Super Bowl TV trailers are not necessarily super-common (TV shows rarely have the sort of budget needed in order to broadcast during the big game), we’re moving into an era where things are a little different. Streaming services and subscription networks are finding a way to pour some money into commercials — not that we really think that they need to. Did Netflix really need to spend millions advertising Stranger Things last year? Not really. Personally, we would have preferred in retrospect that they spent some of that money on developing other original properties.
At least with two of the three shows getting substantial TV time tonight, we understand it given that they’re new to the air and they need to find a way to get the world out. With the other, we’ve got no clue what they are doing.
Jack Ryan – You can see the trailer, released prior to the game, below along with the official synopsis for the series:
“When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the US and her allies.”
The show does mark the return of John Krasinski to TV following his time on The Office. If you love him or love the work of Tom Clancy, there’s a lot here you may enjoy.
Castle Rock – Meanwhile, the Hulu series is going to have a spot of its own (see below in advance) — this is basically a fast for all Stephen King fans! Check out the logline:
“A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.”
Westworld season 2 – There is no official trailer just yet for the show (it’s being released live), and we absolutely do wonder what in the world the network is thinking here. This show is going to get huge ratings, so why even bother with the game?
We’ll update this article when the trailer is available.