Why NBC’s Reverie with Sarah Shahi is worth watching (Summer TV Preview)

In today’s edition of our ongoing Summer TV Preview, we are putting the focus on a series in Reverie that is bringing forward something that we always love in series at this point in the year: Imagination, and plenty of it.

Before we do too much else, let’s go ahead and share the official synopsis for the series below to give you a good sense as to precisely what the show is about:

From Mickey Fisher, the creator of “Extant,” this grounded new thriller follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when her former boss, Charlie Ventana (Dennis Haysbert), brings her in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced immersive virtual-reality program in which you can live out your wildest dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself.

The first thing that we’re surprised about is that this show has made it onto a major network, given that the premise here is such that it feels like Syfy or another network. We like that, and we like that NBC is willing to take some risks with their summer shows.

If you want to get some more evidence as to why you should watch Reverie, check out the trailer below! In it, you get all sorts of awesome. We know that one of the biggest draws for the series is going to be Sarah Shahi and that’s totally acceptable! She was exceptional on Person of Interest and this is a similar sort of high-concept series. Beyond just her, though, we have a pretty great cast all around.

Ultimately, we do think that anyone who loves creative storytelling should give Reverie a shot — this is the sort of programming worth fighting for from the beginning, and not just when the ratings are dropping and there is a fear of cancellation.

Let’s close with a pretty bold statement: We’re more excited for Reverie than we’ve been for a network summer show in quite some time. We’ll be checking out the premiere soon and look forward to offering more thoughts then…

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