2015 US TV Upfronts – CBS – Supergirl, Angel From Hell, Limitless, Code Black, Life In Pieces
More upfronts from the US of A. This time it’s CBS’s turn…
You probably know the basics of this story already, but it stars Melissa Benoist as 24yr old Kara Zor-El, cousin of Superman, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 12 after being sent away from Krypton. Deciding she should use her powers, like her cousin, to help the people of Earth, she takes on the moniker of Supergirl. It’s from the same team as The CW’s Arrow & Flash, and is apparently set in the same universe, but airing on CBS rather than it’s sister network, so it’s probably not going to be as integrated as the other DC CW shows. Still hoping for a crossover at some point though!
Angel From Hell
What would you think if a crazy old lady turns up in your life and seems to know everything about you? Then goes on to tell you she’s your guardian angel… That’s the basic premise that Allison (Maggie Lawson) has to deal with when she meets Amy (Jane Lynch). From writer/producer Tad Quill, who was one of the guys behind Scrubs and Spin City, and director/producer Don Scardino (2 Broke Girls, 30 Rock).
A continuation of the 2011 movie sees Bradley Cooper reprise his role as a recurring guest star to act as a mentor to the new lead character Finch (Jake McDorman – Mike in the US version of Shameless). Using the power of wonder drug NZT, Finch is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. Written by Craig Sweeny (Elementary, Medium, The 4400), directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man), and produced by Cooper, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci.
Medical drama based, interestingly, on Ryan McGarry’s 2014 documentary of the same name sees the staff of Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center deal with a broken medical system whilst still trying to protect their ideals and most importantly, their patients.
Life In Pieces
A comedy series chronicling the life of a family split into 4 distinct, but interconnecting stories each week. Created by Justin Adler (Samantha Who?, Better Off Ted) and starring Colin Hanks (Fargo, Dexter), Dianne Wiest (In Treatment, Law & Order, Bullets over Broadway, Edward Scissorhands, and 100’s of other things…), veteran actor James Brolin, Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroon), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Dan Bakkedahl (Veep, The Mindy Project), and Zoe Lister Jones (New Girl, Whitney).