Trailers For New Fall TV shows (ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS)


Now that the dust has settled from Thursday’s massive cancellation spree and you have grieved the loss of some shows that are gone too soon, it’s time to look toward the future. Now that several networks have some pretty big holes in their schedules – is ABC still technically a network if all they show is Shondaland programs? – they are unveiling their new shows that they hope against all evidence to the contrary will be the next big thing (network shows seem to have a worse success rate than marriages at this point). But hope springs eternal and several networks have released some trailers for the new shows that will compete for your affection and viewership this fall. Let’s see what they are offering up (hope you like time travel more than I do)….


Timeless – “Timeless is a thrilling action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, soldier and history professor who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. Can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late?” (NBC official synopsis)


The Good Place – “A smart, unique new comedy that follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn’t been a very good person.”


This Is Us – “Sometimes life will surprise you. This refreshingly honest and provocative series follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect. From the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love. comes a smart, modern dramedy that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.” (NBC official synopsis)



Conviction – “Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Atwell) is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.” (ABC official synopsis)


Designated Survivor – “Designated Survivor centers on Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a lower cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. He will struggle to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history.”


Downward Dog– “Downward Dog is about a struggling millennial, Nan (Allison Tolman), from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. One session at obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst, they may be the best thing for each other.” (ABC official synopsis)


Imaginary Mary – “Imaginary Mary centers on Alice (Elfman), a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.” (ABC official synopsis)


Notorious– “A provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media. It follows the professional and personal relationship between a charismatic attorney (Sunjata) and a powerhouse television producer as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and ultimately – each other.”


Speechless – “Maya DiMeo (Driver) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his ‘voice.’” (ABC official synopsis)


Still Star-Crossed – “Still Star-Crossed, a period drama from Shondaland, picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.” (ABC official synopsis)


Time After Time – “Time After Time delivers a fantastical cat and mouse adventure through time when famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells is transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Once H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never thought possible and a young woman who captivates him.” (ABC official synopsis)



Fox (descriptions from TV Line)

APB – “A tech billionaire purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder, but can this eccentric and enigmatic figure’s cutting edge approach fix the broken ways of these blue blooded veterans?”


The Exorcist -“A modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book, the propulsive, serialized psychological thriller follows two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.”


Lethal Weapon – “When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.”


Making History -“Three friends find a way to travel through time for truth, justice and riches, which complicates their lives in 2016. They visit some of the greatest moments of the past as they try to resolve their personal problems, while history and pop culture comically collide.”


The Mick – “A hard-living, foul-mouthed woman moves to affluent Greenwich, Conn., to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment.”


Shots Fired – “An expert investigator digs into a series of racially charged shootings in a small Tennessee town. Alongside a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice, she must navigate the media attention, public debate and social unrest that comes with such volatile cases, as they seek justice before the divided town erupts.”


Prison Break


Pitch -“The all-new FOX Series, PITCH, tells the emotional story of GINNY BAKER who became the first woman to play Major League Baseball.”


Star – “Three talented singers, desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom, navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success.”


Son of Zorn – “An animated warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son.”



Man With a Plan – “A contractor, whose wife goes back to work, starts spending more time with his kids and discovers the truth every parent realizes: his little angels are maniacs.”


Pure Genius– “A young silicon valley tech titan enlists the aid of a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in establishing the the high tech hospital of the future.”


The Great Indoors – “An adventure reporter must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of a famous outdoor magazine.”


Kevin Can Wait – “A newly retired police officer looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.”


Bull – Inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, Michael Weatherly stars as Dr. Jason Bull. Brilliant, brash and charming, he’s the ultimate puppet master combining psychology, intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors and the accused tick.


Training Day – “Based on the hit feature film, this crime thriller begins 15 years later when an idealistic young police officer is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD and he is partnered with a seasoned yet morally ambiguous detective.”


MacGyver – “A secret agent unlike any other, MacGyver escapes perilous situations with nothing but a paper clip, his trusty knife and his wit. A dynamic reimagining of the hit TV series, this action packed origin story follows a young hero as he undertakes missions to save lives and change the world.”


Any early reactions? Shows that pique your interest? I’ll update as additional new trailers are released.


Pop Culture Odds and Ends – TV Upfronts Edition

The television upfronts are currently going on, which is when the major networks trot out their new fall shows for critics and announce the fall schedule. It’s also when you find out if your favorite show will be returning or if Thor’s might hammer of cancellation has been dropped on it. There’s always a lot of news to come out of these sessions and though I’m of course not there, I have been keeping up with all the info so that I can pass it on to you. Tomorrow’s post will be exclusively trailers for some of the new shows that will be on the schedule for the fall, because there are a LOT of them. But until then, tide yourself over with this week’s pop culture roundup. As usual, I’ve painstakingly surfed the web to find you the latest and greatest news that you might have missed.

  • Brian Dunkleman (remember him) had the best response to the news:

  • Bleachers covered Kanye West:



  • Jean-Claude Van Damme recreated his Kickboxer dance scene on Conan:


Time for some trailers (more to come tomorrow)…..

