This was "Upfront" week for the TV industry, where everyone gets together for big presentations and parties and mingling and dealmaking. But more importantly for us, it's when networks reveal first looks at their upcoming shows.
That means there are a ton of trailers this week — more than I have the time to watch! — and for shows that in many cases aren't coming out until fall. I've included a few select ones below, but I want to direct you to roundups of all the big networks' new pilots in case you're interested:
- ABC has new shows from Shonda Rhimes and Zach Braff
- NBC has its Will & Grace revival and some new crime shows
- Fox has some new comedies, including a Star Trek parody starring Seth MacFarlane
- And CBS has a mix of comedies and crime/military dramas
In case that’s not enough for you, check out 13 more trailers below.
Star Trek: Discovery
After a lot of delays, some messy production stories, and the departure of show runner and beloved TV show maker Bryan Fuller, CBS finally seems to be moving in on an actual start date for Star Trek: Discovery, and we got a first trailer for the show this week. For all the tumultuous production tales, the show seems to be looking pretty good. It's supposed to start some time this fall.
The Emoji Movie
I'm trying to be kind here, so I'll say that I think the Emoji Movie's core conceit — a boy learning that it's okay to experience more than one emotion — is a nice premise. But that said, the highlight of this trailer is a branding opportunity for Candy Crush, so I don't have high hopes. Parents, prepare yourselves: it comes out July 28th.
CW's newest superhero series is Black Lightning. Despite being another DC character, the show won't join the shared universe occupied by the network's other series, like The Flash and Arrow. Maybe that's an odd choice, but maybe it'll open up more possibilities for this new entry. It certainly looks to be taking a somewhat more serious tone. There doesn't appear to be a start date just yet.
City of Ghosts
City of Ghosts profiles activists and journalists in Syria risking their lives to document ISIS. The filmmakers appears to have incredible access into the secretive world of this group of rebels, and so far, reviews have all been glowing. City of Ghosts comes to theaters July 14th, before eventually heading to Amazon.
War for the Planet of the Apes
The new Planet of the Apes films have had surprisingly personal storylines threaded between their explosive scenes of violence, and this new trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes seems to be about finding a balance between the two of them. But of course, the film’s still a summer blockbuster at heart: it comes out July 14th.
Alison Brie stars in this new comedy from Netflix about 1980s wrestlers that looks about as outrageous as everything in the ’80s. The show comes from several names behind Orange is the New Black, so it seems to have found a fitting home. Its first season debuts June 23rd.
Marvel has another TV series in the works — this time, for Fox. The Gifted is an X-Men spinoff about mutants discovering their powers — it feels weirdly reminiscent of Heroes... which could be a good thing or a very, very bad thing. It starts sometime this fall.
Battle of the Sexes
Emma Stone and Steve Carrell star in this very funny looking and depressingly relevant re-imagination of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, known as The Battle of the Sexes. The film comes from the directing duo behind Little Miss Sunshine, and it looks like it taps into the same kind of occasionally strange and uncomfortable humor that film excelled at. It comes out September 22nd.
Cary Fukunaga, the director behind True Detective season one, returns to haunting murder cases with The Alienist, a period piece about a secret investigation into murders of child sex workers in 1890s New York. Fukunaga wrote and executive produced the series — he was supposed to direct it all too, but eventually pulled out. There are some big actors involved, so this is worth keeping an eye on.
This animation looks beautiful. The Breadwinner is about a 12-year-old girl dealing with life in Afghanistan under the Taliban. It comes from several of the people behind Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells, both of which received Oscar nominations for best animated film, so expected to hear more about this one later this year. It comes out in North America sometime this fall.
FX's new series Snowfall looks at the rise in crack use in 1980s Los Angeles and the different players involved: namely, powerful white guys making lots of money, and black kids who end up seeing the consequences of it. It starts July 5th.
After premiering at Cannes to... strange reactions... Netflix has put out a full trailer for Okja, a film about a girl and the giant pig-creature she loves. It comes from the director behind The Host and Snowpiercer, has a bunch of great actors involved, and just generally looks fantastic — it's weird how much this feels like a Bong Joon Ho film just from the way the characters move. It comes out June 28th.
I'm not saying I'm happy about this. I'm just saying that The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular show on TV. So prepare to see this around.