With the TV networks recently announcing their new slate of upcoming shows (a.k.a. “the upfronts”), we’re starting to get a feel for what the fall 2012 season is going to look like (read Andy Travers’ notes on the Fox Upfront).
While you can’t always predict whether a show will be awesome based on the trailers and previews, some have “smash hit” written all over them. NBC’s Revolution is one of those. Chatting with @TVAddict_Blog on Twitter last night, we decided it had shades of Terra Nova and Jericho, and I’ll add the National Geographic reality show @DoomsdayPrepper. And because it’s NBC, hopefully it’ll be ok for families and not unwatchable like The Walking Dead (said with all the respect in the world for fans who love the gore!).
Revolution follows the lives of people in the aftermath of an electrical blackout. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible — and no one knows why.
Now, 15 years later, life has returned to simpler times. Families are living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down, the lanterns and candles are lit. But on the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. A young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who unbeknownst to her had something to do with the blackout. The brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.
The premise is intriguing, but I predict it’ll be a smash hit because of the behind-the-scenes crew: director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and producers J.J. Abrams (Fringe) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural). All have hits to their name on the big and small screens, and the cast doesn’t hurt either: Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito, Andrea Roth, Tracy Spiridakos, Tim Guinee, J.D. Pardo, Anna Lise Phillips, Graham Rogers, Maria Howell, Zak Orth, and David Lyons.
See what you think of the trailer and leave comments below. Follow Revolution on Facebook and @NBCRevolution on Twitter.