Upfronts – Part Deux.
Top TV picks from NBC and Fox upfronts.
Here are the trailers for two new shows I mentioned in the first part (Read Upfronts – Part Une Now) of this blog:
Have we ever seen a J.J. Abrams project without mystery being a huge element other than maybe Felicity? Whatever, I’m in! Abrams’ previous credits include Alcatraz, Fringe, Lost, Alias, Cloverfield and Super 8 to name but a few. J.J. hearts mysteries.
In this case the big mystery involves the complete loss of electricity throwing the world into chaos. The questions here being why, how and who and can it be fixed? Also: this advert contains sword fighting so it’s kinda an automatic win in my book.
Featuring in the cast are Billy Burke (Twilight), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Andrea Roth (Ringer) to name a few.
FOX’s “The Following”:
I dare you not to jump at THAT moment, which is perhaps a little reminisant of a scene you could find in any of The Scream films – both The Following and Scream are Kevin Williamson projects. Kevin also developed “The Vampire Diaries” for The CW which is currently the networks’ highest rated program.
“The Following” stars Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent tracking a serial killer whose violent acts have inspired a cult of followers.
The Following also stars Lost alum Maggie Grace (recently seen on the silver-screen in Taken), James Purefoy (who recently appeared as the artist sexing it up with Madeline Stowe on ABC’s Revenge) and, worth mentioning twice, Kevin freaking Bacon (recognisable from being Kevin freaking Bacon!)
The show’s concept may not be an entirely new idea, we’ve seen the begrudging retired FBI agent or ex-cop lured or forced back into action before by a connection to a previous big case. However, this is a storyline that’s more often seen in film or focused on for a couple of television episodes in a season rather than being the overall concept of the program itself. It’s certainly a great trailer and I’m excited to see what the pilot will be like.
I am, of course, already a little cynical about how both programs will sustain these concepts for more than one season. However, for now let’s just enjoy these trailers for what they are; a little teaser of what’s to come.
There are still more trailers to be released from networks such as ABC and The CW so stay tuned!