CBS gives a peek at fall schedule

By Colin Mahan

Mar 24, 2006

This week, CBS announced its new slate of shows to advertisers in New York, and the surprise is that there isn't a procedural crime drama in the bunch. The network has hit pay dirt the past few years with the CSI franchise, and now it says it wants to take some chances.

The new slate is composed of 12 comedies, 11 dramas, and five reality shows. For comedy, the network turned to some old friends.

Phil Rosenthal, creator of CBS's gold-standard sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, is back with a new show called Play Nice. Mad About You's Paul Reiser takes executive-producer role in The Paul Reiser Project, which stars Bobby Cannavale from Will & Grace.

Mitch Rouse becomes The Angriest Man in Suburbia, and Friends creator David Crane reaches out to the youth of America with The Class.

The network is loading up on big names for dramas, but as Head Cases, Emily's Reason Why Not, and Commander In Chief showed this season, big names alone are not a guarantee of success.

National Treasure director John Turtletaub brings the postapocalypse drama Jericho, starring Skeet Ulrich and Gerald McRaney. James Woods headlines legal drama Shark from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard at Imagine Entertainment.

The crime drama Smith is from ER producer John Wells, and superhero drama Ultra stars Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage.

The Survivor network is going nutso with some odd concepts for reality shows.

Who's Line Is It Anyway? treasure Wayne Brady is back with hidden camera show The Joke's On You. A more sedate offering might be Tuesday Night Book Club, which the network is calling a "docu-soap," about upper-middle class women who meet to discuss books they have read, and the world at large.

Man From Atlantis Patrick Duffy hosts A Hero's Welcome, a reality show featuring regular people who have had their lives saved by a real-life hero.

In the feel-good reality-show department, The Dave Ramsey Project stars the financial guru helping out debt-ridden families. In the "oh no they didn't!" department, Guess Who's Coming Over tells the story of a houseguest who comes over to the home of a family with a totally different background.

The network told Television Week that since there is very little room on the CBS schedule (because so many of its shows are successful), only the "cream of the crop" will make it to air.

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  • melonrageous91 May 08, 2006

    You should show Mad About You more often..its my absolute favorite :)

  • brufan Mar 31, 2006

    I really hope they give Jericho a chance. Or at least someone buys the rights to Miracles and rebroadcasts it. Such an awesome show!

  • hoffman9102 Mar 27, 2006

    Lets just cross our fingers & HOPE that only the "Cream Of The Crop" make it, not the Cream Of the Crap. Too many bad shows on the lineups these days. I am looking forward to checking these out:
    --Shark
    --The Jokes On You
    --The Dave Ramsey Project(Only if I am one of the debt ridden families he helps!)
    --Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

    I hope that the legal drama w/James Woods as the star combo works. Wayne Brady is an all around funny guy, this will be entertaining at the very least. Guess who...looks like fun. The dave Ramsey Project, well, thats just me hoping to get on the show. Ha Ha. DREA

  • Cathy1111 Mar 27, 2006

    3 look interesting: Smith, Shark & Ultra.

  • tiredoldguy Mar 26, 2006

    Sounds like a snoozer to me! Another reason the have "cable". Do you think the networks will ever learn the clones don't really excite the public anymore, especially with so many other options.

  • PTL1954 Mar 26, 2006

    So it looks like there is nothing new to watch. Thank goodness I have my own stuff. Yes they where network shows at one time. But boy to try and watch network tv these days.

  • allsummerlong Mar 25, 2006

    As usual, CBS continues to remain uncreative and stagnant. I'll pass and only tune in for their reality flagships (Survivor/The Amazing Race/Big Brother). At least they do one thing right.

  • SalFromCanada Mar 25, 2006

    I think that the Paul Reiser sitcom might be the best bet to make the fall schedule. He's a funny man who's great on TV. If CBS is patient, they could have another hit on their hands.

  • -ACL- Mar 24, 2006

    I'm really crossing my fingers for Jericho especially.