“Supergirl” Joins The CW – Grade: B-
Synopsis (from CBS): SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC character Kara Zor-El, Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
Indiewire TV Critic Ben Travers: This song ruins the entire trailer. It’s so cheesy, so cartoonish, so “trying too hard” it ruins the carefree, fun and cool vibe each of these shows are going for, even in a brief spot. It’s kind of cool to see some of these heroes unite, but the restriction of having virtually zero new footage seems to have hampered this one quite a bit.
Indiewire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller: This trailer mainly exists to sell us on the new inclusion of “Supergirl” into the CW lineup of superheroes, but it’s a fun pop of the drama and action and comedy that keeps fans addicted to these shows..while not necessarily selling non-fans on the appeal of these shows.
“Frequency” – Grade: B-
Synopsis (from CBS): Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone. Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar), who has now risen to Deputy Chief of Police. Frank’s former partner, Lieutenant Satch Reyna (Mekhi Phifer), is now Raimy’s mentor and friend, and he has urged her to let go of the hurt and anger she still feels about Frank’s disappearance and death, but the old pain still lingers. Raimy can barely bring herself to discuss Frank, even with her devoted boyfriend, Daniel (Daniel Bonjour), or her childhood friend, Gordo (Lenny Jacobson). Now, twenty years later, Raimy is stunned when a voice suddenly crackles through her father’s old, long-broken ham radio – it’s Frank, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades from 1996.
Liz: I love that it’s a lady detective on the other end of the line — because #feminism — but this trailer feels like it got tripped up in three pairs of shoelaces, due to its need to establish major plot twists when the basic mechanics of its premise are barely clear. The cast looks good, though, and I like that this doesn’t seem aimed at creating a quasi-procedural series on a network that’s never been hospitable to traditional formats.
“No Tomorrow” – Grade: B
Synopsis (from CBS): Evie Callahan (Tori Anderson), a risk-averse quality-control assessor, appreciates order. Whenever she’s making a list, “make a list” is both the first thing on it and the first thing crossed off. Such a regimented life has its drawbacks. Her on-again/off-again romance with the sweet, but soft-spoken Timothy (Jesse Rath) has sputtered out. Her career has stalled. Her boss, Deirdre (Amy Pietz), a petty tyrant with breath that could kill a plant, laughs off her ambitions. Then Evie meets charming, free-spirited Xavier Holliday (Joshua Sasse), and the attraction is immediate and electric. He brings a jolt of joyful, rollicking romance into her life. Xavier encourages Evie to carpe that diem, because it’s more fun that way and because, well, the apocalypse is, you know, nigh.
Ben: When, oh when, will the “modern, good looking guy” stop wearing those damn beanies? It’s California! You don’t need it! Maybe at night, in January, when it’s cold(!) — and you’re bald — but not on a sunny day in L.A. other people are enjoying with flip flops and tank tops. The very next shot is even a work lunch directly across from a food truck — and the doors are wide open! It’s warm! *deep breath* At least the pogo stick gag worked. Perhaps my biggest problem, though, is that this show seems in no way shape or form ready to address an actual apocalypse, so the romantic and inspirational throughlines of the series will have to be much stronger than what’s in the trailer.
Liz: This feels…fun? This feels like a fun movie, is what it comes down to. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’ll be an engaging TV show. There doesn’t appear to be any real engine to the story beyond the pilot, except, “Let’s do crazy stuff because the world’s about to end except maybe not?” However, I always enjoy a show that smashes its two leads into a romance right from the beginning, sparing us the tired will-they-won’t-they drama. Definitely sold on checking out the pilot, at least.