Yes, folks. It's that time of year. THE UPFRONTS!!! For those not in the know, Upfronts are the times when networks announce their new seasons to perspective advertisers and try to get some cash monies out of them. It's when you find out which of your favorite shows were canceled, which are staying, but most importantly which brand new pilots are making it on your screen.
It can be overwhelming, but don't worry. I've done my homework and checked out all of the major networks and I'm here to share the shows I'm most looking forward to, just for YOU, dear reader! Disclaimer: I do not watch reality TV, but I love me some guilty pleasure scripted shows. So go ahead. Judge me. The next couple blog posts will focus on 2 different networks (in alphabetical order!). Today, we're looking at ABC and CBS.
Oh, ABC. First of all, bless you. Thank you for providing me with Revenge, my favorite show this season. You already have a special place in my heart. When it comes to next fall, it looks like you may be providing me with some brand new wonderful guilty pleasure shows to go along with it!
It has been described as County Strong: the TV Series. Now, I haven't seen Country Strong so I can't really speak for that, but what I HAVE seen and CAN speak for is Mrs. Tami Taylor. Oh Connie Britton, how I love thee. I kind of want to be you when I grow up. I will watch any and everything you are in. The plot around this show revolves around an beyond-her-prime Country singer, Rayna James (Britton), and an up-and-coming autotuned nightmare, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). There's also some politics thrown in involving a mayoral race and I am SURE lots of cheating and backstabbing and soapy goodness. I'm not the biggest country music fan, so I may have to fast forward through some of the numbers, but I have a feeling I'm still gonna dig it.
Now this one isn't my typical type of show. It's all action adventure on a submarine. I mean, I like the occasional action movie as much as the next nerdy chick, but I'm not 100% sold on an entire season of it. It looks like they're trying once more to capture the excitement and goodness of Lost, minus the supernatural elements. That being said, It's starring Scott Speedman (from Felicity!), Andre Braugher (from Homicide!), Jessy Shram (from Veronica Mars!), Dichen Lachman (from Dollhouse!), and Autumn Reeser (from The OC!). With a cast like that, and a fun looking trailer, how could you go wrong?? (well, many ways, but we're staying positive here)
Speaking of Lost and supernatural elements, how about this attempt starring John Locke (Terry O'Quinn for those of you who don't think people are who they play on TV) and Vanessa Williams. I'm not 100% sure what it's about (did the couple sell their souls to live in this luxury building on Park Avenue?), but I don't really care. I'm a sucker for these types of things. And considering that it's going to be on Sunday nights after my lover, Revenge combined with the fact that Dave Annable is pretty to look at? I'm sold.
Oh, CBS. I think for the most part I'm just not in your target demographic. To be honest, the only show I currently watch on CBS is The Good Wife (which I love!). I only saw 4 previews of upcoming shows, but my reaction was the exact same for each one: "I didn't hate it..." None of them were particularly must see TV for me. In fact, I'm not going to even bother posting previews, just some quick thoughts.
Partners, their new comedy offering, has a fun cast with the creators of Will and Grace. I didn't hate Elementary as much as I thought I would (it will NEVER replace Sherlock in my heart!! NEVER!!! BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH AND MARTIN FREEMAN FOR EVAHHH!!!). I've heard good things about Vegas, but it's not for me. And Made in Jersey could have the potential for goodness like The Good Wife so we'll see. Perhaps I'll be a convert by seasons end!
So there you have it, folks! I'll be back soon with thoughts on CW and Fox. Till then, what shows are you excited for?