CBS is taking some heat today after CEO Les Moonves commented on the lack of female leads in their upcoming freshman series and it’s easy to see why. In the trailers below, we can see that there is some diversity on the screen but the only female-led project is also its most high-profile: Star Trek: Discovery. Regardless, Moonves and CBS appear content with their primetime offering and are very clear on that what they are looking for this fall is “heroes” and Middle America. In the trailers for both SEAL Team and SWAT, songs calling for heroes play over top of the dramas and the majority of trailers below are set in Middle America, targeting the audience that is often cited as “overlooked” by mainstream media. Each five-minute preview gives a clear setup and also a sappy, schmaltzy ending, except for 9JKL which appears the odd man out in the bunch.
Summary: Set ten years before Star Trek: Enterprise, centering around the ship Discovery and set to air this fall on CBS All Access.
Summary: Follow the lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous missions our country can ask of them.
Summary: A locally born and bred SWAT sergeant is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in LA law enforcement.
Summary: Jeffrey Tanner is a tech genius. When his daughter’s murder goes unsolved, he creates a new social network to solve crimes. But can it solve his own daughter’s?
Summary: From Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, and Jim Parsons, this new comedy follows the life of a young Sheldon Cooper as he navigates childhood in a football-loving, churchgoing, small town Texax family.
Summary: The life of a genius inventor is examined in his childhood, today, and in the future.
Summary: When actor Josh Roberts’ show gets canceled, he moves home only to end up in the apartment between his parents and his brother’s family.
Emily J | TV Editor