Fox 2017 Midseason: Watch trailers for ’24: Legacy,’ ‘Prison Break’ revival, ‘Pitch,’ ‘Star,’ and more
In finishing up today’s Fox upfronts event, we’ve come bearing a final gift: Full trailers for all of the midseason shows on the network schedule. You’re not going to be seeing a whole lot of these shows until 2017, but there are a few things definitely worth looking forward to. As a matter of fact, there are a couple in particular that are better than anything that the network is putting on in the fall.
It only makes sense that we start with the trailers / loglines for the two most-anticipated series of all.
“24: Legacy” – “The clock ticks again with the next evolution of the Emmy Award-winning “24.” 24: LEGACY debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Feb. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following SUPER BOWL LI, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Feb. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The series chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series. Starring Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Miranda Otto (“Homeland”) and Jimmy Smits (“Sons of Anarchy”), 24: LEGACY reunites the original series’ award-winning producing team of Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Manny Coto and Evan Katz; director Stephen Hopkins; and “24” star Kiefer Sutherland, who all serve as executive producers.”
Were it not for the fact that this was coming on after Jack Bauer, we think that people who watched this trailer would be thrilled. As it is, there’s a little bit of skepticism. For our money there’s a ton of action and some thrilling sequences in here; we just think it would have been better to at least address Jack rather than pretend he’s not even here.
“Prison Break” – “In the next action-packed chapter of PRISON BREAK, original series stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Paul Adelstein are reunited for an all-new adventure spanning the globe. When clues surface that suggest a previously thought-to-be-dead MICHAEL SCOFIELD (Miller, “The Loft”) may be alive, his brother, LINCOLN BURROWS (Purcell, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), reunites with Michael’s wife, SARA (Callies, “Colony,” “The Walking Dead”), and Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees to engineer the series’ biggest breakout ever.”
We don’t know how you watch the trailer below without having your heart skip a beat. It’s awesome, and everything you could possibly want from a revival of what was once one of Fox’s greatest shows. Do they still need to do some more explaining on how Michael is alive? Probably, but we’ll cut them some slack for now.
“APB” – “Inspired by true events, APB is a new police drama with a high-tech twist from executive producer/director Len Wiseman (LUCIFER, “Underworld”) and executive producer/writer Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”). After billionaire engineer GIDEON REEVES (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk, “Tyrant,” “Weeds”) witnesses his best friend’s murder, he takes over Chicago’s troubled 13th District and reboots it as a private police force, challenging the district – including an ambitious, street-smart cop (Natalie Martinez, “Kingdom,” “Under the Dome”) – to rethink everything about the way they fight crime.”
The trailer’s not terrible, but this show feels like a combo platter of “Minority Report” and “Chicago PD.” It’s also got a rather unremarkable title, and all of this already has us a little concerned about how it comes out of the gate. The good news is that it airs after “24: Legacy” early next year.
“Star” – “From Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lee Daniels (EMPIRE) and Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”) comes STAR, a new drama headlined by Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe winner Queen Latifah (“Bessie,” “Bringing Down The House”) and Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt (“24: Live Another Day,” “Law & Order”). Three talented singers (newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady), desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom, navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. With a soundtrack of original music and stunning music performances, the series also features guest star and Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Hunger Games”).”
Fantastic cast. The trailer’s solid. We’re not sure it has the instant appeal of “Empire,” but it’s the sort of rags-to-riches music story that should help viewers next year forget about not having “American Idol” on the schedule.
“Pitch” – “From executive producer Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”), PITCH is the dramatic and emotional story of GINNY BAKER (Kylie Bunbury, “Under The Dome”), who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball – under the glare of a white-hot media spotlight. The inspiring series also stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash,” “NYPD Blue”), Ali Larter (“Legends,” “Heroes”), Mark Consuelos (“Kingdom,” “All My Children”) and Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”).”
The trailer basically gives away the entire first episode. We love the idea, but are slightly concerned that once you get through the first episode, there may not be as much intrigue there. This show won’t be on until the spring, which is somewhat odd since it feels better for the fall during MLB season.
“Shots Fired” – “SHOTS FIRED is a compelling event series examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town. The timely series stars Sanaa Lathan (“The Perfect Guy”), Stephan James (“Race,” “Selma”), Academy Award-, Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning actress Helen Hunt (“As Good As It Gets,” “The Sessions”), Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (“Jaws,” “Madoff”) and Stephen Moyer (“The Bastard Executioner,” “True Blood”).”
It’s a super-compelling trailer. The issue here is that this show should be coming out sooner than it is in order to speak tot he issues of the day. Once again, though, fantastic cast, and the name will get it some attention.
“Making History” – “Produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, “Lego Movie,” “21 Jump Street”), and written by Julius “Goldy” Sharpe (FAMILY GUY), the new comedy MAKING HISTORY follows three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their everyday lives. The wildly original series stars Adam Pally (“The Mindy Project,” “Happy Endings”), Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”) and Yassir Lester (“Girls,” “Key and Peele”).”
Now, we present the most underrated comedy trailer we’ve seen so far this season. While time travel shows are being done all over the place this year, this is one of the few that really tackles the subject in a way that we’d probably see in the event certain people actually went back through time.
“The Mick” – “THE MICK is a no-holds-barred single-camera comedy that follows MACKENZIE, aka “MICKEY” (Kaitlin Olson, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), a brash, two-bit hustler from Rhode Island who must assume guardianship of her sister’s three high-maintenance children. As irresponsible as Mickey has been her entire life, she may discover that responsibility isn’t the buzzkill she always thought it would be.”
For those wondering, this show won’t impact Olson being on “Sunny” moving forward. We do find the trailer moderately amusing, but it is a concept that we’ve seen many times before and her character doesn’t feel all that different than Sweet Dee Reynolds.
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