Hot off the heels of NBC releasing full trailers for their new slate of series set to debut next season, Fox has unveiled trailers for their new series. All in all, the most promising pilots based on the trailers seem to be Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi series Terra Nova and the Zooey Deschanel-fronted comedy New Girl (if only because of the inordinate amount of cuteness that Deschanel brings to every scene).
On the other hand, the Jamie Pressly-starred sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter looks painfully unfunny, and Napoleon Dynamite is simply a re-tread of territory that’s completely outdated. J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz looks promising, but its similarities to NBC’s contrived (and now cancelled) The Event give me a bit of pause. Judge for yourself after the jump with the trailers for these series plus Jonah Hill’s animated show Allen Gregory and the Bones spinoff The Finder.
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Epic family adventure series TERRA NOVA, executive-produced by Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Jurassic Park”), Peter Chernin, René Echevarria (“Castle,” “The 4400”) and Brannon Braga (“24”) and starring Jason O’Mara (“Life On Mars”) and Stephen Lang (“Avatar”), premieres in the fall. The ambitious series follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race.
From executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) and writer Elizabeth Sarnoff (“Lost”) and starring Sarah Jones (“Sons of Anarchy”), Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) and Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”), ALCATRAZ is the chilling new thriller centered on America’s most infamous prison and the mysterious return of its most notorious criminals.
Created by Liz Meriwether (“No Strings Attached”), NEW GIRL (wt) is a new single-camera ensemble comedy starring Zooey Deschanel (“(500) Days of Summer”) as Jess, an offbeat girl who – after a bad breakup – moves in with three single guys and essentially sets a bomb off in their lives.
Created by and featuring the voice of Jonah Hill (“Get Him to the Greek,” “Superbad”), ALLEN GREGORY is the story of an extremely pretentious 7-year-old about to embark on his greatest challenge yet: leaving the safety of homeschooling and attending elementary school with children his own age.
Created by Hart Hanson, the executive producer and creator of BONES, THE FINDER is a new procedural drama starring Geoff Stults (“She’s Out of My League”) as an Iraq war vet with an extraordinary ability to help people find the unfindable.
Based on the hit cult classic and featuring the voices of the film’s original cast, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE follows the continuing adventures of America’s most awesomely awkward teenager and his quirky family and friends as they navigate life in rural Idaho.
I Hate My Teenage Daughter
New multi-camera family comedy I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (wt) stars Emmy Award winner Jaime Pressly (“My Name Is Earl”) and Tony Award winner Katie Finneran (“Wonderfalls”) as single moms, life-long friends – and former nerds – who fear their privileged and overly indulged daughters are turning out to be just like the girls who picked on them in high school.