It’s upfronts week, which means the networks are releasing plenty of new trailers for their upcoming fall premieres. Both NBC and FOX gave presentations today, and while the peacock network delivered some of its potential big hitters yesterday in the form of Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders and The Brave. And now FOX has followed suit with trailers for some big upcoming comedies, including Ghosted and The Orville, a Star Trek-esque show starring Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.
This far from the start of the fall season it’s too soon to tell whether or not any of FOX’s new lineup will become the next breakout hit, but the network is definitely giving its genre series a big push. Along with the X-Men-inspired thriller The Gifted from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, it looks as though The X-Files-esque Ghosted stands a good chance at keeping the paranormal conspiracy seat warm until the ’90s cult hit can return for another revival sometime in 2018. Starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson, the single camera comedy takes a high concept like The X-Files and adds plenty of absurd, droll humor to make the typical situations Mulder and Scully would wind up investigating into something more deliberately comical.
The Orville, on the other hand, is banking as much on people’s love of Star Trek as it is their desire to see Seth MacFarlane in a leading role on a weekly television series. To assuage those concerns, the trailer also boasts the directorial efforts of Jon Favreau, before diving headlong into the usual MacFarlane jokes that will either have you laughing or groaning. Still, with CBS continually delaying Star Trek: Discovery, this series could help scratch that space-voyage itch for science fiction fans — at least until the real deal is ready to boldly go where no one has gone before.
But FOX wasn’t done there. The network also offered first looks at the midseason comedy LA to Vegas and the new medical drama The Resident. Take a look below:
Both LA to Vegas and The Resident look to have a smaller profile than the other two series though with Dylan McDermott playing what could pass for Sterling Archer as an airline pilot, the comedy might find the right audience. FOX could use a strong workplace comedy in its half-hour lineup after losing so many new single camera sitcoms from the 2016-2017 season.
The Resident, on the other hand, looks like it could go either way. While medical dramas are a television institution, introducing an abuse-of-power angle could give this fledgling series a chance to standout amongst the competition. Bruce Greenwood is always good and his role here is intriguing to say the least. The series also stands a chance at bringing in fans of Gilmore Girls and The Good Wife with Matt Czuchry in the starring role. This will mark the actors first time as an ostensible lead, so it will be interesting to see if he has what it takes to keep viewers coming back for more.