At this moment it is unclear whether that hope, real or imagined, will translate to viewers; whether levity brought to the story offends people or whether the darkness pushes people away. Lisco is well aware that after a time historical events are ripe for televising — "they are safer to do" the further away they are. He knows he is working awfully close to the event in this case, and knows that he has to "treat the material with respect" in order to succeed. Lisco and his team have drawn a very fine line for themselves to walk. Leaning too much in one direction or the other will cause countless people to stand up and decry the show.
As it stands, the pilot is interesting enough that I will be tuning in for the second episode to see where it heads. Hopefully it will be somewhere worth going.