CBS is up at bat today delivering their new line up. The most notable addition has to be their jump into the comic book world with Supergirl. Word on the street was that they almost passed and was going to ship the show off elsewhere, but at the last minute they realized they loved the pilot.
Canceled Shows: Battle Creek, CSI, The McCarthy’s, The Mentalist (final season), The Millers, Stalker
Returning Shows: 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Cyber, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Mike and Molly, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Scorpion
New Shows: Angel From Hell, Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Life in Pieces, Limitless, Rush Hour, Supergirl
|Monday||The Big Bang Theory||Life in Pieces||Scorpion||NCIS: Los Angeles|
|Tuesday||NCIS||NCIS: New Orleans||Limitless|
|Wednesday||Survivor||Criminal Minds||Code Black|
|Thursday||Thursday Night Football|
|The Big Bang Theory (Nov)||Life in Pieces (Nov)||Mom (Nov)||Angel From Hell (Nov)||Elementary (Nov)|
|Friday||The Amazing Race||Hawaii Five-O||Blue Bloods|
|Saturday||Crime Time Saturday||Crimetime Saturday||48 Hours|
|Sunday||Madam Secretary||The Good Wife||CSI:Cyber|
The New Shows
Angel From Hell
Official Synopsis: ANGEL FROM HELL — stars Golden Globe and multiple Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch in a single-camera comedy about Amy (Lynch), a colorful, brassy woman who insinuates herself into Allison’s (Maggie Lawson) organized and seemingly perfect life, claiming to be her “guardian angel.” Allison is an intense, driven doctor who is sure that Amy is just an inebriated, outspoken nut, until every one of her warnings proves true. Cautioned by Amy not tell anyone about her, Allison can’t discuss this over-the-top oddball with her father and business partner, Marv (Kevin Pollak), a sunburned dermatologist who shares an office with Allison, or her younger brother, Brad (Kyle Bornheimer), a pharmaceutical sales rep who lives over her garage. As Allison tries to push Amy away, Amy makes her final pitch: her sole mission is to provide Allison with helpful guidance that nudges her in the right direction in life – and it’s her final chance to prove herself as an angel. With that, Allison agrees to this unlikely relationship because maybe a weird friend is exactly what she needs… and what if Amy really is her “guardian angel”? Tad Quill and Emmy Award winner Don Scardino (“30 Rock”) are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. The pilot was directed by Don Scardino.
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast: Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson, Kevin Pollak, Kyle Bornheimer
Initial Impression: This just wasn’t funny to me at all. While Life in Pieces isn’t for me it made me smile, this show didn’t even do that. It just wasn’t funny.
Official Synopsis: CODE BLACK — based on the award-winning documentary by Ryan McGarry, is a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation, where the staggering influx of patients can outweigh the limited resources available to the extraordinary doctors and nurses whose job is to treat them all – creating a condition known as Code Black. At the heart of the ER’s controlled chaos is Residency Director Dr. Leanne Rorish (Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden), renowned for successfully performing high-risk procedures in Center Stage, the trauma area reserved for the most critical cases. Her four new first-year residents are Christa Lorenson (Bonnie Somerville), Malaya Pineda (Melanie Kannokada), Mario Savetti (Benjamin Hollingsworth) and Angus Leighton (Harry M. Ford). Leanne’s confidante, Jesse Sallander (Luis Guzman), is an amiable seen-it-all senior nurse who manages the residents. Also working in the ER is Dr. Neal Hudson (Raza Jaffrey), an excellent physician who sometimes disagrees with Leanne’s “cowboy” approach, and Dr. Rollie Guthrie (William Allen Young), the energetic, longest-serving attending. In Center Stage, life is measured in seconds, and these heroic doctors and nurses operate with speed and skill within an overwhelmed system to treat the crowds of people who are often there for one of two reasons: to die or to receive a life-saving miracle. Michael Seitzman, Marti Noxon, Linda Goldstein-Knowlton, Ryan McGarry and David Semel are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios. The pilot was directed by David Semel (“Madam Secretary”).
Format: Hour Long Drama
Cast: Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Kannokada, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Harry M. Ford, Luis Guzman, William Allen Young, Raza Jaffrey
Initial Impression: This is an intense medical show. It seems to center around teaching students in the cast. It’s a medical drama. They aren’t my thing so I don’t know how to say if it even looks good or not. My extent of medical shows are House and Scrubs.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Official Synopsis: CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS (Spinoff) — stars Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise in a drama about the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad. Heading the department is Unit Chief Jack Garrett (Sinise), a seasoned 20-year veteran of the Bureau. The team he trusts with his life includes Matthew Simmons (Daniel Henney), a former military hero with split-second profiling skills he honed on the battlefield, and Russ “Monty” Montgomery (Tyler James Williams), the unit’s compassionate, brilliant tech analyst who additionally liaises stateside with the families of those in trouble while his group is far from home. These exceptional agents are dedicated to safely returning U.S. residents home by profiling and identifying criminals who are beyond our borders. The pilot was a planted spin-off of an episode of CRIMINAL MINDS broadcast on April 8, 2015. Emmy Award winner Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Nick Pepper are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios and The Mark Gordon Company. The episode was directed by Glen Kershaw (“Criminal Minds”).
