By CBS standards, the network did not have a great season last year. Hostages never really found an audience and The Crazy Ones had disappointing ratings. Of the five new programs introduced last year, only two are returning (The Millers, Mom). This year, the network should grab huge ratings with Thursday Night Football; they will simulcast the first eight games with the NFL network (and then NFL network will carry the remaining Thursday night games). TNF should provide a tremendous platform to promote their new programs as well as time period changes. Big Bang Theory will premiere on Monday nights and then shift to Thursdays once football goes away. CBS will have four new dramas and one new comedy and is cutting back the number of Monday comedies. The 2014/15 new shows seem to be more in line with what their audiences have come to expect. Celebrities for this season include Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Katherine McPhee, Scott Bakula, Dylan McDermott and Laurie Metcalf.
CBS New Shows
SCORPION, Monday 9-10PM, Drama A computer genius and his super-intelligent, quirky friends are asked to help Homeland Security. Whether it’s stopping a cyber-attack or preventing a computer virus from shutting down air traffic control, Walter (Elyes Gabel, Body of Proof, World War Z) and his team of highly intelligent misfits are tasked with the seemingly impossible. Oh, and while saving the US from computer hackers, they recognize a young, withdrawn boy is really a super-genius and are asked to mentor him by the boy’s mother (Katherine McPhee, American Idol, Smash). COMMENTS: The time period is a difficult one with The Voice, Dancing with Stars and ESPN’s Monday Night Football all back in the fall. Although Scorpion is based on a true story, it may be too far-fetched for CBS audiences and will likely struggle to find success on the network.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday 9-10PM, Drama Scott Bakula (Men of a Certain Age, Quantum Leap) stars in the latest NCIS spin-off. COMMENTS: What took so long? Based on the success of NCIS and NCIS: LA, the newest spin-off should have a built in audience, especially following NCIS.
STALKER, Wednesday 10-11PM, Drama Lieutenant Beth Davis (Maggie Q, Nikita) and Detective Jack Larsen (Dylan McDermott, Hostages, Private Practice) work within the Threat Assessment Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. As the title suggests, they specialize in catching stalkers. Viewers will be left to wonder what happened in their pasts to bring them to this unit. COMMENTS: Although the pilot had some disturbing scenes (a creepy masked man setting a woman on fire), this program should fit in with other CBS crime procedurals and has a strong lead-in with Criminal Minds.
THE McCARTHYS, Thursday 9:30-10PM, Comedy Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne, Big Bang Theory) and Jack McGee (Moneyball, Fighter) play the parents of a close-knit Boston sports family. They are shocked by the news that one of their children wants to move far away. They love their sports and their family gatherings. Will their mother survive if one of her children leaves? COMMENTS: Simply put, The McCarthys was not very funny, especially not for a CBS Thursday night comedy, and most likely will not be back for a second season.
MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday 8-9PM, Drama A former CIA agent turned teacher (Tea Leoni, Naked Truth, The Family Man) is asked by The President of the United States to become his newest Secretary of State. Accepting the job uproots her family; she begins to wonder if she made the right decision. Spoiler alert – she may have uncovered a conspiracy in the White House. COMMENTS: This program should do well on Sunday nights. It has a good lead in with 60 Minutes and fits nicely with The Good Wife.
CBS Mid-Season Replacements
BATTLE CREEK Josh Duhahel (Transformers, All My Children) stars. A small town police department receives additional resources in the form of an FBI agent. One of the Battle Creek detectives is not sold on this “new help” and struggles to find common ground with him and his methods.
THE ODD COUPLE Matthew Perry (Friends) stars in this updated version of the Jack Klugman and Tony Randall hit from the 70’s.
CSI: CYBER Patricia Arquette (Medium) stars in this CSI spin-off dedicated to cybercrime.