TV Series news for 5/13

Ok, a lot of info at the end of the day, let’s tally up the results:

CBS:

Picked up “Mike and Molly” from Chuck Lorre.  That’s his third series on CBS.

NBC:

May or may not have canceled “Law & Order”.  Early word was that it was gone, but late afternoon word came down that the network wasn’t officially axing it yet.  Also hanging by a thread: “Heroes.”

Saved to fight another day – “Chuck” – gets a 13-episode order for next season.

ABC:

Most of the news was ABC today.  They picked up 3 comedies: “Mr. Sunshine,” “Happy Endings,” and “Better Together.”  They also picked up 3 dramas: “My Generation” (was “Generation Y,” and one of my personal faves), “The Whole Truth” and “Detroit 187.” Apparently “Wright vs. Wrong” is looking likely as a pick up too, though no official word on it yet.

ABC has also renewed “V” for a second season.  Which probably means “Flash Forward” is done.  “Cougar Town” may get a name change…that was the only other major series news today that I can find.

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This post was written by Shawna on May 13, 2010

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TV News for 5/12

Fox renews “Human Target,” “Lie to Me”; picks up “Traffic Light” “Keep Hope Alive” “Midland” and “RideAlong”

Fox picks up ‘Running Wilde’ – Was ‘Wilde Kingdom’, this is the Will Arnett pilot. I read it – it’s good.

Having read MIDLAND and RIDEALONG, I can say those were ones I was expecting.  Haven’t caught up on all the half hour shows, so not sure about those two.  Really surprised that both HUMAN TARGET and LIE TO ME got picked up, as most people were thinking only one of the two would live.  I guess losing 24 does leave an action gap.

FX picks up comedy pilot ‘Wilfred’

NBC picks up ‘Perfect Couples’– I won’t be watching this show for one reason: OLIVIA MUNN. Though you may watch it because of her.

NBC has already picked up “The Chase”, “Undercovers,”  “Love Bites,” “The Event” and “Outsourced.”   “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (LOLA) is pretty much a done deal too, from what I’ve seen.

ABC picks up “No Ordinary Family” – stars Michael Chiklis, written by Greg Berlanti and Jon Feldman.

ABC hasn’t announced any other pickups so far.

 “Hawaii Five-0” appears to be a go on CBS, as does the “Criminal Minds” spin-off.  The CW has already picked up “Nikita.”

Upfronts are next week.

FINAL NOTE: I am now writing reviews/articles for Seat42F.  I’ll start linking you guys to my articles.  If anyone would help out the cause by starting/contributing conversation over there (even if you need to trash me) – feel free.  Need to earn my keep.

Okay UPDATE WITH FINAL FINAL NOTE: I’m posting this stuff primarily to keep everyone updated on shows coming back.  So, if you have a LIE TO ME spec, you’re good for another season.  HUMAN TARGET can now be specced (though its value as a spec is still somewhat debatable –is anyone in town watching it?)

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This post was written by Shawna on May 12, 2010

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The Good Wife and NCIS: LA get full season pickups

Per The Live Feed.

By the way if your show name is “Three Rivers,” this is not good news.  And even though it’s on a different network, “the forgotten” needs to watch its back.

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This post was written by Shawna on October 7, 2009

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Upfronts 2009: CBS announces fall schedule

[The press release from CBS is below.  My thoughts are at the bottom]

CBS, the only major broadcast network to grow its audience in all key ratings measures this season, announced today the addition of four new series to strengthen its already top rated primetime lineup for the Fall 2009-2010 season.  

 

The new series include three dramas and one comedy.  Chris O’Donnell and LL COOL J star in NCIS: LOS ANGELES, a spinoff from the hit drama NCIS; THE GOOD WIFE stars Emmy® Award winner Julianna Margulies in a legal drama about a steadfast wife and mother who boldly returns to work as a lawyer when her husband is imprisoned for a high profile political scandal; THREE RIVERS, a medical drama  that stars Alex O’Loughlin as the head of  a  renowned transplant surgery team, and  ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE stars Golden Globe Award winner Jenna Elfman in an ensemble comedy about a successful, single journalist who accidentally gets pregnant by a much younger man.

 

The freshmen series will join 18 returning series on the current CBS schedule.

 

CBS will return the season’s #1 drama/scripted program — CSI; #1 comedy — TWO AND A HALF MEN; #1 new series — THE MENTALIST and the #1 news magazine – 60 MINUTES, along with two franchise reality series — SURVIVOR and the six-time Emmy Award winner THE AMAZING RACE.

  

The other returning series include: THE BIG BANG THEORY, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, CSI: MIAMI, NCIS,  THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE; GARY UNMARRIED, CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI: NY,  GHOST WHISPERER,  NUMB3RS, 48 HOURS MYSTERY and COLD CASE.

 

Ordered for midseason is a new fast-paced medical drama, MIAMI TRAUMA, from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer; the new police drama THE BRIDGE; the returning comedy RULES OF ENGAGEMENT; and the new alternative series ARRANGED MARRIAGE and UNDERCOVER BOSS.

 

On the strength of its scripted series, and the success of its two reality franchises, CBS will win the 2008-2009 television season in viewers, its sixth victory in the past seven years, and in adults 25-54 (projected tie with Fox). CBS is the ONLY network to post ratings gains over the last season in all key measures: +12% in viewers, + 3% in adults 18-49, and +8% in adults 25-54.

 

            This top-rated schedule will serve as the springboard to introduce four new series — all of which have established franchises as a lead-in.

 

The 2009-2010 schedule:

 

On Mondays at 8:00 PM, the critically acclaimed ensemble comedy HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER opens the night and serves as a strong lead-in for the new comedy ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE at 8:30 PM. From 9:00-10:00 PM, television’s top comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN and the genius comedy THE BIG BANG THEORY form a power comedy hour. CSI: MIAMI, a perennial time period winner, completes the night at 10:00 PM.

 

On Tuesdays, NCIS kicks off the night at 8:00 PM, providing a seamless lead-in for its spin off NCIS: LOS ANGELES at 9:00 PM, followed by new legal drama THE GOOD WIFE at 10:00 PM.

 

Wednesday returns intact with the comedy block THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE and GARY UNMARRIED from 8:00-9:00 PM, as well as the crime drama tandem of CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI: NY from 9:00-11:00 PM. 

 

On Thursdays at 8:00 PM, SURVIVOR returns to the time period it has won every year since 2004.   And from 9:00-11:00 PM, CBS is pairing television’s #1 drama, CSI, with television’s  #1 new series, THE MENTALIST. 

