CBS has revealed its Upfronts presentation in the US, but alas has opted to geo-block its trailers on YouTube. But I’ve managed to link to Big Bang spin-off Young Sheldon via Bauer.
CBS has also come in for some criticism due the dominance of male-skewing titles, including the testosterone SWAT and SEAL Team. All six have male leads, and only one has a non-white male in the leading role.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had to apologise for having Madam Secretary and Lucy Liu, and The Good Fight and The Good Wife,” said CBS boss Les Moonves.
“We do a number of pilots, a lot of them have women in starring roles. There are a lot of women on the schedule. The best pilots win at the end of the day. And we think our track record is okay.”
I will update other trailers later.
“Young Sheldon” looks back on the early life of Sheldon Cooper before the events of “The Big Bang Theory,” when he was simply a nine-year-old genius living with his family in East Texas. Sheldon skips fourth grade and heads directly to high school, much to his siblings’ chagrin.
Executive producers: Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Todd Spiewak, Jon Favreau
Cast: Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord, Montana Jordan
Inspired by the television series and feature film, “S.W.A.T.” stars Moore as locally born Sgt. Dan “Hondo” Harrelson, newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles.
Executive producers: Aaron Thomas, Shawn Ryan, Justin Lin, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Danielle Woodrow, Pavun Shetty
Cast: Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Peter Onorati
Wisdom of the Crowd
A brilliant tech entrepreneur resigns from his company and instead devotes himself to working on a crowdsourcing, crime-solving app in the hopes of solving his daughter’s murder.
Executive producers: Ted Humphrey, Adam Davidson (pilot), Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, Dror Mishani, Shira Hadad
Cast: Jeremy Piven, Richard T. Jones, Natalia Tena, Blake Lee, Jake Matthews, Monica Potter
Boreanaz stars in this military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them.
Executive producers: Ben Cavell, Ed Redlich, Chris Chulack, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly
Cast: David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., A.J. Buckley, Toni Trucks, Jessica Paré
Me, Myself & I
A comedy about the defining moments in one man’s life over three distinct periods – as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in present day, and at age 65 in 2042.
Executive producers: Dan Kopelman, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Randall Einhorn (pilot only)
Cast: Bobby Moynihan, Jack Dylan Grazer, Brian Unger, Jaleel White, Kelen Coleman, Skylar Gray, Christopher Paul Richards, Mandell Maughan, Reylynn Caster, Sharon Lawrence, John Larroquette
Mark Feuerstein stars in this comedy inspired by his real life as a new divorcé and actor, who moves home to New York and ends up living in an apartment sandwiched between his parents, brother, sister-in-law, and their new baby.
Executive producers: Dana Klein, Mark Feuerstein, Aaron Kaplan, Wendi Trilling, Dana Honor, Pam Fryman
Cast: Mark Feuerstein, Linda Lavin, Elliott Gould, David Walton, Liza Lapira, Matt Murray