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More about CBS's plans for the new season

by Allison Waldman, posted May 19th 2009 12:03PM
Jenna hairWe're still over 24 hours away from CBS making their official announcements about the new season, but apparently pre-upfront news is as plentiful as upfront news, so here we are with more information about what CBS will be telling us tomorrow. In addition to the already leaked three dramas that are a go -- Alex O'Loughlin in Three Rivers, Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife, and LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell in the NCIS spin-off -- today we've learned about three more new shows.

Jenna Elfman is back on TV with a new sitcom. In 2006, she tried a CBS comedy called Courting Alex that failed to click, but she had a five-year run on ABC with Dharma & Greg. The actress toplines Accidentally on Purpose, playing a film critic (and I hope whatever publication she writes for doesn't go belly-up like so many others these days) who accidentally gets pregnant after a fling with a younger man. I'm laughing already.

There's also a Jerry Bruckheimer medical drama called Miami Trauma. That means two medical shows for CBS; Three Rivers is about organ transplants. The Miami part is interesting to me because obviously the conventional wisdom is that anything set in South Florida must be glamorous and exciting. I live in South Florida and I don't think that's true, but Mr. Bruckheimer knows something about making hit TV shows that I don't know, so Miami it is.

On the reality front, Undercover Boss is reportedly on the schedule. It takes corporate executives and puts them in the lowliest of jobs to see how they react. Apparently this was a big hit in England, so here we'll get the American version.

Finally, the last new project leaked is called House Rules, about a freshman class of representatives in the U.S. Congress. Mark Gordon (Army Wives, Grey's Anatomy) is producing. The last attempt at a Congress drama was Josh Brolin in Mr. Sterling on NBC. It didn't last a year.

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CBS lineup:

7 p.m. 60 Minutes
8 p.m. The Amazing Race
9 p.m. Three Rivers - Alex O'Loughlin
10 p.m. Cold Case

Loved Alex in Moonlight and on Criminal Minds. Can't wait to see him on Three Rivers. I am a bit worried about his show being up against a long established show Desperate Housewives, but I'd rather see sexy, compassionate, beautiful Alex O'Loughlin than old, aging ladies on Desperate Housewives. Go Alex!!!

May 20 2009 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sabine Atkins

I'm looking forward to seeing ALEX O'LOUGHLIN as Dr. Andy Yablonski in THREE RIVERS! He makes every character he plays instantly captivating and unforgettable.

May 20 2009 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't wait to see Three Rivers - anything with Alex O'Loughlin is going to be a winner!

May 19 2009 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Miami Trauma? won't people get it confused with the new show Trauma on NBC?

I guess the networks are looking for the next ER.

May 19 2009 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Three Rivers is the show I much care about, because Alex O'Loughlin is in it. I believe this will be a great show and Alex unforgettable as Stan

May 19 2009 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike K

"Accidently on Purpose" has one of those names that's too clever for it's own good. Kind of akin to "It's Like, You Know..." or even "2 Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place".

May 19 2009 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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