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CBS Orders 7 Series, Including Dennis Quaid's Vegas and a Sherlock Holmes Drama

CBS has finally jumped into the scheduling fray! Set to hold its official Upfront presentation on Wednesday, the network stayed relatively quiet last week as NBC, Fox, ABC, and The CW got busy canceling and renewing existing shows and ordering tons of new ones. Before Saturday's announcement that Two and a Half Men will return for Season 10—not exactly the shocker of the year—we hadn't heard so much as a peep. But the network broke its silence on Sunday with a flurry of pickups. Let's take a look!



Friend Me

What it is: A multi-camera comedy about a pair of buddies, Evan and Rob, who move from Bloomington, Indiana to Los Angeles to work for a website. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad) and Nicholas Braun (10 Things I Hate About You) star; Parvesh Cheena (Outsourced), Dan Ahdoot, and Tim Robinson round out the cast.

Initial reaction based on description alone: That website they work on is Groupon, which smacks of trying way too hard and corporate synergy.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: As good as MySpace's chances of survival.

Where CBS might schedule it: This would be a good fit with How I Met Your Mother, wouldn't it?



Partners

What it is: Another multi-camera comedy, Partners follows two bestie architects whose friendship predates either of their current romantic relationships. David Krumholtz (Numbers, The Playboy Club) and Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) star as Charlie and Louis, respectively; things get complicated when Charlie decides to propose to his girlfriend and Louis's attempts to be supportive nearly ruin his own relationship. Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) and Brandon Routh (Chuck) also star.

Initial reaction based on description alone: This sounds dumb at first, but let's give CBS some credit for going gay! That said, this is either a hit or disaster.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: This could help usher in a new era for CBS. We say it works.

Where CBS might schedule it: This also goes with How I Met Your Mother, and while we're at it let's throw 2 Broke Girls in there too and make a concerted effort to form a young comedy block.



Vegas

What it is: This period drama was one of the 20 pilots we hoped would get picked up to series. Based on the true story of Ralph Lamb, a Las Vegas sheriff who battled mobsters in the '60s, it stars Dennis Quaid (Enemy Mine), Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Jason O'Mara (Terra Nova), and Carrie Anne Moss (The Matrix).

Initial reaction based on description alone: This is a bit of departure for CBS, but look at that cast! We'll definitely be tuning in.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: I'm just gonna say this is CBS's biggest hit of 2012-2013. Whether that comes from the audience or critics, we'll see.

Where CBS might schedule it: If CBS were to move The Mentalist, this would pair great with Person of Interest.



Made in Jersey

What it is: It may sound like a reality show, but this appears to be a standard legal drama. Janet Montgomery (Entourage, Human Target) stars as a working-class gal who "uses her street smarts" to succeed at a top New York law firm. Stephanie March (Law & Order: SVU), Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives, Donna Murphy, and Pablo Schreiber (A Gifted Man, Lights Out, The Wire) also star.

Initial reaction based on description alone: This needs more meat on its bones. Street-smart lawyers belong with Franklin & Bash, not on CBS.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: This will be next season's Unforgettable.

Where CBS might schedule it: Friday nights, where A Gifted Man once lived.



Elementary

What it is: TV's latest spin on Sherlock Holmes, set in present-day New York. Another one of the pilots we hoped would get picked up. Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) plays the legendary sleuth; Lucy Liu plays Watson.

Initial reaction based on description alone: Lots of people are slamming this one, but we say it'll be hot fun. This could be Miller's break to become a huge star instead of just that guy who used to date Angelina Jolie.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: You don't have to be a smart-alecky detective to know there's some long-term potential here.

Where CBS might schedule it: I'm expecting CBS to slot this in some prime real estate. Wednesday or Thursday works.



Golden Boy

What it is: A drama starring Theo James (Downton Abbey's Mr. Pamuk) as a cop who climbs the NYPD ladder from detective to police commissioner. Holt McCallany (Lights Out), Chi McBride (Human Target, Boston Public), Bonnie Somerville, and Kevin Alejandro (True Blood) round out the cast.

Initial reaction based on description alone: The series lost some luster when Ryan Phillippe dropped out of the lead role, but it still has some potential.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: It won't be a smash, but could be a steady performer that returns for a few seasons.

Where CBS might schedule it: This seems like a perfect pairing with Blue Bloods, doesn't it?



The Job

What it is: Scheduled for the midseason, The Job is a reality competition series in which contestants vie to win their dream jobs. Lisa Ling hosts; Survivor's Mark Burnett and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's Michael Davies executive-produce.

