Network upfronts have been going on all week, and now that networks ABC, FOX, and NBC have all had their time in the spotlight it comes down to CBS and The CW. The former is presenting a surprising balance of comedy and drama for which the network is known. Chief among the new additions is a spinoff of The Big Bang Theory, creatively being called Young Sheldon, as well as a reboot of S.W.A.T. and the David Boreanaz-led SEAL Team.
It’s a strange time for CBS, as it’s likely that more eyes (at least those trawling the internet for trailers) will be most interested in what the network is offering away from the airwaves. That is, of course, in reference to Star Trek: Discovery, the oft-delayed series that finally premiered a few images of primary cast members Sonequa Martin-Green and Michelle Yeoh not too long ago. How a reboot of a movie that was itself a reboot of a television show and another generic sounding military drama will fare against the return of Star Trek to TV will be interesting to gauge, but considering the Eye Network has been a ratings leader for years, it’s a good bet that Les Moonves and the powers that be over there aren’t too concerned with the streaming service CBS All Access taking away the spotlight.
At any rate, here are the trailers for CBS’ upcoming 2017 fall TV lineup:
Me, Myself & I
Wisdom of the Crowd
Young Sheldon‘s Iain Armitage does an uncanny Jim Parsons impression in a series that looks like it may have Big Bang Theory fans split on how they feel about seeing the childhood of one of the show’s biggest stars. The fact that it’s a single-camera sitcom not filmed in front of a live studio audience may also give fans a reason to embrace or reject the spinoff.
Elsewhere, the network’s male-oriented shows, S.W.A.T. and SEAL Team seem like brand extensions of existing shows such as Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, or any number of procedural cop shows. What the show’s may lack in bringing a new kind of drama to the network, they make up for in having recognizable faces as their leads. Former Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore headlines S.W.A.T., while former Buffy, Angel, and Bones star David Boreanaz takes the lead in SEAL Team, which considering Boreanaz’s track record could mean the new series will be on for years to come.