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Hey you! This isn't a review, it's a PREview. Huge difference. Most notably, the "P." Also, these PREviews are based on early cuts of pilots that might change drastically by the time they officially hit the air, so we can't properly review them. But we CAN give you an idea of what to expect. In this series of early looks at the new shows of fall 2013, there's no contemplating, no deep analysis; just super-duper quick thoughts on what we just watched that we're passing on to you. We'll revisit each previewed show in the fall with the hyper-intellectual breakdowns and fart jokes you're used to from us goons here at TV.com. 



The 100 – Midseason on The CW

STARRING AND CREATED BY: The 100 has a two-sided cast; half are familiar adult faces and half are somewhat newcomer youngsters. You should recognize Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Page Turco (Person of Interest), and Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy). As for the hot teens, you'll get acquainted with Eliza Taylor (Australia's Neighbours), Marie Avgeropoulos (Cult), and Thomas McDonnell (Suburgatory). The series is based on the first book of an upcoming novel series from author Kass Morgan. Jason Rothenberg is executive-producing and handling the adaptation.


THE GIST: The whole series is set in the near(ish) future. Humans couldn't stand each other and waged full-on nuclear war. Earth's surface got blown to bits, rendering it uninhabitable. To keep the species alive, everybody left the planet for a massive space station called the Ark, where they lived under a pretty strict Draconian mini-government that had a no-tolerance policy against unruly teenage behavior. So when it came time to give living on Earth another shot, the powers-that-be decided to send 100 teenage delinquents down to the surface to determine whether the air was breathable and the mutant animals were friendly. The pilot covers their departure from the Ark, and from there, the series has an upstairs/downstairs feel as we follow the power struggle among adults on Ark and the unsupervised teens trying to survive on post-apocalyptic Earth.


SNAP JUDGMENT: Thank you, The Hunger Games, for making it okay to kill teens! The 100 has a surprisingly brutal and survivalist feel to it, continuing The CW's shift away from high-school hookups and toward legitimate science-fiction. The influences are clear: You'll see familiar notes from Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and Lord of the Flies, and that's a good thing. The side-by-side duality of the Ark's bleakness and Earth's lushness provides a great foundation for a fascinating premise that asks all sorts of great sci-fi questions. Yes, there are sexy young actors stripping to their skivvies and starting love triangles, but they're additions to the overall story and not the focus. I was very impressed with the pilot; it's fun.


PILOTITIS DIAGNOSIS: Quick, clunky voiceover catch-up is front-loaded in the first few minutes, leaving plenty of time for the rest of the episode to get down to business. Which means shooting teens out of a spaceship and violent politics on the Ark. Given the complexity of the concept, the exposition is forgivable.


FACES TO LOOK OUT FOR: Ladies! Get ready for McDonnell as the rebellious hunk Finn. His face should be plastered all over high school lockers by next summer. Taylor and Avgeropoulos are also fresh faces to keep an eye on.


RANDOM THOUGHTS: VERY IMPORTANT! It's THE HUNDRED, not "the one hundred." Even though it's numerically laid out as the one hundred because of that giant 1.


EXCITEMENT LEVEL: Pretty high, actually! Every year there seems to be one CW pilot with the potential to be really fun. However, I have to point out that last year I thought Cult had a ton of potential, so I fully realize The 100 could stink. Still, I'm slapping a 7 out of 10 on this baby and, based on the pilot and the impossible-to-measure potential, placing it higher in the Power Rankings than I probably should.



