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Sneak Previews: CBS's New Shows

by Allison Waldman, posted May 20th 2010 11:42AM
cbs_logoYesterday was the CBS Upfront at Carnegie Hall in New York, and befitting a network that's number one in total viewers and brimming with confidence based on its lineup of long-term hits, the executives came out swinging. As newsworthy as the programs chosen for the 2010 schedule for CBS is how the network is shaking up the lineup.

However, the most exciting part of the presentation was getting a chance to see glimpses of the new shows: the remake of 'Hawaii Five-O,' new comedies 'Mike & Molly' and $#! My Dad Says,' Tom Selleck's cop drama 'Blue Bloods' and Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell in 'The Defenders.'

As for the new shows, the trailers are generally quite good; not a dud in the bunch. Here's my impressions and some clips for you to judge for yourself.

'Hawaii Five-O': I'm starting with the Alex O'Loughlin show for the 'Moonlight' fans. No, kidding. But 'Hawaii Five-O' is the highest profile title in the CBS presentation. It's a reinvention of a very popular, longtime hit. The producers kept the music -- thank goodness -- and the pilot will explain how the task force came together. The cast looks terrific, but I missed not seeing Jean Smart as the Governor. Scott Caan and O'Loughlin have good chemistry and the feel of the crew coming together reminds me of 'NCIS: LA.' If it clicks like 'NCIS,' that'll be even better for CBS. The timeslot helps, thanks to 'CSI: Miami' vacating to Sundays. Here's the trailer for you to judge:

'Mike & Molly':
This is the latest from Chuck Lorre, the producer behind 'Two and a Half Men' and 'The Big Bang Theory,' so don't be shocked that it's on the sked and in a cushy spot on Monday, after 'Men' and before 'Hawaii Five-O.' The trailer is very sweet and funny, especially if you're a 'Gilmore Girl' fan and recognize Melissa McCarthy as Sookie. In this, she's Molly, who meets a cop named Mike at an Overeaters Anonymous get-together. The premise didn't thrill me, but the execution does. Take a look, this seems a winner right away:

'$#! My Dad Says':
First, they have to overcome the title. It's a problem, CBS. Really. Then, Shatner's presence may be as much a repellent as it is a draw, but I'm betting on the latter. If everyone who like Denny Crane and James T. Kirk tune in, CBS is half-way to a hit! The execs and writers are the guys that did 'Will & Grace,' so they know how to put something on that works. The clips were strong, even though the Shat character comes off a little Archie Bunker-ish at times. He needs to be a touch for Jay on 'Modern Family,' if you ask me. Still, it's in a safe spot -- following 'Big Bang' on Thursdays -- so it should take off. Watch the clips and see if you liked it like I do:

'The Defenders':
This show has to overcome the casting. I'm really not thrilled with Jim Belushi, even if he does seem right for this role as a blue collar defense attorney. Jerry O'Connell seems like a capable buddy in this buddy dramedy, and the emphasis is going to be less on the law an more on the guys. I'd say it's got a 50-50 chance, especially in the Wednesday at 10 PM slot, which seems pretty cushy. 'CSI: NY' has done very well in that place, but it's moving over to Fridays at 9 to set up 'Blue Bloods.' (Also, did they have to call it 'The Defenders'? It's got no relation whatsoever to the classic CBS series from the 1960s.) Anyway, watch the clips and let us know what you think:

'Blue Bloods':
Okay, this show is loaded with pedigree, it just has to deliver on the quality. Tom Selleck, for starters, as the chief of police in New York City! Welcome back, Magnum. The rest of the cast is all class, too, including Len Cariou, Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan. Behind the scenes, two main writers from 'The Sopranos.' The only fly in the ointment is Friday night at 10. CBS is probably counting on Selleck drawing an audience even in that death spot. I hope they're right. Judging by the trailer, the pilot is complicated, but there's reasons to keep tuning in. Here's the preview:

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Ok, I loved 3 Rivers and Miami Medical, CBS is so wrong in taking them off. Now, Hawaii 5 0, I love Alex, but I don't thing the shows going to make it. He's much better as a doctor. Tom Selleck, he's fantastic in anything that he does, but I don't think it's fair that they put him on Friday nite, replacing Miami Medical. Shows just don't seem to make it on late Friday nite. Good luck to both of them, but I'll truely miss Miami Medical. And I can't stand the idea of moving CSI Miami to Sunday. Why can't they leave well enough alone.

July 08 2010 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am so excited about Hawaii 5-0. Rock on, Alex O!

May 24 2010 at 1:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really CBS?

The only show that looks good is Blue Blood. Hawaii Five-O will tank. All style no substance. When will CBS learn from past remakes like Dragnet, Hawaii 2004, and The Fugitive.

Mike and Molly looks horrible. Billy Gardell can't carry a show. He wasn't funny on Yes Dear and My name is Early. How did he get his own show?

May 20 2010 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich Keller

They kept the theme song for 'H5-O' so that's a start. Hopefully, it'll be the show that keeps Alex on the air.

'The Defenders?' I don't know. The clips I saw weren't that great.

The rest of the shows do look interesting.

May 20 2010 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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