Watch trailers for all the new Fox 2015-6 shows

As is tradition in upfronts week in the US, following on from NBC’s typically inept content, today we have trailers for Fox’s largely competent but stupid and soul-less productions. As there’s quite a few of them, join me after the jump for:

  • Grandfathered, in which ageing Peter Pan playboy John Stamos discovers that not only does he have a son, he has a newborn granddaughter, too
  • The Grinder, in which Rob Lowe, who’s an actor who plays a lawyer on TV, helps his brother Fred Savage to become a better real-life lawyer, whether Savage wants him to or not
  • The Frankenstein Code, which is the very definition of a ‘loose adaptation’ of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • Lucifer, an adaptation of the DC comic, in which the devil gives up his day job, and decides to help solve crimes
  • Minority Report, a spin-off from the Tom Cruise movie
  • Rosewood, in which a Miami private pathologist with his own lab solves crimes the cops can’t

Only one of these looks any good. Can you guess which one?

In a supposed comedy, restaurant owner, bon vivant and eternal playboy John Stamos is visited by the son he never had, who brings with him Stamos’ newly born granddaughter. Stamos has to learn how to be not only a parent but a grandfather, becoming a better person while also teaching his son how to woo the mother of his baby. About the only thing good I can see about this one, though, is that Paget Brewster, who’s currently being wasted over on Yahoo Screen’s Community, actually gets a chance to show off her comedy chops.

The Grinder
Rob Lowe is the star of long-running legal TV show The Grinder. His brother (Fred Savage) is a real-life lawyer, as is their father William Devane. Unfortunately, while his brother knows the law, he’s a terrible public speaker. When Lowe’s show is cancelled, he visits his brother and decides to help him become a better lawyer. The question is: what will the both of them do once this is cancelled?

The Frankenstein Code
A retired sheriff gets killed in a break-in and two scientists bring him back to life, rejuvenated and stronger, where he tries to solve his own murder. About all this has in common with the book is the name of one of the scientists. And the fact it’ll soon be ancient history.

Tom Ellis carries on where Rush left off, by being a charming old devil – literally. Deciding to abandon Hell, he moves to LA where he suddenly acquires a sort of conscience and decides to run a nightclub – and start help solving crimes. DB Woodside pops up as an angel sent by God to encourage Lucifer to return to Hell. It sounds rubbish, but actually bits of it look quite interesting and Ellis, who was of course in Miranda, is very funny.

Minority Report
Futuristic thriller that sees one of the ‘pre cogs’ from the Tom Cruise movie decide he’d quite like to keep preventing crimes before they happen, so takes the law into his own hands with the help of a police detective. Largely a cash-in on the movie, rather than anything that actually innovates in any way.

Morris Chestnut is a flamboyant, rich Miami pathologist who investigates crimes the police can’t solve. It’s an odd-couple affair, since Chestnut is optimistic and outgoing, while he’s partnered with Jaina Lee Ortiz, who’s miserable and ‘hard ass’ the whole time. Unfortunately, it’s generic stuff and will probably be going the same way as The Mob Doctor before too long.

  • benjitek

    Minority Report, without a doubt 😉

  • Would that it were so… 😉

  • Andy Butcher

    I had some hope for Lucifer before they decided to turn it into a police procedural. I never quite understand why you'd bother making a deal for an existing property if you're just going to bend and break it into a completely different form. Why not just make your own police procedural starring the devil, and save all the time and money spent on making the deal for the existing property?

  • benjitek

    Had no idea there was a trailer already, just read an announcement about the show a short time ago — I think here. FOX though… hope they don't mess it up like Firefly…

  • Because you get all the publicity and the fanbase of the original. At least initially. Plus it also stops the original creators from suing you for some reason…

  • Andy Butcher

    Still doesn't make much sense to me, especially in this case. I guess I can only hope that the procedural shoehorning hasn't come at the cost of everything that made the comicbook interesting…

  • JustStark

    Why not just make your own police procedural starring the devil, and
    save all the time and money spent on making the deal for the existing

    Because the people with the power to say 'Yes' hate taking risks (it's not quite true that nobody ever got fired for saying 'No' because if the thing you said 'No to turns out to be a massive hit for somebody else you're toast, but it's very nearly true) and one way to make them think it's less of a risk is to say, 'Look, this is based on a book that lots of people read / a film a lot of people saw / a breakfast cereal a lot of people eat' etc.

    Basically, 'It's not just me telling you this is good, it's been tried in another form and was a success, doesn't that make you feel more like it might be a success in this form too?'

    In this case Lucifer wasn't a particularly huge comic-book hit (I think it did quite well by the standards of comic-books but it wasn't a pop-culture crossover smash like Sandman, its parent series) so I suspect it's the slightly weaker, 'Look, this was a comic book, all those other things based on comic books are successful at the moment, don't you think maybe this will be too?'
    And it doesn't really matter whether your thing is anything like the thing you're saying it is, because nobody ever looks too deeply into that. It's just abotu trying to make the person who can say 'Yes' feel less like they're taking a chance on a new, untested idea and more like they are placing a bet on a horse that has already shown it has form.

    Not that I am suggesting people who have ideas go looking for properties in other media that vaguely resemble their ideas in order to buy the name and use it in this way, never intending to pay more than lip service to the nominal 'original'. Not at all.

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