May 13, 2012

THE SKED: CBS Joins In the Fun

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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CBS, as usual the last network to make its decisions known, has issued its first orders for the 2012/13 network season, picking up 2 comedies and 4 dramas.

VEGAS was the network’s highest-profile pilot, written by Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas) and Greg Walker.  It stars Dennis Quaid, in his TV-series debut, as the real life Ralph Lamb, a cowboy who became the sheriff of Las Vegas in the 1960s.  The cast also includes Michael Chiklis, Jason O’Mara and Carrie-Ann Moss, and the pilot was directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line).  It’s from the network’s in-house studio.

ELEMENTARY was also much-buzzed.  It’s a modern day Sherlock Holmes story written by Rob Doherty, whose only other previous show was the short-lived Headcases.  Jonny Lee Miller plays Holmes, and Dr. Watson in this version is Lucy Liu, with Aidan Quinn also in the cast.  Again, in-house production.

MADE IN JERSEY is a legal procedural written by Dana Calvo, who’s worked on Covert Affairs and Greek.  Janet Montgomery is the working-class newcomer at a white-shoe law firm, and the strong supporting cast includes Kyle McLachlan, Donna Murphy, Pablo Schreiber and Stephanie March.  It’s from Sony and CBSTV.

GOLDEN BOY is a cop show written by Nicholas Wootten, who’s been on Prison Break and Chuck.  It stars Theo James as a cop who rises from the beat to commissioner, and co-stars Holt McCallany, Bonnie Somerville and Chi McBride.  The studio is Warners.

PARTNERS is the latest comedy from Will & Grace‘s Max Mutchnick & David Kohan, about 2 best friends (David Krumholtz and Michael Urie) and what happens to their relationship when one of them decides to get married.  The multi-camera pilot was directed, naturally, by James Burrows, and co-stars Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh.  It’s also from Warners.

FRIEND ME, another multi-camera about best friends (Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicholas Braun) and what happens to their relationship when they move to LA.  The writers are veteran Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal, and it’s in-house.

CBS also picked up the reality series THE JOB, which sounds like The Apprentice without Donald Trump (not a bad thing), and canceled CSI MIAMI, ROB, UNFORGETTABLE, A GIFTED MAN and NYC 22.  The Rob axing is a bit surprising, since the show hadn’t been doing badly in the ratings, and buzz had been that NY, not Miami, was the more likely CSI to get whacked.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."