It's the time of year when all of the television networks announce their upcoming schedules, which means we're getting our first looks at a slew of new shows. Today it's time for CBS to make a splash, and they've released the first looks for both Supergirl and the upcoming Limitless TV show.
The Supergirl trailer seems devoted as much to defending itself from early criticisms as it does to actually setting up the show. Calista Flockhart's character goes on an extended speech about how the name "Supergirl" — instead of "Superwoman" — shouldn't be taken as a pejorative. "So if you perceive 'Supergirl' as anything less than excellent, then isn't the real problem you?" she asks Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist), Supergirl's civilian alter ego. Of course, the show almost certainly isn't going with the naming convention to make some broader statement about empowering women; it's doing so because that's the name of the comic book it's adapting. Given that, it's hard to read the scene as anything more than a cynical attempt to pre-empt further furor over the name — particularly given the frothy, CW-style romantic comedy tone the show appears to be taking.
Limitless fares slightly better, if only because it leans heavily on the appearance of Bradley Cooper, who will be appearing in the show. Other well-regarded actors like Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Abyss) also elevate the concept, which still comes down to a guy taking a pill that makes him super smart and a really good fighter. Of course, all of these various clips could play differently in context, so it's important to give the shows a shot when they finally hit the air later this year. Until then, you can find the rest of the CBS first looks below.