  • Magic Mike XXL:


  • Jem and the Holograms:


  • A red-band trailer for the Vacation revival:


  • Zoo, based on James Patterson’s book:


  • MTV’s Scream:


  • Season 3 of Orange is the New Black:


  • A promo for the new season of Hannibal:


  • Season 2 of The Strain:


  • A first look at The Omen series:


  • Dukale’s Dream, a documentary from Hugh Jackman:


  • David Oyelowo in Nightingale:


  • AMC’s The Making of the Mob: New York:


  • Dave Matthews Band debuted a new song on Letterman:



  • Adam Sandler sang a goodbye song for David Letterman last night:


As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts…..


  • Here’s two punk bands mashing up 16 classic songs:


  • People barking like dogs in the movies and on TV:


  • Here’s the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer redone as 16-bit game:


  • A tribute to teen girl movies:


  • A 1980s intro for The Walking Dead:




  • Someone spliced together all of Michael Jackson’s recorded grunts for some reason:


  • Daredevil meets Chumbawamba:


  • Fallen Game of Throne characters sing about their demise (spoilers, obvs):


  • And finally, Orphan Black gets the Too Many Cooks treatment:

TV Status Report

The Fall 2013 TV landscape has changed quite a bit in the last few days. The major networks have announced the fates of many shows, with a barrage of cancellations and renewals coming in Friday night. What is the fate of your favorite shows? Below is an shapshot of what shows will be back and which shows have been shipped off to the great television screen in the sky (or possibly finding new life on another network).


Happy Endings (ABC) *sob* – could move to the USA network, which means I need to find the USA network on my cable system

Southland (TNT)

Go On (NBC)

Red Widow (ABC)

Smash (NBC)

The New Normal (NBC)

How To Live With Your Parents (ABC)

Body of Proof (ABC)

Malibu Country (ABC)

CSI:NY (CBS) – that’s the one with Gary Sinise

Rules of Engagement (CBS)

Vegas (CBS)

Golden Boy (CBS) – I had never even heard of this show, but I can only imagine it was about Jerry Seinfeld’s t-shirt (actually I probably would have watched that)

Monday Mornings (TNT)

Guys with Kids (NBC) – you can’t win them all, Jimmy Fallon

Up All Night (NBC) – a mercy killing

Whitney (NBC)

Family Tools (ABC)

Touch (Fox)

1600 Penn (NBC)

Deception (NBC)

90210 (CW) – I honestly had no idea this was still on

Cult (CW)

30 Rock (NBC)

The Office (NBC)

Rock Center (NBC)

Ben and Kate (Fox)

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 (ABC)

Do No Harm (NBC)

Zero Hour (ABC)

America’s Most Wanted (Lifetime)

Cops (Fox) – headed to Spike TV

Last Resort (ABC)

666 Park Avenue (ABC)

The Job (CBS)

Made in Jersey (CBS)

Gossip Girl (CW)

Emily Owens, M.D. (CW)

The Mob Doctor (Fox)

Ready for Love (NBC)


Community (NBC) – moving closer to #sixseasonsandamovie

Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Modern Family (ABC) – a no brainer

The Middle (ABC)

Suburgatory (ABC)

Nashville (ABC)

Last Man Standing (ABC)

Castle (ABC)

Glee (Fox)

The Neighbors (ABC)

Once Upon a Time (ABC)

Revenge (ABC) – with a new showrunner (and hopefully less Declan, Charlotte and Aiden)

Scandal (ABC)

Two and a Half Men (CBS)

2 Broke Girls (CBS)

Amazing Race (CBS)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Blue Bloods (CBS)

Criminal Minds (CBS)

Elementary (CBS)


The Good Wife (CBS)

Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

The Mentalist (CBS)

Mike & Molly (CBS)


NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

Person of Interest (CBS)

Survivor (CBS)

Undercover Boss (CBS)

American Dad (Fox)

Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

Bones (Fox)

Family Guy (Fox)

The Following (Fox)

The Mindy Project (Fox)

New Girl (Fox)

Raising Hope (Fox)

The Simpsons (Fox)

The X-Factor (Fox)

Chicago Fire (NBC)

Grimm (NBC)

Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Parenthood (NBC) – hopefully Ray Romano will return

Revolution (NBC)

The Voice (NBC)

Arrow (CW)

Beauty and the Beast (CW)

The Carrie Diaries (CW)

Heart of Dixie (CW)

Nikita (CW)

Supernatural (CW)

The Vampire Diaries (CW) – though the real-life relationship between co-stars Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev has been cancelled

48 Hours (CBS)

America’s Next Top Model (CW)

Hell’s Kitchen (Fox)

Hotel Hell (Fox)

Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)

Master Chef (Fox)

Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) – too bad; I was hoping this one would die

That’s a fair amount of carnage; to make up for all the empty slots in their schedules, the networks have ordered over 40 new shows. It’s still early and a lot can change, but TV Line examines what of these new shows may look like. At first glance, I’m particularly interested in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dracula, Gang Related, Intelligence (for Josh Holloway, I will watch CBS), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Michael J. Fox Show, The Millers and The Originals.

Don’t see your favorite show listed above? Let me know and I’ll see what I can find out for you. Between the shows that I watched that ended their run and the shows that I am quitting, I may actually have something of a manageable fall viewing schedule (though “manageable” is probably in the eye of the beholder). Now the real mystery is when all these shows will be scheduled; hopefully there won’t be too many timeslot face-offs to deal with.

What new show are you most excited for? Are you upset or disappointed by any of the cancellations? Sound off in the comments below. Fall TV will be here before you know it!