 

On Friday, CBS plans to add the popular drama series MEDIUM at 9:00 PM, starring Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette, to its top-rated Friday night lineup, forming a hauntingly compatible two-hour block with GHOST WHISPERER at 8:00 PM.  NUMB3RS caps the night at 10:00 PM.

  

The Saturday night lineup remains intact, anchored by the night’s highest-rated show, 48 HOURS MYSTERY.

 

As always, 60 MINUTES kicks off Sundays at 7:00 PM, followed by the six-time Emmy Award winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE at 8:00 PM, which leads into the new medical drama THREE RIVERS at 9:00 PM. The crime drama COLD CASE anchors at 10:00 PM.

 

The new DRAMAS:

 

NCIS: LOS ANGELES is a drama about the high stakes world of undercover surveillance at the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation’s security.  By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets.  Special Agent “G” Callen (Chris O’Donnell) is a chameleon who transforms himself into whomever he needs to be to infiltrate the criminal underworld.  His partner is Special Agent Sam Hanna (LL COOL J), a former U.S. Navy SEAL who has seen action in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and a surveillance expert who uses state of the art monitoring equipment to look out for those in the field and feed them crucial information.  Both Callen and Hanna report to Special Agent Lara Macy (Louise Lombard), the OSP team leader responsible for directing the operations and making life-or-death decisions.  Assisting the team is Special Agent Kensi Lo (Daniela Ruah), the exceptionally bright daughter of a slain Marine who lives for the adrenalin rush that comes with undercover work, and Operational Psychologist Nate Getz (Peter Cambor), adept at getting into anybody’s head, profiling the target and monitoring agents’ states of mind before, during and after missions.  Armed with the latest in high tech gear and sent regularly into life-threatening situations, this tight-knit team relies on each other to do what is necessary to protect national interests.  Shane Brennan (“NCIS”) is the executive producer for CBS Television Studios.

 

THE GOOD WIFE  is a drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who must assume full responsibility for her family and re-enter the workforce after her husband’s very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.  Pushing aside the betrayal and crushing public humiliation caused by her husband Peter (Chris Noth), Alicia Florrick (Margulies) starts over by pursuing her original career as a defense attorney.  As a junior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, she joins her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner (Josh Charles), who is interested to see how Alicia will perform after 13 years out of the courtroom. Alicia is grateful the firm’s top litigator, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), offers to mentor her but discovers the offer has conditions and realizes she’s going to need to succeed on her own merit.  Alicia’s main competition among the firm’s 20-something new recruits is Cary (Matt Czuchry), a recent Harvard grad who is affable on the surface, but will use any means to ensure that he, not Alicia, secures the one full-time associate position that’s available.  Fortunately, Alicia finds an ally in Kalinda (Archie Panjabi), the firm’s tough in-house investigator.  Gaining confidence every day, Alicia transforms herself from embarrassed politician’s scorned wife to resilient career woman, especially for the sake of providing a stable home for her children, 14-year-old Zach (Graham Phillips) and 13-year-old Grace (Makenzie Vega).  For the first time in years, Alicia trades in her identity as the “good wife” and takes charge of her own destiny.  Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, Robert King, Michelle King, Dee Johnson and David Zucker are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

 

THREE RIVERS is a medical drama that goes inside the emotionally complex lives of organ donors, the recipients and the surgeons at the preeminent transplant hospital in the country where every moment counts.  However, dealing with donor families in their darkest hour and managing the fears and concerns of apprehensive recipients takes much more than just a sharp scalpel.  Leading the elite team is Dr. Andy Yablonski (Alex O’Loughlin), the highly-skilled workaholic lead organ transplant surgeon, whose good-natured personality and sarcastic wit makes him popular with his patients and colleagues.  His colleagues include Dr. Miranda Foster (Katherine Moennig), a surgical fellow with a rebellious streak and fiery temper who strives to live up to her deceased father’s excellent surgical reputation; Dr. David Lee (Daniel Henney), a womanizing surgical resident who’s broken as many hearts as he’s replaced; Ryan Abbott (Christopher J. Hanke), the inexperienced new transplant coordinator who arranges the intricately choreographed process of quickly and carefully transporting organs from donor to patient; Dr. Sophia Jordan (Julia Ormond), the head of surgery and a dedicated medical professional; and Pam Acosta (Justina Machado), Andy’s no-nonsense operating assistant and best friend.  In this high stakes arena, in which every case is a race against the clock, these tenacious surgeons and medical professionals are the last hope for their patients.  Carol Barbee, Curtis Hanson and Carol Fenelon are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

 

 

The new COMEDY:

 

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE is a comedy starring Golden Globe Award winner Jenna Elfman as Billie, a single woman who finds herself “accidentally” pregnant after a one-night stand with a much younger guy, and decides to keep the baby… and the guy.  A newspaper film critic, Billie is barely surviving a humiliating breakup with her charming boss, James (Grant Show), who’s still trying to resume their relationship.  Suddenly expecting a child with her “boy toy,” Zack (Jon Foster), Billie and Zack make an arrangement: to live together platonically. Billie’s party girl best friend Olivia (Ashley Jensen), and Abby (Lennon Parham), her conventional, younger married sister, eagerly look forward to the new addition and offer their own brands of advice and encouragement.  But when Zack and his freeloading friends, including Davis (Nicolas Wright), start to turn her place into a frat house, Billie isn’t sure if she’s living with a boyfriend, a roommate, or if she just has another child to raise.  Lloyd Braun, Gail Berman, Gene Stein and Claudia Lonow are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.  Pamela Fryman directed the pilot.

 

 

The new MIDSEASON DRAMAS:

 

THE BRIDGE is a drama about a tough and dedicated police officer who is voted to become the police union’s dynamic leader.  To serve the public as well as his 8,000 fellow officers, charismatic Frank Leo (Aaron Douglas) battles criminals on the street, corruption in the ranks and his own bosses.  On the force is his able partner and confidante Tommy Dunn (Paul Popowich), who rides with Frank across the bridge that spans the divide between the rich and the poor in the area they patrol; Staff Sergeant Bernie Kantor (Frank Cassini), a voice of reason and moral sounding board; Jill (Inga Cadranel), a detective with a lot of attitude who is moving up the ranks; Billy (Theresa Joy), a young female cop who is determined to prove herself to the guys; and Ed Wycoff (Michael Murphy), the shrewd Chief of Police.  Abby St. James (Ona Grauer) is a sharp prosecutor who begins working with the police union, and shares a mutual attraction with Frank.  In his new position, Frank Leo takes on the politically-motivated department brass… and makes many powerful enemies in the process.  Craig Bromell, Adam J. Shully, Laszlo Barna, Alan Di Fiore and Robert Wertheimer are executive producers for E1 Entertainment, 990 Multi Media Entertainment Company and Jonsworth Productions in association with CTV and CBS Television Studios.

