Big presentations are made, celebrities are trotted out and network execs try to dazzle advertisers with their programing slate for the upcoming year in hopes of convincing them to spend their ad dollars on the commercial breaks between what is ― fingers crossed ― the next hit show.
Here’s your first look at some of the trailers for the new shows that will air in the 2017-2018 television season.
(This post will be updated as more networks confirm their programing schedules and release trailers.)
“The Brave” ― NBC
Defense Intelligence and Special Ops squads team up to save innocent lives around the world in the new drama The Brave, coming Mondays this fall to NBC.
”Law and Order: True Crime” ― NBC
From Executive Producer Dick Wolf comes a new chapter in the franchise — “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” starring Edie Falco as defense attorney Leslie Abramson. Coming Thursdays this fall to NBC.
“Will & Grace” ― NBC
An encore 11 years in the making. It’ll take Will, Jack and Karen to convince Grace it’s a good idea. Will & Grace is back Thursdays this fall on NBC.
“The Gifted” ― FOX
“The Gifted” tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
“The Crossing” ― ABC
Refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America… and the war they are fleeing hasn’t happened yet. As the government tries to uncover the truth behind this mysterious migration only one thing is certain: The lives of the people here — both the townspeople and these newcomers — will never be the same. Writers Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie executive produce with Jason Reed.
“Marvel’s The Inhumans” ― ABC
After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.
”The Good Doctor” ― ABC
Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, “Bates Motel”), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues. The series is from David Shore (“House”) and “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-O” star Daniel Dae Kim.
”The Mayor” ― ABC
Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) needs his big break. For years, he’s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century: Running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: An election victory. With the help of his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown, “Community”) and friends, including Valentina (“Glee’s” Lea Michele), Courtney will have to overcome his hubris if he wants to transform the struggling city he loves.
”Ten Days in the Valley” ― ABC
“Ten Days in the Valley” stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a separation whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret, and no one can be trusted.
”For The People” ― ABC
Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, aka “The Mother Court,” this new Shondaland drama follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country — all as their lives intersect in and out of the courtroom. The series is created by Shondaland’s Paul William Davies and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
”Deception” ― ABC
When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion — the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. The series is from writer/executive producer Chris Fedak (“Chuck”) and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter. Illusionist David Kwong (“Now You See Me”) will co-produce.
”Splitting Up Together” ― ABC
Based on the Danish series, “Splitting Up Together” is the story of a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. Emily Kapnek (“Suburgatory”) writes and serves as executive producer of this new comedy, along with Ellen DeGeneres.
“The Gospel of Kevin” ― ABC
Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”), a cluelessly self-serving person, is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, “Once Upon a Time”) and niece. On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette (Cristela Alonzo, “Cristela”) appears to him and presents him with a mission: to find and recruit the 35 righteous humans who can restore a sacred balance that will ultimately save the world. A light drama from executive producers Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Resurrection,” “Reaper”).
“Ghosted” ― FOX
A cynical skeptic and a genius ‘true believer’ in the paranormal are recruited by The Bureau Underground to look into the rampant ‘unexplained’ activity in Los Angeles — all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.
“LA To Vegas” ― FOX
”LA To Vegas” is a single-camera ensemble comedy about an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take the roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind – to come back a winner.
“The Orville” ― FOX
“The Orville” is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship.
“The Resident” ― FOX
Focusing on three doctors at different stages of their careers and a dedicated young nurse, “The Resident” is a provocative new medical drama that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country.
JAN 1st 2003 – MAY 1st 2017
Facebook Inc. wants to read your mind.
“What if you could type directly from your brain?” asked Regina Dugan, who runs Facebook’s FB, +0.93% secretive hardware division, Building 8, during a keynote address at the company’s F8 developer conference Wednesday.
Building 8, which was created at last year’s F8, has been working on a “brain-computer interface” for several months, Dugan said. Recent job postings for Building 8 show the unit is hiring engineers for a two-year project “focused on developing advanced (brain-computer interface) technologies.”
Ultimately, the mind-reading technology could help people type 100 words a minute from their minds — about five times faster than we type from our smartphones, Dugan told developers at the conference in San Jose, Calif. Separately, Building 8 also is working on technology that could help people “hear” with their skin, Dugan said. Facebook hired Dugan from Alphabet Inc.’sGOOG, +0.17%GOOGL, +0.30% Google last year with a mandate to develop what she called “audacious science.”
Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star imprisoned for homicide, died in an apparent suicide, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections said.
Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence for murder when corrections officers discovered his body early Wednesday.