Format: Hour Long Drama
Cast: Gary Sinise, Daniel Henney, Tyler James Williams
Life in Pieces
Official Synopsis: LIFE IN PIECES — is a single-camera comedyPilot about one big happy family and their sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments as told by its various members. Of the three siblings, middle child Matt (Thomas Sadoski) may have just found his true love, his co-worker, Colleen (Angelique Cabral); his coddled youngest brother, Greg (Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Colin Hanks), and his wife, Jen (Zoe Lister Jones), are overwhelmed by the birth of their first child; and the eldest, Heather (Betsy Brandt), and her husband, Tim (Dan Bakkedahl), are dreading their impending empty nest so much, they’re considering having another baby. Their parents are Joan (Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Dianne Wiest), the family’s adoring matriarch who would do anything for her kids – as long as she agrees with it – and John (Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner James Brolin), the gregarious patriarch who’s searching for ways to soften the blow of turning 70. As the family’s lives unfold in four short stories each week, they try to savor these little pieces of time that flash by but stay with you forever, because these moments add up to what life’s all about. Niall Cunningham, Holly J. Barrett and Giselle Eisenberg also star. Justin Adler, Emmy Award winner Jason Winer (“Modern Family”) and Aaron Kaplan are executive producers for 20th Century Fox Television in association with Kapital Entertainment. The pilot was
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast: Thomas Sadoski, Angelique Cabral, Zoe Lister Jones, Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest
Initial Impression: This isn’t my kind of show but it is for others. It’s like a more by the books Modern Family except they are a bit wackier.
Official Synopsis: LIMITLESS — based on the feature film,Limitless 4 is a fast-paced drama about Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. Working closely with Brian in the major case squad in New York City is Special Agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter), a formidable investigator with a dark past, and Special Agent Boyle (Hill Harper), a former military officer and Rebecca’s confidante. They report to Special Agent in Charge Nasreen “Naz” Pouran (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), a canny manipulator of the reins of power. Unbeknownst to the FBI, Brian also has a clandestine relationship with Senator Edward Mora (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, recurring), a presidential hopeful and regular user of NZT who has plans of his own for his new protégé. Fueled now with a steady supply of NZT that enables him to use 100% of his brain capacity, Brian is more effective than all of the FBI agents combined, making him a criminal’s worst nightmare and the greatest asset the Bureau has ever possessed. Craig Sweeny, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Tom Forman are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with K/O Paper Products and Relativity Television. The pilot was directed by Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man” 1 and 2 Feature Films).
Format: Hour Long Drama
Cast: Jennifer Carpenter, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Hill Harper, Bradley Cooper (recurring)
Initial Impression: I’ve always liked the concept of Limitless. The movie was fun. The same vibe on a lesser scale is displayed here. What I don’t fully get is the agent angle. It seems they are going to make this more of a procedural show, just with a twist. I’m really not sure how much I want to tune in to that. I also don’t see the logic as to why the main character would be the one who is chosen to stick around. Why not just find an agent who can successfully take the drug?
Official Synopsis: SUPERGIRL — is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime. Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).
Format: Hour Long Drama
Cast: Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart, David Harewood
Initial Impression: If the trailer is any indication of the quality of the pilot then I can understand why it got picked up. Not only was it funny, quirky, woman empowering, and fun, it was actionpacked. I am a bit bummed it is a CBS show, but I can guarantee I will be watching it. I am really enjoying the light hearted take remniscent to The Flash. They seem to have been really willing to go all out and let her be a bit nerdy.
Official Synopsis: RUSH HOUR –– a reimagining ofRush Hour 6 the hit feature film franchise, is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick LAPD detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together. Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. to avenge his sister’s alleged death and learn more about her connection to a Chinese organized crime ring. Detective Carter (Justin Hires), on the other hand, is a wisecracking cop who plays by his own rules and has never wanted a partner. As exasperated as Carter’s boss, Captain Cole (Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Wendie Malick), gets with him, she knows he’s a brilliant detective who gets results. Attempting to help the two get along is Sergeant Didi Diaz (Aimee Garcia), Carter’s friend and former partner who doesn’t hesitate to call him out on his antics. But even as cultures clash and tempers flare, Carter and Lee can’t deny they make a formidable team, and grudgingly admit that sometimes an unlikely pairing makes for a great partnership. Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Jeff Ingold, Jon Turteltaub and the team behind the “Rush Hour” movies, Arthur Sarkissian and Brett Ratner, are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Jon Turteltaub.
Format: Hourl Long Drama
Cast: Jon Foo, Justin Hires, Wendie Malick, Aimee Garcia
Initial Impression: The second of the movie to tv remakes that CBS is going for. This one is a take of one of my childhood favorites. I loved the first two Rush Hour movies. It was really the dynamic between the characters that was most appealing. Add in that it was incredibly funny due to both characters, I hope that the show continues in that tradition and doesn’t just focus on the action. That wasn’t the heart of Rush Hour.
Which of the trailers catches your interest the most? Are any of the shows instant no gos?