CBS's New 2014 Shows: Does the Network Have Any New Hits on Its Hands?

You've seen the billboards and trailers for weeks, and now it's finally time for the broadcast networks to start rolling out their new fall TV shows. But which ones are worth watching and which ones should you skip? We've seen them all and reviewed them accordingly with a quick and easy ranking system.

Graphic by Jayme Perry.
Graphic by Jayme Perry.

Now: These are the best, buzziest shows that you should season pass and watch the night-of.
Later: We recommend watching these... eventually. When you've watched all the "Now" shows.
Never: Sorry, but not all shows are must-see!

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Here, we break down CBS's new fall shows, with premiere info, trailers, and of course our brutally honest snap judgments. Good to note that we don't always all agree, but with several takes — from Yahoo TV's Maggie Furlong, Breanne L. Heldman, Dave Nemetz, Chrissy Le Nguyen, and Kimberly Potts — hopefully it'll make deciding what to watch easier. Happy watching!

* We did not include NCIS: New Orleans in our ranking because it was a backdoor pilot.


Premieres Sunday, Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT

Furlong: Later
There's a twist ending (no spoilers) that I hope they just forget about — I'd check back in occasionally just to watch Téa Leoni be tough and no-nonsense with a smile.

Heldman: Now
Sure, the pilot feels like it's something you've seen before, but I like badass ladies being badasses, so I'll be tuning in to see Téa Leoni stick it to Zeljko Ivanek and whomever else gets in her way.

Nemetz: Never
Bo-ring. I would, however, watch a show about a whorehouse madame who's also a secretary.

Nguyen: Later
I was unimpressed by the pilot — the trailer gave everything away — but I think the drama has a lot of potential to be great, especially with its stellar cast of performers and compelling premise.


Premieres Thursday, Oct. 30 at 9:30 p.m.

Furlong: Never
Nine times out of 10 I'm not even cracking a smile at gay jokes on broadcast TV sitcoms. This show earned my 100 percent disapproval.

Heldman: Never
My mother always told me if I don't have anything nice to say, I shouldn't say anything at all. But I guess I've already broken that rule, huh?

Nemetz: Never
Plays like someone took a bunch of rejected gay jokes from a Will & Grace episode and assembled them into a script at random. Poor Laurie Metcalf.

Nguyen: Never
A fan of creator Brian Gallivan's YouTube show "Sassy Gay Friend" because it's insanely hilarious? Well, The McCarthys is not that. At. All.

Potts: Never
Roseanne alum Laurie Metcalf deserves so much better.


Premieres Monday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m.

Furlong: Never
I laughed out loud at this one several times which is more than I can say for most of this season's new comedies. (Important to note: This one's supposed to be a drama.)

Heldman: Later
The premise may be kinda lame and the presence of Katharine McPhee does not make any sense, but this could be fun for a visit here or there, probably while multi-tasking.

Nemetz: Never
Never, ever, ever. Boasts the most ludicrous action sequence this side of Michael Bay.

Nguyen: Later
The Justin Lin-directed pilot was quite entertaining with its fancy sports cars, big explosions, and high-octane chases, so I'm being very, very generous giving this one a "Later." Without Lin's magic Fast & Furious touch, subsequent episodes could be total duds. Here's hoping the geniuses get some character-development, and fast!

Potts: Never
How long 'til we all agree that, like Gretchen Wieners and "fetch," Katharine McPhee and "actress" just isn't gonna happen?


Premieres Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m.

Furlong: Later
I adore Maggie Q and this show creeped me out to no end, but I said the same thing about Kevin Bacon and The Following… hoping Kevin Williamson doesn't drop the ball here, too.

Heldman: Now
See also what I said about Madam Secretary. And no one does badass as well as Maggie Q.

Nemetz: Now
Plenty of creep factor, thanks to The Following's Kevin Williamson, and Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott make a formidable pair of weirdo-catchers.

Nguyen: Later
Maggie Q is all kinds of butt-kicking awesome, but the premise is scary and creepy in that "it could totally happen in real life" way, so there's absolutely zero chance I'll be watching this one at night or alone.

Potts: Later
Stalker-of-the-week will get old, but the leads may have compelling backstories.