One of the stories from the networks’ upfronts last week was that many of the networks were choosing to be fairly conservative with the number of new series they were picking up for the fall. Tuesday night, which only features two new shows, bears that out.
The Mayor is ABC’s new comedy about a young rapper who runs for mayor as a publicity stunt but then ends up being elected. I’m going to give it a chance — the trailer is charming, I love Yvette Nicole Brown, and there’s a certain Parks and Recreation-esque potential here, but I’m do not have confidence that it won’t devolve into a squishy sentimental mess.
As for The Gospel of Kevin, it’s telling us right up front that it is going to be a squishy sentimental mess. One of the unfortunate takeaways from the successes of This Is Us seems to be that networks think that audiences want to be made to cry — and not what should have been the real lesson: that audiences want to make an emotional connection with realistic characters that they can identify with. Gospel of Kevin appears to be a prime example of this core mistake. “One man’s journey to save himself and the world one hug at a time”? Oh my God, no thank you.
Here’s Tuesday’s fall schedule (as of now — the networks might move things around closer to the premiere dates). New series are highlighted in pink:
|ABC||The Middle||Fresh Off The Boat||black-ish||The Mayor||The Gospel of Kevin|
|CBS||NCIS||Bull||NCIS: New Orleans|
|CW||The Flash||DC’s Legends of Tomorrow||Local|
|FOX||Lethal Weapon||The Mick||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||News/Local|
|NBC||The Voice||Superstore||The Good Place||Chicago Fire|
The Mayor (ABC)
Gospel of Kevin (ABC)
(I actually ranked all of the trailers and put them into a meaningless, contextless list over on Chron.com if you’re interested, but since I hate lists, I’m not going go out of my way to encourage you to check it out.)