What Are You Expecting From NBC's The Cape?

If you've tuned into NBC over the past few weeks then you've seen 'em: Promo spots for The Cape, the network's latest attempt at the superhero genre. The Cape stars David Lyons (ER) as Vince Faraday, a policeman who was framed for a murder he didn't commit. He's thought to be dead, so he assumes a new identity as comic-book superhero The Cape to clear his name and reunite himself with his family. Faraday is trained by a group of carnival workers, and uses his skills to fight corruption and evil in the fictional Palm City.

How does that sound to you, fair reader? Superheroes are still popular these days, and any show with a hint of the superpower is going to get a lot of attention. But a man framed for murder and trained by Carnies? Hmmm. Did NBC not get enough of the carnival-trained superheroes from Heroes?

There's no way to say whether the show will be good or bad until it airs, and even after that it's simply a matter of opinion. But NBC has given us some details and a few promos, so we can start guessing whether this show will rock or stink.


Here's the most recent promo, which has been airing on the network for the last couple weeks:


And here's an older extended look at the pilot:


Like I said, I'm reserving final judgment until the two-hour pilot airs in early January, but things aren't looking too good. The promo is about as cliched as can be ("I know the guilty and I will not stop until they know justice!"), and NBC's recent track record with sci-fi and fantasy series is abysmal. On the plus side, True Blood's creep-tastic James Frain plays the villain known as "Chess," the always awesome Keith David plays The Cape's circus mentor, and for you Summer Glau fans, sci-fi's fair lass is set to play an investigative blogger (whatever happened to journalists?) who helps our hero out.

What do you think so far? Does The Cape have a shot at greatness, or is it another case of NBC doing very little with a concept that has so much potential?

The Cape premieres Sunday, January 9 on NBC with a two-hour episode.


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WOW - sometimes I wish for the good old days pre -PC's and social networks when you waited for a show to premiere, watch it , if it had elements of interest (plot, actors, etc.) - then continue or stop based on what you saw. Having said that, I'll say this - a) I have a real bias toward network programming; I've watched some of the so-called Hits, and in my opinion, they're CRAP b) you can tell nothing about a show from watching trailers alone - this discussion is way premature, but c) its an interesting premise and has at least one actor in it that I like i.e., Keith David - so I'll be watching the 2 hour premiere, but d) the NBC network has a bad track record with programming; this doesn't mean the series will be bad, necessarily; just that if it doesn't catch fire right away, it may be prematurely cancelled. However, that's what basic cable is for - if you don't believe me, look at what happened to Southland - a show that was yanked so quickly I never saw it on NBC - but boy, do I love it now! Remember fols, there are people, I'm sure, hired by NBC just to read these Forums; most of you are giving them ammunition they don't need.
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It surely isn't gonna be a hit. It will premiere to a sizable audience, but lesser than what The Event got. It will be downhill after that, but it may not get a chance to fail as badly as The Event will as it won't have that many episodes, so, it may get renewed for another 13 episodes, but will not get a back 9. Fans will then have "save the show" campaigns for a couple of weeks to no avail and will eventually move on to other shows. end of story.
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I think I will enjoy The Cape as a guilty pleasure but I already suspect it won't last too long. The other downside is that while I am a huge Summer Glau fan she is cursed when it comes to shows she's involved with getting the axe.
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Sigh. I expect 5 episodes to air before it is replaced with repeats of Law and Order: SVU. On the upside, I expect it to be bad enough that I don't care. Indeed, I expect to be happy that it frees Summer Glau up to find a better role.
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expecting fail like no other,no one seems to learn from past hero-type-tv-shows
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From the promo I'm guessing it will be along the lines of Batman meets The Human Target. The promos are promising a high degree of stunt and story quality. The problem with bringing a comic book to life is keeping true to the origin and nature of the hero. Straying from that is what cost Smallville my and many others viewership.
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Bring back Journeyman!
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My faith in NBC is limited since it took off Heroes without even a final episode to clean up all the pieces. I don't trust that they can do a comic book character in a believable manner and keep my interest and if they do but it doesn't get enough interest they will end it without closure.
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Hate the show name, but I'm intrigued enough to take a look at the pilot. Hope they lose the cape soon, though. (Maybe it could become, "The Hoodie")
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I would watch anything that would remind me a story similar to Batman's. But NBC will give 2 seasons to "The Cape" at most and then they will get it axed...
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Add an "R" and drop the "E".
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...sorry, submitted before I finished: they won't finish it, and will leave us
hanging, like Surface.
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Remember "Surface", I believe it was? A boy and an iguana like species
whom he befriended. NBC I believe. Good show, but they messed up.
Expect nothing
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So far it looks like a mix of a circus and Batman. I won't watch it.
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It could be decent, but NBC will find a way to screw it up.
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expect nothing from nbc
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I know NBC is going to ruin it somehow. Or that it'll be very good and no one will give it a chance. Either way, I'm going to watch it and then decide between the two. I just hope its something fun to watch.
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Let's see . . . NBC, former home of Heroes, the network that can't program late Monday nights without killing the shows, and ran Jay Leno five days a week at 10 in spite of tonight show host Conan . . . I expect NBC to cancel the Heroe's 2.0 (with costumes show) . . sooner than later.
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When I first heard about the show I was really excited (if a zombie show can be compelling, thrilling, and gory so can a post-Heroes superhero show, right?). However, the more and more I see the more nervous I become. With the way NBC has shuffled off what could have been a breakout hit, I'm not so sure I'm even interested anymore.
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Eh, looks pretty good... it airs after CHUCK on Mondays, so it'll take the place of the Event... or so i heard... that'll be a good time slot for it
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Well, It's no CSI or NCIS or L & O, and it's not even a real city, so I say, why not...
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I expect it to get canceled.
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This is what is apparently replacing "undercovers." I enjoyed the show, but seems the rest of the country didn't. Now, I'm a comic book hero fan, but from what I've read, I have serious misgivings about this show. The promo I've seem makes it look interesting, but that's the promo. I'll give "the Cape" a try. However, it probably good that NBC cable partner USA has it's best shows returning for a winter run.
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If I'm barely interested, it surely won't make it. I watch a sickening amount of TV. I do love the superhero and scifi stuff, but nowhere near the amount of people to support a show on The Networks really seems to. TV Strategy just does not make any sense. They hype V like crazy last year, show like 4 episodes break show another 4 and hope that something like that will have ratings...really? who's idea is that and how did they get their job? Unbelievable! There have been some really decent shows not making the cut lately, and its really too bad. I guess they probably need to create a bunch of 1 season only type shows.
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i'll be there each week and will subsequently join the "bring back the cape" website.
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Sweet lord! When I saw and started reading about this I was nearly sick wondering why they cancel certain shows and then decide to make ones like this. After watching the previews I can say I am a LITTLE bit less critical... but I still think it will suck.
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It won't last. But unless it's just super-corny, I'll probably watch it as a guilty pleasure until it gets cancelled.
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lord, give me strenght to watch this, and not be dissapointed.
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I cannot wait for Summer Glau on this show, but this is probably going to get cancelled right quick
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what is with "suit up" ? does Barney Stinson on this one as well :D that would be Leneg...wait for it...dery lame.
Anyway, looks nice to me, waiting for it. But I am pretty sure it will happen as AndrewBrandon said. People will like it, but it will be canceled.
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The superhero's "cape" has long been the most ridiculous part of being a superhero, with the "tights" being a close second.

