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CBS 2016/2017 Schedule / TRAILERS & THOUGHTS

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MONDAYS

8- KEVIN CAN WAIT / MAN WITH A PLAN

9- 2 BROKE GIRLS / THE ODD COUPLE

10- SCORPION



TUESDAYS

8- NCIS

9- BULL

10- NCIS: NEW ORLEANS


WESNESDAYS

 

8- SURVIVOR

9- CRIMINAL MINDS

10- CODE BLACK

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THURSDAYS

8- THE BIG BANG THEORY / THE GREAT INDOORS

9- MOM / LIFE IN PIECES

10- PURE GENIUS

FRIDAYS

8- MACGYVER

9- HAWAII 5-0

10- BLUE BLOODS


SUNDAYS

8- NCIS LOS ANGELES

9- MADAM SECRETARY

10- ELEMENTARY

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MIDSEASON

TRAINING DAY

DOUBT

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS

THOUGHTS

What’s good:

 

  • The schedule looks pretty solid overall. Mostly for the ancient shows. The syndication farm that is sunday night should be okay, even though the trio doesn’t seem to fit. The return of the monday 2-hour comedy block is an interesting move, even though 2 Broke Girls & The Odd Couple are fragile, and it’s hard to predict what’s gonna happen with family-friendly duo Kevin Can Wait/ Man With A Plan (those are too old school sitcoms in my opinion).
  • The Big Bang Theory/ The Great Indoors pairing makes total sense and CBS may have a new hit on its hand, with a good retention expected.
  • Keeping Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders in the wings is smart, so it can replace any possible disaster on the schedule. Or it will just come back in the same timeslot when season 2 of Code Black will end (it’s only a 17-episode order at this point).

What’s bad:

  • From the new entries, only Bull is really protected, sandwiched between NCIS & NCIS: New Orleans. Unless the show really stinks, it should be okay. I’m more worried for NCIS: New Orleans that is not that solid and could lose a lot in the move without the mothership as a lead-in.
  • Pure Genius is thrown to the wolves (behind a likely weakened Life In Pieces) and will have to be really good and really well-marketed to become something. It means three medical shows will air back to back on three different networks on thursday nights : Grey’s Anatomy on ABC, Chicago Med on NBC and Pure Genius on CBS. We already know the winner, unless a big surprise…
  • MacGyver on fridays? We already knew the pilot was a mess and the whole project not worthy of an order,  but CBS see the “dollar potential” in it, for the international market probably. Dumping it on friday almost automatically dooms it. But it might be compatible with Hawaii 5-0

CBS | 2016/2017 – Fantasy Schedule

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Those are predictions based on feelings and CBS final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Wednesday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

 

Dramas renewed: NCIS | NCIS: LA | NCIS NEW ORLEANS | CRIMINAL MINDS | HAWAII 5-0 | BLUE BLOODS | ELEMENTARY | MADAM SECRETARY | CODE BLACK | CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS

New dramas ordered: BULL | PURE GENIUS | MACGYVER | TRAINING DAY | DOUBT

Comedies renewed: THE BIG BANG THEORY | 2 BROKE GIRLS | MOM | LIFE IN PIECES | THE ODD COUPLE

New comedies ordered: KEVIN CAN WAIT | THE GREAT INDOORS | MAN WITH A PLAN

 

Tough year for CBS with Supergirl, Limitless & Code Black not becoming the hits they hoped for and needed, while shows like CSI Cyber & Elementary didn’t deliver. Les Moonves tries to convince everyone in the press that everything is okay, even better than ever, but of course it’s a lie. They’re not in immediate danger and other networks (ABC & FOX) are in way worst situations but they’re in a downward spiral and they have to react! With a development year that seemed weak, things won’t be easy for them…

 


