Upfronts Week continues with CBS, the latest network to reveal its schedule for the new season. I’ve mentioned before how CBS isn’t really my network, with the only shows I watch on the network being How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Survivor, and The Amazing Race – 2 comedies, 2 reality shows, 0 dramas. I mean CBS is known for its procedural-type crime shows and I tend to veer away from that. Granted, I did use to watch Hawaii Five-0, but again, given it’s case-of-the-week storytelling, it became less of a priority for me to watch, and I only watch it once in a while. Question is: will that change with the new shows CBS ordered to series? We will have to wait and see.
All in all, the network ordered 5 comedies and 3 dramas.
CRAZY ONES [Comedy – Thursdays @ 9]: Robin Williams heads up this comedy about an ad exec, who works with his daughter, played by none other than Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar. It’s a family comedy, but it’s also a workplace comedy. Robin Williams returns to TV and SMG is doing comedy! (And it’s actually a comedy, not the unintentional comedy that was Ringer.) I hope the writing is smart and doesn’t overindulge Williams’ brand of comedy (if you’ve seen some of his movies as of late, you’ll know what I mean when I say he’s been kind of one-note), because this has such great potential to be a hit for CBS.
FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES [Comedy – Midseason]: You get to a certain age where you start comparing your life to that of your friends, and this comedy follows a group of thirtysomething friends who all think the others have it better. James Van Der Beek, Brooklyn Decker, Majandra Delfino, and Kevin Connolly are among the cast.
MOM [Comedy – Mondays @ 9:30]: If FOX is the Seth MacFarlene network, CBS is the Chuck Lorre network, as Lorre continues his dominance at the network with his 4th show, this one starring Anna Faris. The show centers around Christy, a single mother waitress, who is four months sober and what happens when her estranged, recovering alcoholic of a mother (played by Allison Janney) reappears in her life. The combination of Anna Faris and Allison Janney have got to be hilarious right? Let’s hope so.
THE MILLERS [Comedy – Thursdays @ 8:30]: Will Arnett stars as Nathan, a recently divorced news reporter, looking forward to his new single life. Things don’t go as planned when his parents, played by Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges, suddenly decide to get divorced and thus impose on the lives of Nathan and his sister, Debbie. I feel like the cast alone is reason enough to tune in, and Will Arnett definitely deserves another show (besides Arrested Development) worthy of his hilarious comedic acting chops.
WE ARE MEN [Comedy – Mondays @ 8:30]: Four single guys (Chris Smith, Tony Shaloub, Kal Penn, Jerry O’Connell) living in a short-term apartment complex bond over their failed attempts at love. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this show just yet, based purely on the description. I think I’ll have to hold off until I see previews before making any decisions on it.
HOSTAGES [Drama – Mondays @ 10]: Continuing CBS’ casting jackpot this season is this show starring Toni Collette as a surgeon who finds herself caught in the middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent, played by Dylan McDermott. The show is set for a 15-episode run, which means this could be one of those limited series events the networks are touting, unless they find a way to keep the show going, while keeping it interesting. I’m certainly looking forward to this; I mean what’s not to love about a show that involves conspiracy theories?
INTELLIGENCE [Drama – Midseason, Mondays @ 10]: After Hostages finishes its run, this show will takes its place on the schedule with its own 13-episode run. Intelligence stars Josh Holloway as an operative who has a microchip implanted in his brain, which allows him to connect to the electromagnetic spectrum and access to the worldwide information grid. Not going to lie, but the first thing that came to mind when I heard about this show is Chuck, except more focus on the spy stuff and less on the nerdy comedy. I’m still going to watch it because it sounds cool, but I won’t be surprised if I start making references to Chuck and Sarah, when I see Holloway and Meghan Ory (as a Secret Service agent assigned to protect Holloway’s Gabriel – re: handler) together.
RECKLESS [Drama – Midseason]: Anna Wood and Cam Gigandet star as a city litigator and a Southern attorney, who have to hide their mutual attraction while working on opposite ends of a case involving a police sex scandal in Charleston, SC. On one side, it’s a legal show. On the other, CBS has another show in its lineup that manages to balance the legal aspects with a sexy sheen to it (The Good Wife), so there’s hope for this if the writing is there.
Notes about the schedule:
- I think CBS is the one network that tends to keep their shows in one slot from season to season. They’ll only make changes to better integrate their new shows, and if it makes sense. With that being said, there were only a few big changes.
- To further compete with NBC, CBS has now created a full Thursday night lineup of comedies (in addition to its Monday night comedies). The Big Bang Theory will continue to anchor the night, leading into new shows The Millers and The Crazy Ones, which will then be bookended by Two and a Half Men.
- Making way for CBS’ new Thursday night of comedies, Person of Interest moves to Tuesdays at 10.
- Hawaii Five-0 moves from its current Monday slot to Fridays @ 9.
- Mike & Molly is being held off until midseason.
- After it was teased on the finale that next fall’s edition of Survivor would be subtitled “Blood vs. Water,” the network confirmed that former players would be returning and playing against…their families! I am being completely honest when I say that I had a sense family was involved. I mean, “blood vs. water” for some reason made me think of the saying “blood is thicker than water.”
- Next season, in case you haven’t heard, will be the final season of How I Met Your Mother. The executive producers have gone on record as saying the entirety of season 9 will take place at Robin & Barney’s wedding, with the gang meeting and getting to know “the mother” (revealed as being played by Broadway star Cristin Milioti in the season finale) before Ted meets her. Interesting…
Upfronts wraps up tomorrow with The CW revealing its schedule (hoping for more than 6-episodes of the presumably last season of Nikita!). Until then, head on over to Deadline.com for complete descriptions of all of CBS’ new shows and a full look at next season’s schedule.