Is it just me or has this year's upfront week been rather dull? Very little drama on the back end, very few surprises, and not a lot of inventive or breakout programming. Shame.
Anyway, here's what the schedule looks like right now...
...and here's a bunch of teasers for ABC's line-up
. Like much of this year's crop, it's mostly uninspired, though I gotta give it up to Last Resort. The logline makes this show sound completely ludicrous...
"500 feet beneath the ocean's surface, the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado receives their orders. Over a radio channel, designed only to be used if their homeland has been wiped out, they're told to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan. Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) demands confirmation of the orders only to be unceremoniously relieved of duty by the White House. XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) finds himself suddenly in charge of the submarine and facing the same difficult decision. When he also refuses to fire without confirmation of the orders, the Colorado is targeted, fired upon, and hit. The submarine and its crew find themselves crippled on the ocean floor, declared rogue enemies of their own country. Now, with nowhere left to turn, Chaplin and Kendal take the sub on the run and bring the men and women of the Colorado to an exotic island. Here they will find refuge, romance, and a chance at a new life, even as they try to clear their names and get home. From executive producer/writer Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit, The Chicago Code) and Executive producer/writer Karl Gajdusek comes this dramatic new international action-thriller about treachery, treason, and nuclear brinksmanship. LAST RESORT contemplates establishing of a new society in the modern world, and character becomes everything when unthinkable decisions must be made."
Still, it's by Shawn Ryan (creator of The Shield), and has a pretty awesome cast, so I didn't immediately dismiss it when that description hit the web. Now, with that teaser, it actually might have some potential. Maybe.
It's certainly the best of ABC's teasers for the year IMO.
Oh, and TNT released a development slate
, which means very little except to offer a glimpse at a few shows that may, one day, make it to air (and a whole lot more that won't). Still, there's some mildly interesting stuff in there, like this...
"The Last Ship – In this exciting action/adventure project based on the popular novel by William Brinkley, the crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic decimates most of the earth’s population. Michael Bay (Transformers) intends to direct the pilot if it is green lit. Executive Producers: Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Hank Steinberg (showrunner and writer) and Steve Kane (writer). Production Company: Platinum Dunes."
Sound familiar? Seems like we found our season trend, or at least one of them.
Spycraft groups might get some mileage out of this if it makes it to air...
"Tom Clancy’s Homeland Security – This event-based procedural written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and set in Tom Clancy’s world of espionage pits a select team of domestic intelligence operatives against enemies within and without, from narco-traffickers and nuclear terrorists to cyber-criminals and human smugglers. Executive Producers: Tom Clancy, Michael Ovitz, Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Chris George."
The rest of it? Like I said, meh.