CBS Picks Up Six New Series, Including One With Josh Holloway as a Cyber-enhanced Cop

Look out, other networks. CBS has announced its new series pickups, and the network's competitors aren't going to like 'em. Loaded with starpower, the half-dozen shows joining CBS's lineup comprise another formidable-looking crop of shows that will dominate ratings. And no, I'm not being biased (full disclaimer, TV.com is owned by CBS but we're free to speak our minds). In just these six shows, the payroll includes Josh Holloway (Lost hunk), Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Toni Collette, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Connell, Dylan McDermott, and Anna Faris. That's a pretty impressive haul. Will the shows be good? Who knows, but these familiar faces should at least draw audiences to find out. Let's see what we've got to work with...

Intelligence stars Josh Holloway as a member of US Cyber Command, an elite government agency that catches bad guys, I'm assuming. But it's Holloway's character that's the draw. The guy has a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to see the entire electromagnetic spectrum! How that helps catch bad guys, I don't know! But if Magneto ever escapes, LOOK OUT! Marg Helgenberger and Meghan Ory also star. 

Hostages follows a talented surgeon (Toni Collette) who gets caught up in a big conspiracy after she's chosen to operate on the president of the United States. Her family gets taken hostage, and she'll have to do everything she can to get them back. Of all the new CBS shows, this one is the most confusing to me. I just can't picture it at all. Is it a medical drama? Does she only perform surgery on the president in the pilot? Is the rest of the series her going after her family? What's the deal here, CBS? Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, and Billy Brown also star. 

Mom is a multi-camera comedy from Chuck "Hitmaker" Lorre starring Anna Faris as a single mom and recovering alcoholic who moves to Napa Valley to dry up. I love Faris and think she can handle her own show. Even if it's multi-cam. Allison Janney, Nate Corddry, and Matt Jones (Breaking Bad's Badger!) also star.

The Millers is also a multi-camera comedy, and it comes from Greg Garcia (Raising Hope). The cast is the draw here: Will Arnett plays a recently divorced dad who has to deal with his parents (Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges) having relationship issues of their own. JB Smoove and Mary Elizabeth Ellis round out the cast. The only question I have is whether or not Arnett will still be funny in a multi-cam situation. This pickup means we may not see much more of Martindale on The Americans, so make it count, Margo.

The Crazy Ones is a single-camera comedy—WHAT? Single-camera? On CBS? Yup. It will be the network's first since Worst Week in 2007, I think. This one stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar as a father and daughter who work in the same advertising business. James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, and Amanda Setten also star. 

We Are Men is a single-camera comedy—WHAT!? TWO? Wow. CBS is REALLY going for it. We Are Men was previously called The Exes and stars Chris Smith as a young guy who moves into a short-term housing complex and becomes buddies with a bunch of guys, most of whom are going through their second round of bachelorhood after divorces. This one is also loaded with talent, featuring Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, and Jerry O'Connell as Smith's new friends. It sounds pretty stupid, but I have a feeling it will be surprisingly good. 

It's likely that CBS still has a few more decisions to make, but these pickups mean the chances aren't good for several other pilots. Among them are Super Clyde, Bad Teacher, Friends With Better Lives, Jacked Up, The McCarthys, Jim Gaffigan's comedy, Matthew Broderick's comedy, Debra Messing's comedy, Advocates, Anatomy of Violence, Backstrom, Beverly Hills Cop, NCIS: Red, The Ordained, Reckless, Second Sight, and Surgeon General.




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I love CSI NY, CBS made a bad move!
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such crap cant believe you cancelled such good shows yet picked up community last minute with a 1.3 rating! how much are they paying you to stay on air??
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Community doesn't even air on CBS.
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i know but im still so annoyed that community got renewed with a 1.3 rating on their finale!
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Good to see Josh back. Dont even really care if the show sucks.
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Josh Holloway and Sarah Michelle Gellar in one post. I'm happy. Toni Collette, Will Arnett and Tony Shaloub are also awesome (just not as hot). Hopefully they all do well. No offense to the ones I didn't mention. :)
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Anything with Toni Collete after tara is work a look! And I love garcias' work!.
The rest, well......... comedy is sooooooo subjective!
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Crazy Ones might be something worth watching and since it's on CBS it might even have a chance to not get cancelled immediately.
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CBS made good picks for single-cams. I think that We Are Men will be hilarious, and The Crazy Ones seems popular. I think CBS will maybe add an hour of comedy for half of the year (I'm going with Wednesday @ 8:00)
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A few years ago all the networks had some type of alien invasion series, like Surface and Threshold. Then it was all about Vampires (Moonlight et al), and for some reason Chuck became a popular name on multiple networks (Chuck, Pushing Daisies, Gossip Girls). Now it seems like there's several robo-cop like series.
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They must pick up Beverley Hills cop right ? I thought its a done deal !
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no CBS said no to BHC
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I was eagerly waiting for it. Hope another network hopefully cable will pick it up.
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Intelligence and Mom sound boring.