 

MIAMI TRAUMA is about a team of expert surgeons who work at one of the premiere trauma facilities in the country, where only patients with life threatening injuries are treated.  Dr. Matthew Proctor (Jeremy Northam) is new to the trauma team, after a tour of duty in a MASH unit during the Gulf war.  Dr. Eva Zambrano (Lana Parrilla) is a workaholic surgeon who is more comfortable in her scrubs than she is out in the real world.  Dr. Christopher Deleo, “Dr. C.,” is a playboy who thrives on the high-stakes of trauma medicine and is, by his own description, a genius redneck.  Dr. Serena Warren (Elisabeth Harnois) is fresh out of medical school, and head nurse Tuck Brody (Omar Gooding) keeps the doctors on track and the patients’ families updated in this chaotic corner of the medical profession.  Together, this team of doctors excels in the “golden hour,” the 60 minutes after being critically injured, when a patient’s life hangs in the balance.  Jerry Bruckheimer, Jeffrey Lieber and Jonathan Littman are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television Distribution.

 

 

The new MIDSEASON ALTERNATIVE series:

 

ARRANGED MARRIAGE is a series that brings the tradition of arranged marriages, which is still practiced successfully by many cultures throughout the world, to the U.S., where it is virtually an inconceivable option for most single Americans.  Three adults who are anxious to get married, but who have been unsuccessful in their own search for a mate, choose a life-altering path.  They rely on their closest family and friends, those who love and know them best, to choose someone for them to marry based on shared goals, values, experiences and the commitment to make it work.  The series intimately documents these three arranged marriages, starting with the first meetings of the families and the wedding day; and then follows the couple through the day-to-day joys, challenges, and emotional tumult that results from their arranged union.  Emmy Award nominees Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth are executive producers for Magical Elves Inc.

 

UNDERCOVER BOSS is a new reality series that follows high level corporate executives as they slip anonymously into the lowest level jobs within their companies.  Once undercover, they’ll get their hands dirty with the rank and file, find out what their employees REALLY think of them and discover how smoothly their companies are REALLY run.  In the process, these senior executives learn about themselves, the perception of their company and the spirit of their work force.  Stephen Lambert is the executive producer for Studio Lambert, Ltd. 

 

 

 

Following is the 2009-2010 CBS Television Network primetime schedule:

 

CBS TELEVISON NETWORK

2009-2010 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

(N=New, NT=New Time, all times ET/PT)

 

MONDAY

8:00-8:30 PM              HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (NT)

8:30-9:00 PM              ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (N)

9:00-9:30 PM              TWO AND A HALF MEN

9:30-10:00 PM            THE BIG BANG THEORY (NT)

10:00-11:00 PM          CSI: MIAMI

 

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM              NCIS

9:00-10:00 PM            NCIS: LOS ANGELES (N)

10:00-11:00 PM          THE GOOD WIFE (N)

 

WEDNESDAY

8:00-8:30 PM              THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE

8:30-9:00 PM              GARY UNMARRIED

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS

10:00-11:00 PM          CSI: NY

 

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM              SURVIVOR

9:00-10:00 PM            CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

10:00-11:00 PM          THE MENTALIST (NT)

 

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM              GHOST WHISPERER

9:00-10:00 PM            MEDIUM

10:00-11:00 PM          NUMB3RS

 

SATURDAY

8:00-9:00 PM              CRIMETIME SATURDAY

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMETIME SATURDAY

10:00-11:00 PM          48 HOURS MYSTERY

 

SUNDAY

7:00-8:00 PM              60 MINUTES

8:00-9:00 PM              THE AMAZING RACE

9:00-10:00 PM            THREE RIVERS (N)

10:00-11:00 PM          COLD CASE (NT)

 

My thoughts:

 

The Good: I think CBS may finally have fixed their Friday night problem.  As goofy as it may seem to have Ghost Whisperer and Medium on the SAME network, they are very compatible shows.  They will continue to dominate on one of the weakest nights.  Recognizing that Without a Trace was near the end of the road was wise, and moving The Mentalist to Thursday, though it may seem risky is probably the smartest move on the schedule.

 

The Bad: New show Three Rivers (victory for the Moonlight/Alex O. fans) will have to go up against Desperate Housewives.  Is there enough weakness in that show to help build an audience for Three Rivers?  And really? Did the NCIS spin off have to follow the CSI naming practice?  Because really — isn’t it confusing enough with all the NY, Miami, etc on their schedule?

 

Bottom Line: CBS continues to project stability with its schedule.  They have embraced who they are and what they do well and are moving away from risks like Harper’s Island and Jericho.  They continue to give their audience what they want and respond to.

 

New Shows to Spec: The Mentalist, Gary Unmarried (?)

 

Still viable Specs: CSI:NY, Criminal Minds, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Medium (?)

 

Possibly too old to Spec: CSI, CSI:Miami, Numb3rs, Cold Case, Two and a Half Men

 

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This post was written by Shawna on May 20, 2009

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Fallout

The bodies are starting to pile up…at CW ‘Reaper’ is a goner.  NBC looks to kill ‘Life’, and the future of ‘Chuck’ is still up in the air.  CBS will pull the plug on one of its two long-term procedurals ‘Without a Trace’ or ‘Cold Case’ (my money is on ‘Cold Case’ getting the axe, since I have a ‘Cold Case’ spec.)  ABC still hasn’t decided whether to give ‘Castle’ a reprieve yet.

And should we really talk about Fox Friday?  No, let’s not…

What shall we spec, friends?  How much more dead skin will the networks shed, in the hopes of finding shiny new skeins for next season?

I’ll be updating the Watch List.  A blood-letting is coming.

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This post was written by Shawna on April 20, 2009

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Mentalist gets a full season, ‘outsourced’ CW Sunday bombs

So, just a few quick updates — CBS has given The Mentalist a full season order on the strength of its ratings for its second episode. I think the show is a good time period filler for the network, and I like Simon Baker. Not sure how the show will develop, but at least we’ll find out. Bad news for CBS: The Ex-List did not premiere well, with lower numbers than last season’s Moonlight (I can hear the Moonlight fans victory cheers now).
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This post was written by on October 6, 2008

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Comic Con Analysis for TV Watchers and Wannabes Part One

You’ve probably seen all of the news smothered over the internet like Smuckers raspberry preserves (yum), and you may have even seen some of the panels.

