CW is always last at bat with Upfronts. They close out the show with flair. I admit, I love the CW more than I should. Admittedly they aren’t always the best shows, but I love them all the same. They bring me joy and that’s one of the things TV should do.
Canceled Shows: Heart of Dixie, The Messengers
Returning Shows: The 100, Arrow, The Flash. iZombie, Jane The Virgin, The Originals, Reign, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries,
New Shows: Containment, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Legends of Tomorrow
|Monday||Crazy Ex-Girlfriend||Jane The Virgin|
|Thursday||The Vampire Diaries||The Originals|
|Friday||Reign||America’s Next Top Model|
The New Shows
Synopsis: When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD. But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area. Also quarantined in viral ground zero is 17 year-old Teresa, who is eight months pregnant and now separated from her boyfriend on the other side; Katie Frank, an elementary school teacher now placed on lockdown with her entire class, including her young son; and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts, the doctor who initially made the controversial call to quarantine the area and is now racing to find a cure for the virus. On the outside, Dr. Sabine Lommers is leading the government efforts to contain the outbreak, and has asked for Lex’s help in enforcing the cordon – which grows increasingly difficult as the public trust deteriorates. And the public has reason to be wary, as journalist Leo begins unraveling a conspiracy, finding that something doesn’t add up in the official story being told. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise. Containment stars David Gyasi (“Interstellar”); Christina Moses (“Starship: Apocalypse,” “Starship: Rising”); Chris Wood (“The Vampire Diaries”); Kristen Gutoskie (“Beaver Falls”); Claudia Black (“The Originals,” “Farscape”); George Young (“Casualty”); Hanna Mangan Lawrence (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”); and Trevor St. John (“One Life to Live”). Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, Containment is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”) and David Nutter (“The Flash,” “Arrow”).
Format: One Hour Drama
Cast: David Gyasi, Christina Moses, Chris Wood, Kristen Gutoskie, Claudia Black, George young, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Trevor St. John
Initial Impressions: This doesn’t look like the standard CW fare. That said, I did see glimpses of something typically CW. Either way this is a medical disaster story. I don’t know how well it will work over multiple seasons or even one full long season. My hope is it’ll be a 13 episode show, but I’m curious.
Synopsis: Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything – her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan – in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: suburban West Covina, Calif. (it’s only two hours from the beach! Four in traffic). From CBS Television Studios, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stars Rachel Bloom (“Robot Chicken”), who also serves as executive producer along with Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada”); and Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” films).
Format: One Hour Comedy
Cast: Rachel Bloom
Initial Impressions: I didn’t get very far into the trailer before I was annoyed. Just annoyed. Something about this just rubbed me all wrong. Maybe it was the songs. It felt like a musical that didn’t need to be a musical, but still didn’t manage to be enough of a musical. I don’t know. It doesn’t seem like something for me. Then again, I said that about Jane the Virgin and I love Jane the Virgin.
Legends of Tomorrow
Synopsis: When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow stars Victor Garber (“The Flash,” “Alias”); Brandon Routh (“Arrow,” “Superman Returns”); Arthur Darvill (“Doctor Who”); Caity Lotz (“Arrow”); Ciarra Renee (“Pippin”); Franz Drameh (“Edge of Tomorrow”); with Dominic Purcell (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”); and Wentworth Miller (“The Flash,” “Prison Break”). Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S Legends Of Tomorrow is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”), Marc Guggenheim (“Arrow,” “Eli Stone,” “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”), Andrew Kreisberg (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Eli Stone,” “Warehouse 13”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” upcoming “Pan”).
Format: One Hour Drama
Cast: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Ciarra Renee, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purce
Initial Impressions: After I let out my squeal I was finally able to form a coherent thought. Some of my favorite episodes of Arrow and The Flash were the team up episodes. There is something about a large ensemble cast that I love. That’s what this show is. The thing that I noticed in the crossover episodes was that they were held back by the overarching storylines of the show’s main trajectory. As such something was taken away from those crossovers. This eliminates that entirely as we get the large hero team up on a consecutive basis. That means that we will get those epic moments that team ups can have and are then improved upon by group dynamic. It will stay more focused. Sure, this can still go bad. They are dealing with a massive time travel plot. However, it can also be interesting. I’m hoping for interesting. Considering that this has a shorter season we’ll also likely get a tighter plot which is something I can get behind.
What shows are you looking forward to? What won’t be up to snuff?