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ABC Fall 2015 Trailers, Ranked: ‘The Catch,’ ‘Quantico,’ ‘The Muppets,’ ‘Dr. Ken’ and More

ABC Fall 2015 Trailers, Ranked: 'The Catch,' 'Quantico,' 'The Muppets,' 'Dr. Ken' and More

The most exciting thing to come out of this week’s big TV announcements are the trailers. Because unlike your standard commercials, these super-sized ads reveal quite a bit about the series’ premise and plot. So take a look, tell us what you think, and cast your vote for best trailer at the bottom.

READ MORE: NBC Fall 2015: Ranking the New Trailers from Least to Most Confusing

Dr. Ken – C

Indiewire TV Critic Ben Travers:
Even miming done well is not good, and this miming isn’t even done well. Neither are the jokes.

Indiewire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller:
Pretty sure that last scene is just a total and complete rip-off of the dramatic climax of “About A Boy.” (Spoilers!) 

Oil – C+

Ben: 
Wow. What terrible voiceover. Good visuals, but…nope. V.O. ruined it.

Liz:
“When you’re building a fortune, you’re bound to get a little bit dirty.” EVERYONE IS FIRED.

Of Kings and Prophets – C+

Ben:
Ray Winstone and a great “drink when they say ‘King'” drinking game can’t make up for a story we’ve seen told 2,016 times before.

Liz:
I guess this is the Biblical story of David? If the Biblical story of David was all about how kings need to get very, very laid. Isn’t the whole point of doing a Biblical epic to appeal to the viewing demographic that doesn’t want their TV all sexed up? 

Uncle Buck – C+

Ben:
It doesn’t appear to be as bad as it could have been, but that’s hardly an endorsement.

Liz:
This was just fine. 

Wicked City – B-

Ben:
Elevating Ed Westwick from twisted love interest in “Gossip Girl” to full-on necrophiliac serial killer is a great casting move. Is “Wicked City” ABC’s answer to “Aquarius”?

Liz:
If I want to watch a period piece about an unpleasant serial killer, I will watch the David Duchovny Punches Hippies Funtime Hour. (“Aquarius” coming soon to NBC!)

The Catch – B

Ben:
1) Is this “Revenge”? Is this what “Revenge” was about? I still don’t know.
2) Is $143 not a respectable savings account?

Liz: 
The con artist thing seems pretty boring and done, but Mireille Enos is super, super charming. No wonder when he was conning her he fell in love with her for real! 

The Family – B+

Ben:

Clearly not ABC’s happy happy fun time hour, but Joan Allen and Zach Gilford look to have a depressingly addictive dynamic. Also: the lost son? That’s Liam James from “The Way, Way Back.”

Liz: 
Great cast, but it’s almost deliberately and unnecessarily confusing toward the end. “The Family” feels like it should be a gritty and dark independent feature, not a broadcast TV show. 

The Real O’Neals – B+

Ben:
Pushing religious boundaries on broadcast TV? Could be a recipe for disaster, but “The Real O’Neals” looks like it might be the real deal (see what I did there?).

Liz:
Great cast, but what’s going on with all the odd Jesus fantasies? Is that going to be a regular thing? This show already has conservatives pissed. 

The Muppets – B+

Ben:

I’m pretty well set for Hollywood meta humor with “The Comedians,” but I’ll give anything branded as “adult Muppets” a try.

Liz:
Not sure the super-meta jokes really play here, but MUPPETS ALL THE TIME YES. (And thank God there’s no Jason Segel. Muppets media should be about Muppets, not humans.) 

Quantico – A-

Ben: 
The story reminds me a little of “Homeland,” but the cast doesn’t seem comparable. Still, there’s lots of good energy, and the premise is clearly laid out (which is harder than it seems). I really hope her sex buddy doesn’t turn out to be the bomber, though.

Liz:
Definitely a compelling trailer. Hopefully there’s enough story to the premise to sustain it. 


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