Initial reaction based on description alone: Ummmm, sure.

My guess at the show's chances of survival even though I haven't seen a second of footage: Feel-good stories about other people getting jobs? Not in this economy!

Where CBS might schedule it: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!


Anything here sound good to you?


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Elementary looks HORRENDOUS .. but I was wrong about Awake, so I'll give it a look
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None of these sound interesting. I am dead set against Elementary because it is a blatant rip-off of the BBC's Sherlock. It has the same premise expect they changed Watson to a woman.
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dead alive
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i thought, that CBS would understand something about tv, but this offer is all crap...cant believe it
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All sound blah. Need trailers to get a real feel for them.
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nothing will becomes really a hit
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sounds all boring
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Ooookay, nothing too promising, though I may be the only person who sees MADE IN JERSEY -- which I too was, btw -- as the most interesting one. Stephanie Marsh is always good, and I like good lawyer shows. (F&B is great fun -- but it's an over the top Dramedy. I'd like to see the idea done 'straight.' If you tell ne Jonathan Schapiro had anything to do with this, and I'll be hooked. I ignored THE FIRM -- no Grisham fan, but now I have to go and watch it. Schapiro was behind my favorite underappreciated lawyer show of all time, JUST LEGAL.)



"VEGAS" -- you KNOW they'll change the name before it gets on -- sounds like the waste of a great cast. I'll watch an episode or so, I guess, but I lived through the early sixties and feel neither need nor desire to go back there. (I have also felt, from descriptions, that these shows are treating the misogyny and male dominance of the time the way some newspapers treat pornography, condemning it in a way that titilates the audience while they can pretend to be shocked.)



On the other hand it is the 'time-shifting' aspect -- if they use it -- that would be the only thig that would make GOLDEN BOY interesting. It would be a great show, seriously recreating different years in his career -- and not thinking there was 'one thing' called 'The Eighties' but realized that 1983 and 86 -- to pick two at random -- were different experiences. If it showed how police work and police attitudes had changed -- and didn't show the changes as a straight line from bad to good or even vice versa -- and really used the basic idea, it would be a must watch for me -- but not sure for how many other people. Anyway, doubt if they would be that adventurous.



Which brings us to ELEMENTARY -- and the name alone scares me. (The word reminds me more of the movie adaptations than the original stories.) If they are recreating the original stories in a modern setting, -- no, I haven't watched the BBC version, I'm a tec story fan but not a Baker Street Irregular type -- they could be interesting, seeing if there are modern equivalents of the settings the original stories needed. (No 'secretive members of the European Royal Families' these days, no Victorian era prudery that spurred the blackmail-centered stories, and even the 'daring jewel thief' is passe. And Moriarty! The 'sinister rich man who secretly heads a crime syndicate' wasn't that realiztic even then -- and when Nero Wiolfe introduced Arnold Zeck it made for the worst stories in THAT 'canon.' TRoday making it credible almost requires an SF/fantasy aspect -- Dick Roman anyone -- and even then it is weak.)



The trouble is that everyone knows those stories, knows how they will come out, if they are Holmesians at all.



But if they put the characters into new stories, why bother? Just to 'use the names'? The use of a 'watson' as a narrator -- the name became a common noun -- was so common that it became ;old-fashioned' in the 30s, though there are more modern and credible versions in current detective stories. Once we had Hastings and Archie Goodwin we had defined the spectrum. Even a female Watson with the possibility of romantic attachment goes back at least to the early Asey Mayo stories from 1931-34 (Phoebe Atwood Taylor abandoned the device as unneccessary after 4 books, and her characters were in their 50s.)



I expect it will be this year's TERRA NOVA and start out high but bomb fast. It's not the sort of blunder you expect from CBS, and hey, maybe I'll be wrong, but I'd not expect ever to see a DVD of a non-existent second season.)
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bring back THE UNIT
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Again more horrible shows not a click and not wasting time on new shows this fall.



cant wait for dead pool
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I'm most looking forward to Vegas. What a cast! Elementary - I'm not a fan of Johnny Lee Miller at all, so he'd have to act his ass off for me to like him as Sherlock Holmes. Also, Watson being a woman is an interesting twist, but ultimately sounds gimmick-y. I enjoyed Lucy Liu immensely on TNT's Southland this past season, wish should would have just stayed there.