MONDAYS

KEVIN CAN WAIT | MAN WITH A PLAN

SCORPION

PURE GENIUS

Now Supergirl is gone for good on The CW –a really bad idea from the get go but CBS never listens– they can revamp mondays and give an hour back to comedies. Honestly, none of their new drama entries are 8pm shows. Maybe MacGyver, but it’s unlikely it will be ready for fall with all the work they have to do to make it watchable. An hour of Matthew Perry & Matt LeBlanc would be a great marketing plan BUT I don’t think CBS is high enough on The Odd Couple, despite its solid performances since its late return, to start a night with it. They will probably keep it for a later time, as a joker if other comedies fail. Two new family comedies back to back, Kevin Can Wait & Man With a Plan, both about dads at home, might be a better solution. Younger viewers won’t like this but it will remind older people the CBS of the 90s with the monday comedy line-up and shows like King of Queens (hello Kevin James !). When CBS will have football on thursdays for five weeks at the beginning of the season, The Big Bang Theory can move here like they did the years before to help launching one of two new comedies, probably Kevin Can Wait. Scorpion is central to the night and should stay here, serving as a lead-in for new medical drama Pure Genius. They’re very compatible and CBS doesn’t have so many shows right now to help launching others. NCIS: Los Angeles can be put on a hiatus. Either Pure Genius is a flop and it can come back there. Either Pure Genius works and they can keep it for later in the year, like on fridays between two editions of The Amazing Race.

 

TUESDAYS

NCIS

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

BULL

Bull is not a show that will attract in the young demo, so it makes it a perfect fit with the NCIS shows, especially since it’s starring Michael Weatherly who just departed the mothership. And CBS can’t make the same mistake they did with Limitless. It was also an interesting option for the 9pm slot on sundays, taking over for The Good Wife but I don’t see it happening this year. But ultimately, that’s where it could end up.

 

WEDNESDAYS

SURVIVOR

CRIMINAL MINDS

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS

The 10pm slot is a problem for CBS for quite a few years now. They have to settle with something that does okay, rather than launching yet another drama that will ultimately fail. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders doesn’t provide incredible ratings but the retention with Criminal Minds is very good. And maybe it will be able to take over at 9pm someday.

 

THURSDAYS

THE BIG BANG THEORY / THE GREAT INDOORS

MOM / 2 BROKE GIRLS

TRAINING DAY

When football will end, The Big Bang Theory will once again debut the night and for the first time in many years CBS finally has a multicam sitcom that fits with it! The Great Indoors, starring Joel McHale, is about geeky millenials. If this one doesn’t work, nothing will. Oh, but maybe it’s very bad! (I think it is based on the script, but there’s potential anyway). Then Mom can be back, paired with 2 Broke Girls. But I have the terrible feeling CBS will push it to midseason, like they originally planned this year before Angel From Angel flopped, and try renewed single-cam Life In Pieces there. And it’s gonna be ugly. I’m not a huge fan of Training Day on Thursdays at 10 quite frankly. But I don’t have better option, except if MacGyver is ready for fall…

 

FRIDAYS

THE AMAZING RACE

HAWAII 5-0

BLUE BLOODS

No change here. No need. The Amazing Race doesn’t impress but since it’s renewed…

 

SUNDAYS

MADAM SECRETARY

CODE BLACK

ELEMENTARY

CBS has finally made a decision about medical drama Code Black, that showed some promise towards the end of the first season. It got a 17-episode season, with some tweaks to make it better and probably skew younger. But keeping it on wednesdays, where it has to face Chicago PD, doesn’t seem to be the best option. I think the 9pm slot on sundays gives it a better chance to succeed since there is less pressure there and it seems an okay fit with Madam Secretary. When the season will end, CBS could try Doubt there.

 

MIDSEASON

NCIS: LOS ANGELES / MACGYVER / DOUBT / LIFE IN PIECES / THE ODD COUPLE


Any thoughts? Feel free to comment.

 

SEE ABC 2016/2017 FANTASY SCHEDULE

 

Bull (CBS) pilot preview: This is NOT The Good Wife’s successor

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Created and executive produced by Paul Attanasio (Dr House, Homicide, Donnie Brasco, Disclosure) & Phil McGraw (Dr Phil, The Doctors). Directed by Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment, Big Love, Six Feet Under). Also executive produced by Jay McGrawJustin Falvey & Darryl Frank (The Americans, Under The Dome, Extant, Terra Nova). For CBS, CBS Television Studios, Stage 29 Prods & Amblin Television. 65 pages.

