TV Trailers Show Us What Not To Watch Next Year

Like every new season of TV, there will be the shows that are good, there will be the shows that will surprise us, and there will be the shows that suck beyond reckoning. Now that the fall and winter schedules have been announced by the big four networks in the US, they've begun releasing trailers, getting us excited about the fall. Yesterday, I posted the trailer for The Blacklist starring James Spader, who will carry the show because its just NBC trying to do the Following, and also hedging their bets with Hannibal by making a Silence of the Lambs series in every way that doesn't violate copyright.

Also yesterday we had the first sneek peak at SHIELD, and today we start off with the full trailer. It does little to quell my building excitment about this series, potentially the most exciting thing about Marvel's Phase 2. Everything about this trailer looks fantastic, blends the Whedonesque with the MCU, and instantly makes Tuesdays the most anticipated night of the week for me (8 pm surprised me. I was expecting 9 but I suppose they want the whole family to watch). Be sure to expect reviews Wednesday mornings come the fall.

Hit the jump to see the rest, which include Michael J. Fox, a Headless Horseman, and some robots(ish).

Above is the trailer for Arrested Development Season 4, being released on Netflix on May 25th, and it certainly looks as if nothing has changed. Needs Ron Howard's narration to make it really work, though. And if I'm being honest, I haven't given AD much thought since it went off air. I loved it when it was on, but then I moved on with my life (also, Browncoat forever).

The Michael J. Fox Show, in which Fox plays a news anchor dealing with Parkinson's, and will air on Thursdays at 9:30. The network is banking big time on it, having ordered a full season straight out of the gate, and will no doubt be a success. Why? Because Fox is a comedic genius, who can also play the heavy. Did you see his run on Scrubs? Or, anything else he's every been in?

Next up is the new sitcom from Victor Fresco, Sean Saves the World. I'll be watching this one exclusively because Andy Richter and Better Off Ted were two of the best comedies ever (Ted ever so slightly more then Andy), not because it looks good. I doubt it'll be around for very long Sean will air Thursdays at 9.

Brooklin Nine-Nine is a cop sitcom on FOX starring SNL alumni Andy Samberg and created by Mike Schur and Dan Goor, of Parks and Rec fame. I cannot stand Samberg, but the rest of the cast looks strong and Schur knows how to make use of an office-based environment. The trailer looks like it's keeping up with the pace and tone of Parks, and this might be a series NBC regrets not buying. My biggest worry is that FOX doesn't have a great track record with sitcoms. Nine-Nine airs Tuesdays at 8:30, between Seth Green's new show with Martin Mull, and season 3 of New Girl, a show that needs to reinvent itself... again.

Trophy Wife is an ABC sitcom starring Malin Ackerman and Bradley Whitford as a newly married couple, his third. The series revolves around Ackerman's character dealing with his two exwives, one played by Marcia Gay Harden, and his various children. Ackerman and Whitford are at their best when in comedies (see Children's Hospital for the former, and pretty much anything post West Wing, including West Wing for the latter), and the series looks to fit right in with the tone of current hits The Middle and Suburgatory.

Ichabod Crane wakes up from the throes of death 250 years in the future to find the world on the brink of destruction and learn he is humanity’s only hope. From co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the “Star Trek” and “Transformers” franchises, “Fringe”) comes the adventure thriller SLEEPY HOLLOW. In this modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie, “Shame,” “American Violet”) to unravel a mystery that dates back to the founding fathers.
I know some people were surprised that Fringe lasted five years, but I loved the hell out of that show. This one, on the other hand, looks like an early contender for quickest cancellation. Still, I will always give props to FOX for giving stuff like this a chance, even if they do cancel it. You don't see NBC wasting money on... sorry, what?

When NBC first announced their "updated take" on Dracula, all that came to mind was the subplot in Studio 60, where Amanda Peet commissions a Dracula mini-series to film in Europe, then the union steals all the sets and props and she nearly gets fired.

I hope someone gets fired over this. It looks worse then stupid, but then again I only have bad things to say about Grimm, and it's been renewed for three seasons. And despite a cast that includes Merlin's Morgana, Game of Thrones' Xaro Xhoan Daxos, and Henry the VIII, the whole Dracula pretending to be American, and the secret vampire conspiracy in London, and the terrible special effects really makes this look off putting. Here, I was hoping for an honest, serious attempt to make an adaptation that had messages and themes and worth. Instead, it's a G-rated period True Blood. Way to go NBC. Dracula will air Fridays at 8, so at least no one will be watching it.

Finally, we get the one series I'm most looking forward to that isn't written by a Whedon. From J.J. Abrams and the guy who ran Fringe during its last few seasons, J.H. Wyman, Almost Human stars genre star Karl Urban (seriously: Dredd, Riddick, Star Trek, RED, etc.) and Michael Ealy as cops. Ealy is a human-like robot, and Urban is a human with cybernetics. The departure of Fringe has left a serious hole in the science fiction television landscape, and this series has the best potential to fill it (the trend right now is fantasy, thanks to Game of Thrones, and SHIELD doesn't count). It looks and feels so much like Fringe, I'm already wondering if it isn't set within the same universe. Almost Human will air Mondays at 8 pm, which at least isn't Friday.
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  1. So... Sleepy Hollow is a comedy? Because, lol.

    1. What really kills it is that they are playing it completely straight. And that makes it so much goofier. Maybe if it were an absurdist kind of satirical commentary on these Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunters/Hanzel and Gretel: Witch Killers sorts of films, and was really tongue-in-cheek about it... But not like this. Never like this.

      There will not be a spike in people naming their children Ichabod because of this show.