Now I want to pick it apart and analyze it all. What does all of this MEAN?

The week before Comic Con a little event called the TCA Fall Press Tour happened…not that’d you’d know, because it got a thimble-size of the press Comic Con received. Anymore the networks realize that connecting with fans is as important (if not moreso) than chattering at TV critics and reporters who cover this stuff for a living. Granted, most critics are also TV fans, and it becomes evident as they pick good quality shows to support which just don’t get the ratings they need to survive. It happens every year.

Still, getting fans engaged, the kind who go to big events like Comic Con can be “make or break” for a film, and now for TV shows too. Lost set the precedent (though I’m sure other shows have visited before that show launched) for launching at Comic Con and getting fan support early. If the fans like you, buzz builds online and people get excited for the show.

The lesson learned in 2007 was it is not enough to hype the pilot. Too many shows (See: Invasion, Surface, Bionic Woman and Journeyman) placed too much emphasis on the pilot and not on the whole show. The good news, is that for the shows that approach the marketing of their shows with creativity and flair (and let’s be fair, we’re talking mostly ‘genre’ shows here), it can pay great dividends. Two years ago Heroes was the belle of the ball. Last year the big buzz was around Pushing Daisies and Sarah Connor Chronicles. All of those shows saw good sampling based in part on their launches at Comic Con.

So what about this year? Who has benefited the most from their appearances at Comic Con. Let’s give each network a grade.

ABC presented panels for Lost and Pushing Daisies, both returning shows. ABC hasn’t picked up their midseason shows yet, and their new fall shows don’t really qualify as ‘genre’. Both panels were packed and response was very positive. The “Lost” panel gave away some fun prizes to people who asked questions and showed a short teaser video tieing into the new ARG running this year. They put the panel in the largest room (Hall H) which shows just how much demand there is for the show at Comic Con. “Daisies” also got good buzz going again with some clips for next season (the benefit for returning shows this year is that most have already started shooting at least a couple of episodes, so there was stuff to show). ABC did a good job with their show promotion, though I think “Daisies” could have used a stronger push. Overall, a good job. Grade: A-

CBS had no presence at Comic Con this year. Their only new genre show is Harper’s Island which was nowhere to be seen. Viacom makes up for this shortcoming with its Showtime offerings, which we’ll get to later. Grade: D

Fox pulled out all the stops for its shows. Not only did the new J.J. Abrahms show Fringe get lots of viral marketing, a panel and a screening of the pilot, but Fox was there to strongly promote Season 2 of Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles and other returning shows. Offerings ranged from the obvious (The Simpsons, Family Guy, 24) to the surprising (Bones, Prison Break, American Dad. And then there was Joss. Of course, nothing could hold back the hordes of Whedonites who needed their fix of Dollhouse. The panels were all well attended (although Fringe was less full than I expected), the marketing was really great for the fall premieres, and definitely buzz was built for the new shows. I think Fox knows how to promote their genre offerings. Grade: A

NBC After mixed results from their Comic Con promotion last year, I was glad to see that NBC bounced back and charged ahead aggressively. They too presented some unusual offerings — The Office writers panel? (A dream for us!) But they were in full force for freebies and viral campaigns for Knight Rider, Chuck, The Office, and Heroes. They also did well to give lots of early info on midseason show Kings which got some good buzz and attention at the Con. Disappointments: No Merlin or Crusoe news. Their booth in the exhibit hall was similar to last year, but the giveaways were good, and the Comic Con exclusive merchandise was very popular. Grade: A-

The CW Okay, so I know Supernatural and Smallville were both there, but where the heck was Reaper?? Grade: C- (Kudos to WB for promoting their studio backed shows — they had the Nerd Herd car giveaway/drawing)

Hard to believe that was just the network presence! Next post: The cable nets, and how does this impact writing specs?

UPDATE: A myriad of panels!

NBC’s Show Panels

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This post was written by Shawna on August 6, 2008

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The 2007-08 Season TV Watch List

Updated on 06/10.

New Series Premiere Dates / Status:

NETWORK:

  • Dance War (ABC) (could return next year)
  • Farmer Wants a Wife (CW) Wed 9 PM
  • Swingtown (CBS) Thurs 10 PM
  • Fear Itself (NBC) Thurs 10 PM
  • The Mole (ABC) Mon 9 PM
  • When Women Rule the World (Fox) TBD 9 PM
  • Celebrity Circus (NBC) 6/11 9 PM
  • Wipeout (ABC) 6/24 8 PM
  • I Survived a Japanese Gameshow (ABC) 6/24 9 PM
  • The Baby Borrowers (NBC) 6/25 8 PM
  • Hopkins 24/7 (documentary series) (ABC) 6/26 10 PM
  • Dance Machine (ABC) 6/27 8 PM
  • High School Musical: Summer Session (ABC) 7/20 8 PM
  • Wanna Bet? (ABC) 7/21 9 PM

CABLE:

  • Tell Me You Love Me (HBO) Sun 9 PM
  • America’s Psychic Challenge (Lifetime) Fri 10 PM
  • Girl Meets Cowboy (We) Sun 10 PM
  • The Shot (VH1) Sun 10 PM
  • It’s My Party (Lifetime) Fri 10 PM
  • In Treatment (HBO) Mon 9:30 PM
  • Step It Up and Dance (Bravo) Thurs 10 PM
  • Sarah Jane Adventures (SciFi) Fri 8 PM
  • The Alaska Experiment (Discovery) Tues 10 PM
  • In Plain Sight (USA) Sun 10 PM
  • Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime) 6/16 10:30 PM
  • The Starter Wife (series) (USA) October TBD

Renewed for 2008-09 Season (New shows for 07-08 indicated in bold):