Now this lame accessory gets it's OWN SHOW?
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Haha well I get the critisisms but other than Human Target what superhero show do you think will be better?...........Heroes HAHAHA......No Ordinary Family? haha. Seriously even if it kinda sucks it could still be the second best superhero Genre show on the air. I'm not a big fan of Smallville so I didn't include it.:P
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you never know, they MIGHT not FU** it up.
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I have a feeling people will really like it and then it will still get canceled early on.
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I'm expecting it will be cancelled after a few weeks on the air
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from early summer when i saw the preview i was killing myself with laughter
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Awful, what a joke
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I'll watch but mainly because of the cast, the promo does look a bit cheesy though...
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I'll give it a shot. The cast isn't half bad, gotta say, and it is quite possible that the show will have at least one good, if not excellent, season.
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I'll watch it online and see how it goes. I wish NBC would consider all the online watchers when they decide whether to cancel their shows or not. I hope Summer Glau gets a chance to have a good show and not get canceled right away.
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If Summer Glau is in it, it'll get canceled mid-season. Seriously, though, sounds lame upon lame. Sort of a poor man's Batman with a (bad) twist, starring a Max Payne reject. So... yeah...
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I laughed AT the promo. The Cape isn't going to get the chance to finish the first season. Probably won't even make the half mark. Lol Remy. That's the reason why CBS shows have high ratings... old people fall asleep with CBS. Now that should be the tagline!
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I hadn't seen these promos before, but reading your description of it made me dislike it already -- a person being trained by carnies to be a superhero sounds really stupid. But the extended promo of the pilot looks pretty decent -- it's not too mushy-family stuff like No Ordinary Family, and it's certainly not too comedic either. Looks like a serious drama, which, I think could work.
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I don't even want to watch the trailer. Just by what I've read here I'm not liking it. Though I will admit I do like the actors/actress so I will give the Pilot a shot, but I am seriously putting this in the "I'm only watching because I like to have the TV playing while I go to sleep" category
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It`s sound stupid maybe if i will be in a good moon i watch it
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Im excited for it! have been for a while now and hope it turns out to be a pleasant surprise, unlike The Event
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"...a policeman who was framed for a murder he didn't commit." Wow, that's a really original concept.
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Well, it could go either way. I definetly will watch premiere to see how good or bad it is. Right now it looks like medicore with potential.
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It doesn't look bad. It looks real bad. But I'll be watching, just to see if the georgous Glau curse carries on.
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Corny. Not one I'll be watching. Poor NBC! Seems they keep getting duds. I hope Comcast can "right the ship" and get back to some good entertainment. I think, overall, the peacock network is good - especially news wise. Just gotta "buck up"
the entertainment side. Here's hoping!
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