You have to hand it to NBC, with most of their shows struggling to gain viewers, they’ve been willing to give SF-tinged shows a try: Heroes, Knight Rider, Chuck, My Own Worst Enemy and now Kings.
From what I see, this looks like a drama that just happens to be set in an alternate Earth, where the manufactured hero becomes a revolutionary. From a SF fan standpoint, I’d say this is a smart move on NBC’s part, placing the story on a different, but similar Earth, allows for SF-tinged elements to be used, but to also avoid the overt SF tropes that many people just don’t like on TV. Of course, the show will live or die depending on the writing and how many people NBC can entice into watching the first few episodes. I’d say the trailer isn’t a knock-out from that perspective, but it’s enough to intrigue me.
Kings premiers on March 19 at 9pm (8pm Central).