Born in Bristol, Connecticut, Hernandez left college at the University of Florida to join the 2010 NFL Draft, where he was picked up by the New England Patriots. He spent three seasons with them, where he broke several NFL records. During that time, he became engaged to Shayanna Jenkins, who gave birth to their daughter, Avielle, in November 2012. Though the couple never married, Jenkins later took Hernandez’ last name.
In June 2013, Hernandez was arrested and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd, a semi-professional football player, was dating Jenkins’ sister when he was shot and killed in a Massachusetts industrial park. Days after his arrest, the Patriots released Hernandez.
In 2014, Hernandez was also charged in connection with a 2012 Boston double murder. He was was found guilty of Lloyd’s murder in 2015 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Last week, he was acquitted of the 2012 murders, but was convicted on an illegal weapons charge and given more prison time.
The Patriots were scheduled to make an appearance at the White House on Wednesday, two months after winning the Super Bowl in a historic comeback. The team did not immediately comment on Hernandez’s death.
In a statement released by his attorney, Hernandez’s family members said they were “shocked” and “heartbroken.”
A new Korn god has risen, and he’s a-maize-ing.
Earlier this month, nu metal band Korn announced that they had recruited an unlikely new bassist: Tye Trujillo, the 12-year-old son of Metallica’s bassist, Robert Trujillo.
The young Trujillo wouldn’t be replacing Korn’s typical bassist, Fieldy — the new kid on the nu metal block would simply be filling in for a few South American tour dates.
For those still skeptical that this was some sort of belated April Fools’ joke, Tye made his debut with the band Monday night in Bogota, Colombia.
And it seems to have gone pretty well!
Below, Tye has a bass solo that causes someone in the crowd to seemingly uncontrollably scream, “WHOA!”
Baby Korn is a hit.
It was hours outside of Paris, in a small village where the buildings are centuries old, that I attended my first French engagement party.
A young woman named Lilly greeted me when I arrived. She was glowing as she set the table with cheese, crackers and French pastries. We were surrounded by picture frames of her and the token of her affection. She poured champagne, and together we toasted her engagement … to a robot.
She calls the robot inMoovator, and in a story reminiscent of the Greek myth of Pygmalion, Lilly built inMoovator herself, 3D printing dozens of parts in a lab nearby. She plans to eventually add artificial intelligence. The first words she wants to program: “I love you.”
Lilly says she was 19 when she realized she didn’t like people.
“It was a slap in the face. I wondered what was happening to me,” she said. “I wanted myself to be attracted to humans, so after my first relationship, I had a second one. But I went against my own nature. So it was all the more disastrous.”
Each night, Lilly sleeps with inMoovator by her side. She places him on the couch while she’s away, and when you watch her look into his eyes, you can see that she feels real affection for it.
“I don’t consider him a stupid machine,” she tells me. “But he is not a human either. I love him the way he is.”
Perhaps it’s more about control. Lilly prefers mechanical faults — an error in code — to human ones.
“He won’t be an alcoholic or violent or a liar, all of which can be human flaws,” she explains. “I prefer the little mechanical defects to the human flaws, but that’s just my personal taste.”
Those qualities — good and bad — are part of what makes us human. But Lilly doesn’t believe that humanity is a necessary ingredient for happiness.
“Love is love. It’s not that different,” she says.
While Lilly’s story may seem like an outlier right now, Dr. Ronald Arkin says the concept isn’t as far off as some would think.
“Designers can tap into an understanding of human psychology and exploit that to assist you in falling in love with an artifact or a robot,” said Arkin, a leading professor in robotics and ethics at Georgia Tech. “That’s done already to some extent by designers of automobiles. They have nice sleek curves. They look sexy. Are they really sexy? No. It’s a piece of metal. You think it is, and that’s the goal.”
As humans and robots begin to coexist, Arkin says the question is, how far is too far?
This is on stark display at a manufacturing facility near San Diego. There, Matt McMullen is designing human-like dolls with robotic capabilities designed to make customers feel something toward them.
At the Real Dolls factory, customers can build their own girlfriends — choosing everything from breast size and nipple type to nail color and lipstick.
You’ll find silicon body parts, painted lips, an array of nipples, and different colored eyes stacked in jars. Step inside the factory, and it feels like you’re on the set of Westworld. The dolls are beautiful. Stay there long enough, and you’ll swear they’re looking back at you.
Downstairs, where the dolls are poured into exoskeletons and begin to take shape, I meet a factory worker who is trimming a tongue.
“Customers wanted not just a basic tongue… they wanted one with a curl so it looks like she’s licking her lips.” he says with a straight face.
