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May 17, 2012

CBS's upfronts 2012-3 - a rundown and clips from the new shows

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Elementary with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu

Following on from NBC, Fox and ABC, today we get to have a look at the shiny new shows that CBS has lined up for us for the 2012 to 2013 season.

CBS is, of course, the 10-tonne gorilla that dominates the US TV ratings. So powerful is it that it can cancel CSI: Miami because "it doesn't fit" and comedies like Rob, which gets 12m viewers, because it thinks it "can do better" with the same time slot - if NBC had a show that got 12m viewers, it would be its top-rated scripted show and pride of place in its line-up and left to do whatever it likes.

With so many top-rated shows on its hands, CBS can pick and choose and doesn't need to add too many new ones. So after the break, we'll have a look (with trailers, for once) at the few new shows CBS has to offer, as well as its schedule for the Fall:

  • Elementary - a modern day version of Sherlock Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, as well as Prime Suspect's Aidan Quinn. Hmmm…
  • Vegas - a rodeo cowboy becomes a Las Vegas sheriff in the 1960s. Stars Dennis Quaid, No Ordinary Family's Michael Chiklis, Life on Mars/Terra Nova's Jason O'Mara and The Matrix's Carrie-Anne Moss
  • Made In Jersey - a working class woman (Janet Montgomery) compete with colleagues at a Manhattan law firm. Stars Kyle MacLachlan, Stephanie March and Erin Cummings among others.
  • Partners - two friends, one straight (David Krumholtz from Numb3rs/The Playboy Club), one gay (Michael Urie). Straight guy proposes to his girlfriend (Sophie Bush) and problems ensue. Brandon Routh (Superman Returns/Chuck) also stars.

There's also cop show Golden Boy and comedy Friend Me lined up as mid-season replacements, but there aren't any trailers for those yet. Sorry.

Any look good to you?

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May 15, 2012

Fox's upfronts 2012-3 - a rundown and clips from the new shows

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Yesterday, we had (multiple) looks at the new shows that NBC is planning for 2012-3. Today, we're going to take a gander at the shows Fox has in the pipeline.

Seeing as Fox is a considerably more successful network than NBC - it does at least have a few successful shows, even if House is on the way out - it's commissioned fewer new shows than NBC to fill its empty slots, so we're only going to be looking at The Mob Doctor with My Boys' Jordana Spiro, Ben & Kate, The Mindy Project with The Office's Mindy Kaling, Kevin Williamson's The Following with Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy and Natalie Zea, and The Goodwin Games with Becki Newton and Scrubs/The Unit's Scott Foley.

Yes, for some reason - mercury poisoning, temporary insanity - Fox hasn't picked up The Asset with Ali Larter. Nutters.

My general conclusion: the shows may look as bad as NBC's, but Fox knows how to make better trailers.

My specific conclusion: The Following looks passable thanks almost purely to James Purefoy and The Goodwin Games actually seems okay. The rest need euthanising.

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May 14, 2012

NBC's upfronts 2012-3 - a rundown and clips from the new shows

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NBC new season 2012/13

We've already had a look at some of the cast photos, but now we have a full rundown of what NBC is ordering up for its Fall schedule. Unlike last year, where there seemed to be a few shows that I'd like to watch - NBC now having cancelled them all - NBC appears to have chosen to fill the airwaves this year and next year almost exclusively with pure awfulness, probably figuring based on this year's ratings that if it produces anything decent, no one will watch it, so why bother with half-decent, which takes some effort, when you can have river effluent instead.

After the jump, we'll take a look - yes, there are clips - at NBC's new shows, to see if there's anything at all that looks good out of Revolution, Go On, The New Normal, Animal Practice, Guys With Kids, Chicago Fire and Do No Harm.

UPDATE: Now with more clips!

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