EW continues its look at the broadcast networks’ upfront lineup announcements with a peek at CBS’s fall shows and our snap judgments on what to expect.
At least it’s not a procedural. What it is: A gambling story-slash-musical set around a Nevada casino. Think semi-regular Hugh Jackman as a big-shot moneyman, crooning ”Sympathy for the Devil.” Based on the BBC series Blackpool, Laughlin might be quite strange, could be awesome, but will certainly be memorable.
You’ve got to appreciate a vampire who doesn’t wear the usual gothic frills and leather. But this bland, crime-fighting bloodsucker (Australian Alex O’Loughlin), sporting V-necks and a puppy-dog eyes is so uncharismatic he’s asking for a quick stake in the heart.
REALLY, REALLY HARD TO SAY
Forty kids have 40 days to create a working town without parents, slopping latrines, sharing cooking duties, and assembling a government. The best citizens earn gold stars worth $20,000. Quite appealing for those who want to see today’s hyper-nurtured kids get some real-life work under their belts. But watching a bunch of 8- to 15-year-olds weep and snap under the stress is a bit unsettling. It all depends on how it’s ultimately handled: Kid Nation could become an addiction or an exploitive mess.