CBS's 2013-14 Season: Mork, the Beek, and Lots of the Same Old, Same Old
CBS has the luxury of adding just eight new series to its primetime lineup -- only five that will premiere in the fall -- as broadcast TV's No. 1 network unveiled its 2013-14 roster to advertisers at its annual upfront presentation in New York City Wednesday afternoon.
The network's highest-profile new series features Oscar winner Robin Williams in the comedy "The Crazy Ones." "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alum Sarah Michelle Gellar co-stars with Williams as his daughter and co-worker. He's the brilliant but quirky leader of an advertising agency, and she's equally talented but also tasked with keeping him grounded. The series is produced by David E. Kelley.
"Dawson's Creek" and "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" star James Van Der Beek will star in the ensemble comedy "Friends With Better Lives," and "The Big Bang Theory" producer Chuck Lorre will add a fourth show (including "Big Bang," "Two and a Half Men," and "Mike & Molly") to the network with the new comedy "Mom."
Will Arnett, Toni Collette, "Lost" alum Josh Holloway, "Monk" star Tony Shaloub, and Dylan McDermott are also starring in new CBS series.
As for the network's schedule, CBS has done a bit of tinkering, following "The Big Bang Theory" with three comedies on Thursday night to build a two-hour comedy block. It is also moving "Person of Interest" to Tuesday, where it will follow "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" to build a powerhouse drama lineup that will go up against ABC's highly anticipated new Joss Whedon drama "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "The Voice" on NBC.
In total, CBS will have 20 returning shows on its schedule for the new season, after canceling "CSI: New York," "Golden Boy," "The Job," "Made in Jersey," "Partners," "Rules of Engagement," and "Vegas." The Melissa McCarthy Monday night sitcom "Mike & Molly," which is MIA from the fall schedule, will return at midseason.
Among the high-profile pilots that CBS passed on for next season were the Eddie Murphy-produced TV adaptation of "Beverly Hills Cop," in which Murphy also planned to make guest appearances as Axel Foley, while actor Brandon T. Jackson's Aaron (Axel's son) would be the focus of the series. "Cop" is now being shopped to other networks.
CBS's deep bench of hits also allowed the network to pass on "Mother's Day," a comedy starring "Will and Grace" and "Smash" alum Debra Messing, and a comedy with Matthew Broderick as a widowed dad who starts dating again (Kristin Chenoweth co-starred).
A description of the new CBS series, along with our first impressions about which ones might make our must-see list next fall:
Stars: Dylan McDermott, Toni Collette, Tate Donovan ("Deception"), Rhys Coiro ("Entourage" and "24"), James Naughton ("Gossip Girl"), and Billy Brown ("The Following" and "Sons of Anarchy")
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
Plot: This political-conspiracy drama involves a kidnapping and a surgeon (Collette) who's ordered to operate on, and ultimately kill, the president of the United States to save her family.