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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.

 

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MacGyver (CBS) pilot preview: And you thought Scorpion was stupid?

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Created and executive produced by Paul Downs Colaizzo. Co-created by Brett Mahoney (Code Black, The Following, Eli Stone). Directed by David Von Ancken (Hell On Wheels, Californication, Cold Case). Also executive produced by original creator Lee David ZlotoffJames Wan (Saw, Insidious 2, The Conjuring 2), Michael Clear & Henry Winckler. 65 pages. For CBS, CBS Television Studios & Atomic Monster.

Description:  After spending five years on a cave in Pakistan, kidnapped by The Mazzari, a terrorist group, twentysomething Angus MacGyver gets recruited into the clandestine Phoenix Foundation where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening…

With Lucas Till (X-Men: Days of the Future Past, Stocker), George Eads (CSI, Savannah), Addison Timlin (Californication, Zero Hour), Joshua Boone, Michelle Krusiec

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Last year, CBS made it clear they wanted to attract a younger crowd –that’s where the money’s at on television– as most of their series are showing their age. It resulted in series orders for Supergirl, Limitless & Rush Hour. Sadly, none of them reached that goal. Coincidentally, all of them came from previous source material. Maybe it’s not such a good idea trying to make new hits out of already known properties? One day, networks will understand. But not anytime soon apparently. Look at Scorpion on the contrary, that they launched two years ago: a 100% original bona fide hit! 100% ridiculous too, but that’s another debate. There’s an audience for it. It took people by surprise. They knew nothing about it, they liked what they saw and they stayed. That’s how things are supposed to work. Networks really need to stop taking decisions out of fear. And that includes ordering useless spin-offs for no good reason. Anyway. Ladies and gents, now please welcome a MacGyver reboot! Because of course, that’s what we were all waiting for. Especially millenials who never watched it, just heard about it at best.

CBS really wanted a new MacGyver series –even though it was an ABC show. Quick reminder: it ran 7 seasons from 1985 to 1992. Producer James Wan too. He even worked on a young MacGyver feature focusing on Angus’ college years that never got the greenlight. There was already a Young MavGyver pilot in the works in 2003 for The WB, about the hero’s nephew played by Jared Paladecki. Yet again: not picked-up. Everybody knows the SNL spoof MacGruber by Will Forte though, which ultimately became a movie in 2010 and resulted in a huge flop at the box-office worldwide. All of this proves the popularity of the original show but also that it should be left alone once and for all. Not everything can and should be revived. It smells too much like the 80s. It was good at the time. Now it stinks. Things change. Deal with it!

CBS didn’t like the first version of the script written by NCIS: Los Angeles executive producer R. Scott Gemmill. They could have abandoned the idea. But they comissioned another one instead, by newcomer Paul Downs Colaizzo, who’s under an overall deal with them. My guess: he didn’t really have a choice and did it without any pleasure. And it shows. Last year, he wrote the medical drama pilot LFE, that didn’t go to series in favor of tepid Code Black. It was really good. Such a shame. He’s very talentend. That’s undeniable. But I don’t think anyone can do anything good with MacGyver nowadays, including him. The worst thing is this is probably gonna get ordered and he will be stuck with it for a few years. Such a waste…

Many things go wrong in this pilot, starting with the fact that it’s sold as an origin story, except it’s happening in 2015. The series is expected to chronicle how MacGyver acquired some of his famous skill sets… that he used in the 80s. Before he was even born in our timeline. I know I shouldn’t even point that out. But I couldn’t resist. You know me by now. There are worst things though. Like that it’s never fun. Well. Not entirely true. The opening scene kinda is. In a ridiculous way. The way he escapes from prison… It’s clever. And laughable. If Michael Scofield had MacGyver in Fox river, there wouldn’t have been a show. One scene and he would have been out! Spoiler alert: Mac ends the sequence on a hand-made parachute over a giant cliff! That’s one hell of a cliffhanger. But as soon as he returns home, right after the main titles, it’s never fun again.

The dialogues… damn… they are so poor, savourless. And if the cast is as terrible as it looks, it’s gonna be even worse on screen. Plus, it’s a really weak group of characters, who take themselves way too seriously for their young age. MacGyver is just a geek in fact, like Sheldon’s ancestor but more handsome and courageous, and less socially awkward. His mentor (George Eads) is delusional. His friends are just kids. Clever kids. They don’t really exist without him around. The woman in charge of the organization is very generic. And it was a really bad idea to connect Mac to a terrorist organization. Yes, it makes it instantly modern and the stakes are high –there’s a bomb to disconnect towards the end of the pilot, classic MacGyver–  but it’s too much, too soon. We have action and twists and turns, but we also have irritating flashbacks from the war –that’s been done too many times at that point– and not much to come back to.

Reading MacGyver pilot script made me love even more the very few CBS scripts I liked this year, especially Bunker Hill. I’m even starting to think I may have misjudged Training Daywhich may be worth more than 3 stars out of 5. MacGyver is not the worst thing ever and still has a tiny chance to become something. After all, Scorpion did. But it’s not a thing that I’d watch and I’m pretty sure it’s not what millenials are looking for. It looks like a mistake. A mistake that CBS is willing to make, it seems. The perfect slot for it? Either behind Scorpion or after Survivor. Just sayin’.