I had an opportunity to see the FOX upfront pres live today.
There were extended previews of:
Gracepoint - looks dour and depressing like Hostages
Wayward Pines - has an overly-stylized "Twin Peaks" feel to it, and a great cast
Gotham - also a great cast. Ben McKenzie can elevate any project. Chicks love him.
Hieroglyph - seems pretty boring other than the art and set decoration and costuming; feels like Dracula in another setting
Empire - nothing here for anyone over 20 with an IQ over 90 that is not into rap because of the cult of personality involved (rather than because the music is great, which it isn't). Kind of a lame attempt to skew younger.
Red Band Society - They may have something here, but probably not. IQ below 80 needed for this one. Also a young-skew attempt.
Backstrom - Rainn Wilson is really going to chew up the scenery. The dialog seems to be a standout.
Mulaney - basic stand-up comic-based sitcom. Not, as speculated, a new Seinfeld
Weird Loners - don't even remember this one, so it must have made a real impression on me
Last Man on Earth - ditto. Oh, wait a minute--those two did not screen previews; I think they are still early on in production
So, you can't really tell much or predict much from a 5-minute preview, just like you can't tell whether you should go see Godzilla this weekend because of the commercials.
But as far as first impressions go, what looks promising is Backstrom. Rainn Wilson may have found his dream role here. Also, Gotham, but that may not be what it appears. Wayward Pines with its great cast and stylized approach may have a shot as well, but it seemed a bit overdone. I am still going to be rooting for those three. I really want them to be good, but then I was rooting for Intelligence and Black Box, and they both were duds.
I expect less than nothing from Empire or Hieroglyph, but then I am still shaking my head on how Brooklyn 99 or The Mindy Project ever got on the air in the first place, so there is probably no accounting for taste. All of those seem like wrong-headed mistakes and tube-coolers. Empire will surprise me if I make it to the first commercial break; same for Red Band Society, although the approach and the setting (hospital for very ill children) are unique. The rest will get one shot, maybe more than one, until I can locate the remote.
Edited by TomCat, 12 May 2014 - 07:53 PM.