The CW's fall 2016 schedule: A snap judgment
The CW — it’s not just superheroes anymore. Now, it also features regular humans with superhuman abilities! The main character in Frequency can talk to her father, even though he’s dead. And the guy in No Tomorrow can not only predict the exact moment when the world will end, he also has the magical capacity to resemble Michael Fassbender. Fortunately, both shows look kind of good! Now, stop ironing your Supergirl cape and find out why below.
Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Evie (Tori Anderson) has just met the perfect guy, Xavier (Joshua Sasse). Yay! The perfect guy reveals that an asteroid is coming to destroy the earth soon. Boo! That means it’s a good time for Evie to quit her job in quality control at Cybermart Warehouse and spend the rest of her days driving a dune buggy through the desert, singing Whitesnake songs at karaoke, and otherwise carpe-ing her deim. Yay! Or maybe it means her dream man is legit crazy? Boo!
It’s hard to believe no one has turned this simple-but-genius premise into a rom-com before. All rom-coms are really just basic wish fulfillment anyway, so why not push it to its natural extreme and let our heroine check off every last thing on her bucket list? Like the CW’s charming comedies Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, No Tomorrow has a certain infectious ebullience without losing its dry sense of humor. I laughed when Evie threw her pogo stick into the trash, only to watch it bounce right back out. Anderson is so awkward and eager and uptight, it’s hard not to root for her. And Sasse, who was so funny in the underappreciated Galavant, is just the right mix of too-hot-to-be-single and too-weird-and-unemployed-to-be-taken, which should make for an ideal will-they-or-won’t-they tension, alternating between breakups and makeups until the world literally ends. He’s wearing a beaded necklace in the trailer, for goodness sake. That’s should be enough grounds for dumping him at least once.
Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
Don’t worry if you didn’t nod knowingly when you read the CW’s description of this drama as a “reimagining of the 2000 New Line film” starring Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid. (Did we miss that one?) If you haven’t seen the movie, it might be for the best, since the trailer promises plenty of twists. Peyton List stars as a police detective who discovers that she’s been speaking with her estranged father (Riley Smith) over a ham radio. That would be a weird enough coincidence, but she’s speaking in 2016, and he’s back in 1996, talking to her on the night she remembers him dying. When she saves him from his fate, they start working together on an unresolved murder case, but it profoundly changes her life in the present day. Wait for the scene where she talks to her younger self through the ham radio. Creepy!
There are a lot of new time-travel shows coming soon, between Frequency, Making Time, and Time After Time. But examining how the endless ripple of the butterfly effect could affect a murder case raises interesting issues. Could there be alternate futures and, thus, alternate killers? Could you prosecute a crime that hasn’t happened yet? Could Hitler go back in time and kill his own grandparents? Okay, so that last question probably won’t figure into anything. But I’m still hoping that Frequency might be good enough to help us imagine a past in which the 2000 New Line film had never been made.