Description: Based on Dr Phil McGraw’s early days. Dr Jason Bull, a psychologist on top of his game, head of Trial Sciences, Inc., one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time, provide with his team of experts the best help you need to prove your innocence or defend your case… 

With Michael Weatherly (NCIS, Dark Angel), Freddy Rodriguez (The Night Shift, Ugly Betty, Six Feet Under), Christopher Jackson, Geneva Carr, Jaime Lee Kirchner (Mercy, The Mob Doctor)…

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This year, CBS has apparently decided to put a drama pilot against one another and pick-up the best (or the easiest one to market). For their police procedural needs, it’s probably Nancy Drew against MacGyver; on the action side, it’s Training Day against Four Stars; in the medical genre, it was supposed to be Bunker Hill against Sensory, but the latter has been pushed to a fall shooting, so now it’s more of Bunker Hill against a possible Code Black season 2; and in the legal department, to succeed to The Good Wife, it’s Doubt –rolled from last year with a new pilot– against Bull. It’s writers from Grey’s Anatomy against the so famous and beloved Dr Phil. It’s Katherine Heigl against Michael Weatherly, who’s just departing from hit NCIS. There’s still a chance CBS orders both, especially since both are said to be well regarded, but if they have to choose just one… I’d say Bull has the upper hand. One thing’s for sure: none of them is the next The Good Wife. None of them is that good. They are both very different and they both bring something to the table. But not something new. And not something people are craving for.

Bull is kind of a nightmare to me, as a reader. It’s one thing to watch a procedural, it’s another one to read a procedural script, especially when it’s a pilot. Trust me. It can get very boring very fast. You’re thrown into this world where you have a hundred of characters, most of them already know each other, there are the lawyers, the consultants, the clients… Their personnality is described in one sentence. You don’t get to learn much more about them as the episode progresses since they are not here to talk about their problems and fears and god knows what else but to solve a case, help other people. So you tend to confound them. You even have a hard time remembering their names. And there’s this hero you are forced to like by the writers, because he has a sense of humor and because whatever he says or does he’s a good person inside. And the show is co-wrote by the person who inspired him so it means the grey areas of the character are not that grey. And the whole thing is just not pleasant to read. Bull‘s script is certainly not a page turner, but as the case evolves, with some twists and turns on the way, it becomes interesting. The closing argument part is really strong, for example. Too late probably. But it’s better later than never, I guess.

Bull is not your typical legal drama though, and for one good reason: the heroes are not the lawyers but the people helping the lawyers decide which strategy is the best, based on complex psychological analysis and mock trials. The TSI headquarters are a giant place with fake courtrooms, focus-group rooms with a one-way glass, a graphic design studio, a computer reasearch room… And all they do all day is analyse the jurors. Imagine the outcomes. And of course, sometimes, they are the ones who investigate and discover the truth. Because the show has to resemble to a police procedural at some point, whether it’s accurate about this job or not. Come on, we’re on CBS! I thought it was all very exhausting in the end. It’d be great for a special episode of a legal show. Or if it was just one department inside a firm with a larger story. But following these people doing this load of work every week? Nope. Then again, maybe it’s just me…

And you know what else I didn’t appreciate? The overwhelming writing. It overflows with details and ideas. People are too often talking at the same time, in front of the camera for “interviews”. Too many split screens. Too many montages, of Instagram photos for example. One montage in particular I hated: Bull having “moments” with his team. Bull laughing with someone. Bull hugging this other someone. Bull lunching with her and her. Bull smoking with him… The writers may have thought this montage was enough to show us how close Bull is with his team members, how cool a person he is. But no. It’s so lazy and so fake! We don’t really care about him, except if you’re a huge fan of Dr Phil, maybe. That’s where casting Weatherly is a brilliant idea. Not that he is an exceptional actor, but people love him, presumably, so the character suddenly sounds more interesting than he is on the page. The other characters are all the same for now.

Is CBS capable of rejecting a pilot with Michael Weatherly as the lead? I don’t think so. To bank on NCIS success, they will order it no matter what. Does it make sense? Do NCIS fans can be interested in Bull? I don’t have the answer since I don’t get why they watch NCIS in the first place, for 14 years! But I’m pretty sure Bull is not that a solid legal drama and shouldn’t move further in a better world. But it will. So all bets are off!