CBS Picks Up Four New Drama Series & Two Comedies: Is A ‘CSI’ Spinoff Going Away?
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CBS has officially made its new series orders for next season. The network is likely putting a pin in its plans for comedy expansion by only picking two new half-hour series, the multi-camera Partners and Friend Me. CBS also showed that it is not ready to launch its first single-camera comedy since Worst Week in 2008 by passing on Nick Stoller’s well-regarded Entry Level.
The network is loading up on the drama side with four new series, the contemporary Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary, period drama Vegas (formerly Ralph Lamb), legal drama Made In Jersey (form. Baby Big Shot) and cop drama Golden Boy. The order of four new drama series does not bode well for the network’s bubble dramas. When CBS picked up four new dramas in 2010, it killed four existing dramas, including veterans The Ghost Whisperer and Cold Case. Last year, the network picked up four new drama series and canceled three. Two of the spots on the cancellation list are already spoken for with rookies NYC 22 and A Gifted Man. Then things become dicey. Despite recent hopes that CBS may bring the hugely popular globally CSI franchise intact after all, that now appears unlikely, and speculation is that the more expensive spinoff CSI: Miami may be going away. The large new drama order also could mean serious trouble for freshman Unforgettable, though the freshman drama’s chances have been looking better over the past week, following the ratings uptick for its season finale.
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Back to CBS’ new series. Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller as present day Sherlock Holmes living in New York City and Lucy Liu as his sidekick Joan Watson, was one of the clear-cut frontrunners this year that appeared destined for the fall schedule from the script stage. The question is, will Sherlock replace another quirky detective, Patrick Jane, on the CBS schedule, possibly taking over The Mentalist‘s Thursday 10 PM slot? Elementary was written by Robert Doherty and directed by Michael Cuesta; CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly are producing.