the 1994 movie, an unfulfilled suburban housewife is propelled into a life of danger and adventure when she discovers that her bland unremarkable computer consultant husband is a skilled international spy and is recruited to work alongside him to save the world as they try to revitalize their passionless marriage. 

What we think: If you’re looking for something cerebral or deep, this is not going to be for you. But if you’re looking for pure entertainment, this is your show. Fun from start to finish, with just the right balance of action and comedy – it looks like it will really live up to the movie. Also bonus points for casting the criminally underrated Omar Miller who is consistently great in everything he does.  

When it airs: Midseason 

Excitement Factor: 4.5/5 

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