You only get one chance to make a first impression.
It’s the most wonderful time of year for TV fans: At their respective Upfront presentations, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and the CW will present the first look at their new series for the 2018 fall TV season, giving viewers a small taste of what they can expect from the shows.
All week, we’ll be updating our ranking of the new fall shows as the trailers are released, providing our brutally honest takes on ’em, too.
So far, we’ve got three offerings from NBC, along with two from Fox and four from ABC.
9. The Cool Kids: To be honest, we were expecting more from EP Charlie Day‘s retirement home comedy about three friends whose “cool kid” status is shaken by the arrival of a rebellious lady, and we were especially expecting more from a show replacing one of three beloved comedies axed from Fox. (Airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on Fox.)
8. Rel: We love Lil Rel Howery, so we feel like we could love Rel, the comedy inspired by Howery’s real life about a man whose wife cheats on him with his barber. This strangely lit trailer isn’t amazing, but we have done some giggling over “loose boots” and we’ll definitely be tuning in for more. (Airs Sundays at 9:30 p.m. on Fox)
7. Manifest: A TV drama about a group of strangers coming together after a mysterious plane incident? Hm…where have we heard that before? The Lost comparisons abound in this new drama starring Once Upon a Time‘s Josh Dallas, but instead of an island, the passengers return home after experiencing turbulence only to find they were MIA for five years. It seems like Manifest is adding a dash of This Is Us vibes, hoping to break the curse of being “the next Lost” which has often proved to be a new series demise. Remember The Event, Flash-Forward, The Whispers, etc. (Airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC.)
6. The Kids Are Alright: This period comedy feels right at home in ABC’s solid stable of family sitcoms, and it’ll pair nicely with Roseanne on Tuesday nights. However, we can’t help but feel for poor Mary McCormack, who’s apparently the only female in this series. Here for that Nixon/”phony news” joke though. (Airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.)
5. New Amsterdam: A new medical drama? For fall? Groundbreaking. OK, maybe that’s a little harsh, as Ryan Eggold, from off of The Blacklist, is pretty compelling in this trailer about America’s oldest hospital being shaken up by his arrival. But the reveal of his cancer diagnosis felt unnecessary and a little gimmicky? (Airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.)
4. The Rookie: Castle is a cop now! Not just any cop, but a rookie cop, hence the name of the show. This will be your mom and dad’s new favorite show. An established show and a broad enough concept to truly capture the TV audience. (Airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.)
3. A Million Little Things: Friends From College meets This Is Us with an extreme amount of melodrama…could be a winner. This trailer takes itself very seriously, perhaps even more seriously than its obvious inspiration (NBC’s This Is Us). Hard to tell where this goes from here, especially in tone, but we love a good character drama and the network that brought us thirtysomething and Brothers & Sisters has enough of a track record to have us intrigued for now. (Airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.)
2. Single Parents: Wow, Leighton Meester is here with a true nugget: “We’re single parents. We don’t volunteer, we just try to survive until a time in the day when it’s appropriate to open wine.” She steals this trailer right from Taran Killam. Give this one more of a chance, ABC (and ABC viewers)! (Airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC)
1. I Feel Bad: Funny, we feel the opposite of bad after watching the trailer for NBC’s only sitcom for the fall, which comes from executive producer Amy Poehler. Starring Blockers‘ Sarayu Blue as a woman not even pretending to have it all figured out as a wife, mom, daughter and boss, nearly all of the jokes in the trailer landed for us and we’re excited to spend time with this new family come September, inappropriate butt-taps and all. (Airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.)
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