CBS has settled on its new series pickups, spreading the good word to producers Monday morning on orders for four dramas, a comedy and a reality skein for the 2009-10 season.
Dramas getting the nod from the Eye include three from CBS TV Studios: “The Good Wife,” starring Julianna Margulies as a legal eagle; Alex O’Loughlin starrer “Three Rivers,” a medical-themed drama about organ transplants from the eyes of donors and recipient; and the spinoff of “NCIS” starring LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell.
Warner Bros. TV’s fast-paced medical drama “Miami Trauma,” from Bruckheimer Television, also got the nod.
It looks like the lone new laffer on CBS fall 2009 slate will be Jenna Elfman starrer “Accidentally on Purpose,” from CBS TV Studios and BermanBraun. It revolves around a film critic in San Francisco who gets knocked up from a fling with a younger man.
The reality skein in the works at the eye is workplace-centric “Undercover Boss,” from All 3 Media, involving a top exec who goes undercover in an entry-level job at his or her own company.
Although Eye’s pickups are already drama-heavy, there was chatter that two more drama projects were still in contention for midseason orders: the untitled U.S. Attorneys drama from scribe Frank Military and “House Rules,” which would follow a freshman class of politicos in Congress.
CBS unveils its 2009-10 sked on Wednesday.