CBS's New Fall and Midseason Shows: Your First Look
CBS poobah Les Moonves got us all excited about a one-minute-long upfront at the beginning of the network's presentation this afternoon, but it actually went on for over an hour. And considering the network only has four new shows this fall, that meant a lot of padding.
[Photos: CBS' New 2012-2013 Shows]
So they filled the time with "Mike & Molly" stars Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy bantering about their recent fake wedding and the lack of gifts they've received from their fellow CBS stars (except Ted Danson, who sent them a pony); the "Two Broke Girls" trying to find a way to make money; LL Cool J rapping; and Eli Manning trying to crack jokes (which, as we learned on "Saturday Night Live," is not something he can do). Still, despite the fact that this was the network that showed us the fewest clips, the ones we saw actually had more promise than the other three this week so far.
[Photos: CBS's Upfronts in NYC]
Partners (Mondays at 8:30 PM)
This comedy didn't exactly impress us, as the trailer had a lot of groan-worthy jokes, but it has the look of a successful CBS sitcom. Max Mutchnick and David Kohan (the creators of "Will & Grace") wrote this show based on their co-dependent friendship. Here, Joe (David Krumholtz) is straight and in love with Sophia Bush, while Louis (Michael Urie) is gay and dating Brandon Routh. Let's just say that both dudes hit the jackpot in the significant-other department. What we saw in the cutdown was unmemorable, but it might grow on us. At this point, it can't really be more torturous than "How I Met Your Mother."
Elementary (Thursdays at 10 PM)
Are you broken up about "House" going off the air? Well, this might fill that void. Jonny Lee Miller is playing a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, but one who's distinct from the recent version played by Benedict Cumberbatch. He's an addict fresh out of rehab, and Lucy Liu is Joan Watson, his sober companion. He seems like kind of a jerk, and she's got a past as a surgeon that she's trying to forget, but he's brilliant and able to solve crimes that other people can't. And he's relocated from working as a consultant for Scotland Yard to working with the NYPD. It may be a murder-of-the-week procedural, but the footage we saw was slickly produced and eye-catching, and the Holmes angle is more compelling than yet another "NCIS"/"CSI." Even "Sherlock" die-hards may want to give it a chance.