Friend Me could be good, Partners is a maybe (but not likely) for me, Made in Jersey doesn't sound good at all. Golden Boy - does CBS really need two different shows about the NYPD police commissioner? Will give it a look, for Chi McBride, but not expecting to stay with it. I won't be watching The Job.
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"Vegas" is the only show with potential.

I'd be surprised if "Elementary" finishes the first season

The comedies sound boring.



We're not talking 7-9 seasons stuff there...
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Elementary sounds like it coud be good glad they're not trying to do an american version of the british show. who cares if Watson is a woman, its Lucy Lui, she can be Holmes for all I care. Remember what everyone thought when they found out Starbuck was going to be a woman, and we all know how that turned out, so better to shake things up a little then put new paint over an old building. And its Lucy Lui.

Vegas sounds like it could be good if it was on a cable network like Showtime, and they should think about changing the name so people don't get it confusied with that other Vegas show even if its no longer on air.
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I find Vegas interesting. Not necessarily the plot mind you. But that is a lot of great acting talent involved in it. And I give anything with Chiklis a shot.



Elementary sounds awful. You can't make Watson a woman. You can't. No offense to women anywhere. But the stories of Sherlock are predicated upon the relationship of the two men of Sherlock and Watson. Whilst I really like Lucy Lieu and think she did a great job in SouthLand. She can't be Watson. This sounds more like a play on The Mentalist rather than anything to do with Sherlock Holmes.



Jersey Sounds dumb.



Friend Me sounds really dumb. The guy from SuperBad should stick with movies that way we only have to spend two hours minimum with him.



What I want to know is. Where is something that is in a way like POI. POI was there most successful new show this year. I would have expected another action oriented drama to go along with it somewhere in the mix.
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The only show I'm interested in is Friend Me, only because of Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
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Friend Me sounds quickly canceled, working for a website just isn't that interesting, certainly not easy to fit into a traditional sitcom format - maybe if it were a high-tension single-camera dramedy like Sports Night it could be compelling, but not this. And the casting just feels lazy.



Partners, what is that? It doesn't sound like anything, maybe an ABC 3-episode sitcom that has no real focus and mechanical writing. This and Friend Me get replaced by midseason, I'll betcha.



Vegas does have a great cast, but sounds like an expensive one to stack on top of being a period piece. A Las Vegas period piece means a lot of studio sets with old-timey mechanical slot machines, I'll wager (pun intended).



Made in Jersey sounds made for cancelation. I don't think Sephanie March can carry a series like this, she wears such a hard edge it's difficult to get through to audiences. Kyle MacLachlan would have to be played against type (in this case it's "bastard lawyer asshat") for him to work.



Elementary is going to need a ton of right moves to work, I really don't think CBS has it in them to get this one right.



Golden Boy, another cop show? Seems like CBS is risking burnout on this, but audiences still show up so what do I know? I think if they put this with Blue Bloods, it'll only water down both shows for being samey.



The Job, minimum of 2 mediocre seasons with fair ratings. I predict either played against Undercover Boss or held for Fridays at 8pm.



None of this is really my cup of tea.
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I'm watching Partners!!! I miss seeing Sophia Bush and David Krumholtz on my tv and I love that David is playing a "Charlie" again!!
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I'll give Elementary a try, if only to compare it to BBC's Sherlock. Maybe it will be good in its own right, but I can't see it being better. It just doesn't seem possible.



But making Watson a woman could be very interesting. Obviously in every adaption of Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant works Watson has been a man, and he shares a very close friendship with Holmes. But can you imagine the uproar that would ensue if (eventually) Holmes were to have sex with Watson?! The purists would go nuts! I'm not saying it will happen right away. I'm sure there will be no sexual tension to begin with. But a few seasons down the line (if this show gets that far), who knows?
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Took them long enough to get Miami canceled was like watching crime soap opera. Though a few of these look simi watch able I agree good to see David Krumholtz back and I think the Sherlock homes looks good been in to that since I was just a small kid.
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It'll be the usual for CBS.....none of them will appeal to me, yet every last one of them will get ratings ten times the size of the shows I love on other networks. One will be cancelled immediately when it only gets three times the ratings points Community gets.
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No thanks!! None of them sound good
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Bring back CSI Miami!!!
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Man, Elementary has to be really good if I'm even going to try watching past the first episode. Sherlock is one of the best shows currently on TV.



Other than that, probably going to check out (and dislike) all the shows. Vegas sounds good, but I hate period pieces with such a passion, so that's probably not a show I'll be sticking with either.
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Vegas is the only thing that sounds remotely interesting...and even then its a meh
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All the shows are crap, bring back CSI: Miami and Unforgettable.
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So... No "Widow Detective"???