Hostages sound weird and potentially boring.

The Millers could be funny because it's Greg Garcia, but Will Arnett is not a guy I find very funny.

We Are Men sounds bad because of the title and what kind of pervy humor you can expect from that + all the dating that's bound to happen in the show (= unoriginal), but it stars Tony and Jerry so I'll give it a chance.

The one that sounds the best to me is The Crazy Ones, because of Robin and Gellar!
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I would have never considered the pairing of Robin and Gellar. But it might just work. It will be interesting to see what happens with that at the very least. Robin is a scream.
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Intelligence sounds vaguely interesting...even though that whole "seeing the whole electromagnetic spectrum" deal sounds like he was the last in line when the government was handing out powers.
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So Intelligence isn't a reboot of the Canadian show. Too bad. I miss Matt Frewer.
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I may check out Intelligence, depending on when it's on. Nothing else sounds remotely interesting. I don't usually watch comedies because most of them have laugh tracks...which is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
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Intelligance looks good, I'm not sure about the rest, will have to check some of them out
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Nothing that sounds interesting
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Robin Williams AND Sarah Michelle Gellar?! Have I died and gone to heaven? Have I?!
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I was literally just about to say exactly the same thing!! The show description sounds a little lame, but I'll hold out for a promo. With those two, it should be worthwhile!
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it has no chance to survive I lover SMG but this is a waste for her!!! now The Originals would have been perfect for her
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I disagree, she shouldn't ever go back to vampires, she was the lead in the greatest vampire show of all time, nothing she does in that genre will ever come close to Buffy and will always be compared. She's smart to try different things. I imagine she'll be the "straight man" in the show to play opposite Robin but hey, at least her face will be on our screens.
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I'm not suggesting that SMG plays a vampire or hunter, just play a human, she would give the show more credibility, which many people are already questioning!! as stated I love SMG but I will not being watching!! just a total waste for her!! SMG would be better off going to basic cable ABCF Lifetime or TNT
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Recovering alcoholic moves to the wine capital of California to get sober? Only Chaim Levine could make that work.
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I was really hoping Super Clyde was gonna be picked up. Was looking forward to that one. Bah.
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Just Crazy Ones for Williams and Gellar!
P.S: I cant believe they passed the Beverly Hills Cop pilot. Damn u CBS.. Damn U!
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Nothing interesting here
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Oh God! and I thought the ABC picks were awful! Star power at least makes some of these worth a try. More like a blind stab at pilots in a barrel. Honestly CBS just need about two more NCIS spin offs and one or two Criminal Minds spin offs and they are set. Oh oh oh and a The Big Bang Theory spin off. Why play at the same level as the other networks that need to try new material you guys are set up there in your CBS offices.

But in all honesty these look really bad.I'm going to give Sarah Michelle Geller one more chance but I don't have much hope for The Crazy Ones. Big plus for James Wolk though!

And I love me some Anna Faris but Chuck Lorre needs to just cut it out! Retire before everyone on his shows have complete nervous breakdowns!
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Could be some good new stuff coming!
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Intelligence sounds good.
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Robin Williams in a funny show what can go wrong?!! Really how in the world they can mess this up!!!?? And also include Sarah Michelle Gellar even more bonus!! hmmm let''s see the plot.... a father and daughter who work in the same advertising business WTF really they got this 2 actors and all they can come up with is this silly one line pitch about family working together?! Really hope this is the only boring thing about this show!
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Crazy Ones... Robin Williams on a weekly basis is something I want... no, NEED.

And Intelligence... hey, Meghan Ory!
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Will definitely check out The Millers for Greg Garcia. And possibly at least one episode of the Crazy Ones because I still really want Sarah Michelle Gellar to succeed.
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Well, every single blasted thing Lorre makes lasts at least seven seasons, whether it's any good or not, so....here's hoping "Mom" is tolerable, because it's gonna get shoved in my face. At least Anna Faris everywhere is better than Melissa McCarthy everywhere.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar hell yea. I hope the show does well. She was too good for the CW anyway. But Ringer was really really good.
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this is a waste for SMG , and by the way nothing wrong with CW ,I am surprised that the CW did not call her for the ORIGINALS
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What no more Ruby on OUAT? NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
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I don't blame the actress from leaving seeing as they never did anything with her character, even though I think she was a regular. She only had one episode centered around her this whole season.
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What? No! Why would she do that -- she didn't think OUAT had a chance of getting cancelled, did she?
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Intelligence, glad it got picked up - will definatly check it out.
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Super Clyde come on!!!!!! its like a kick ass tv show with Ron Weasly, how can that not get picked up
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I've been waiting for Holloway to get his own show for years but my appetite for CBS' brand of case of the week shows in zilch. A mixed bag really.
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Is Meghan Ory's wardrobe going to be even half as interesting as it is on OUaT?
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I would watch Josh Holloway do pretty much anything, but bonus- the plot has potential, plus Marg & Meghan- nice. And the network that's home to Person of Interest, so that gives me hope.

