When you’re No. 1, you don’t really have to tweak your schedule all that much. That’s exactly what CBS did with their Fall schedule. The eye network announced at their upfront presentation that they were only adding four dramas and two comedies, with only four of them premiering in Fall. One drama and one comedy will be held off til midseason.
The biggest change on CBS’ schedule is the relocation of “Two and a Half Men” to Thursday nights where it’ll be paired up with “The Big Bang Theory”. That’s one powerful comedy block. Taking Ashton Kutcher’s former time slot is freshmen hit “2 Broke Girls“. Hopefully, it can hold its own during the 9:00 slot.
Before we chat about the new offerings, let’s say a quick adios to CBS’ canceled shows. Those programs not coming back are “How to Be a Gentleman“, “A Gifted Man” and “CSI: Miami“. Can’t really say I’ll miss them. Never watched one episode of any of those shows.
With only four new programs airing in the Fall, you have to assume they’re the cream of the crop. While not all home runs, there are a couple that show potential. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually looking forward to watching a CBS drama. Up until last season, the only thing I watched on the eye network was “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race“. That all changed this year when I fell in love with “2 Broke Girls”. Now I guess, it’s time for CBS dramas to win me over. “Elementary” and “Made In Jersey” definitely have a solid shot of doing so. Check out their trailers below.
I’m definitely watching this show. Not only do I love the gender flip with Watson now being a woman, but casting Lucy Liu for the part was genius. And if that wasn’t awesome enough, the underrated Jonny Lee Miller- the first Mr. Angelina Jolie- scored the Sherlock Holmes gig. I loved him in “Hackers” years ago. I can’t believe I’m actually looking forward to a crime procedural on CBS. EGADS… Am I officially in their target demo now- old fogies???
ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in Londonand a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, The Restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he’s devised his own post-rehab regimen – resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock’s police contact, Capt. Tobias “Toby” Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New Yorksolving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson.
How many different ways can I say BOMB and trainwreck. First of all, this season proved that period dramas on the major networks don’t work. Remember “Pan Am” and “The Playboy Club”? They’re better suited for cable stations like AMC with “Mad Men”. This time, CBS is hoping that Las Vegas in the 1960s will do the trick. Umm, I don’t think so. Nothing about this is appealing to me.
Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star in VEGAS, a drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds. Ralph Lamb (Quaid) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption which are intruding on his simple life. Recalling Lamb’s command as a military police officer during World War II, the Mayor appeals to his sense of duty to look into a murder of a casino worker – and so begins Lamb’s clash with Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own. Assisting Lamb in keeping Law And Order are his two deputies: his diplomatic, even-keeled brother Jack (Jason O’Mara) and his charming but impulsive son, Dixon (Taylor Handley). Ambitious Assistant District Attorney Katherine O’Connell (Carrie-Anne Moss), who grew up on the ranch next to the Lambs, also lends a hand in preserving justice. In Vegas, two powerful men – Lamb and Savino – are engaged in a fierce battle for control of the budding oasis, and for both of them, folding is not an option.
Everything Jersey-related is hot these days, so it’s only natural CBS jump on the bandwagon. I really didn’t want to like this show, but I’m excited to watch it. The lead actress (Janet Montgomery) is engaging and extremely likeable. She reminds me of Marisa Tomei from “My Cousin Vinny”. Believe it or not, Montgomery is actually British. It’s amazing how she can mask her British accent and pull off a realistic Jersey one.
MADE IN JERSEY is a drama about a young working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete among her pedigreed Manhattan colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm. Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery) finds her firm’s cutthroat landscape challenging, but what she lacks in an Ivy League education she more than makes up for with tenacity and blue-collar insight. After just a few weeks, firm founder Donovan Stark (Kyle MacLachlan), takes note of Martina’s ingenuity and resourcefulness, as does her sassy secretary Cyndi Vega (Toni Trucks). With the support of her big Italian family, including her sexy older sister Bonnie (Erin Cummings), Martina is able to stay true to her roots as a bold, passionate lawyer on the rise in a new intimidating environment.
