Trailers for CBS’s new shows including Extant, Madam Secretary, Stalker, Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans and The McCarthys

CBS being CBS and not especially fussed by much, they haven’t quite got round to putting together trailers for all their new shows for this week’s upfronts presentations (unlike Fox, ABC, TNT and TBS. Admittedly, NBC was also a bit slack, but that’s more likely to be incompetence). So we’re going to have to wait to have a gander at Battle Creek, CSI: Cyber and The Odd Couple.

CBS also being CBS means that a lot of the new shows are procedurals or spin-offs from existing procedurals or are generic multi-camera comedies. But as a sign of CBS’s drop from perennial number one to number two in the ratings this year, they’ve actually put a little effort in and have some actual diversity in their new shows, too.

So after the jump, you can see Halle Berry do a Sandra Bullock and go into space in Extant, Tea Leoni do a Hillary Clinton and be the Secretary of State in Madam Secretary, Scott Bakula continue to be paid in yet another NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Kurtzman and Orci production Scorpion about some super-geniuses who save the world for Robert Patrick, ’scariest TV show ever’ Stalker from Kevin Williamson (The Following), and inevitable CBS insult-athon multi-camera comedy The McCarthys starring yet another member of the Ritter family.

Good and the bad, guys. Good and the bad.

Extant (premieres Wednesday, July 9 at 9/8c) – Summer Drama
Produced by CBS Television Studios. From executive producers Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Adam Rodin.

Madam Secretary (Sundays, 8/7c) – Fall Drama
Produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Revelations Entertainment. From executive producer/writer Barbara Hall, executive producer/director David Semel and executive producers Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman.

The McCarthys (Thursdays, 9:30/8:30c) – Fall Comedy
Produced by Sony Pictures TV in association with CBS Television Studios. From writer/executive producer Brian Gallivan, director/executive producer Andy Ackerman and executive producers Mike Sikowitz and Will Gluck.

NCIS: New Orleans (Tuesdays, 9/8c) – Fall Drama
Produced by CBS Television Studios. From writer/executive producer Gary Glasberg and executive producers Mark Harmon and Jeffrey Lieber.

Scorpion (Mondays, 9/8c)– Fall Drama
Produced by CBS Television Studios. From writer/executive producer Nick Santora, director/executive producer Justin Lin and executive producers Nicholas Wootton, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Walter O’Brien and Scooter Braun.

Stalker (Wednesdays, 10/9c) – Fall Drama
Produced by Warner Bros TV. From writer/executive producer Kevin Williamson.


  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.