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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

 

CBS 2016/2017 Comedy Pilots ranked

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This past season was, once again, not a great year for CBS’ comedy department with new entries not doing so well. Life In Pieces seems to work only because it follows The Big Bang Theory, and still manage to lose a big chunk of its viewers anyway. A move next year could prove very problematic, but it’s a slot wasted for a show that’s not even produced in-house… Angel From Hell was, as expected, cancelled after a few airings. Mike & Molly was sentenced to death for unknown reasons, even though it was at least a utility player. Second season of The Odd Couple, which should never have been ordered, was kept all season long and will finally start airing on April. Meaning it’s basically already cancelled. Mom is doing fine, thank God. And 2 Broke Girls is okay, despite multiple moves on the schedule.

Whatever they decide to renew or cancel in the end, very few slots are available for new comedies. The race will be tough. But “fortunately”, most of their comedy pilots don’t look promising on paper (and the worst one is a straight-to-series order, ugh). Decisions shouldn’t be that hard to make. They took mostly multicamera comedies -they finally understood!- but there’s still some single-camera left. Let’s take a look!

  1. SUPERIOR DONUTS (CBS Television Studios)

rate rate rate rateFollows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago… With Jermaine FowlerBrian d’Arcy James, David Koechner, Sarah Stiles…

This is the only comedy pilot script at CBS that I liked. A lot. It’s not only very funny, it’s also insightful and it really fits with their actual line-up. I totally see it sandwiched between Mom & 2 Broke Girls, or after The Big Bang Theory. And I feel like Jermaine Fowler can become huge in the next few years. I’m not sure about Brian d’Arcy James though. Didn’t know he could be that funny. For me, it’s a sure bet. Plus, it is directed by sitcom superstar James Burrows.

 


2. MY TIME/YOUR TIME (Sony Pictures Television / CBS Television Studios)

rate rate rate  chronicles the relationship of Marla & Wade, a young couple as they begin dating long distance through Skype. One is in New York, the other in Los Angeles… With Jane Levy, Nicholas Braun, Izzie Steele…

Yet another dramedy about millenials looking for love. Okay, it’s not original but it is something networks have a hard time to find, something that feels true and fresh and fun and melancholic… It’s appealing, honest, really cute…

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3. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND (Warner Bros. Television)

rate rate rate two 40-something parents who were wild and reckless teenagers now face their worst nightmare—raising three teenagers of their own… With Jason Lee, Alyssa Milano, Matt Murray, Tia Mowry…

Single-camera comedy. Ouch. If they can only take one, this is the one! It’s a bit too classical to be honest, it doesn’t tell anything new about parenting, but it’s a strong vehicle for Lee & Milano, who already played a married couple in My Name is Earl. They have chemistry. They can do great. The script is a little rough around the edges, but it mostly works and the kid characters really do exist. ABC could have generated this one. It just lacks the thing that would make it really special.

 


4. THE KICKER (Universal Television)

rate rate rate  an oddball athlete drives family, friends and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his professional football team… With Geoff StultsDavid Spade, Joanna Garcia Swisher…

The Tina Fey / 30 Rock team came up with an efficient, pretty funny pilot, whose only real fault is too rely so much on its star that if Geoff Stults is not the right one after all, it will probably fail miserably. The character is so annonying that if the actor doesn’t have the charm required, the pilot could quickly turn into something unwatchable. I’m pretty condident though. Too bad it’s not produced in-house and it has almost the same pitch as Kevin Can Wait (see below)…

 

5. REAL GOOD PEOPLE (CBS Television Studios)

rate rate rate centers on a conservative, small-town family from Texas who is forced to reconcile their family values when they discover their children’s lives are less than perfect… With Nick Zano, Lenora Chrichlow, David Keith, Julie White…

I am moderately convinced by the script, but I feel like this family has a real potential and the cast is capable of turning it into something better than it is on the page, but it’s certainly not special. Remember The Millers? I fear it gets the same destiny (the creator wrote multiple episodes for it)…

 

6. FURST BORN (CBS Television Studios)

rate rate about a wife and mother who learns she was adopted and that her birth parents are a flamboyant but loving family of drag-racers… With Poppy Montgomery, Katey Sagal, John Carroll Lynch, Swoosie Kurtz…

Stellar cast! Really. But damn, why is it so unfunny most of the time? I didn’t laugh a lot. It’s not complicated: you got a few good characters -the two set of grandparents- and all the others, who are boring as hell. Dunno if Poppy Montgomery can deliver in a comedy -it would be her first- but I feel like it’s meant to be another Life In Pieces (and it’s also a single-cam): good cast wasted in a mediocre comedy. Magic can still happen…

 


7. I’M NOT YOUR FRIEND (CBS Television Studios)

rate rate a contractor learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his wife goes back to work and he has to take care of the little monsters by himself all day long… With Matt Le Blanc, Jenna Fischer, Diana Maria Riva…

Bad vehicle for Matt Le Blanc returning to network comedy. He deserved better after 5 years of the excellent Episodes. Clearly, he’s not our friend Joey anymore.

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8. THE GREAT INDOORS (CBS Television Studios)

rate rate an adventure reporter must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine… With Joel McHale, Chris Williams, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Stephen Fry…

I have NO IDEA why Joel McHale accepted this (and why CBS ordered it in the first place). How come a show about millenials can be so cliché and outdated? Didn’t laugh once. It just ends up being unfunny and unrealistic for the most part. From someone who comes from Community, it makes no sense. And I don’t think he will be able to improve the material.

 

9. KEVIN CAN WAIT (Sony Pictures Television) – Ordered to series

rate  a newly retired police officer looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids… only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. With Kevin JamesErinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Cartwright…

It’s never funny. Same old jokes that don’t work anymore. No diversity. Kevin Can Wait is more outdated than The King of Queens was at the time! It’s just not possible airing this in 2016. It could have been tacky in a sweet and nostalgic way. But it’s just tacky as… shitty tacky.

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