In the wake of Fox’s mass cancellation of shows like Scream Queens, Making History, and Son of Zorn, the network has introduced a new batch of shows to take their place…and hopefully they’ll stick around for a while. Fox recently released trailers to give us peek at what to expect from their rookie shows.
Of the four trailers, The Orville seems the most promising. From Seth MacFarlane and Jon Favreau, the one-hour sci-fi series follows a down-on-his-luck officer (MacFarlane) who commands the titular U.S.S. Orville. Things become a tad complicated when his ex-wife (Adrianne Palicki) is assigned as the ship’s First Officer. The trailer gives some major Galaxy Quest vibes but with MacFarlane’s humor and Favreau’s sensibility.
The duo of Adam Scott and Craig Robinson seems perfect in this X-Files meets Odd Couple single-camera comedy about two guys who are tasked with saving the human race from aliens. One is a skeptic and former detective (Robinson) while the other is a true believer (Scott). The premise has legs and could very well go in the “case of the week” direction, keeping things fresh and funny. I’m in.
The trailer alone has Dylan McDermott stealing every single scene which is enough to watch this single-cam workplace comedy about a crew on a budget carrier called Jackpot Airlines which, as the title suggests, flies to LA to Las Vegas every weekend. The show comes from Anchorman duo Will Ferrell and Adam McKay as well as Lon Zimmet (Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt) and Steve Levitan (Modern Family). The pedigree is good but is a workplace comedy set in the air sustainable? McDermott’s arrogant and clueless Captain Dave could possibly entertain for the first couple of episodes, but it may become a one-note joke that loses steam. As for the rest of the cast which includes UnREAL‘s Kim Matula as an unsatisfied flight attendant, there may be enough to make it worthy of space on your DVR.
Fox is throwing another medical drama into the television stream with The Resident starring Logan — er — I mean Matt Czuchry of Gilmore Girls fame. The show focuses on a group of medical professionals at different stages of their careers and he plays one of the doctors. The show also stars Bruce Greenwood, Manish Dayal, Shaunette Renee Wilson, and Emily VanCamp. Great cast, but the sprawling trailer doesn’t isn’t a great sell of the new series. As much emotion that is shoehorned into the trailer, it doesn’t seem to bring anything new to the table when it comes to medical dramas.
Dino-Ray Ramos| Staff Writer