Sooo sorry :)
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These are all quite meh. incredibly meh, even. I have a feeling my tv schedule next autumn will be very very empty. :(
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All of them are meh..
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Don't know if I'll actually end up watching any of these but I'm glad David Krumholtz is coming back even if the show might not last. (And he's playing a Charlie again!)

Loving how Bonnie Somerville doesn't need a past credit but Dennis Quaid apparently does.....
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Lol, what they gonna put, Grosse Pointe and she was that one girlfriend of Ross's in friends who chose him over Joey?
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a female watson? sorry but that sounds really, really terrible, even if it is Lucy Liu.. and pairing Golden Boys with Blue Bloods sounds bad, as they are like, hmm, almost the same.. Golden Boys, itself, could be good for any other network, other than CBS.. and maybe because of the disappointment on the cancelletions on some of my very beloved shows, none of these above felt worth watching.. all sound like "meh!".. and anyway as anything that does not sound like "meh!" will be cancelled, why should I try..
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Nothing I'm dying to see, but a few I will give a chance.

Vegas- I will watch solely for Dennis Quaid, if for nothing else.

Golden Boy-I love Chi McBride, so I will give it a shot.

Elementary- OK, here's the thing. I am a HUGE Sherlock(BBC) fan. Benedict Cumberbatch is absolutely incredible in the lead role and the writing is inspired, so I am understandably hesitant about this one. I can't help but feel this one is going to be dumbed down and not look anything like the original stories. I will watch the pilot, because I grew up reading the stories and adore them to this day, but they are going to have to pull off something pretty spectacular to keep my attention. And Watson being a woman? I think they are trying too hard. I might institutionalize myself if they try to create a romance between the two.
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Elementary : Only the names (Sherlock & watson) remain. What's the point?



Vegas : Ok, after the Playboy Club and Panam, another gamble for a 60's period piece. I bet on this one winning.
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Vegas - a period cop show set in the 60s, not to be confused with the 70s detective show set in the 70s.



Elementary - female Watsons have been tried in the past to great failure. We don't need a love story, and after Moffat's Sherlock we don't need another Holmes story.



The Job - what's next, Food Stamps? This only gives employers an inappropriate sense of power.
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Friend Me - Nope. Not on your best day, newbie show.

Partners - meh. Maybe. But kind of leading towards no.

Vegas - umm....sorry to disagree, but this seems very boring to me.

Made in Jersey - yes, initially anyway, but mainly because Stephanie March is there!

Elementary - sounds like the best one of the bunch! Will definitely check this out.

Golden Boy - ok, seriously? Aren't there enough cop dramas on TV?

The Job - O_o? Really, CBS? Really??
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The two shows I'm definitely going to try are Vegas and Elementary.



Vegas - I'm not a fan of period dramas, but the cast for this sounds too good for me not to try it.

Elementary - I love both JL Miller and Lucy Liu. Maybe it's oddly a good thing that I haven't watched the BBC's Sherlock, otherwise I'd probably be hating this.



The rest sound boring. One or two of them might end up on my TV schedule, but for now, I doubt it.
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You really should watch Sherlock. It's really, really great TV. Basically like watching six really great movies back to back.
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Speaking as someone who HAS seen Sherlock (and thought it was AMAZING), I am still interested to see how they re-tool the show for CBS. I very much doubt it will look anything like the BBC version, but it still has a lot of potential (I think), and I don't get the impression that they are simply going to try to copy the original show.
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I'll check it all out except the reality stuff, that doesn't mean I'll watch more than one episode though. The only one I'm really, really interested in seeing though is Vegas.
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Elementary can go...do something profane. I mean it. As saxyroro said, it will NEVER hold a candle to the BBC's Sherlock. I don't care who their cast and crew are.

And frankly, female Watson? We ALL know where that's going to lead. Romance! *Enter Irene* Love triangle!

And it's just going to fale without a death frisbee.
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I'll be the first to say it on this article Elementary will never touch the glory that is Sherlock from the BBC. If you like Sherlock Holmes, I suggest the BBC. Their Jekyll was excellent while you're at it.
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I'll probably give all four dramas a chance, but Golden Boy sounds the most interesting to me for some reason. I was really looking forward to seeing Ryan Phillippe in the role, though. The rest of the cast is solid.



Friend Me won't last, but I'm definitely tuning in for Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
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