Fall Preview 2016: Will The CW’s ‘Frequency’ have a pulse with viewers?

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Sure, The CW is bringing over “Supergirl” and is bringing on board another lighthearted comedy this year in “No Tomorrow”; apparently, they needed to balance that out with something a little bit darker. “Frequency” is the upcoming drama series slated for the fall, and it’s a mind-bender with a solid cast that will hopefully keep it on the up-and-up for many weeks.

Going into this edition of our Fall Preview series, our major concern is whether or not this properly is too old for many CW viewers to even remember or have heard of.

Premiere Date and Timeslot Competition – Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. This is the first major hurdle. This is a solid spot in that it has “Arrow” as a lead-in, but simultaneously it also must contend with “Empire,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Criminal Minds.” It’s a drama fighting three other dramas, and we could see some audience-sharing going on here.

Logline – “In this reimagining of the New Line Cinema film, a female police detective in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the ‘butterfly effect’ wreak havoc in the present day.”

Cast – Riley Smith, Mekhi Phifer, Peyton List, Lenny Jacobson, Anthony Ruivivar, Devin Kelley, and Daniel Bonjour.

Trailer – It probably gives away a little too much of the overall plot for our liking, but we’re not going to pretend that it is anything other than compelling. The build of drama throughout the trailer is nice, and if you give it a chance, we figure there is enough of a hook in here to get you to watch at least one episode of the series.

Overall Take – The good news is that this show has the presence of “Supernatural” alum Jeremy Carver behind the scenes, and it’s also great to see more female leads like List in CW drama series. Yet, we wonder if this is a remake anyone was really asking for in 2016. If anything, we’re curious about given that there isn’t any other show quite like it on the network, and its tone could suit “Arrow” on the night.

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