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Ranking the 12 New Fall Series on ABC Based on their Trailer Previews

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | May 14, 2013 | Comments ()


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There's a lot of new series over on ABC, but aside from "Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D." I don't find any of them that compelling, even the Rebel Wilson sitcom. It goes from tepid to bad around the 7th trailer.

1. Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.

Watch here.

2. Super Fun Night

The Rebel Wilson sitcom is the best sitcom on this list, and I'm afraid that's not saying much. They're really going for broad comedy over on ABC. They're single-camera sitcoms with multi-cam mentalities. Lots of sight gags, only a few of them work.

3. The Goldbergs

It's "The Wonder Years" set on the 80s, only wackier. No. Really. It IS "The Wonder Years" set in the 80s. Bill Lawrence is behind it, so I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt, despite all the "wacky."

4. Back in the Game

James Caan and the awesome blonde (Maggie Lawson) from "Psych"? Unfortunately, it's not quite enough for what looks like yet another typical family sitcom with a baseball twist. The trailer on too many of the shows on this list look like the trailers for bad movie comedies.

5. Mixology

This dating sitcom -- which all takes place in a bar on a single night -- has a huge cast and looks like it has potential, but not that much potential. Feels like the premise could wear thin quickly.

6. Resurrection

A boy who dies 32 years ago reappears, still the same age as he was when he disappeared, and is reunited with his parents, who are now very old. I think he fell into a wormhole. It looks ... interesting, but again, I'm not sure how long the series can sustain the premise. It's a good mystery, but I don't want to watch 22 episodes -- or 5 seasons -- to see it be solved.

7. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

The "Once Upon a Time" spin-off actually looks like a slightly less interesting "Once Upon a Time," following Alice, which I guess is the point. But it's not grabbing me at all.

8. Mind Games

Christian Slater and Steve Zahn are brothers who start some kind of quirky agency that "changes people's minds without people knowing it." It's got Steve Zahn going for it, but Slater means it'll be dead in the water a month after it debuts.

9. Lucky 7

A series about seven down-on-their-luck people winning the lottery, and the aftermath of that.


Trophy Wife

10. Malin Akerman and Bradley Whitford! It's Step-Mom the sitcom, minus the cancer. I like the cast, so I want to like the sitcom, but I don't really care for the trailer. It looks like one of those badly focus-tested shows with, again, way a lot of broad, slap-sticky sight gags.

11. Killer Women

A sexy female Texas Ranger with a trigger finger! I like the idea, but the trailer bored me to tears.

12. Betrayal

This adultery soap opera, with a murder mystery, looks like something in the vein of "Revenge" with older characters, which is to say: Dull as hell, and it doesn't help that the boyfriend and the husband look so similar.




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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • so Mixology *did* get picked up! I just saw my afro twice! I hope they recall all the same background, I need some goddamn money...

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Back in the Game feels more like a movie than a sitcom. Heck, even the trailer voice-over has that Disney movie quality to it.

    How do you make that go for a whole year?

  • JenVegas

    I wish the dad in The Goldbergs was Mike Golic. That would be funny.

  • AudioSuede

    It's odd to me that of all the networks, NBC is the one that struggles the hardest to find an audience, despite the fact that ABC is by far the worst network at managing online content. I mean, the stills in those videos alone are so pixelated and blurry it's like they were homemade. Do they not have IT people at ABC?

  • Can everyone stop trying to make Christian Slater happen? Again?

  • ViciousTrollop

    Not even one of these comedies looks even remotely as good as Happy Endings. Nice move, ABC.

  • ironjohn

    Once Upon a Time in Wonderland gets a trump card with Michael Socha.

  • PDamian

    To quote Rebel Smith in Pitch Perfect, "Yeeaaaaah, nnnooo ... I sometimes think I can try crystal meth, but then I think, better not." I love Rebel Smith, but frankly, she's always struck me as someone who's best in smaller doses. A sidekick or supporting character, but not necessarily a lead, unless she tones down her schtick some. I'm not sure I'll watch her show beyond the pilot -- unless it turns out that one of her sitcom friends is a hell of a good straight woman who can balance Rebel's character out.

  • Arran

    Uh...Wilson. I agree with you otherwise! I like her a lot but I wonder if she's even suited for lead roles. I worry that maybe she's the kind of actor where it has been decided preemptively that she's a star, and they're going to push her too hard and everyone's going to be tired of her in a year.

  • PDamian

    I shouldn't drink and post. "Rebel Smith?" Go to bed, PDamian, you're drunk.**

    **In my defense, it was a hell of a day.

  • Xtacle Steve

    I don't care about any of this. Give me back my Happy Endings!

  • annie

    Super Fun night gets points for its cast between Rebel and Liza Lapira who should be in ALL THE THINGS.

  • I am so buying that bra and panties set from Super Fun Night.

  • Resurrection seems kind of cool. It reminds me of "The 4400" and it has one of the guys from House in it. It does say that it's a "television series event" which makes it seem like a miniseries. I'm hoping The Goldbergs can actually be decent because I love Bill Lawrence and the woman who plays the mom.

  • PDamian

    The 4400 -- oh, man, I'd almost forgotten that series. That's what the trailer reminded me of! And yes, Omar Epps is awesome. So are Frances Fisher and Kurtwood Smith. I just can't decide if it's worth the time investment. Hmmm ...

  • I'll give it 3 episodes before pulling the plug.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Mind Games, starring ... Christian Slater?

    Um, pretty sure that one has already been cancelled.

    He has got to be running some kinda scam on these networks, right? He gets a holding deal or some sort, where they pay him not to work. Then they pitch him some vehicles and he's like, "Ahhh shit, not going to be easy banging those models in Key Largo with this job cramping my style". So he picks the most likely to fail, gets another check to do the pilot and fulfill his holding deal, and then gets box seats to the World Series while Fox plasters his face all over the broadcast, which then keeps him in the limelight just enough to keep gleaming the cube. Bravo, Slater, bra-fucking-bro.

  • melissa82

    Muahah to keep gleaming the cube. I loved that movie. Aw, and Kuffs. I miss old school Slater (and pretend current school Slater isn't happening)

  • L.O.V.E. knows where it's at

  • Arran

    I watched Super Fun Night and The Goldbergs. If those are the two best, I don't think I need to watch the others.

  • melissa82

    I love Marcia Gay Harden and Bradley Whitford so I'll probably watch Trophy Wife at least once or twice on Hulu.

  • Jakesalterego

    God help me, but I enjoyed the preview for Trophy Wife.

  • gertie

    sure would be great if you posted links that work in canada. we'll be watching all the same shows.

  • annie

    Have you tried Hola Unblocker? I use it to watch my UK shows.

  • ClaireB

    Thank. You. So. Much.

  • ViciousTrollop

    I love you so hard right now. It's amazing!

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