CBS Trailers: ‘MacGyver’, ‘Training Day’, Joel McHale’s ‘The Great Indoors’, Jason Katims’ ‘Pure Genius’ & More
Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Now that Supergirl‘s flown over to The CW and Rush Hour‘s been cancelled, what reason will you have to keep tuning into CBS this fall? The network has unleashed trailers for a slew of new shows they’re hoping will catch your eye, including a different kind of superhero show (MacGyver), another film-to-TV remake (Training Day), a new Jason Katims drama (Pure Genius), a new Joel McHale comedy (The Great Indoors), and two separate, unrelated comedies about working-class men forced to spend time at home (Kevin James‘ Kevin Can Wait and Matt LeBlanc‘s Man With a Plan). Watch all the CBS 2016-2017 trailers below.
Lucas Till doesn’t get a whole lot to do in those X-Men movies, but he’ll have a much meatier role to sink his teeth into in MacGyver. Yup, he’s playing the younger version of the world’s most resourceful secret agent, who’s recruited into a super-secret task force of the best and brightest. Here’s where I’ll admit I’ve never actually seen the original MacGyver — but as someone who’s got nothing to compare this show to, this looks like silly fun.
A secret agent unlike any other, MacGyver escapes perilous situations with nothing but a paper clip, his trusty knife and his wit. A dynamic reimagining of the hit TV series, this action packed origin story follows a young hero as he undertakes missions to save lives and change the world. MacGyver stars Lucas Till and George Eads. Coming this Fall to CBS.
MacGyver will air Fridays at 8 PM starting this fall.
Antoine Fuqua’s dark and brutal Training Day seems like odd inspiration for a CBS, where the Training Day TV series has no choice but to smooth out some of the uglier edges that made the source material so memorable. The Training Day TV trailer, which stars Bill Paxton as the Denzel Washington replacement and Justin Cornwell as the new Ethan Hawke type, looks plenty exciting, but it’ll struggle to pack the same punch. Given the current conversations over police brutality and race relations in America, Training Day has the potential to cover some thorny topics, but the trailer doesn’t offer much insight into whether it plans to rise to that particular challenge.
Based on the hit feature film, this crime thriller begins 15 years later when an idealistic young police officer is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD and he is partnered with a seasoned yet morally ambiguous detective. Starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell, Training Day. Coming soon to CBS.
Training Day will premiere in midseason (i.e., early 2017).
Bull shall henceforth be known as “the other Dr. Phil show.” Yep, it is inspired by the real-life early career of Phil McGraw, who founded a trial consulting firm. The Dr. Phil stand-in is Michael Weatherly‘s Dr. Jason Bull, who wins cases by figuring out what makes each person tick. In the usual occupational drama mold, he’s brash and arrogant but also so brilliant and oddly charismatic that people just have to listen to him. It’s not a bad premise for a show, but it is kind of a tired one, and based on the trailer the execution doesn’t do much to freshen up the familiar tropes.
Inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, Michael Weatherly stars as Dr. Jason Bull. Brilliant, brash and charming, he’s the ultimate puppet master combining psychology, intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors and the accused tick. Bull. Coming this Fall to CBS.
Bull will air Tuesdays at 9 PM this fall.