The CW’s trailers for the Fall 2017-8 season

It’s the end of Upfronts week proper and although it’s been an untraditional time, we end traditionally with The CW. Home to no fewer than four superhero shows and programming aimed at young women, don’t be too surprised that the network’s doubling down on those viewers. But it looks like it’s also trying to branch out by jumping on this year’s biggest trend: military shows. Although with its own twist.

After the jump then:

  • Life Sentence: Lucy Hale’s told she’s going to die, acts like she’s going to die… then doesn’t. So, then she has to live with the consequences of her actions.
  • Dynasty: Reboot of the 80s soap
  • Valor: Special ops mission goes wrong, and the CIA is tasked with investigating. But is there more going on than that?
  • Black Lightning: Retired superhero returns to the fight

Life Sentence
Stella has spent the last eight years living like she was dying (because she was). But when she finds out that her cancer has been cured, she is suddenly forced to face the long-term consequences of the “live in the moment” decisions she made. With a real future suddenly in front of her, Stella’s cinematic life snaps into reality, and instead of living like she’s dying, she will have to learn to live like she’s living, and help her family and friends do the same.

Fallon Carrington is charismatic, cunning, and poised to become the new COO of her father’s global energy empire – or so she thinks. When her father, Blake Carrington, summons Fallon and her brother, Steven, home in Atlanta, Fallon is horrified to learn that the reunion isn’t to announce her promotion – but rather to make the acquaintance of their stepmother-to-be, Cristal. Family dynasties flow through blood, and Fallon would sooner draw blood than call Cristal “Mom”.

An elite unit of U.S. Army helicopter pilots called the Shadow Raiders are sent on a top secret mission that goes terribly awry. Only two members of the team return safely: Warrant Officer Nora Madani and her commanding officer, Captain Leland Gallo. Nora and Gallo grow closer, and soon find themselves torn between duty, honor and desire.

Black Lightning
Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. Nine years ago, Pierce was gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, which he used to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life and his family on the line, he left his Super Hero days behind. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him… or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.