Network Upfronts Extravaganza – Monday Night ‘CBS’ Update

So, Day One of the Upfronts is coming to an end, and NBC’s time in the spotlight is over. I’ll likely discuss Heroes: Origins some more tonight as I discuss ‘Landslide’ tonight, but the turnaround time is short: tomorrow at 4pm ABC presents their fall schedule [See: Cultural Learnings’ ABC Preview]. You might be wondering, then, why CBS’ eye is in the image above [ CBS Preview]. Well, there’s a reason for this. First, it’s clear that people are most interested in hearing what CBS has to say on Wednesday. Second, ABC’s pickups are fairly set in stone so CBS is where the breaking news lies. Thus, here’s an update on what’s going on with The Eye.

CBS has been active today (Hollywood Reporter), officially ordering four dramas and a comedy (Along with a reality show, which I’m ignoring). Those dramas are similar to what I had predicted, although there is one key difference that bugs me. And yet, I’ll get to the news you likely want most first.

There is still no word as to the fate of Jericho. The drama sits decidedly on the bubble, and as of early Monday evening there is no word as to its fate. Chances are we will hear final word tomorrow ahead of Wednesday’s upfront, but things aren’t looking good with four dramas picked up (And one of them fitting in Jericho’s alternative-drama slot). So, it’s another night of waiting for fans of the drama. Plus, it’s not just Jericho: How I Met Your Mother remains in limbo, and Cold Case and Close to Home wait to hear whether they’ll be around next year.

The network has picked up Cane, the drama starring Jimmy Smits, as well as Viva Laughlin, the musical drama produced by Hugh Jackman. Also, against all odds, Swingtown has been picked up by the network, which should be an interesting fit for their demographics.

However, most interesting is the pickup of Moonlight, which is the vampire drama the network had send to pilot. This means that Babylon Fields (The Amber Tamblyn Zombie vehicle) is unlikely to be picked up. I personally think that zombies are much more hip right now, compared to Vampires (Didn’t Buffy deal with that enough? Or Angel?), but CBS appears to think otherwise.

The comedy pickup is more interesting: Big Bang Theory wasn’t on my radar, and the drama about two science geeks who befriend a party girl sounds too similar to both NBC’s The IT Crowd and even other shows starring geeks like NBC’s Chuck. It just doesn’t seem very interesting, and I think that CBS had better options. Still, it sounds like a decent companion for How I Met Your Mother in terms of youth-skewed comedies.

ABC presents at 4pm EST tomorrow. CBS presents at 2pm on Wednesday.

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4 responses to “Network Upfronts Extravaganza – Monday Night ‘CBS’ Update

  1. Jimmy

    I have no idea what you are talking about with the Big Bang Theory. This was a top pilot, because it was a hold over from last year, with Kaley Cuoco being recast as the female lead.

    It has a great pedigree with Chuck Lorre (Two and Half Men, Roseanne producer) and Bill Prady (Gilmore Girls) and legendary director James Burrows directing. I think this could be the next hit sitcom to go with Two and Half Men.

  2. Sorry, Jimmy, but much like ‘Two and a Half Men’ it just isn’t striking me as original or engaging. Kaley Cuoco being added to the show isn’t helping me, and if anything it’s turning me off more.

    I think it just sounds…well, like any old juvenile sitcom, and I expect better in the post-Arrested Development/The Office era.

  3. Jimmy

    Can’t disagree more. I love Kaley Cuoco. She carried 8 Simple Rules after John Ritter’s death for two years. Trust me, this is a Chuck Lorre production. Give the show a chance it will be a very good show. I know someone who saw the pilot and said it was very, very funny.

    Remember, CBS carried it over to this year from last year with the cast change, because the show had promise. Give it a chance. This show is going to be good.

  4. Steve

    Gee, why don’t they just get the “Angel” cast back together and give them the sixth season they deserved? Seems simpler than re-inventing the wheel.

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