  • Damages (FX) (Also renewed for 2009-10)
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS) Mon 8:30 PM
  • Dexter (Showtime) Sun 9 PM
  • Ugly Betty (ABC) Thurs 8 PM
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) Thurs 9 PM
  • Desperate Housewives (ABC) Sun 9 PM
  • Brothers & Sisters (ABC) Sun 10 PM
  • Lost (ABC) Thurs 9 PM
  • Dancing With the Stars (ABC) Mon 8 PM/Tues 9 PM
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) Sun 7 PM (19th season)
  • Supernanny (ABC) Wed 9 PM
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC) Sun 8 PM
  • Wife Swap (ABC) Wed 8 PM
  • The Bachelor (ABC) Mon 9:30 PM
  • WWE Smackdown (CW) Fri 8 PM (moving to MyNetwork TV next year!)
  • Heroes (NBC) Mon 9 PM
  • Gossip Girl (CW) Wed 9 PM
  • America’s Next Top Model (CW) Wed 8 PM
  • Smallville (CW) Thurs 8 PM
  • Everybody Hates Chris (CW) Mon 8 PM
  • Supernatural (CW) Thurs 9 PM
  • Survivor (CBS) Thurs 8 PM
  • The Amazing Race (CBS) Sun 8 PM
  • 60 Minutes (CBS) Sun 7 PM
  • CSI: Miami (CBS) Mon 10 PM
  • CSI: New York (CBS) Wed 10 PM
  • C.S.I. (CBS) Thurs 9 PM
  • NCIS (CBS) Tues 8 PM
  • E.R. (NBC) Thurs 10 PM (renewed for 15th and last season)
  • 24 (Fox) 9 PM (Won’t air until January 09)
  • One Tree Hill (CW) Tues 9 PM
  • Big Brother (CBS) Tues 9 PM
  • Prison Break (Fox) Mon 8 PM
  • Samantha Who? (ABC) Mon 9:30 PM
  • Dirty Sexy Money (ABC) Wed 10 PM
  • Chuck (NBC) Mon 8 PM
  • Life (NBC) Wed 10 PM
  • Private Practice (ABC) Wed 9 PM
  • Pushing Daisies (ABC) Wed 8 PM
  • Kitchen Nightmares (Fox) Wed 9 PM
  • Law and Order (NBC) Wed 9 PM
  • Friday Night Lights (NBC) Fri 9 PM
  • Lipstick Jungle (NBC) Thurs 10 PM
  • How to Look Good Naked (Lifetime) Fri 9:30 PM
  • 30 Rock (NBC) Thurs 8:30 PM
  • Deal or No Deal (NBC) Wed 8 PM
  • My Name is Earl (NBC) Thurs 8 PM
  • The Office (NBC) Thurs 9 PM
  • Medium (NBC) Mon 10 PM
  • Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) Sun 8 PM
  • Law and Order: SVU (NBC) Tues 10 PM
  • Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox) Mon 8 PM
  • Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style (Bravo) Wed 10 PM
  • Project Runway (Lifetime) MOVING TO LIFETIME!!
  • Sunday Best (BET) Sun 8 PM
  • American Gangster (BET) Thurs 10 PM
  • Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo) 10 PM
  • Top Chef (Bravo) Wed 10 PM
  • Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo)
  • Top Design (Bravo)
  • Shear Genius (Bravo)
  • The Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo)
  • Million Dollar Listing (Bravo)
  • Breaking Bad (AMC) Thurs 10 PM
  • American Idol (Fox) Tues/Wed 8 PM
  • House (Fox) Mon 9 PM
  • Bones (Fox) Tues 8 PM
  • Lincoln Heights (ABC Family) Mon 8 PM
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS) Mon 9 PM
  • Ghost Hunters (SciFi) Wed 9 PM
  • The Game (CW) Mon 9:30 PM
  • Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? (Fox)
  • Don’t Forget the Lyrics! (Fox)
  • Cops (Fox)
  • America’s Most Wanted (Fox)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) Sun 8 PM
  • Family Guy (Fox) Sun 9 PM
  • Boston Legal (ABC) Wed 10 PM
  • The Ghost Whisperer (CBS) Fri 8 PM
  • The Tudors (Showtime) Sun 9 PM
  • Eli Stone (ABC) Thurs 10 PM
  • The Moment of Truth (Fox) Wed 9 PM (returns 6/12)
  • Reaper (CW) Tues 9 PM
  • The Unit (CBS) Tues 9 PM
  • Cold Case (CBS) Sun 9 PM
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS) Mon 8 PM
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS) Mon 9:30 PM
  • Criminal Minds (CBS) Wed 9 PM
  • Without a Trace (CBS) Thurs 10 PM
  • Numb3rs (CBS) Fri 10 PM
  • 20/20 (ABC) Fri 10 PM
  • Scrubs (NBC) Thurs 9:30 PM (moves to ABC)
  • According to Jim (ABC) Tues 9 PM (returns midseason)
  • 10 Items or Less (TBS) 11 PM
  • Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TBS) 10 PM
  • Frank TV (TBS) Tues 11 PM
  • The Bill Engvall Show (TBS)
  • King of the Hill (Fox) Sun 8:30 PM
  • American Dad (Fox) Sun 9:30 PM
  • Torchwood (BBC America) Sat 9 PM [Season 3 only 5 eps no date]

Series Death Watch (New shows for 07-08 indicated in bold):

  • Online Nation (CW)
  • Nashville (Fox)
  • Viva Laughlin (CBS)
  • Kid Nation (CBS) Wed 8 PM
  • Las Vegas (NBC) Fri 10 PM
  • Girlfriends (CW) Mon 9 PM
  • Jericho (CBS) Tues 10 PM
  • The Return of Jezebel James (Fox) Fri 8:30 PM
  • Journeyman (NBC) Mon 10 PM
  • Bionic Woman (NBC) Wed 9 PM
  • Phenomenon (NBC) Wed 8 PM
  • Clash of the Choirs (NBC)
  • Secret Talents of the Stars (CBS) Tues 10 PM
  • Exalted! (BET) Sun 9 PM
  • Amne$ia (NBC) Fri 8 PM
  • Men in Trees (ABC) Wed 10 PM
  • Battlestar Galactica (SciFi) 9 PM (Series Ending)
  • Back to You (Fox) Wed 9:30 PM
  • October Road (ABC) Mon 10 PM
  • Aliens in America (CW) Mon 8:30 PM
  • Beauty and the Geek (CW) Tues 8 PM
  • New Amsterdam (Fox) Mon 9 PM
  • K-ville (Fox) Mon 9 PM
  • Big Shots (ABC) Thurs 10 PM
  • CW Now (CW) Sun 7 PM
  • Cavemen (ABC) Tues 8 PM
  • Carpoolers (ABC) Tues 8:30 PM
  • Cane (CBS) Tues 10 PM
  • Life is Wild (CW) Sun 8 PM
  • American Band (Fox) Fri 8 PM
  • Crowned (CW) Wed 8 PM
  • Women’s Murder Club (ABC) Tues 10 PM
  • Welcome to the Captain (CBS) Mon 8:30 PM
  • Oprah’s Big Give (ABC) Sun 9 PM
  • Shark (CBS) Sun 10 PM
  • Power of 10 (CBS) Wed 8 PM
  • Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious Wed 9 PM
  • Notes from the Underbelly (ABC) Mon 9:30 PM
  • Duel (ABC) Fri 9 PM
  • Moonlight (CBS) Fri 9 PM
  • Cashmere Mafia (ABC) Wed 10 PM
  • Canterbury’s Law (Fox) Fri 9 PM
  • The Singing Bee (NBC) Tues 9:30 PM
  • Miss/Guided (ABC) Thurs 8PM
  • quarterlife (Bravo) Tues 10 PM
  • Unhitched (Fox) Sun 9:30 PM
  • Dirt (FX) Tues 10 PM

