2014-15 Television Upfronts: CBS

Okay, time to wrap it up with my 2014 network television upfronts. Wrapping things up this week with CBS.

It’s been a fairly boring pilot season; there’s not much out there that jumped out at me. I’ll probably check out Gotham over at Fox because I’ve been a Dark Knight fan since I was a kid, but for the first time in years, the networks have cancelled more shows that I liked the introduced new ones I might like.

This holds true with CBS, which cancelled one of the best comedies on television in The Crazy Ones. Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar and their pitch-perfect cast were always watchable, often funny and it was a nice, decent show.

But…it didn’t fit in on CBS, which is basically all about three things: (1) Procedural crime/law shows, (2) Broad comedies with laugh tracks and (3) Situational reality.

Seriously, that’s it (Person of Interest being the only slight variation). Want more proof? CBS’s two biggest pilots for the fall are NCIS: New Orleans and CSI: Cyber. For those of you keeping count at home, CBS has now run four CSI programs and will devote a full three of its 21 primetime hours to NCIS come fall.

I’m not fully sure why CBS didn’t boot Person of Interest to another night and put all three NCIS’ on the same night. If you’re going to do it, then own it.

Of the new shows, Scorpion is the one with a chance to be interesting. Though certainly crime and procedural, the program focuses on a series of super-geniuses working for homeland security. It comes from the team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Fringe) and Justin Lin (Fast and Furious).

I hear Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad, The X Files) has a show in the offing for midseason, though I somehow find it hard to believe that Gillian’s sensibility will mix well with the CBS brass, who preside over the network with the oldest audience in television.

Other than that, pretty much if CBS had a show and you liked it, it’ll be back this fall. And if you like CSI and NCIS, you’ll get more.

Oh, and did I mention that they have Thursday Night Football until Halloween? I guess the rich keep getting richer.

CBS 2014-15 Television Upfronts Roundup

Bad Teacher
The Crazy Ones
Friends With Better Lives
We Are Men

2 Broke Girls
The Amazing Race
The Big Bang Theory (for 3!! more seasons)
Big Brother
Blue Bloods
Criminal Minds
The Good Wife
Hawaii Five-0
The Mentalist
Mike and Molly
The Millers
NCIS: Los Angeles
Person of Interest
Two and a Half Men (Final Season – thank God)
Under The Dome
Undercover Boss

New This Fall
Thursday Night Football
NCIS: New Orleans
The McCarthys
Madam Secretary
CSI: Cyber