PILOT PREVIEW POWER RANKINGS:
(Where we rank the fall season's pilots based on very early impressions)


DRAMA

1. Almost Human - J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman's robotic buddy-cop drama

2. The 100 - Teens have fun (and die) on post-apocalyptic Earth while the adults fight each other in a big tin can orbiting the planet

3. Intelligence - Josh Holloway stars as a Cyber Command agent who has Wi-Fi in his brain

4. The Blacklist - James Spader is a master criminal who turns himself in to the FBI on one condition: He only works with the pretty new FBI agent

5. Dracula - Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the fanged one in this re-imagining of the classic story of an undead guy chasing his old girlfriend

6. Lucky 7 - A group of gas-station employees win the lottery, for better or worse


COMEDY

1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Andy Samberg and a bunch of buffoons are cops in Brooklyn

2. Trophy Wife - Malin Akerman marries into a big family and ends up with two ex-wives and three stepchildren in the process 

3. The Crazy Ones - Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar are a father-daughter team in the advertising business

4. Enlisted - Geoff Stults goes to army reject camp with his two brothers 

5. About a Boy - Jason Katims' TV adaptation of the film adaption of Nick Hornby's novel about a man-boy friendship

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AIRED ON 5/19/2016

Season 3 : Episode 16

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Star-Crossed is way better than the 100
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After the huge disappointment that was Revolution (had to look it up, had forgotten its name xD), I hope this show won't go the same road. I like the premise a lot, I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic scenarios, so I hope they execute the idea well this time.
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Looks good, but I have trouble hanging on to dystopian shows like this (or Revolution, etc), I feel like they all ressemble each other. It's a big "why not" for me.
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Why is 'Crazy Ones' so high? I haven't seen anything about that show that even hints that it is any good. Its preview ads that have been running all summer, instead of showing any funny bits, simply 'insist' that its a good show but never even allude to whether or not it's funny. Those awful 'Sometimes a show comes together....' ads. It looks like the same BROAD COMEDY crap CBS usually serves up. Unfunny joke, laugh track, broad joke that misses the barn, laugh track... Just like 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'The Big Bang Theory', etc etc etc. Unless Robin Williams has returned to his 'Mork and Mindy' habit of high on coke through shooting all the time - it isn't going to be any good.
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This is the CW show that I am most looking forward to and is probable in my top 5 new shows that I want to watch list.
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This sounds like a classic 4 episode test show. I'm actually looking forward to this.
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I'll give it a whirl. Looks interesting and it's got Desmond! Which is the CW pilot with Skyler Samuels? Its not this is it? Or did it not get picked up?
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According to IMDb it's a show produced by NBC called 'Bloodlines'. First I've heard of it! Hope it's the one you were thinking of.
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Bloodlines was not picked up. A show with a very similar premise WAS picked up.
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You got any more details on what that show was?
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Oh yeah, that sounds familiar. Dunno why I thought it was on the CW. Cheers!
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Be strange if this falls on it's arse because it's another gen pop tv tastic lightweight.
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Props , first instance of your postings that I don't end up with the urge to kill something after reading. Good job on the preview
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Sounds like it could be considerably better than I'd initially thought. I was especially worried that Henry Ian Cusick would be wasted on this.

Let's hope that Tim is right about the adult, darkly influences it might follow and that the teen soap elements will be kept to a bare minimum.
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Hmm...well I don't care much for the CW, but Arrow was surprisingly good. So who knows, maybe they're starting to come out with some better stuff. This sounds like it has a lot of potential. But there's nothing I'm more excited for than Almost Human.
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The 100 in The CW pilot I'm most excited about, and probably also my most anticipated new science-fiction program of the fall schedule (I don't count SHIELD). Will be watching.
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If it's as serious as some say it is, I'll probably like it. The premise seems fun, I'm just always wary of CW show being too... teen-y.
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This show continues to not sound bad, I'll definitely have to check it out.
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Looking forward to becoming obsessed
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"As for the hot teens" - there average age is a little over 25
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Why not, it looks pretty interesting. 4-episode test for me too.
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Wow you rate this above Intelligence, that's interesting.
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He rate this above The Blacklist too so can't wait to see that.
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I gotta say I'm a little surprised. 4-episode test!

