Upfronts 2014: CBS Releases Schedule for Next Season

Full disclosure: I haven’t been much of a CBS person, except for a few shows (The Big Bang Theory, Survivor, The Amazing Race, the now-finished How I Met Your Mother). I know there are a few shows on the network that I should be watching (The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Elementary), but CBS just screams “PROCEDURAL” whenever I think about it, so it takes a lot for me to watch something on the network – be it awesome actors, a VERY good hook, and/or something that proves it’s not just the same old cop stuff. That being said, the network has picked up 8 new shows that will somehow fit into the networks already packed schedule.

STALKER [Drama – Wednesdays @ 10]: Kevin Williamson is bringing another psychological thriller to TV, with this show about two detectives who investigate stalking cases for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD. Oh, and the detectives are played by Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q. I repeat, MAGGIE Q IS ON TV AGAIN! If anyone can get me to watch CBS, it’s Maggie.

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NCIS: NEW ORLEANS [Drama – Tuesdays @ 9]: Another NCIS spin-off. Except set in New Orleans. Kind of self-explanatory? Not interested. Sorry.

CSI: CYBER [Drama – Sundays @ 10]: The pilot for this show was planted into an episode of CSI earlier this year, which revolves around Patricia Arquette’s special agent Avery Ryan who heads up the cyber crime unit of the FBI. Another CSI spin-off (zzzz….)

SCORPION [Drama – Mondays @ 9]: An eccentric genius and his ragtag team of other super geniuses work together to defend the world against complex and unexpected threats. Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee, and Eddie Kaye Thomas star. Many journos out there are calling this the dramatic version of The Big Bang Theory, which is to say not many are taking this seriously with McPhee’s presence in the show (I know, who says a woman can’t be beautiful AND smart? Sexist much?). Until I see more footage out of this, to get a sense of what they’re trying to do (Is it going to super serious? Or will they allow themselves to have some fun with it?), I’ll reserve my judgement.

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MADAM SECRETARY [Drama – Sundays @ 8]: Tea Leoni is the Secretary of State, who must balance her complex family life with the international diplomacy and office politics her job entails. Because that’s what it always is – a female has to find a way to balance family and work, and kick-ass doing so. I appreciate there being more female roles beyond playing the significant other, but why are there so many shows now where the focus is on how the woman balances her life between family and her job as [insert occupation here]?

THE MCCARTHYS [Comedy – Thursdays @ 9:30, after football is over]: The McCarthy’s are a loud, sports-crazed Irish-Catholic Boston family, who all live under the same roof. Laurie Metcalf, Joey McIntyre, Tyler Ritter and Kelen Coleman star. Family dynamics mixed in with sports…we’re gonna be in for a lot of yelling dialogue aren’t we?

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THE ODD COUPLE [Comedy – TBA]: Matthew Perry stars in this updated version of the classic Broadway play as bachelor Oscar, while Thomas Lennon plays Felix. So it’s the older Joey and Chandler, if Chandler hadn’t married Monica? Kidding! (Sorta.) I’d really like to see Matthew Perry get a win at some point, seeing as how both of his previous shows (Mr. Sunshine, Go On) didn’t see past the first season. We’ll have to wait and see.

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BATTLE CREEK [Drama – TBA]: All I know about this show is that it’s by Vince Gilligan (who created Breaking Bad) and stars Dean Winters and Josh Duhamel as two detectives in the city of Battle Creek, Michigan. That’s it. Not really giving me much here.

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Notables/Thoughts:

  • The Big Bang Theory will anchor Monday nights at the start of the season. Once CBS’ run of Thursday Night Football is over, TBBT will return to its Thursday slot. The Millers, Two and a Half Men (which has been announced to be its final season), and Elementary will return to their timeslots after football as well.
  • Once TBBT returns to Thursdays, 2 Broke Girls will continue heading the Monday @ 8 slot.
  • NCIS: LA moves to Mondays @ 10. Honestly, I was almost expecting CBS to do a full night of NCIS shows, but I guess even they know their limits.
  • The Amazing Race moves to Fridays @ 8, which works for me! One less thing to watch on an already packed Sunday, and something to watch Friday nights. Perfect.
  • CSI moves to Sundays @ 10, which will at some point turn over to CSI: Cyber.
  • How I Met Your Dad was not picked up, despite previous reports. Apparently, the network and the producers wanted different things creatively for the show, so it just didn’t work out. Frankly, call me bitter about how HIMYM ultimately ended, but it’s for the best. I know HIMYD was going to be a completely different entity from HIMYM, but it’s still a spin-off, and I just didn’t want to see them mess it up.

So there you have it, CBS with more of the same and minor tweaks. Relatively painless. For more on the new shows and a complete look at the schedule, check out Entertainment Weekly.

Tomorrow, The CW unveils its schedule.

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