CBS has ordered up a pair of a new comedies and five new dramas for next fall — including a spinoff of military hour “JAG.”
Eye’s aggressive ordering of new dramas likely means one of two things: Net is finally getting out of the Sunday movie business, or existing hours “The Agency” and “Hack” aren’t both likely to return this fall. Addition of two new laffers indicates the web will continue to air an hour of comedy in addition to its dominant block of Monday laffers.
As expected, CBS continues to duplicate the success of its crime drama franchise “CSI,” with three of the five new dramas involving some sort of cop or detective theme.
“Cold Cases” (WBTV/ Bruckheimer) revolves around the female head (Kathryn Morris) of Philadelphia’s cold-cases squad, while Joe Pantoliano starrer “Street Boss” (Viacom) follows a man who trains undercover cops. The “JAG” spinoff (Par) has Mark Harmon heading up a show about the Navy’s Criminal Investigative Services division.
Other two hours are crime-free.
“Joan of Arcadia” (Sony/CBSP) features Joe Mantegna and Mary Steenburgen as the parents of a woman who believes God speaks to her each week. And David E. Kelley — who at one point last week seemed poised to have no shows on the fall sked — will instead have three with the Eye’s ordering of “The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire” (20th), about a trio of small-town siblings. Both “The Practice” and “Boston Public” are expected to return.
On the comedy side, Eye has given both its orders to skeins from Warner Bros. TV. Charlie Sheen starrer “2½ Men” has the ex-“Spin City” star playing a swingin’ bachelor who ends up going domestic when his brother and nephew move in, while “The Stones” — from “Will & Grace” alum Jenji Kohan — revolves around a family of twentysomething kids whose parents (Judith Light, Robert Klein) are getting a divorce.
In addition to the “The Agency” and “Hack,” CBS newsmag “48 Hours” remains on the bubble. Skein is forever rumored to be off the net’s fall lineup, though it has dodged many past bullets. It’s expected Eye would order up segs for midseason rather than cancel the show entirely.
There’s also speculation CBS could shift an existing Monday laffer to anchor its second comedy block. Fate of Ted Danson starrer “Becker” remains up in the air.
Eye is most in need of a makeover on Wednesday and Friday nights, with Saturday also in for a change or two.