Returning Series Premiere Dates:

NETWORK:

  • Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) Tues 9 PM
  • The Bachelorette (ABC) Mon 9 PM
  • Last Comic Standing (NBC) Thurs 8:30 PM
  • So You Think You Can Dance? (Fox) Tues 8 PM
  • Nashville Star (NBC) Mon 8 PM
  • America’s Got Talent (NBC) 6/17 9 PM

CABLE:

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) Sun 10 PM
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) Thurs 10 PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter (Spike) Wed 10 PM
  • Stargate Atlantis (SciFi) Fri 10 PM
  • Brotherhood (Showtime) Sun 10 PM
  • South Park (Comedy Central) Wed 10 PM
  • The Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central) Wed 10:30 PM
  • Law and Order: Criminal Intent (USA) Sun 10 PM
  • Drawn Together (Comedy Central) Fri 10:30 PM
  • Nip/Tuck (FX) 10 PM
  • The L Word (Showtime) 10 PM
  • Hotel Babylon (BBC America) Wed 9 PM
  • The Riches (FX) Tues 10 PM
  • Greek (ABC Family) Mon 8 PM
  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery) Tues 9 PM
  • Doctor Who (SciFi) Fri 9 PM
  • Workout (Bravo) Tues 10 PM
  • Robin Hood (BBC America) Sat 9 PM
  • Wildfire (ABC Family) Mon 9 PM
  • Burn Notice (USA) 6/10 10 PM
  • Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List (Bravo) 6/12 9 PM
  • Weeds (Showtime) 6/16 10 PM
  • Flipping Out (Bravo) 6/17 9 PM
  • Monk (USA) 6/18 9 PM
  • Psych (USA) 6/18 10 PM
  • 30 Days (FX) 7/3 10 PM
  • The Shield (FX) 9/2 10 PM

A brief explanation of the watch list:

New shows premiere dates / status – consider this the neutral zone, detailing the premiere dates for new shows and tidbits of info which could forecast a move to another category.

Shows likely to be axed – their numbers aren’t good, news stories point to it being yanked, it may soon end up in the cancelled category.

NEW Series Pickups- this doesn’t mean it is renewed for next year, just that the series has gotten a full season order. (e.g., ‘back nine’ pickup).

Likely pickups – the numbers are good, all we need is the confirmation from the network (again, this is for full season orders, not renewals).

Renewed – Will be back next season (new or older shows).

Series death watch – they’ve been on the air and their time may be coming. We watch and wait… (new or older shows)

All other series premiere dates – Just what it says. These aren’t new series, but their premiere dates are listed and updated, just as an added service to you, my loyal readers and googlers passing by…

** New this year, I will be tracking the reality shows as well as scripted

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This post was written by Shawna on June 10, 2008

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The fall schedules 2008-09

So, now that upfronts are over, let’s take a look at how the networks stack up against each other next year. Keep in mind that now everyone has shown their cards, there may be a tweak here or there to move shows away from each other.

MONDAY

8 PM

ABC Dancing with the Stars
CBS The Big Bang Theory / How I Met Your Mother (8:30)
NBC Chuck
Fox Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
CW Gossip Girl

9 PM

ABC Untitled Tyra Banks&Ashton Kutcher / Samantha Who (9:30)
CBS Two and a Half Men / Worst Week (9:30)
NBC Heroes
Fox Prison Break
CW One Tree Hill

10 PM

ABC The Bachelor / Boston Legal (after Bachelor ends)
CBS CSI: Miami
NBC My Own Worst Enemy

TUESDAY

8 PM

ABC Opportunity Knocks
CBS NCIS
NBC The Biggest Loser: Families
Fox House
CW 90210

9 PM

ABC Dancing Results Show / Scrubs/The Goode Family(9:30) (after Dancing ends)
CBS The Mentalist
NBC The Biggest Loser: Families / Kath & Kim (9:30)
Fox Fringe
CW Surviving the Filthy Rich

10 PM

ABC Eli Stone
CBS Without a Trace
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

WEDNESDAY

8 PM

ABC Pushing Daisies
CBS The New Adventures of Old Christine / Project Gary (8:30)
NBC Knight Rider
Fox Bones
CW America’s Next Top Model

9 PM

ABC Private Practice
CBS Criminal Minds
NBC Deal or No Deal
Fox ‘Til Death / Do Not Disturb (9:30)
CW Stylista

10 PM

ABC Dirty Sexy Money
CBS CSI:NY
NBC Lipstick Jungle

THURSDAY

8 PM

ABC Ugly Betty
CBS Survivor
NBC My Name is Earl / 30 Rock (8:30)
Fox The Moment of Truth
CW Smallville

9 PM

ABC Grey’s Anatomy
CBS CSI
NBC The Office / The Office/SNL Thursday Night Live (9:30)
Fox Kitchen Nightmares
CW Supernatural

10 PM

ABC Life on Mars
CBS Eleventh Hour
NBC ER

FRIDAY

8 PM

ABC Supernanny
CBS The Ghost Whisperer
NBC Crusoe
Fox Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
CW Everybody Hates Chris / The Game (8:30)

9 PM

ABC Wife Swap
CBS The Ex List
NBC Deal or No Deal
Fox Don’t Forget the Lyrics!
CW America’s Next Top Model (Encore Presentation)

10 PM

ABC 20/20
CBS Numb3rs
NBC Life

SATURDAY

8 PM

ABC College Football
CBS Crimetime Saturday
NBC Dateline NBC
Fox Cops / Cops (8:30)

9 PM

ABC College Football / Movie
CBS Crimetime Saturday
NBC Knight Rider (Encores)
Fox America’s Most Wanted

10 PM

ABC College Football / Movie
CBS 48 Hours Mystery
NBC Law & Order: SVU (Encores)

SUNDAY

7 PM

ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
CBS 60 Minutes
NBC Football Night in America
Fox The OT (NFL post-game)

8 PM

ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
CBS The Amazing Race
NBC NBC Sunday Night Football
Fox The Simpsons / King of the Hill (8:30)

9 PM

ABC Desperate Housewives
CBS Cold Case
NBC NBC Sunday Night Football
Fox Family Guy / American Dad (9:30)

10 PM

ABC Brothers & Sisters
CBS The Unit
NBC NBC Sunday Night Football

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This post was written by Shawna on May 16, 2008

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Upfronts 2008: CBS announces fall schedule

CBS has 18 shows returning to the schedule. The most significant change is the creation of a new comedy “block” on Wednesday night, with “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Project Gary”, a new series. As earlier reported, they’ve picked up “The Mentalist”, “Eleventh Hour” and “The Ex List” for dramas and also picked up “Worst Week” as a new half hour on Monday night after “Two and a Half Men”. There are a few time period changes, but nothing earth shattering. “Harper’s Island” has been picked up for midseason.

