CBS’s trailers for the Fall 2017-8 season

Despite not being the one-ton gorilla, clobbering the other networks in the ratings with ease, that it was a decade ago, CBS is still punching away. Its secret? Despite the occasional dalliance with diversity and youth programming, it’s still the home of shows beloved by white old people: multi-cam comedies and conservative procedurals about white men.

Have a guess what it’s got for you this year.

  • 9JKL – family living next door to each other
  • Young Sheldon – Big Bang Theory prequel
  • Me, Myself and I – one man’s life examined over a 50-year span
  • Seal Team – Navy SEALs doing sealy things
  • SWAT – reboot of the 70s TV series about cops with very big guns
  • Wisdom of the Crowd – tech innovator creates a crowdsourcing hub to solve his own daughter’s murder

Americans – there are lovely trailers for all them awaiting you after the jump. Everyone else: some of those videos won’t work for you, so you’ll have to make do with this for the rest.

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CBS All Access’s trailer for Star Trek: Discovery

CBS All Access is a slight oddity, being a network in its own right making its own exclusive programming yet still being an adjunct of an existing broadcast network, CBS. So it doesn’t get a separate upfronts presentation from CBS proper, yet does have its own programmes – but is too small to do much better than TNT and other smaller networks. 

Which is basically my way of saying I’ll do CBS programmes in a bit but you can have this shiny trailer for CBS All Access’s one new, but highly anticipated programme. International viewers (including the UK) will be able to watch it on Netflix.

Star Trek: Discovery
A prequel to the voyages of Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise, in which Commander Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) gets her own command of the Discovery. Also features Doug Jones, Jason Isaac and Michelle Yeoh as Burnham’s mentor.

The series will premiere on CBS, with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access. It is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. EPs are Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth.

TNT’s trailer for The Alienist

As is traditional with the minor networks, TNT’s Upfronts presentation this week was a pretty sparse affair, largely about announcements for future shows, rather than shows already in production. In fact, I covered virtually all the bones of it in this morning’s news.

However, TNT did have one new scripted programme to show off.

The Alienist
Psychological thriller based on the Anthony Award-winning bestseller by Caleb Carr. Set in 1896 amidst the vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation of New York during the Gilded Age, the series follows the hunt for a serial killer responsible for the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes. Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning and Brian Geraghty star. 

Currently shooting in Budapest, the series is helmed by BAFTA-nominated director Jakob Verbruggen (Black Mirror). Douglas Smith, Matthew Shear, Matt Lintz, Robert Wisdom and Q’orianka Kilcher also star.

The series is is a co-production of Paramount Television and Turner’s Studio T, with Verbruggen, Cary Fukunaga, Eric Roth, Hossein Amini, E. Max Frye and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Rosal ie Swedlin serving as executive producers, and Marshall Persinger and Jamie Payne as co-executive producers.

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