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It looks good, hopefully more drama/sci fi and less soap like other shows. Marie and Eliza will keep me watching.
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im looking forward to it!!!! i loved Eliza Taylor on Neighbours, she was a super bogan!!!!!
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I doubt her character will be anything like Janae Timmins from Neighbours, but it's good to see Australian actors doing well in the US.
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Yeah with Luke Mitchell (Romeo from Home and Away) in The CWs The Tomortow People, Adelaide Kane (Lolly on Neighbours) currently on Teen Wolf but is the lead in The CWs Reign which Kaitlyn Stacey (Rachel from Neighbours) is also in as well as Bob Morley (Home and Away and Neighbours) is also in The CWs The 100. The CW also has Pheobe Tonkin and Claire Holt ftom H2O: Just Add Water in The Vampire Diaries/The Originals, do thank uou CW for employing so many Aussies!!!!
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Well I think it's safe to say us Aussies are all young and hot. so it makes sense for The CW to employ us.
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This show actually looks quite good! Seems like it has a good production budget, based on what I saw in the promo.
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Can't be worse than After Earth. I'm looking forward to it.
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They made Cult. Anything is possible.
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Oh, I'm sure if they tried really, reallt hard...
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"Thank you, TheHunger Games, for making it okay to kill teens!" Oh, Tim, you killed me with this one (though I'm not a teen)!
I'm crazy for sci-fi, and with the news ones we had last season (Revolution, Under the Dome, Defiance), I'm hungry for GOOD sci-fi.
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Marie Avgeropoulos - a name that's got make it worth the effort of watching at least the first 4 episodes
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I'm pretty sure I'm going to enjoy it but I don't like its chances for renewal.
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I'm going to be doing the same thing I did with Under the Dome (and probably most new shows from now on) and decide whether or not I'll get into the series after the first season finishes, based on the reactions I read on this site. If the reaction is overwhelmingly positive, like with Orphan Black, The Americans, and Banshee, I'll definitely check it out. If the reaction is somewhat mixed, I'll use my own judgement. And if it gets a similar reaction to Under the Dome, I'll most likely skip it entirely.

I do like the fact that this is supposed to be a more serious sci-fi series. Hopefully it will live up to its potential. Though I'm kind of worried that, since it's on the CW, it will end up like Stargate Universe, where it doesn't know whether it wants to be a serious sci-fi, a more traditional stand-alone sci-fi (a la Star Trek/Stargate), or a teen drama, and excelling at none of them. But I do hope it turns out well.
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I never listen to the opinions on here to determine whether I will like a show or not. Sometimes I agree with the majority and sometimes not, but I have to check out the show to develop my own opinion.
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I do agree, at least partially. There are times when I do disagree with the majority, so obviously it's good to use your own judgement for shows. So perhaps I over-stated that a little bit. However, I have come to trust the general opinion of the users on this site (especially a few specific users), and do at least use their opinions as a guide to point me towards the truly "must-watch" shows.
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This was the show when I watched a bunch of the Comic Con previews that really surprised me that I liked it. I had heard it was coming out and sort of rolled my eyes at it. Heck, I think I saw a really quick trailer of it in the spring and thought it was dumb. Now, I am positively intrigued. I mean, I am going to watch and probably enjoy the Tomorrow People and I think I will probably figure out how quickly ABC gets things on Demand so I can watch that Agents show and I think I will actually like Brooklyn Nine Nine (though I fear its time slot, 8:30 on Tuesdays on Fox seems to be becoming as much of a death knell spot as 8:00 on Thursdays on ABC, oh how I wish the other once had just remained a mid way season show...). My concern about this one, though, it seems very likely that it will be playing in a spot where I already have a couple shows, one of which that returns mid season (I am guessing a Monday at nine slot for this one, that might try and take advantage of something which might cross networks, but it could try and hop onto the second half premiere of Teen Wolf on MTV, I think there could be audience cross over)
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I think that this show will end up Thursday @ 9:00.
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I am very excited for this one!
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