CBS has had the advantage of stability in their schedule the last few years, what with the CSI franchise and their other crime procedurals. Adding The Mentalist will give them yet another crime procedural to potentially build from, and Eleventh Hour also feels like a good fit.

The most curious pick up is “The Ex List” which strays a bit from the CBS drama profile…this is the kind of show you’d expect to pop up on ABC. It’s not a bad thing for them to target a younger female demo, just interesting. I know that is small consolation to the “Moonlight” fans, however.

Here is the CBS press release in full, with the schedule:

CBS ANNOUNCES NEW 2008-2009 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

Five New Series Added: Two Comedies and Three Dramas

CBS Expands Comedy Lineup, Adding New Block on Wednesday 8:00-9:00 PM

Two New Dramatic Series to Launch Backed by “NCIS” and “CSI” Lead-Ins

New Series That Blends Comedy, Drama and Romance Joins Fridays Top-Rated Lineup

Eighteen Current Series Return to the Schedule

New Murder Mystery “Harper’s Island” Ordered for Mid-Season

CBS announced today its 2008-2009 Fall Primetime Lineup, featuring five new series – two comedies and three dramas – and the launch of a new comedy block on Wednesdays.

The new series include ELEVENTH HOUR, a dramatic thriller from producer Jerry Bruckheimer about a special advisor to the government who investigates scientific crises and oddities; THE MENTALIST, starring Simon Baker as a former celebrity psychic-turned- detective who uses his gifted skills of observation and expertise at “reading” people to solve crimes; THE EX LIST, a sexy comedic drama about a 30-something woman who searches her past relationships to find her future husband; and the comedies PROJECT GARY, starring Jay Mohr and Paula Marshall as dueling ex-spouses and parents trying to move forward with new relationships; and WORST WEEK about a good guy who is always trying to do the right thing, yet something always goes wrong – especially when he’s around his girlfriend’s parents.

“We’ve been looking to expand our comedy lineup, and we now have the depth and development to make the move,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “Monday is already television’s signature night for comedy and we think we can make the case that CBS is the signature network for comedy overall.”

Added Tassler, “Our new dramas put a character twist on the highly successful procedural form with two exciting new leads in Simon Baker and Rufus Sewell. And, rounding out the new slate is a very unique series with a dynamic young actress (Elizabeth Reaser, “Grey’s Anatomy”) that blends comedy, drama and romance in a concept that will have everybody thinking about their personal ‘ex list.’ ”

The freshman series will join 18 returning programs on the current CBS lineup.

CBS will return network television’s Number One drama franchise – CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION; CSI: MIAMI, CSI: NY – the Number One comedy, TWO AND A HALF MEN; the Number One news magazine, 60 MINUTES; and two franchise reality series -SURVIVOR and the five-time Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE.

Also returning are: THE BIG BANG THEORY, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, NCIS, WITHOUT A TRACE, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE, CRIMINAL MINDS, GHOST WHISPERER, NUMB3RS, COLD CASE, THE UNIT, 48 HOURS MYSTERY and CRIMETIME SATURDAY.

The new 2008-2009 schedule is:

On Monday, CBS adds a new comedy to television’s top-rated comedy lineup. From 8:00-9:00 PM, the popular young adult comedy block of THE BIG BANG THEORY and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER returns. Television’s top comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN remains at 9:00 PM and serves as a lead-in for the new comedy WORST WEEK at 9:30 PM. CSI: MIAMI, the night’s top scripted series, returns for its seventh season at 10:00 PM.

On Tuesday, NCIS opens the night at 8:00 PM and the hit drama WITHOUT A TRACE moves to 10:00 PM, creating a hammock position for the new drama THE MENTALIST at 9:00 PM.

On Wednesday, CBS opens a new night of comedy. The critically acclaimed THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE, starring Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, starts the night at 8:00 PM, leading into the new comedy PROJECT GARY. The successful tandem of CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI: NY return from 9:00-11:00 PM.

On Thursday, CBS adds a new drama to television’s most-watched night. SURVIVOR returns at 8:00 PM, where it continues to dominate its time period, followed by the night’s highest-rated show, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, which provides a strong lead-in for the new suspenseful thriller ELEVENTH HOUR at 10:00 PM.

CBS adds a unique new series to its top-rated Friday. GHOST WHISPERER, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, returns at 8:00 PM leading into another female-lead show, THE EX LIST, at 9:00 PM, capped by the night’s highest rated scripted series NUMB3RS at 10:00 PM.

Saturdays will feature CBS’s CRIMETIME programming from 8:00-10:00 PM, followed by 48 HOURS MYSTERY, the night’s top-rated program.

On Sunday, the perennial Number One news magazine, 60 MINUTES, kicks off its 41st season at 7:00 PM, followed by the return of the five-time Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE at 8:00 PM. The successful crime drama COLD CASE remains at 9:00 PM and the action drama THE UNIT joins the night at 10:00 PM.

In addition to the new series for fall, the network announced the pick up of two programs for midseason. The new drama, HARPER’S ISLAND, is a murder mystery that unfolds as friends and family attend week-long festivities at a destination wedding on a secluded and picturesque island off the coast of Seattle, infamous for a homicidal maniac’s rampage seven years ago. Also picked up for midseason is the comedy RULES OF ENGAGEMENT.

