Lethal Weapon (9/21 @ 8/7c on FOX)
Premise: Did you see the movies? Yeah, it’s that.
Reaction: Did you see the movies?
Star Power: 7 – Damon Wayans.
Prediction: TV shows based on movies have a tendency to flop. Even when the don’t they get inexplicably cancelled (I’m looking at you CBS/Limitless). Although airing this show on Wednesday with Empire, is worth probably a full point on the ratings. Chance of renewal 65%
Speechless (9/21 @ 8:30/7:30c on ABC)
Premise: A mother tries to find the best place for her son, who is in a wheelchair and can’t speak (think Steven Hawking).
Reaction: Uh, mmm. Wish they had switched the Tuesday and Wednesday new comedies, because the Tuesday one looks way better.
Star Power: 7 – Minnie Driver, plus a couple people I’ve seen before.
Prediction: Cushy timeslot, between Goldbergs and Modern Family. It will probably do just fine, even if it does look kinda bad. Chance of Renewal 60%
Designated Survivor (9/21 @ 10/9c on ABC)
Premise: The government is destroyed, and only one cabinet member remains. He is the Designated Survivor, and he is now the President.
Reaction: Jack Bauer becomes president! Okay not quite, everyone seems to have a low opinion of this designated survivor. This is the best looking trailer I’ve seen so far.
Star Power: 8 – Kiefer Sutherland, Maggie Q, Natasha McElhone
Prediction: Lots of buzz plus a great cast, should equal success. If the show is as good as the trailer, this might get the first renewal of the season. Chance of renewal 75%
Frequency (10/05 @ 9/8c on The CW)
Premise: Did you see the movie? Since this is less common than Lethal Weapon, a freak storm allows a HAM radio operator to talk across time – to their dead parent.
Reaction: Another movie to TV show. This one appears to actually twist the story a bit – the Christian Slater movie character is played by a woman in the TV show.
Star Power: 2 – If you watch The CW, you’ll recognize one of the leads from Tomorrow People.
Prediction: Again, who knows what the CW will do, but I imagine they will have to cancel something sometime. It might as well be this remake. Chance of renewal 49%