CBS Fall Schedule (2014-2015)

Time for the CBS line up. With that came the official news that How I Met Your Dad will not be picked up to series. It seems that CBS was at an impasse with the creators. CBS wasn’t satisfied with the pilot and wanted it to be reshot. That isn’t uncommon on a project that a network is keen on. Unfortunately, the creators liked their pilot just fine and refused to change it. So much for How I Met You Dad.

The other notable thing was that CBS did not have any event series this season. Clearly their mishap with Hostages is making them averse. That said, there aren’t many new shows being added on. And not many of them leave a good vibe. That said I’d be surprised if CSI: Cyber wasn’t another hit.

8-8:30 8:30-9 9-9:30 9:30-10 10-10:30 10:30-11
Monday The Big Bang Theory/ 2 Broke Girls Mom Scorpion NCIS: Los Angeles
Tuesday NCIS NCIS: New Orleans Person of Interest
Wednesday Survivor Criminal Minds Stalker
Thursday*Football from 9/23-10/30 The Big Bang Theory The Millers Two and a Half Men The McCarthys Elementary
Friday The Amazing Race Hawaii Five-O Blue Bloods
Saturday Crimetime Saturday 48 Hours
Sunday Madam Secretary The Good Wife CSI: Cyber

The New Shows

Battle Creek

Official Synopsis: BATTLE CREEK stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters in a drama about two mismatched law enforcement officers whose polar opposite views of the world and crime-solving breed frustration, disdain, humor and possibly a grudging respect as they team together to clean up the hardscrabble streets of Battle Creek, Mich. Det. Russ Agnew (Dean Winters), a good but gruff, hard-boiled detective, has his world upended when strikingly handsome, charismatic Special Agent Milton Chamberlain (Josh Duhamel) opens an FBI field office at the police station and chooses Russ to be his partner. Milt’s polished sophistication and access to unlimited state-of-the-art equipment is impressive to his new co-workers in the absurdly underfunded department. As Russ and Milt work long hours together in the economically distressed city of Battle Creek, the question is: will it be Milt’s charm and endless supply of high-end resources or Russ’s old-fashioned cynicism, guile and deception that prove to be the keys to catching the bad guys in his beloved hometown? Janet McTeer, Kal Penn, Edward Fordham and Aubrey Dollar also star. Emmy Award winners Vince Gilligan and David Shore as well as Mark Johnson and Bryan Singer are the executive producers for Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios.
Format: One Hour Drama
Cast: Dean Winters, Josh Duhamel, Kal Penn, Janet McTeer, Damon Herriman, Aubrey Dollar, Edward Fordham Jr.
Initial Impression:

CSI: Cyber

Official Synopsis:A planted spin-off, CSI: CYBER tackles the burgeoning criminal world of the “dark web.” Technology has allowed faceless criminals to commit crimes of global proportion with the touch of a button. Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge of the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, is tasked with solving high-octane crimes that start in the mind, live online but have dire consequences in the real world.
Format: One Hour Drama
Cast: N/a
Initial Impression: There was a back door pilot aired for this show recently. Since I don’t watch CSI, I couldn’t tell you how it is. You can watch the backdoor pilot here.

Madam Secretary


Official Synopsis:Tea Leoni stars as the Secretary of State, one of the most powerful people in the nation. After years away from the CIA, she is pulled back into the political arena where she gets things done, even if it means not always playing by the rules. She’s tough, fair and smart driving international diplomacy and wrangling office politics. But when she goes home for dinner with her husband and teenage children, politics takes on a whole new meaning.
Format: One Hour Drama
Cast: Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth, Geoffrey Arend, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Evan Roe, Katherine Herzer
Initial Impression: It isn’t my kind of show, but Tea Leoni’s character is a bit brash in a humorous way. She’s tough and it’s nice to see that kind of woman on screen. That said, not being in CBS’ target demo, I’m not sure how it will do on the network.

The McCarthys


Official Synopsis: Based on writer Brian Gallivan’s real life, this family comedy is about a loud, sports-crazed Boston clan. At the center is the youngest son, Ronny, who is gay and somewhat sports-challenged. Hoping to gain some independence from his overly involved family, Ronny decides to take a job in Rhode Island. But plans change when his father stuns everyone and asks Ronny, instead of his more qualified siblings, to be his assistant high school basketball coach.
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast: Jack McGee, Joey McIntyre, Laurie Metcalf, Jimmy Dunn, Kelen Coleman
Initial Impression: They seem to be laying it on heavy that the main character is gay. However, a number of shows do that. But what really irks me is the Boston accents. It’s likely just a product of where I was raised, but they grate at me and I barely made it through the trailer. That said, most of the jokes didn’t really hit and it doesn’t seem like they will be doing anything special.

NCIS: New Orleans


Official Synopsis: All the action, drama and humor of NCIS in a colorful new city that harbors a dark side. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, a planted spin-off, features Scott Bakula as the head of a dedicated team of Navy investigators in the Big Easy. With its rich setting of music, drinking and debauchery, New Orleans is a magnet for military personnel on leave. And with fun comes trouble, which is when this team is at its best.
Format: One Hour Drama
Cast: Scott Bakula, CCH Pounder, Zoe McLellan, Lucas Black, Paige Turco
Initial Impression: They didn’t need a long trailer because everyone already knows the formula. The important thing for them was giving the audience a quick feel for the new characters. Ive never watched any of the letter shows for more than three minutes, so I can’t weigh in. But unless everyone hates the characters, it seems like a safe bet.

The Odd Couple

Official Synopsis:
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast: Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Georgia King, Sarah Baker, Wendell Pierce, Lindsay Sloane
Initial Impression: No trailer for this one, but the pairing could be fun. That said I don’t know how I feel about this reboot.

Scorpion


Official Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, SCORPION is a quirky, humor-filled adrenaline rush that follows an eccentric genius and his network of nerdy prodigies. They operate as a think tank formed by Homeland Security, and their task: to deal with the complex threats of the modern age. Solving the most mind-boggling national issues comes naturally to them, but these socially awkward misfits can’t seem to get out of their own way when it comes to life outside the laboratory.
Format: One Hour Drama
Cast: Katherine McPhee, Robert Patrick, Elyes Gabel, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jadyn Wong, Ari Stidham
Initial Impression: out of all the CBS trailers, this one had my interest the most. It is a motley crew of people working together and they are geniuses. It was intense, but my sense from the trailer was that while these people deal with these situations the focus will be on character. As a result it seems like it will be a highly serial show in the natural likely sandwiched between procedural nature. This has worked for Person of Interest on the network, but I’m not entirely sure, this will pull in the CBS audience as much as it might on another network.

Stalker


Official Synopsis: Who better to track a stalker than someone who shares similar behavioral traits? That’s the premise behind this smart psychological thriller about detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Threat Management Unit. They take on all forms of stalking cases, from voyeurism to cyber harassment, all while trying to keep their own obsessions at bay.
Format:
Cast: Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, Mariana Klaveno, Victor Rasuk
Initial Impression: Stalker succeeds at being unsettling. And it’s certain to raise the paranoia level in a lot of people. It could drive some people away, but more than likely it will keep people interested. As long as the core characters are interesting and they can keep the stalking situations unique, I wouldn’t be surprised if this lasted past it’s first season.

Which of the trailers catches your interest the most? Are any of the shows instant no gos?

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