The new comedies are:

WORST WEEK is a comedy about Sam Briggs, an entertainment magazine editor who will do anything to please his girlfriend’s parents … but instead becomes a one-man wrecking crew whenever he’s around them. Sam (Kyle Bornheimer, “Jericho”) and his girlfriend, Melanie Clayton (Erinn Hayes, “Kitchen Confidential”), have only one hurdle left to clear as they start their life together: breaking the news to Mel’s conservative parents that they have a wedding in the works and a baby on the way. Dick (Kurtwood Smith, “That ’70s Show”), a stern Judge, and his wife Angela (Nancy Lenehan, “My Name is Earl”), are protective of their daughter, and are really trying to let go of the anger they feel toward Sam … after all, disaster follows whenever he visits their house. But despite his best efforts, every time Sam takes one positive step forward in winning over his future in-laws, he inevitably takes two crushing steps back. But with support and love from Melanie who stands up for him despite his knack for making himself look bad, Sam will hopefully charm his way into her family. Emmy Award winner Adam Bernstein (“30 Rock”) directed the pilot. Matt Tarses (“Scrubs”) and Jimmy Mulville (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) are the executive producers for Universal Media Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television.

PROJECT GARY stars Jay Mohr (“Ghost Whisperer”) and Paula Marshall (“Nip/Tuck”) in a comedy about Gary Barnes, a recently single painting contractor, and his controlling ex-wife, Allison, who face post-divorce mayhem after 15 years of marriage as they each embark on new relationships. He’s the fun parent and she’s the strict one. Together, they share custody of their two children – Louise (Laura Marano, “Without a Trace”), a politically correct and environmentally conscious 11-year-old, and Tom (Ryan Malgarini, “How to Eat Fried Worms”), their socially awkward 14-year-old son who is nervous around girls. Charming and acerbic, Gary hasn’t dated since the split, but finally connects with Vanessa (Jaime King, “The Class”), a single mother whose condo he was hired to paint. He dreads telling Allison about Vanessa because it doesn’t adhere to her belief in their marriage counselor’s book, “Rules for the Perfect Divorce.” However, when Allison tells him that she’s engaged to their shrink, all bets are off and Gary decides it’s time to move forward. Now, in pursuit of post-marriage happiness, Gary must juggle his eclectic world of an ex-wife, their two kids, their shrink and his gorgeous new girlfriend. Ed Yeager (“Still Standing”) and Ric Swartzlander (“8 Simple Rules”) are the executive producers for ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television.

The new dramas are:

THE MENTALIST stars Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker (“The Devil Wears Prada”) as Patrick Jane, a detective and independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane’s role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents. However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney, “Prison Break”) openly resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane’s usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon’s team includes agents Kimball Cho (Tim Kang, “Rambo”), Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman, “The Nine”), and rookie member Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti, “The O.C.”), who all think Jane’s a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for clearing cases. Bruno Heller (creator of “Rome”) is creator/executive producer, and Emmy Award winner David Nutter (“Band of Brothers”) is the executive producer for Warner Bros. Television.

ELEVENTH HOUR from acclaimed producer Jerry Bruckheimer follows Dr. Jacob Hood (Rufus Sewell, “The Illusionist”), a brilliant biophysicist and special science advisor to the government, as he investigates scientific crises and oddities. His jurisdiction is absolute and Hood is dogged in his pursuit of those who would abuse and misuse scientific discoveries and breakthroughs for their own gain. His passion and crusade is to protect the substance of science from those with nefarious motives. He is called in at the eleventh hour and he represents the last line of defense. Based on the British miniseries by acclaimed science-fiction writer Stephen Gallagher, the series is executive produced by Bruckheimer (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”), Jonathan Littman (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Cold Case”), Danny Cannon (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami”), Cyrus Voris (“Bulletproof Monk”), Ethan Reiff (“Sleeper Cell”), Mick Davis (“Wake of Death”), and Paul Buccieri (“Fashion House”) for Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television.

THE EX LIST is a comedic drama about Bella Bloom (Elizabeth Reaser, “Grey’s Anatomy”) – a single, 30-something, successful business owner who is surprised to learn from a psychic that she’s already dated her future husband AND there’s a catch: if she doesn’t find him in the next year, she’ll remain alone forever. During a bachelorette party for her sister, Daphne (Rachel Boston, “American Dreams”), Bella learns from the psychic she must revisit her past relationships and sort through the mistakes to find her soul mate. Skeptical, Bella begins to analyze every past liaison and failed romance with her close circle of friends, Augie (Adam Rothenberg, “Mad Money”), an endearing guy who has listened to Bella’s love woes since college, Vivian (Alex Breckenridge, “Dirt”), Augie’s long-term girlfriend, and Cyrus (Amir Talai, “Campus Ladies”), who’s chronically unemployed and full of wry observations. Once Bella witnesses proof of the psychic’s other predictions, her cynicism disappears and she begins her search. Along her trip down break-up lane, Bella is determined to remain optimistic and receptive, believing that when destiny reopens doors to the past, every relationship can matter in the future. Diane Ruggiero (“Veronica Mars”) and Jonathan Levin (“Charmed”) are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Following is the 2008-2009 CBS Television Network primetime schedule:

CBS TELEVISON NETWORK

2008-2009 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

(N=New, NT=New Time, all times ET/PT)

MONDAY

8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN
9:30-10:00 PM WORST WEEK (N)
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: MIAMI

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
9:00-10:00 PM THE MENTALIST (N)
10:00-11:00 PM WITHOUT A TRACE (NT)

WEDNESDAY

8:00-8:30 PM THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (NT)
8:30-9:00 PM PROJECT GARY (N)
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: NY

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR
9:00-10:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
10:00-11:00 PM ELEVENTH HOUR (N)

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM GHOST WHISPERER
9:00-10:00 PM THE EX LIST (N)
10:00-11:00 PM NUMB3RS

SATURDAY

8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS MYSTERY

SUNDAY

7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES
8:00-9:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE
9:00-10:00 PM COLD CASE
10:00-11:00 PM THE UNIT (NT)

About CBS Television Network

America’s most watched television network, CBS was established in 1928, when founder William Paley purchased 16 independent radio stations and christened them the Columbia Broadcast System. Today, it has more than 200 television stations and affiliates reaching virtually every home in the United States. The Network has the Number One drama franchise on network television, CSI, CSI: MIAMI and CSI: NY; Number One newsmagazine, 60 MINUTES; Number One comedy, TWO AND A HALF MEN; and the Number One daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Its programming arms include CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports.

About CBS Corporation

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The Company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and The CW – a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), cable television (Showtime and CSTV Networks), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Paramount Network Television and CBS Television Distribution), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), interactive media (CBS Interactive), music (CBS Records), licensing and merchandising (CBS Consumer Products) and video/DVD (CBS Home Entertainment). For more information, log on to http://www.cbscorporation.com/.

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This post was written by Shawna on May 14, 2008

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