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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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Training Day (CBS) pilot preview: The better than expected sequel of the year

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Pilot “Apocalypse Now” written and executive produced by Will Beall (Castle, Gangster Squad). Directed by Danny Cannon (Gotham, Nikita, CSI, Judge Dredd). Also executive produced by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Southpaw, Brooklyn’s Finest, Shooter, Equalizer), Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Lucifer, Pirates of Caribbean), Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed Barry Schindel (Law & Order, Castle, Numb3rs, Unforgettable). For CBS, Warner Bros. Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television & Fuqua Films. 65 pages.

Description: Kyle Craig, an idealistic young African-American police officer who lost his father who was also a cop, is appointed by Chief Deputy Hoyt to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian veteran detective, Frank Rourke. They’ll soon understand they’re looking for the exact same thing, but they don’t operate the same way…

With Justin Cornwell, Bill Paxton (Big Love, Agents of SHIELD, Apollo 13, Titanic, Aliens), Katrina Law (Arrow, Spartacus: Blood and sand, Legend of the seeker), Drew Van Acker (Devious Maids, Pretty Little Liar), Lex Cox Davis (Unbreak My Heart), Julie Benz (Defiance, Dexter, Desperate Housewives, Angel, Buffy)…

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After Beverly Hills Cop –that didn’t make it to series– Limitless, which started okay before becoming one more disappointment –it was supposed to skew younger than most of their shows, it skews older– and Rush Hour, which is the disaster it was always supposed to be, CBS is trying to turn one more movie into a TV series. When director Antoine Fuqua & original producer Jerry Bruckheimer pitched the idea of a Training Day series to the networks, FOX seemed to be a natural fit. But CBS won it, not without a fight. It’s hard to imagine what they could do with such a beloved and gritty property –for which Denzel Washington won an Oscar– except destroying it and making it as bland as they can. Remember the definition of gritty for them is Criminal Minds. While Fuqua was supposed to direct the pilot, he had to quit because of scheduling issues with his next movie The Magnificient Seven. One bad news leading to another: Ethan Hakwe, who was offered to reprise his role as Hoyt, declined for reasons unknown. However, does it stand a chance to get a series order? I’d say yes. Because it’s not that bad.

In fact, it’s pretty good overall, if you just forget about the movie. Those who haven’t seen it may even really like the show, as long as they are into action detective dramas. It’s not as gritty as the movie was, considering the fact that we’re not on cable and that CBS likes to keep things light, but it’s not as tepid and generic as most of their shows were or still are. It’s a good compromise, or so it seems on paper. There’s even ambition directing-wise. Hoping Danny Cannon has the same vision and talent as Fuqua. He is responsible for the CSI pilot, which was something new at the time. More recently, he directed the pilot of Gotham. It should be okay.

The teaser scene pretty much sums up what they want the show to be. It’s a mix between Kyle’s voiceover telling his story and his dad’s –the message being: it’s a character driven series, not a simple procedural– slow motion images of Kyle exploding through a window to catch a baby who’s falling from a balcony after the son of a bitch he’s pursuing dangled the baby off –the message being: you’ll get a lot of stylized action in our show– and documentary footage of actual Los Angeles like the Walk of Fame, girls in bikinis on rooftops, plus iconic images from its past like OJ and the famous gloves, Phil Spector’s courtroom hairdo, the North Hollywood shootout, earthquakes –the message being: we also want to tell the story of a city, how it was before and how it is now, from the post-card places everybody dream of all around the world to the dangerous districts where the police itself doesn’t want to go. So they have a lot to say. But…

… their goal number one is to entertain the audience. And to do so, there’s the character of Frank Rourke, played by the excellent Bill Paxton, who’s the only real good and charismatic actor in there. I don’t know about newcomer Justin Cornwell as Kyle, but Drew Van Acker, Katrina Law, Lex Cox Davis and Julie Benz –who appears just for one scene– are mostly good-looking. No nonsense, grumpy and cynical Frank is a lot of fun. Every time he opens his mouth, it’s to say something hurtful and/or funny. My favorite pick-up line is : “Snitching is like looking at porn or listening to ABBA: everybody does it behind close doors, but nobody admits to it.” Or “Police work is like sex : it’s a lot more efficient when it’s not pretty.” The dialogues are great and Paxton will deliver them just the perfect way. That’s for sure. In comparison, the secondary characters –who all have a dark side of course, and every cliché are used– come out as a bit weak. They need to be strengthened up as the show goes on. There’s a serialized story in there, very classical, very CBS-like, about the mystery behind Kyle’s dad and his suspicious and unexplained death. Of course, Frank knew him… I wish they had come up with something more original but at least it’s not just a case of the week.

The CBS version of Training Day is better than expected. It’s not bold and it’s not new, it’s not as realistic, raw and thorough as the movie was 15 years ago, but it’s punchy, pretty intense, quite funny and grittier than the other network’s shows. There’s nothing to be ashamed of here. I’m concerned though about its chances of success. It won’t be easy to impose it whether it’s behind the NCIS franchise or their comedies…