It’s “Will & Grace” without Grace. Michael Urie from “Ugly Betty” stars in this new comedy from the creators of the NBC sitcom. The footage captured doesn’t look all the hilarious but I’m willing to give this comedy a shot. Not only do I love Urie, but I love Sophia Bush who plays the fiancee of Urie’s straight best friend. It’s sandwiched in between “How I Met Your Mother” and “2 Broke Girls” so it should do well. Hopefully, it keeps a lot of the lead-in audience. For CBS it’s all about retention rate and not about numbers.
PARTNERS is a comedy based on the lives of creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, about two life-long best friends and business partners whose “bromance” is tested when one of them is engaged to be married. Joe (David Krumholtz) is an accomplished architect who leads with his head and not his heart, especially in his love life. That’s in stark contrast to his gay co-worker, Louis (Michael Urie), who is spontaneous, emotional and prone to exaggeration. Both have found joy in their love lives: Joe is newly engaged to Ali (Sophia Bush), a beautiful and sophisticated jewelry designer, while Louis is dating Wyatt (Brandon Routh), a vegan nurse who Louis insists is just a promotion away from becoming a doctor. As news of Joe’s engagement settles, time will tell if their business and personal bond can adapt to the addition of two other important relationships.
New shows in italics
I’m reserving full judgement on these midseason shows since CBS didn’t release any footage. Just in case you were curious about them, I’ve included the official descriptions for both shows. Based on superficial reasons alone, “Golden Boy” looks promising. If not only for the scrumptious eye candy known as Theo James. RAWR.
GOLDEN BOY is a drama about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City, and the high personal and professional cost he pays to achieve it. As he’s interviewed for a story about his career, Walter William Clark, Jr. (Theo James) flashes back on his hard-fought journey from street kid to the most powerful man in law enforcement. After only three years as a beat cop, Clark’s heroics on the job make him bold enough to ask for and receive the unheard – of promotion to Homicide Detective, angering the members of his new department who are eager to see him fail. Clark’s disappointed to be partnered with veteran Detective Don Owen (Chi McBride), a gruff lifer just two years shy of retirement. He would rather team with First Grade Detective Christian Arroyo (Kevin Alejandro), the alpha dog in the squad who’s just as ambitious as Clark, but without a moral center. Arroyo’s partner is Detective Deborah McKenzie (Bonnie Somerville), a tough third-generation cop and the only female detective in the unit. Also on the team is Detective Joe Diaco (Holt McCallany), well-connected with tremendous resources whichClark might find useful. Though laser-focused on moving up the ladder, Clark’s soft spot is serving as the sole caregiver and supporter of his sister, Agnes (Stella Maeve), a teenager demonstrating increasingly dangerous behavior. Keenly observant and politically savvy, the Golden Boy bases his career decisions solely on his need to succeed as quickly as possible, and he’ll find that his epic journey will be filled with consequences.
FRIEND ME is a comedy about two 20-something best friends who just moved from Indiana to Los Angeles to start cool new jobs, but can’t agree on how to socially engage in their new city. Rob (Nicholas Braun) is eager to embrace the L.A.scene and meet new people who aren’t looking down at their smart phones or laptops. Evan (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), however, prefers to socialize online at home in his underwear, web-chatting and playing poker with his Hoosier buddies Mike (Parveesh Cheena), Sully (Tim Robinson) and Farhad (Dan Ahdoot) just a keystroke away. Meanwhile, Rob’s had enough of iChatting, and naively posts a flyer seeking new friends on the coffee house bulletin board, despite Evan’s warning that no good can come from meeting strangers in person. Soon the calls start rolling in, some with potential, some just disturbing, and Rob and a reluctant Evan embark on what will be a series of the most epic adventures – and disasters – of their lives
Just in case you can’t see any of the videos above due to your geographic location, I’ve embedded a montage clip that shows all the new shows. Enjoy.