Toni Collette lends some cred to Hostages, but not sure I'd watch based on the description. Have to see some promos.

Hard to picture Robin Williams & Sarah Michelle Gellar but definite potential. Plus Hamish Linklater! He and Clark Gregg were the best part of New Christine.
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Intelligence with Josh Holloway looks interesting.
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If NCIS:Red doesn't come about it's because CBS just doesn't have the space for it right now. Although in the future when one of the two NCIS shows go it's possible that it could pop up. And I could easily see it as a mid-season replacement because it's a guaranteed ratings bump.
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Really surprised Beverly Hills Cop isn't on this list....
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Word has it that the pilot was bad.... Robocop the series bad!
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I'll be watching Intelligence, Mom, and The Crazy Ones.. but if Meghan Ory is on Intelligence, does that mean Ruby/Red gets killed?!

We Are Men is basically an almost exact rip off of the actual show called The Exes on TV Land, but with people I don't want to see, the only difference is they don't all live in the same apartment. way to go, CBS!
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Sure looks that way or Ruby just not show up on the screen no longer like lots of people in that town seem to be camera shy most of the time ;)
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Any show with Tony Shalhoub stands the chance of greatness as he elevates anything he is in.I am surprised that he has but supporting role, but then this is TV business, you star in Monk then you end up here. But neither he nor Robin Williams would commit to something that they think would be a total flop; they can't need money that much, can they? As for Intelligence, a title like that in TV would usually make me look the other way, on principle. So Josh Halloway is a good idea to promote at least watching it for five episodes.I mean it can't be as bad as The Following, and I am watching that!
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We already had a show with an elite government agency that catches badguys with the help of a guy who can see the entire electromagnetic spectrum, it was killed by Siffy because it was too good. Intelligence probably won't be a damned thing like Alphas, but I suspect the EM spectrum part will be and that's why I probably will pass, already seen it. Also Marg Helgenberger back on CBS, why leave then?

Hostages, right on the money, wtf? And that cast.

Mom is such a no, Anna Faris on a sitcom is no, the premise is no, Anna Faris as a mom is no, Allison Janney offsetting Anna Faris is no. Just no.

The Millers sounds good right up until Greg Garcia is the showrunner, then I really start to worry because he gets repetitive so fast, his multicams were all pretty weak sauce, Yes Dear and Family Matters.

The Crazy Ones sounds really good, so naturally it won't be because the universe hates things that should be good. It gets my vote anyway.

"We Are Men was previously called The Exes", I see what you did there, you took my criticism of the fact that this show is a blatant ripoff of TV Land's The Exes and repeated it back to me a few months later, nicely done.
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The Crazy Ones and Mom sounds intersting.

Is Meghan Ory leaving OUaT for Intelligence?! Please, someone say it's not true! I want Bed to happen :( I'm devastated...
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what a waste for SMG she deserves better!! and what is Once Upon a Time going to due with RED since Meghan Ory is doing Intelligence
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I really hope what you've said about NCIS:RED is true - That show DOES NOT need to happen…EVER
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I finally understand wtf Bob Benson's purpose @ SCDP! Wolk just wanted to do some ad world research, lol.
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I hope they pick up Beverly Hills Cop. After Last Resort failed for Shawn Ryan (or rather, after ABC scheduling failed yet again in scheduling good programming) he deserves another shot.
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I might give Intelligence a look, but I'm not convinced the others are worth sacrificing Golden Boy and Vegas for...
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NCIS:Red? Did they run out of cities? Or are they finally ready to try another show based in Cincinnati? Wouldn't that be great if they casted Howard Hesseman. "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!"
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I've heard Hostages is being planned as a "miniseries event" show like Under the Dome this summer. Not sure how it will tell its story over the season but I'm certainly intrigued since it's not the typical CBS drama. I'm anticipating Intelligence since I loved Holloway on Lost! Not sure about the comedies yet but Mom and The Millers sound the best.
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Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar are enough to get me to watch a few episodes of "The Crazy Ones".
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Still pulling for The McCarthys!
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