With the release of Fox’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. We have video from new fall shows Lonestar, Raising Hope, and Running Wilde as well as midseason offerings Mixed Signals, Bob’s Burgers, and Ride-Along; from the early looks of things, Fox has a really impressive slate for the upcoming season. The videos are embedded after the jump: scroll through to see a trailer and clips from each show.
A sophisticated and provocative drama set against the sprawling backdrop of big Texas oil, will premiere this fall. From Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman (“Party of Five”), writer Kyle Killen and directed by Marc Webb (“(500) Days of Summer”), the compelling series stars newcomer James Wolk as a charismatic and brilliant schemer who has entangled himself in a deep, complex web from which he can’t break free. He’s caught between two very different lives and two very different women.
If you’re gonna make a show about a con man, he needs to be instantly charming. It seems newcomer James Wolk has the goods, as I am engaged with his character’s conflict after less than ten minutes of footage from random points in the narrative. The seemingly one-note overbearing father character makes me a bit wary, but no overwhelmingly so.
The new family comedy from Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl”), starring Lucas Neff (“The Beast”), Martha Plimpton (“How To Make It In America”), Garret Dillahunt (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Academy and Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman (“Malcolm In The Middle”). The sweet, offbeat comedy follows Jimmy Chance (Neff), a well-meaning screw-up trying his best to raise his infant daughter with the help of the eccentric family who did a less-than-stellar job of raising him.
I’m hoping this continues the upward trend of how I feel about shows that Greg Garcia has created. Loathed Yes, Dear and thought My Name Is Earl was a good background show—I liked the clips enough that Raising Hope could be worth active weekly viewing.
The new romantic comedy from “Arrested Development’s” Jim Vallely, Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett. Starring Arnett (“30 Rock”) and Keri Russell (“Waitress,” “Felicity”), the comedy centers on a lovable, but immature playboy (Arnett) trying desperately to win (or buy) the heart of his childhood sweetheart (Russell), the über-liberal humanitarian who got away.
Like everyone else who writes things on the internet, I adore Arrested Development. Re-team creator Mitch Hurwitz and star Will Arnett, I’m on board. Throw in Keri Russell, and I’m giddy. It’s all played very broadly, but I laughed several times, and that’s more than enough from such short clips. It’s a foregone conclusion that I’ll watch every episode.
A new relationship comedy created by Bob Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”) about three longtime friends and their attempts to balance their committed relationships with their desire for freedom. The ensemble comedy stars Nelson Franklin (“I Love You, Man”), David Denman (“The Office”), Kris Marshall (HUMAN TARGET), Liza Lapira (“Dexter”) and Alexandra Breckenridge (FAMILY GUY) and reveals how friendships and romances enhance – and further complicate – the lives of men and the women who love them.
Signals rounds out a very solid live-action comedy slate for Fox after years of struggle in the genre. The clips did their job: I am now eager to see all three new Fox sitcoms. The casting of the lead trio hooked me here where the logline didn’t.
A new animated comedy series from creator Loren Bouchard (“Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist”) about a man, his family and their floundering burger joint. Despite the greasy counters, lousy location and occasionally spotty service, Bob and his lovable and quirky family are convinced their burgers are their ticket to success.
If you want me to watch your animated comedy, have H. Jon Benjamin voice a character: Home Movies, Archer, Freak Show—it’s pretty much a hard and fast rule. I chuckled at the clips, though it’s unclear if the whole show will be chock full of such chuckles.
From creator Shawn Ryan (“The Shield,” “The Unit”), the fast-paced series, shot on location in Chicago and starring Jason Clarke (“Public Enemies”), Jennifer Beals (LIE TO ME) and Delroy Lindo (“Kidnapped”), will take audiences on an unflinching and unpredictable ride through the streets of Chicago to navigate crime and corruption with the most respected – and notorious – cops in the city.
Full disclosure: I’m not much for police procedurals. These clips didn’t hook me just like a trailer for The Shield wouldn’t hook me. But seven seasons later, I love the FX drama. I’m willing to give another effort from creator Shawn Ryan a shot come fall. The super cool direction/editing of the car chase in that first clip ought to help.