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The Upfronts: CBS

by Brett Love, posted May 16th 2007 10:48AM
CBSCBS is on a good run, being the most watched network for the last five years, but they have taken a bit of heat for the formulaic way they have gone about doing it. Not arguing with success, the whole family of CSIs, and their crime based cousins, will be back, but the network is trying to branch out with some edgier programming. Most notably, Swingtown, Viva Laughlin, and Moonlight.

Returning: The Amazing Race, Cold Case, 60 Minutes, How I Met Your Mother, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, CSI: Miami, NCIS, The Unit, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, Survivor, CSI, Shark, Without A Trace, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, 48 Hours Mystery.

New: Viva Laughlin, Swingtown, Moonlight, Cane, Big Bang Theory, Power of 10, Kid Nation

Out: King of Queens, Jericho, The Class, Close To Home

Moving: Without A Trace moves back to Thursday at 10. Shark heads to Sunday at 10.

The New Shows:

Kid Nation: A reality show from the producers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. 40 kids, ages 8 to 15 were put in the abandoned town of Bonanza City, New Mexico. Over the course of 40 days the children build a society, electing leaders, passing laws, establishing an economy, etc. Expect lots of warm and fuzzy EM:HE style moments.

Swingtown: An ensemble period drama set during the sexual liberation of the 1970s. Look to see open marriages, key parties, a 10PM time slot, and protests from various family values and religious groups. Grant Show (Melrose Place), Jack Davenport (Coupling, the good one from the UK), Josh Hopkins (Brothers & Sisters), Lana Parrilla (Windfall), Miriam Shor (Big Day), and Molly Parker (Deadwood) star. A good cast and an edgy premise make it worth a look.

Viva Laughlin: Lloyd Owen (Monarch of the Glen) stars as Ripley Holden. The show is a musical drama about Ripley and his family as they attempt to run a casino in Laughlin, NV. It's based on the BBC show, Blackpool, but just how much the two will have in common remains to be seen. Among the cast you will find Madchen Amick (Freddie), Patrick Fabian (Veronica Mars), Melanie Griffith (Twins), and Hugh Jackman, who also produces the show.

Moonlight: Formerly known as Twilight, this one centers on a private investigator/vampire. Yes, stodgy old CBS is making a vampire P.I. show. Alex O'Loughlin stars as the vampire investigator and the story will revolve around his struggles with immortality, feuds with adversaries in the vampire world, and a romance with a mortal. Along for the ride are Amber Valetta (Transporter 2), Rade Serbedzija (24), Shannon Lucio (The O.C.), and James Black (All Of Us).

Cane: Jimmy Smits (West Wing) stars in this drama about a Cuban-American family that "explores the American dream, past, present, and future." The story follows two rival families that have built an empire in the sugar and rum industries. Smits will be joined by Hector Elizondo (Chicago Hope) and Rita Moreno.

Big Bang Theory: From Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, this one follows two theoretical physicists who meet a sexy new neighbor that teaches them about life from a new perspective. Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Judging Amy), and Kelly Cuoco (Eight Simple Rules) star. It sounds like an updated Weird Science to me, but the update is by Chuck Lorre, so it will be worth a look.

Power of 10: CBS isn't immune to the new game show craze, and this is their entry. Hosted by Drew Carey, the show will have contestants guessing the results of public surveys for a chance to win up to $10 million. It's like Family Feud, without the family, and if the recent trend in game shows is any indication, a whole lot of stalling before getting to "survey says." The show is set for a summer release.

Here is the fall lineup for CBS. All days and times subject to change, of course.


8pm: How I Met Your Mother
8:30: Big Bang Theory
9pm: Two And A Half Men
9:30: Rules Of Engagement
10pm: CSI: Miami


8pm: NCIS
9pm: The Unit
10pm: Cane


8pm: Kid Nation
9pm: Criminal Minds
10pm: CSI: NY


8pm: Survivor
9pm: CSI
10pm: Without A Trace


8pm: Ghost Whisperer
9pm: Moonlight
10pm: Numb3rs


8pm: Repeats
9pm: Repeats
10pm: Repeats


7pm: 60 Minutes
8pm: Viva Laughlin
9pm: Cold Case
10pm: Shark

Set for mid season: Swingtown, The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Amazing Race

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M Bennett

I'm a ( noncable !! ) person that is a very big fan of Jericho a long with a lot of other people I see as well.

If you would not have made a mistake at X-mas time with putting Jericho on Hiatus for so long then counting down the weeks before it comes back ad's U could have rerun the past shows to lead up to the new season.

