The CW Trailers – ‘Black Lightning’, ‘Dynasty’, ‘Valor’ & ‘Life Sentence’
With The CW’s Upfront done, the network immediately dropped trailers online for 4 of their new shows. New superhero show from Berlanti ‘Black Lightning‘, the reboot of ‘Dynasty‘, helicopter drama ‘Valor‘ and ‘Life Sentence‘ starring PLL’s Lucy Hale. Here they are, along with our thoughts…
Jefferson Pierce made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.
CAST: Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, Christine Adams
WHAT WE THOUGHT: Kicking off with the big one – a new superhero show from Greg Berlanti. It’s pretty much as you’d expect. Well made, well scripted, and a solid addition to the superhero lineup. 2 minor things – His suit seems a bit, well, chunky… And secondly, they announced today that “currently” BL is not part of the wider Arrowverse, which is a shame. I know logistically it’s tricky, due to BL being shot in Atlanta (all the others shoot in Vancouver), but I don’t see why you can’t say they’re part of the same universe. My feeling is that the show will probably end up folded in should it get a 2nd season, but we’ll see…
A modernized reboot of the 1980s primetime soap that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington, and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class. Features the 1% in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals.
CAST: Grant Show, Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley, James Mackay, Alan Dale, Sam Adegoke, Robert Christopher Riley, Rafael de la Fuente
WHAT WE THOUGHT: I’ll be honest, this isn’t my sort of show. However, it does look well put together. Suitably backstabbing and snippy. The catfight at the end is very reminiscent of the 80’s series, and I really hope the show works well for the network.
The boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.
CAST: Matt Barr, Christina Ochoa, Charlie Barnett, W. Tré Davis, Nigel Thatch, Corbin Reid, Nigel Thatch, Melissa Roxburgh
WHAT WE THOUGHT: This feels a little off brand for CW. There are a number of military shows around this season, and this does at least look to be something we haven’t seen before. Helicopter pilots with a side of mystery & intrigue
Hourlong dramedy centers on a young woman who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. When finds out that she’s not dying after all, she has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.”
CAST: Lucy Hale, Elliott Knight, Dylan Walsh, Gillian Vigman, Jayson Blair, Brooke Lyons, Carlos PenaVega
WHAT WE THOUGHT: This is way WAY better than the description made it sound! It’s not so much about the things she did when she thought she was dying, but the discovery how other people treat her now she isn’t. The things her family have been hiding from her, the relationship with her husband etc… Has definitely been the been the biggest positive surprise out of the 4 shows for me.
As these are brand new shows, there are no UK TV Air Dates for them yet, but keep an eye on the site over the next few months for updates!