A lot of our clients tend to have feelings that are beyond sexual desires. So they actually become attached to their dolls. I think love is a little more in line with what it is.”
McMullen, like Lilly, insists that human connection isn’t required for happiness. And he’s tapped into a niche market that feels the same way. But his efforts open the door for even more complicated questions. Having built human-like dolls, he now wants to bring them to life using artificial intelligence.
With a team of engineers, McMullen is building “Harmony,” an app that lets users design their own highly customizable girlfriend. They can pick over 300 combinations — from body type all the way down to ear size. Users will also be able to program her personality: a couple clicks and she can be quiet, moody, kind, innocent or intellectual.
The goal, McMullen says, is to create more “intimate” artificial intelligence.
“Siri doesn’t care when your birthday is or what your favorite food is or where you were born or where you grew up,” McMullen explains. “Our AI, on the other hand, is very interested to know who you are.”
Harmony will know what you’re afraid of. She’ll know your favorite food.
“When you get to know a person, they remember certain things about you. That’s how you start to perceive that they care about you, that you have a mutual knowledge of each other,” he explains.
The app, which will go live this month, will cost $20. Connect it to the Real Doll and you’ve got a robotic girlfriend in a lifelike form. The total cost is around $15,000.
Arkin warns about building these types of relationships with robots who appear as though they care.
“We create the illusion of life in these particular systems, so that is fundamentally a deception,” he says. “This danger [is that] you fall in love with the robot, but the robot doesn’t care at all — it’s got no feelings, it doesn’t really have emotions.”
These questions are already playing out in the world of virtual reality. Just how the anonymity of the web enables harassment, the virtual world lends itself to new types of problems.
I put on a VR headset and met a woman who calls herself Jordan on a virtual hillside where she recounted being virtually groped.
“There was a player next to me. He came up to me and basically began to virtually grope me,” she recalls. “I told him to stop, and that only goaded him on further. He felt more emboldened to touch my virtual crotch… it was gross.”
Other avatars were nearby and did nothing as the player chased her and tried to touch her avatar’s breasts and crotch. With no ability to push the person away, she was forced to take off the headset in order to escape the harassment.
The experience stuck with her. She compares it to one she had in the real world when she was groped by a stranger at Starbucks.
“It’s not that it was physically painful. It’s that someone thought that they could take control of your space and get away with it,” she explained. “And that’s the same in virtual reality and reality. The mental repercussions of what happens after feels similar. It’s what stays with you.”
As technology advances and VR becomes more lifelike, so will experiences that players have in the virtual space.
“The mind can get tricked in the virtual space to thinking something happened,” Jordan says. “And maybe something did really happen to me.”
A high security psychiatric ward in Montreal is using a controversial form of technology on pedophiles.
Convicted sex offenders and rapists are taken into a room called “the vault,” where they are surrounded by “virtual victims” — avatars of young boys and girls that seemingly come alive through immersive technology. Lean in, and they appear to come closer.
A rubber band-like device around the patient’s penis measures his sexual response as a VR image of a child is displayed in front of him. His brain activity is monitored and his movements are tracked. In the vault, pedophiles can’t fake a response. How they behave in the virtual space can signal if they’re likely to offend again, and it is noted in their sentencing. Patients sign a consent form to enter the vault, but if they opt not to, it’s noted in court.
Patrice Renaud has been working on the technology for a decade but received permission to test it on patients just over a year ago. He categorizes it as a risk assessment.
“It’s helping us to predict a response,” he says.
To literally put images of young children in front of a pedophile in order to gauge a response may be cutting edge, but it’s controversial.
“I don’t think it’s crazy because it’s in a very controlled environment,” Renaud’s colleague Sarah Michelle Neveu said. “They’re not doing it for their own pleasure. They’re doing it because they’re sent here by a judge.”
One day, Renaud hopes to use virtual reality to help treat sex offenders. He says we have entered an arm’s race over who can use VR most effectively. As the technology becomes available, it will also be used for deviant purposes, he says.
A world where robots are programmed to know you, where people form real relationships through artificial intelligence, where behavior changes in virtual spaces and minority report-like technology is not far off — that’s already here. The question isn’t whether the technology will exist, but rather, how will we exist with it?
Produced by Erica Fink, Laurie Segall, Jason Farkas, Justine Quart, Roxy Hunt, Tony Castle, AK Hottman, Benjamin Garst, Haldane McFall, Gabriel Gomez, BFD Productions, Jack Regan, Cullen Daly.
Article edited by Aimee Rawlins.