Supergirl flies to the front of the pack

Trailers have long been a part of the integral hype for movies - even back to the days of dial-up when I would spend hours waiting for them to download.

The response to the Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens preview is a prime example. Even old cynics like me, who believed this was merely a money-grabbing ruse and an attempt to wipe our memories of those three bad prequels, cried tears of joy when Han Solo appeared back on screen with Chewie.

But I can never recall when a trailer for a television show got the response that the first look at Supergirl received in my social circle. It seemed almost universally loved and people were genuinely excited.

Of course, I may be biased. And all my friends may have questionable tastes. But I always loved the idea of Supergirl forging her own path and I even have a bit of a soft spot for the bad 1984 movie starring Helen Slater (Peter Cook's over-the-top Nigel? Delicious!).

And Smallville, once it moved past the villian of the week and more into the mythology, was an excellent show for quite a few seasons - so much so that I spent the whole of Superman Returns thinking 'Damn, Tom Welling should have been in this'.

But it's the perfect time, in amongst all the other superhero shows on the go, to reach out to an audience that's much under-represented in the superhero genre - younger women. Hell, you can't even buy a Black Widow toy from the latest Avengers movie, despite her being the biggest badass in the movie!

I don't want to pigeon hole Supergirl, though, as a programme only targetting that demographic. I think it has much wider appeal and will hopefully be something I can sit down and enjoy with my son and daughter.

Melissa Benoist (Glee) looks to have found the perfect balance between young woman looking for her identity and superhero - and with Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) hamming it up, this is my must watch show for this year.

Of course I'm not too blind to see that this won't resonate with some of you - but there is still plenty to be excited about in the world of television.

Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC and more have released trailers this week for their new shows (most of which you can see on YouTube, even if you will have to use a plugin like Hola to view some).

And while there are some that look absolutely terrible - I'm looking at you People Are Talking and Of Kings And Prophets - there are a few that have me excited about the new season already.

I'm particularly intrigued by the premise for the new Muppets show, which is going to take a faux-reality look at Kermit, Piggy and the rest of the gang. Yes, it's been done before and no, it won't be as good as The Office - but that doesn't mean this can't be great. And it has Fozzie Bear in it, which is good enough for me.

The Muppets:

Other shows that piqued my interest were Quantico and Grandfathered - neither of which look perfect but may have enough to stand out from the crowded pack.

And last, but certainly not least, is DC's Legends of Tomorrow:

I suspect if you're a fan of Arrow or The Flash (and why wouldn't you be?) this is going to be right up your street.

The biggest disappointment, for me, is NBC seems to have just given up the ghost on comedies. For a network that showed The Office, 30 Rock, Cheers, Community and Parks & Recreation, they seem to have just shrugged their shoulders and scheduled nothing for the traditional Thursday sitcom slots.

Still, in a world with Supergirl and The Muppets, at least there are plenty of options out there for us all.