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.
“Angel from Hell” – D
Indiewire TV Critic Ben Travers:
Nothing about this is good, from the rhythm to the jokes to the premise to the problem (what is it?) to the length. If they can’t make better ads than this, “Angel From Hell” will be the first to be cancelled come September.
Indiewire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller:
I really like Jane Lynch. That’s all I’ll say.
“Life in Pieces” – C
A great cast seems largely wasted in another lengthy trailer. Maybe show less if you don’t have the goods?
This really oversells the idea that it’s an ensemble family comedy with multiple stories, but the trailer also has Dianne Wiest in it! And Colin Hanks and Betsy Brandt and a bunch of other great people! So.
“Code Black” – B-
Clocking in at over seven minutes, this short film features all the predictable beats of every first-year medical show plus some gritty, low-lit— wait. Is that Kevin Dunn?! From “Veep”? Okay, fine. It’s got a prayer.
More like “Code Emotional Manipulation,” am I right? Promising cast, but wow it hits all its tragedy beats hard and then closes with some big talk about the enduring power of the human spirit. It’s a medical drama, not the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
“Limitless” – B
Bradley Cooper! I know I shouldn’t be blinded by the multiple Academy Award-nominee making a cameo in a CBS show, but Bradley Cooper! He makes anything under three minutes worth watching (as well as that “Californians” sketch on “SNL”).
Bradley Cooper aside, there’s an awful lot happening here, but the basic concept of temporary crazy genius does get communicated. So much plot, not tons of character, which is what we’ll look to the actual show to supply.
“Supergirl” – B+
I like the repurposing of “girl” toward the positive. I don’t like the many, many references to Supergirl’s “cousin,” especially since it’s doubtful we’ll ever see him (which also makes no sense). But hey, the trailer is what we’re talking about, and the trailer is fun.
This looks like the good version of that David E. Kelley “Wonder Woman” pilot from a couple of years ago — which is not a hard bar to clear because that thing was a trainwreck, but in all honesty this looks like fun! (That’s right, Zack Snyder — superheroes can be awesome and fun.)