CBS released the first trailer for their Supergirl series from Flash producer Greg Berlanti this afternoon during upfronts. After a few viewings, there’s plenty to like about The Eye’s initial foray into the DC Comics universe:
- Kara (Melissa Benoist) revealing her identity to her love interest right off the bat. Eliminates this done-to-death plotline before it has a chance to develop.
- “James” Olsen. HE DOESN’T GO BY FUCKING JIMMY, OK!
- Calista Flockhart as a Kara’s Devil Wears Prada-esque boss chewing up scenery like she’s on an all-fiber diet.
- She turned that plane like a boss. Millennial Supergirl clearly grew up with Tetris.
As well as some causes for concern:
- Kara’s baffling inability to dress herself for a date.
- Why the hell doesn’t an all-powerful immortal alien have more self-confidence?
- The tone seems wildly uneven, lurching between sitcomy irreverence and Serious Drama™.
- The introduction of a super-secret paramilitary outfit led by the guy who played David Estes in 24 (who says things like “I don’t trust aliens.”)
- Special effects that look like they were made with a two dollar Zune app.
- Of course her sister (Chyler Leigh) is on the doomed plane.
Overall, Supergirl’s first impression is a positive one. We’ll know more when the series debuts in November. Hopefully, CBS can resist the impulse to turn the show into yet another insipid procedural.
Here’s what else is coming to CBS in 2015-16:
Cast: Jake McDorman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrontonio, Jennifer Carpenter, Bradley Cooper (cameos) Entire Premise in One Tweet: That Bradley Cooper movie about the guy who takes a pill that allows him to access his entire brain? Now it’s a series. Best Worst Line: “You describe it to your parents, the FBI, anyone, I will let you die more painfully than you can fathom.” Number of episodes before cancellation: Full season
Life in Pieces
Cast: Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Colin Hanks, Thomas Sadoski, Jordan Peele, Betsy Brandt Entire Premise in One Tweet: A single-camera comedy showcasing a family through four different stories each week Best Worst Line:
“It’s that bad, eh?”
“Remember when the Predator took off his mask?” Number of episodes before cancellation: Full season
Angel From Hell
Cast: Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson Entire Premise in One Tweet: Jane Lynch says inappropriate things in public Best Worst Line:
“Actually I’m developing an app.”
“Yeah, you’re unemployed” Number of episodes before cancellation: Full season
Cast: Marcia Gay Harden, Luis Guzmán, Kevin Dunn, Bonnie Somerville Entire Premise in One Tweet: Hospital show Best Worst Line: “My name is Jesse Sallander. For the next three years I’m your momma.” Number of episodes before cancellation: 9