Day 4 of Upfronts brings us CBS’ schedule for next fall. With the revelation of CBS’ schedule, it sure looks like the networks are making this one of the most competitive seasons in recent memory, with all the scheduling changes (more on that later). CBS adds 6 new shows to its lineup – 4 dramas and 2 comedies.
- PARTNERS [Comedy – Mondays @ 8:30]: David Krumholtz and Michael Urie play 2 life-long friends and business partners, Joe and Louis. When Joe gets engaged to Ali (played by Sophia Bush), they start to question whether their friendship can survive with the addition of significant others. I say it a lot, but the cast in itself sells it for me. Michael Urie is hilarious and it is SO nice to see Sophia get a chance to really flex her comedic muscles (especially after the 9 dramatic years on One Tree Hill). The same goes for Brandon Routh, who is also in the show playing the boyfriend to Urie’s Louis. And this is following HIMYM? Can’t wait!
- VEGAS [Drama – Tuesdays @ 10]: Set in the 1960s, the show centers on Ralph Lamb (played by Dennis Quaid), a rancher who has been tasked to become sheriff of Las Vegas. The show is actually inspired by the true story of Lamb and also stars Michael Chiklis, Jason O’Mara and Carrie-Anne Moss. Like numerous other dramas on CBS, I really don’t think that this is for me. I completely commend them on their casting choices (Dennis Quaid doing television? I’m pretty sure this was a huge get) but the story itself doesn’t appeal to me.
- ELEMENTARY [Drama – Thursdays @ 10]: Consider this a modern-day re-telling of Sherlock Holmes, with New York City substituting for London. Jonny Lee Miller plays Holmes, while our new Watson is played by Lucy Liu(!). I worry that this is going to end up being very procedural-like, but I will check it out for a few episodes and see where they intend on taking this.
- MADE IN JERSEY [Drama – Fridays @ 9]: First off, this title’s an upgrade from what it was previous called (Baby Big Shot). The show is about a working-class woman who uses her street smarts to get a head-up on her competition at a Manhattan law firm. Honestly, change a few things, and this is pretty much USA’s Suits, except probably a lot more serious and not as fun. I’ll pass, but thanks for trying.
- GOLDEN BOY [Drama – Midseason]: The show follows the rise of a cop on the fast-track to becoming the youngest police commissioner in NYC. Theo James, Chi McBride, Kevin Alejandro, and Bonnie Somerville star in this latest cop show. [Sorry to sound like a cynical broken record, but I really could care less about another cop show.]
- FRIEND ME [Comedy – Midseason]: Wait, this isn’t a comedy about Facebook? Kidding! It’s about 2 friends who move from Indiana to Los Angeles to work at GroupOn, while disagreeing on how to spend their time outside of work (stay at home playing video games or go out to socialize and discover the world of L.A?) Could go either way in terms of funny, guess we’ll just wait and see.
Other notable changes in the schedule:
- To compete with Fox’s X-Factor with new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, CBS moved season 10 of Two and a Half Men to Thursdays @ 8:30, following The Big Bang Theory (their two highest rated comedies.)
- Taking over Two and a Half Men‘s former spot on Mondays @ 9, will be 2 Broke Girls.
- The Mentalist moves to Sundays @ 10.
- CSI:NY stays on Fridays, but now starts off the night @ 8.
- Officially cancelled: CSI Miami, Unforgettable, NYC 2-2, A Gifted Man, Rob
I must admit, CBS doesn’t really interest me in general, besides the comedies and Hawaii Five-0. I know I should probably try and give Person of Interest another shot, and though I haven’t fully watched The Good Wife, but the couple of times that I have seen it, it definitely deserves all the raves it gets. If you want to look at the schedule in full, plus get a more detailed description of next season’s shows, you can check out Deadline.
Upfronts wraps up tomorrow with The CW.