It is the most magical time of year for fans of television: the May Upfronts.
For one wondrous week in mid-May, the networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW) present their upcoming roster of new shows and returning faves for the next year to the advertisers. They also unveil their scheduling for the year. It also gives fans a chance to have a peek at these new shows and decide which ones are worth the hype and which to give a pass.
Earlier today (May 11th), Fox unveiled its schedule for the year which shows a lot of promise.
Now it’s time for my favorite part, the trailers, what goodies could these new shows hold?
Well, a lot actually. See Fox seems to be going for a lot more high-concept shows, clearly hoping to mimic the success of something like Sleepy Hollow. I am one hundred percent for this because shows like The Frankenstein Code, Lucifer, and Minority Report make my inner sci-fi and comic book nerd super excited.
Check out the trailers, along with a small synopsis of each new show, below.
Minority Report (Mondays 9/8c)
This follow-up to the film starring Tom Cruise (based on the short story by Philip K. Dick) takes place ten years after the end of PreCrime in DC, where one of the three Pre-Cogs, Dash (Stark Sands) struggles to lead a “normal” human life, haunted by visions of the future. Then Dash meets a detective (Meagan Good) who just may help him find a purpose to his gift (by fighting crime duh).
Grandfathered (Tuesdays 8/7c)
Successful restaurateur Jimmy Martino (John Stamos) is used to being the hottest and most single person in the room. All that changes with the surprise appearance of Jimmy’s adult son, Gerald (Josh Peck), and his baby daughter, Edie (adorable baby alert!!). Now Jimmy has to unlearn a lifetime of blissful selfishness while grappling with the fact that he went straight from single to grandfather in like five seconds.
The Grinder (Tuesdays 8:30/7:30c)
Dean Sanderson (Rob Lowe) spent eight seasons playing the title role on the hit legal drama The Grinder. Now he’s moving back to his hometown of Boise, Idaho, where his brother, Stewart (Fred Savage), is a real-life attorney who is poised to take over the family law firm. It doesn’t take long for Dean to start injecting his TV drama into every aspect of Stewart’s life, both in the courtroom and at home. (And then he has a total break from reality, right?)
Rosewood (Wednesdays 8/7c)
Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (Morris Chestnut) is the most brilliant private pathologist in Miami. Using his wildly sophisticated autopsy lab, he performs for-hire autopsies to uncover clues that the Miami PD can’t find. His new partner-in-crime is Detective Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz), a Miami PD detective with her own demons. While she’s impressed by Rosewood’s incredible abilities, his constant optimism is more annoying than it is infectious. Why? Rosewood is apparently going to die before the decade is out, and wants to live every moment to the fullest with his job only pushing him further to embrace the day to day.
(And naturally Scream Queens, but a full-length trailer remains elusive to me. Here’s a teaser.)
I gotta say between Fox’s new shows vs NBC’s for the Fall, I’m going to give it to Fox. It definitely looks much more diverse and fascinating. But all of Fox’s new shows (except Scream Queens because I will not be burned by Ryan Murphy again) are definitely ones I’ll check out the pilots for.
And we haven’t even gotten to my favorite part: the midseason shows. Okay two of the mid-season shows, I’m not really feeling Bordertown.
Bordertown will focus on two families: the Buckwalds and the Gonzalezes. Border Patrol agent, Bud Buckwald (Hank Azaria) is a married father of three who feels threatened by the cultural changes transforming his neighborhood. He lives next door to Ernesto Gonzalez (Nicholas Gonzalez), an ambitious family man, who has been in the country for less then ten years and has made a good life for himself. This turns out to be a bit of an issue for Bud.
The Frankenstein Code
Seventy-five-year-old Jimmy Pritchard (guest star Philip Baker Hall) is a shell of his former self: a drinker, a womanizer, and a shitty father. He eventually was forced to resign as L.A. County Sheriff for corrupt conduct more than a decade ago. Fifteen years later, he is killed when he stumbles upon a robbery at the home of FBI Agent Duval Pritchard (Tim DeKay), one of his three children. Death is surprisingly short for Jimmy, who is brought back to life by billionaire tech-genius twins Mary Goodwin (Dilshad Vadsaria), who is dying of cancer, and her brother, Otto (Adhir Kalyan). Resurrected as a younger version of himself, with physical abilities of which he never dreamed, a re-animated Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky) is given a second chance at life. But what path will he pick this time? (Okay does anyone remember Now and Again? It’s like a darker version of that. I am so there.)
Based on the DC Vertigo imprint written by Neil Gaiman, Lucifer follows the story of the devil (Tom Ellis), who has given up his reign of hell. In L.A., he owns Lux an upscale nightclub and revels with mortals. Right up until a pop star is murdered outside of his establishment, sending Lucifer on a quest for vengeance. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer (Lauren German), who initially is dismissive of Lucifer. She becomes intrigued by his talent for drawing out people’s secrets and his desire to dispense justice, doling out punishment to those who deserve it. As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Accustomed to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s apparent purity and begins to wonder if there’s hope for his own soul yet. Meanwhile, his retirement is worrying the forces of heaven sending the angel, Amenadiel, to convince him to return to Hell.
And that’s the Fox line-up! Which shows are you excited for? Personally, I am most excited for The Frankenstein Code, Lucifer, Minority Report, and Rosewood.
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