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CBS revealed its new TV fall line-up along with first looks, for TV shows “Supergirl,” “Limitless,” “Angel from Hell,” “Code Black,” and “Life in Pieces.”
Viewers will have to wait the longest for “Supergirl” and “Angels from Hell,” but we’ll be getting I thought I’d try to analyze the first looks and reveal which ones I’m most excited for – from least excited to most excited.
5. “Life in Pieces” will be told on a platform with four short stories among one big family every week. In the nearly five-minute first look, we learn that the show is divided into four main tales. The First Date features Matt Short (Thomas Sadoski) on a date with a woman, who still lives with her ex-fiancé, comedian Jordan Peele. While the girl and Matt are on their date, Peele’s character watches and cries while holding his dog, Princess.
The second story, The Delivery, features Greg Short (Colin Hanks) and wife Jen (Zoe Lister Jones), new parents who just have a baby. After the delivery, Jen is told not to look at her lady bits, but of course she does because of curiosity, opening Pandora’s box by looking at her box, and comparing it to when the Predator took off his mask.
The other story includes Heather Short (Betsy Brandt, “Breaking Bad), whose son is going off to college. There’s a lot of humour in this part where the father (Dan Bakkedahl) shares a bizarre story of when he thought he lost his virginity.
The other story follows the patriarch (James Brolin), trying to deal with the prospect of death by having his own funeral on his 70th birthday. I thought the funniest part was when he got stuck in his coffin and they pulled him to a Jiffy Lube to crack him out.
The comedy will premiere in the fall and play on Mondays at 8:30 p.m., and then Thursday nights after football once football season begins. Click here for the first look.
4. “Angel From Hell” follows Allison (Maggie Lawson), a doctor who has buried herself in work and her relationships since the death of her mother. When everything is going on easy street for her, a woman named Amy (the hilarious Jane Lynch) comes in and claims to be her guardian angel. The big question is, is she really her guardian angel or is she just insane? Either way, she knows a lot about Allison.
To show Allison that she knows a lot, she hilariously talks about Allison’s first period at a Red Lobster and her first orgasm where she farted a little bit in the middle of the street. The show looks laugh-out-loud funny and it looks like it has a lot of heart, where Amy is just giving Allison a nudge to do fun things. The show will start in November on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Click here for the first look.
3. The longest first look came in medical drama “Code Black.” “We’re in a code black, God help us all,” says a head doctor in the clip. A code black is when there are more patients than there are available resources.
The show stars Luis Guzman, as the “Mama” of the ER, and Marcia Gay Harden as the “Daddy.” The show follows a group of emergency room doctors in training, currently completing their residency and will be trained to be the best they can be. They’re completing their residency at Angels Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, in one of the world’s most challenging residencies.
There’s a lot of humour in the first look, as well as a lot intensity, like one would suspect from the atmosphere of an emergency room. Where there’s humour and intensity in a medical drama, there is also a lot of poignancy in the clip, where miracles happen at this hospital. I don’t usually like medical dramas, but this clip makes it look truly moving. The show will be playing on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. in the fall. Click here for the first look.
2. The six-minute-plus first look at “Supergirl” really looks marvellous. It’s the third DC comic TV show after “Arrow” and “The Flash.” It follows Supergirl, Kara Zor-El, portrayed by a charming and sexy Melissa Benoist (“Glee,” “Danny Collins”). This shares her story. Initially an assistant to Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant, she has to jump into action when a plane is circling over New York because it has a failing engine.
Her sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), is on the plane, and that’s largely why she jumps into action (even though I’d like to think she would even if her sister wasn’t on the plane, it just makes it more urgent). We see her in action through that, bank robberies and car chases. She also sports an outfit reminiscent to Superman’s in “Man of Steel,” sporting the House of El emblem for hope.
We also get looks at character James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), a Daily Planet photographer who takes pictures of Superman. There’s a rather tender moment in the first look where she is given by Olsen the blanket that Superman came down in. It looks action-packed and great. “Supergirl” premieres on CBS in November, and will play on Mondays at 8 p.m. Click here for the first look.
1. In “Limitless,” the first look opens with Bradley Cooper introducing main protagonist Brian Sinclair (Jake McDorman) to the drug NZT48, telling him he can become someone who matters. Eddie Morra (Cooper) was first introduced to us in the 2011 film of the same name. That was directed by Neil Burger, who, according to the IMDb page, is the director of this series, as well, alongside “The Amazing Spider-Man” director Marc Webb.
Like the film, the character who uses the drug can access 100 per cent of their brain power and become incredibly smart and productive to no end. Cooper is featured as a secondary character in the first look, and it looks like he’s handing down the torch.
The production of the NZT48 drug was stopped when the usage resulted in two fatalities, and in the small-screen adaptation (and sequel) features someone killing off those with stashes of the drug. The FBI enlist Brian because of his intelligent abilities to help catch the killer. If you ask me, this narrative looks more promising than the film itself – but I still loved the movie for its originality. This show will play on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. in the fall. Click here for the first look.