5 Notes About the CBS Fall Schedule

Ok, so today was CBS’s turn – they presented eight new series for the 2013-2014 season at Carnegie Hall.  Not surprisingly, they are sticking with a lot of their current hits – 20 shows are slated to return.

Here’s some info on what’s to come this Fall:

5 – They’re staying the course on Sunday:  The Sunday primetime lineup remains unchanged, featuring “60 Minutes,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Good Wife,” and [a likely final season of] “The Mentalist.”

4 – CBS Classic Procedurals:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays feature the successful, older skewing crime and investigation dramas.  Starting at 8:00 on Tuesday, we’ll have “NCIS,” then “NCIS: Los Angeles,” then “Person of Interest.”   After “Survivor” at 8 on Wednesday, the lineup continues with “Criminal Minds” and “CSI.”

3 – Minimal Timeshift:  Only 3 returning series have new time slots, again, not surprising due to CBS finishing out this season as the overall top-rated network (for the 10th time in 11 seasons), and also #1 in both 25-54 and 18-49 for the first time since the 1991 season.  Series changing slots are “Person of Interest,” (Mondays) “Two and a Half Men,” (Thursdays) and “Hawaii Five-O” (Fridays).

2 – New Drama:  Executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings us the one hour drama “Hostages.”  It stars Dylan McDermott as rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle, who takes Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) and her family captive in her own home.   Oh, and Dr. Sanders is ordered to assassinate the President when she operates on him!  “Hostages” is described as “high-octane” suspense.  Does that mean that the bad guys all drive sports cars?

1 – More comic relief:  5 of the 8 new series (and 4 of the 5 starting series) are comedies, including “The Crazy Ones,” which will air Thursday as part of a new 2 hour comedy block.  “The Crazy Ones” is about the unpredicatable and unorthodox Simon Roberts, played by Robin Williams, who heads up a powerful ad agency.   His daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) keeps him in line.  That’s right – Robin Williams will be playing one of the crazy ones, no surprise there.   We hope Gellar brings Buffy-caliber success, not The Ringer caliber.  The other comedies in Thursday’s lineup are “Big Bang,” “Two and a Half Men,” and the new series “The Millers,” starring Will Arnett and executive produced by Greg Garcia.  Monday will feature new comedies “We Are Men” (8:30) and “Mom” (9:30).  Final thought.. sure seems like a lot of sitcoms!

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