Apologies for the delay in the CBS upfronts. In my defense, it took forever for the eye network to finally upload the videos. I guess there’s no rush when you’re number one.
Despite making no changes on Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday nights, CBS is offering up five new series for Fall and three for midseason. The biggest schedule changes include banishing Hawaii 5.0 from its cushy Monday night slot to Friday and saving Mike & Molly for midseason. The move to hold off on the Melissa McCarthy comedy is part of the network’s strategy for less repeats. CBS will swap out shows to offer a more continuous run.
Out of the dramas, the most interesting is Hostages featuring Toni Colette and Dylan McDermott. With regards to comedies, I’m looking forward to The Crazy Ones featuring a stellar cast including Sarah Michelle Geller, James Wolk and Robin Williams. We Are Men also has some potential. IMHO, the contender for early cancellation is The Millers. Why do networks keep giving Will Arnett shows? It’s never going to happen. I don’t find him particularly funny. Check out what CBS has in store for us next season below.
The five major broadcast networks don’t officially announce their 2013 Fall schedules until next week at the upfronts, but that hasn’t prevented a few of them from revealing the fates of a few on-the-bubble shows. On Thursday, two shows I thought were dunzo received a lifeline. Both The Carrie Diaries and Nikita are coming back. HALLELOO. I’m hoping The New Normal also receives another chance.
From now until Monday, I’ll keep updating this list as breaking news happens. Even though some new shows have been announced, this post will focus only cancellations and renewals. I’ll chat about the new series as each network presents at the upfronts next week.
I don’t normally share Nielsen Ratings unless it’s the premiere week or finale episodes, but this truly has me impressed. Congrats CBS.
After a three-week winter break hiatus, The Big Bang Theory came roaring back. Not only did viewers tune in, but they came in droves. Currently in its sixth season, the CBS comedy achieved its best ratings EVER. Given the viewership decline of veteran shows, this feat is truly remarkable. Its strong showing also benefited all the shows following it. Two and a Half Men hit season highs, while Person of Interest and Elementary both matched series bests. Find out how many “bangers” tuned in below.
“Here’s a story, of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls. All of them had hair of gold, like their mother, the youngest one in curls.” Those lyrics are part of arguably one of the most recognizable television theme songs of all-time. Whether you’re a fan of the campy 70s sitcom or not, the Bradys are making a comeback… sorta. CBS just greenlit a pilot script based on everyone’s favorite family, “The Brady Bunch.”
The untitled CBS Brady project is more of a sequel than a reboot or remake. Much like TBS’ successful new series, “Dallas“, the Brady show will take place years later with one of the original characters being the main focus of the show. The new series will revolve around of the Brady kids, Bobby Brady to be exact. The character is all grown up now and just like his dad Mike, he’s on his second marriage. But since divorce is no longer taboo these days, Bobby is divorced rather than widowed like his dad.
As with the original series, Bobby will marry a woman who has children of her own from a previous marriage, but this time they’ll also have a biological child together as well. Also part of the cast will be both exes who should provide for some comedic situations.
Rookie CBS drama “Unforgettable” certainly lives up to its name. The network can’t seem to forget it. The Poppy Montgomery starrer was cancelled by CBS, but it looks like they’ve had a change of heart. The drama was resurrected from the television graveyard and renewed for a second season which will consist of 13 episodes. The Eye network announced the news via Twitter, “Hey #Unforgettable fans. It’s official, the series will return to #CBS for summer 2013.”
That’s right, the show won’t air during Fall or midseason, but instead during the summer months. To be perfectly honest, I think it’s a great move. ABC’s “Rookie Blue“, HBO’s “True Blood” and TNT’s “Dallas” have proven that viewers want more than reality television to occupy them during the dog days of summer. “Unforgettable” averaged 12.1 million viewers during its first season, making it one of the most-watched shows to be canceled. For the show’s sake, hopefully a few of those viewers will stick around for the second season.
With shows like ‘Big Brother‘ and ‘The Glass House,’ you’d think all the drama is reserved for inside the house. As proven by the legal action CBS attempted on ABC for their Big Brother copycat show, ‘The Glass House,’ this is no longer the case. Well, now the plot thickens.
Since the judge ruled in favor of ABC and allowed ‘The Glass House’ to proceed with airing, CBS has decided to go to war by developing their own copycat show called ‘Dancing On The Stars‘ (the emphasis: “ON” The Stars). This of course is a copycat of ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars‘. To elaborate, the show will take place at “Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and will feature moderately famous and sort of well-known people you almost recognize competing for big prizes by dancing on the graves of some of Hollywood’s most iconic and well-beloved stars of stage and screen,” as CBS explains.
This of course is hard to believe, but CBS has actually released a press release about this and it is blatantly a retaliation against ABC. You absolutely have to read the press release below. I’ve never read anything like this from a television network.
TONIGHT, ‘The Glass House‘ will be premiering on ABC despite threats and a lawsuit from CBS that the show is copying ‘Big Brother‘. The new reality show has already opened up online voting, allowing viewers to impact the house and the fate of the players.
The cast has been revealed and you can get to know them a bit by checking out each of their intro videos below. They all seem very eager to play and there will most certainly be a clash of personalities. Each week, someone is eliminated from the house. This process happens after losing a challenge, where the team captain of the losing team goes to “limbo” – along with another member from the losing team that the house votes on. Limbo is an area outside of the house where the two people go until one of them is allowed to return to the house.
Be sure to tune in to the series premiere tonight (Monday, June 18 at 10/9c )to see how the show will compare to Big Brother…. Enjoy the cast videos below and vote on your favorite contestant is below.
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.