Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Blogging The Upfronts, Day 3

CBS announced their fall schedule today, which included very little in the way of changes. The schedule looks like this, new shows in bold (thanks, Zap2It):


8 p.m. "How I Met Your Mother"
8:30 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory"
9 p.m. "Two and a Half Men"
9:30 p.m. "Rules of Engagement"
10 p.m. "CSI: Miami"


8 p.m. "NCIS"
9 p.m. "The Unit"
10 p.m. "Cane"


8 p.m. "Kid Nation"
9 p.m. "Criminal Minds"
10 p.m. "CSI: NY"


8 p.m. "Survivor: China"
9 p.m. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
10 p.m. "Without a Trace" (New timeslot)


8 p.m. "Ghost Whisperer"
9 p.m. "Moonlight"
10 p.m. "Numb3rs"


8 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
9 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
10 p.m. "48 Hours: Mystery"


7 p.m. "60 Minutes"
8 p.m. "Viva Laughlin"
9 p.m. "Cold Case"
10 p.m. "Shark" (New timeslot)

So, yeah, only five new shows, and Kid Nation is a reality show that holds absolutely no interest for me (kids building a perfect society? Where's the conflict? Where's the drama? Where's the pirate-themed imagery?), so that bumps it down to four. Did CBS really do so well this season that they don't need more than four new scripted shows? Anyway, thoughts:

-- Every returning drama on that schedule makes me absolutely shocked that it's still on the air. NCIS is still on? Really? Shark made it to season 2? There are still 3 C.S.I.'s? Who watches them all? I really want to do a study on the CBS procedural demo and find out if it really is just old people and folks falling asleep in front of the tube after a long day at work.

-- How I Met Your Mother returning is the best news of the day for CBS, and it's now my mission to get as many people as possible to watch it. It's really good! Doogie is hysterical!

-- Jericho got cancelled, which surprises me a little, even though I thought it was a terrible show back when I tried to watch it last fall. I'm sad for Keckler, though, as that show was her lunk-headed TV boyfriend. Also cancelled: The Class, which means Lizzy Caplan and I will continue to have to search for a show worthy of her awesomeness.

-- The Amazing Race isn't on the fall schedule, but will return at some point mid-season, which means that Eric and Danielle winning All-Stars was bad enough to earn the show a time-out. Seems about right.

As for the new shows:

Sitcom from the guy behind Two And a Half Men (strike one), starring Charmed's Kaley Cuoco (strike two), and featuring a geeks-try-out-at-love plot almost identical to NBC's The I.T. Crowd. Nerds are so hot right now, I guess. And trying to glom onto the success of Christopher Gorham in Ugly Betty makes for strike three.

Ever wish Angel had been exec-produced by Joel Silver? God knows I have. It seems so unnatural to have such a genre show on CBS. Yeah, its lead-in is The Ghost Whisperer but that only makes me worry that this will be less Angel and more Touched By A Vampire Like Angel. The DVR's already suddenly crowded enough on Friday nights. Can't see myself going out of my way to watch this.

"In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women." Remember that from The Simpsons? When Homer discovered the giant pile of sugar and then made a Scarface reference? Well someone apparently decided to make a TV show about it. And it seems kind of interesting. Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, Rita Moreno, Polly Walker, and Alona Tal star in a drama about a family's struggles to hold on to their lucrative rum and sugar empire. I love how TV shows have dealt with an inability to make shows about Big Oil families (too unsympathetic) by making them food wholesalers and rum-and-sugar barons instead. Anyway, Tuesdays at 10 isn't a bad time slot, and I could definitely see myself giving this a shot. Jimmy Smits is wildly successful on TV, too, so perhaps my optimism is justified.

Everybody seems to be super excited for this American remake of the BBC's Viva Blackpool! My understanding is that it's a drama about a man who wants to build a casino in Nevada, and occasionally things break out into performances of poular songs. Songs just weird enough for me to like it, and that's even before you find out Hugh Jackman is producing (and maintaining a recurring role).

The very idea that this drama about swinging, sex-swapping couples in the 1970s, starring Grant Show, Molly Parker, and Miriam Shor, got bumped to midseason in favor of that stupid vampire show makes me hate CBS all the more. Again, this doesn't even feel like a real CBS show. Let another network have it, ya prudes!


Sticky Keys said...

JERICHO!!! I just freaking learned what upfronts were two days ago and I already hate them!

Sigh, guess I'll have to wait for another Snatch to see Lennie again. That show was is bad, but so great.

jessica said...

Goddamn CBS. The Class was really funny. Like, first season of Friends funny. (Seriously, go back and watch early Chandler the computer geek, before the writers found their groove.) HIMYM wasn't nearly that funny its first season, minus the obvious & incredible Doogie factor, and look how much it blossomed sophomore year. Without that renewal, we never would've had Slap Bets or Robin Sparkles, people! C'MON!

I've never watched Jericho, nor would I ever want to, but I'm still sort of surprised at its demise when all those other shows you mentioned are still there. I ... don't watch anything on CBS but reality TV, apparently. Huh.

NYOne said...

I don't watch anything on CBS other than occasionally catching HIMYM (adding to the DVR next season) and a shameful summer fling with Rockstar: Supernova (I 100% blame M. Giant for that one). But color me interested in Swingtown if for no other reason than Jack Davenport, on whom I harbor an enormous crush left over from Coupling.