Network largely relies on existing lineup of shows
The comedies, “Friend Me” and “Partners,” are seen as companions for “The Big Bang Theory” and “2 Broke Girls,” respectively. Dramas drawing the nod are “Elementary,” “Golden Boy,” “Made in Jersey” and “Vegas.”
CBS has also given a midseason order to reality competition skein “The Job,” exec produced by Mark Burnett and Michael Davies, from Sony Pictures TV. And it’s a wrap for “CSI: Miami” after 10 seasons. The Eye opted to end the David Caruso starrer’s run but continue with “CSI: NY” for at least one more season. In a statement, CBS hailed the show’s “amazing television legacy” and saluted the Jerry Bruckheimer TV team for shepherding the long-running hit.
Of the four new dramas, CBS TV Studios’ “Vegas” reps the biggest departure for the Eye. The series, set in the early 1960s, follows the evolution of Las Vegas from a small town to gambling mecca infused with organized crime and big-money interests. “Vegas” sports the highest-wattage cast of any project this pilot season: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Jason O’Mara (all topliners in their own right). Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker penned the pilot and exec produce with helmer James Mangold, Cathy Konrad and Arthur Sarkissian.
Sony Pictures TV’s “Made in Jersey” (formerly known as “Baby Big Shot”) came on strong during the past few days after Eye execs and focus group auds were impressed by the perf of Brit thesp Janet Montgomery as a femme lawyer from a blue-collar background who works for a white-shoe Manhattan law firm. “Jersey” was penned by Dana Calvo, who exec produces with showrunner Kevin Falls, helmer Mark Waters, Julia Franz and Jamie Tarses.
CBS TV Studios’ “Elementary” is a contempo take on Sherlock Holmes set in Gotham. Project has had strong buzz throughout pilot season, and execs were said to be pleased with the chemistry among stars Lucy Liu, Jonny Lee Miller and Aidan Quinn. Robert Doherty wrote the pilot and exec produces with helmer Michael Cuesta, Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.
Warner Bros. TV’s “Golden Boy” revolves around a young cop who rises fast through the ranks, making enemies along the way, after making a major drug bust. Story is told from the perspective of the cop’s future self, in 2019, and present day. Nicholas Wootton (”NYPD Blue”) wrote the script and exec produces with helmer Richard Shepard and Greg Berlanti. Theo James (“Downton Abbey’s” Mr. Pamuk) stars along with Kevin Alejandro, Chi McBride, Bonnie Somerville and Stella Maeve.
Both of CBS’ comedy pickups are multicamera vehicles.
CBS TV Studios’ “Friend Me” is an ensembler revolving around young people trying to make connections in L.A. Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal wrote the pilot and exec produce with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. Pam Fryman helmed the pilot, which stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicholas Braun, Parvesh Cheena and Tim Robinson.
Warner Bros. TV’s “Partners” centers on the close relationship between two male friends and partners at an architectural firm, one straight and one gay. It’s loosely based on the experience of creators/exec producers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. James Burrows helmed the pilot, which stars David Krumholtz, Brandon Routh, Michael Urie and Sophia Bush.
Reality show “The Job” revolves around people competing to win their dream jobs. Lisa Ling hosts.