But what do I & the rest of the viewers know U Big $$ people think you know it all just by rating's on paper or computer & not really getting any feed back from real people an till U all drop a show.

I also beleave one of the TV staions about 15 yrs ago did the same thing to a show called Cagne & Lacy had a good following & run but was bumped or moved to differant times & the rating again dropped off so it was cansiled as well but again Fan out cry brought the show back & I beleave it was a top show for a nother few years after being kept in one time slot

Maybe some of U Big Wig $$Jerk/s people for get what it is like to be a hard working 40 hr a week if not more blue collar person that do's not ask for a lot in are live's but yet we are happy with most of the TV shows.

June 06 2007 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

CBS cancelling Jericho in the middle of the story finished me forever with ANY continuing drama on any network channel. I'd rather watch re-runs in syndication on the cable channels or the origional shows that cable channels are making than be played with by the network dinosaurs. They use outdated technology (Neilson) to chase after their favorite demographic (adolescent boys) and make it impossible to find the few shows that thinking adults want to see. If they can't cater to that audience, then I don't see why that audience should bother with them. I won't.

May 26 2007 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

See my take on the Numb3rs finale at http://mytvmusings.com/2007/05/25/numb3rs-season-finale/

May 25 2007 at 11:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Save Jericho Now! (Kate)

A low down dirty shame. CBS, you are WRONG about Jericho. Bring it back!


May 20 2007 at 1:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watched Close to Home and I am slightly disappointed it won't be back but that's how it goes, huh? It was a good show but won't be terribly missed. I'm just glad Ghost Whisperer is back--I really like that show. I'm sorry for all you Jericho fans--it's sounds as if I missed a good show. I watched a few episodes in the beginning but I didn't realize it was still on the air.

May 18 2007 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jericho was good - I don't think they gave it a chance between keeping it off the air for 3 months without any reruns, and then running it against American Idol. A bunch of kids playing does NOT interest me - and here I thought I was in the coveted 18-39 middel class demographic market? Boooo CBS!

May 17 2007 at 11:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

SAVE JERICHO - go to the CBS Jericho website:


It wasn't right what CBS did - now show them that we will not take it without a fight! To CBS let's say "NUTS"!!

May 17 2007 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mrs. Jack Bauer

I am a CSI, UNIT, CSI Miami, NCIS, CSI and CSI NY "die-heart" fan!!!! There is absolutely NO reason why Jericho should be removed. The shows planned for this Fall will NOT last. People would like to see the rest of Jericho. Once the new shows begin, I guarantee, ratings WILL DROP after the 1st month; IF there will even be enough viewers watching. If CBS wants to remain the #1 watched network, I highly recommend a "FINAL DECISION" meeting prior to the SEASON PREMIERS. ALL of the CSI's WILL NOT last forever!!!!!!!!!!! Jericho is CBS's 24!!!!! Oh, yeah....did I mention I am a 24 fan too!!!!!!!

May 17 2007 at 8:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can’t believe you folks are surprised Jericho got cancelled. Don’t blame the break. That probably didn’t help, but for me it was the fact that the plot and realism went to hell when it came back. I’m not disappointed that it got canceled. I’m disappointed they had a good concept and ruined it through stupidity.

The first episodes were good when they dealt with the immediate aftermath of the attacks. After that, the writers apparently never gave the show much thought. The pacing was painful. The first ten episodes took place over maybe a couple weeks. After that, months would disappear with no explanation until the season’s end, and most significantly, the town’s isolation became increasingly unrealistic:

- No attempts to establish regular contact with any neighbouring towns, even New Bern after several of the townspeople are sent there.
- There’s a major trading post not terribly away that has news and people coming in from all over the country but Jericho is totally clueless about its existence until the refugees mention it.
- The group of refugees with Emily’s fiancé is the only group to ever show up. Even that massive group of people moving south by apparently avoiding roads and striking out cross-country through unfamiliar terrain hundreds of miles from their homes avoid checking in on the town or any of its outlying farms.
- They have an apparently quite valuable salt mine that nobody in the surrounding area bothers to check out until New Bern wants to go to war over it.
- They get a huge airlift of supplies including a massive two-ton generator, but apparently adding a radio was too much to ask for.

I seriously wonder if Gerald McRaney asked to get killed off.

May 17 2007 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

there are a lot of good shows out there but Jericho was by far one of the best i think i've ever watched, I think CBS made a huge mistake, I guess I'll just watch nothing but CSI now...

May 17 2007 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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