CBS Loads Up on Stars; Cancels ‘CSI: NY,’ ‘Vegas,’ ‘Golden Boy’

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Josh Holloway, Anna Faris, Toni Collette, Robin Williams among notable names headed for Eye's sked

CBS has stocked up on four comedies for the 2013-14 season, including a new entry from Chuck Lorre and a domestic vehicle from Greg Garcia. The Eye also picked up two dramas.

CBS has a number of notable faces coming to its sked, from Josh Holloway (pictured) and Toni Collette on the drama side to Anna Faris (pictured) and Robin Williams on the half-hour front. Comedy is clearly a big focus for the Eye next season. The network is expected to order at least one or two more half-hours prior to its sked unveiling on Wednesday at Carnegie Hall.

On the drama front, “Lost” fans will cheer the return of Holloway to network TV in “Intelligence.”   Drama from ABC Studios/CBS TV Studios revolves around an elite federal agent whose crime-fighting abilities are enhanced by a microchip implanted in his brain. The pickup from the Eye marks a big win for the Alphabet studio’s efforts to broaden its sales slate beyond Mouse House nets. It’s also a coup for CBS to land Holloway, who has been hotly pursued by networks for leading-man roles ever since “Lost” bowed out in 2010.

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The other drama getting the nod was Jerry Bruckheimer TV/Warner Bros. TV’s  “Hostages,” toplined by Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott, which revolves around a family caught up in a grand political conspiracy.

The big surprise among the Eye’s initial drama orders is the one that was not include, the redo of “Beverly Hills Cop,” which had been seen as a lock for the sked. Sony Pictures TV immediately began shopping the property, produced by Shawn Ryan and Eddie Murphy, to other nets.

Meanwhile, the Eye made the official it’s-over call for “CSI: NY” after nine seasons, and also axed frosh dramas “Vegas,” which bowed with promise last fall, and “Golden Boy.”

The end of “CSI: NY” leaves the mothership “CSI” as the lone active series in the franchise. “CSI” was picked up last month for a 14th season.

Comedy orders went to Lorre’s “Mom,” Garcia’s “The Millers,” “We Are Men” and “Crazy Ones.”

“Mom” stars Faris as a newly sober mother who moves to Napa Valley to get her life back together. Allison Janney also stars in the laffer penned by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker.

“Millers,” from CBS TV Studios, has the enviable ensemble of Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, J.B. Smoove and Beau Bridges. It brings Garcia back to the net where he fielded “Yes Dear” more than a decade ago.

“We are Men,” also from CBS TV Studios, revolves around a guy who finds friends at a short-term rental complex. The ensemble of the Rob Greenberg-penned pilot includes Chris Smith, Kal Penn and Tony Shalhoub.

“Crazy Ones,” from 20th Century Fox TV, brings comedian Williams back to series TV for the first time since “Mork and Mindy” launched his career in the late 1970s. He costars with Sarah Michelle Gellar in a father-daughter workplace comedy penned by David E. Kelley.

Here are the descriptions:

DRAMA

HOSTAGES

EP/W/D: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

EP: Rick Eid

EP: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir, Chayim Sharir

Based on the Israeli format created by Alon Aranya, Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir

Studio: Jerry Bruckheimer Television i/a/w Warner Bros. Television

Cast includes:Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott

Logline: A family is caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever.

 

INTELLIGENCE

EP/ Writer: Michael Seitzman

EP/Dir: David Semel

EP: Tripp Vinson

EP: Rene Echevarria

Studio: CBS Television Studios/ABC Studios

Cast includes: Josh Holloway,  Marg Helgenberger,  Meghan Ory

Logline:  INTELLIGENCE is centered at US Cyber Command, and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

 

COMEDY

WE ARE MEN (formerly Untitled Rob Greenberg)

Half-hour, single camera

Creator: Rob Greenberg

EP: Rob Greenberg, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum

Writer: Rob Greenberg

Studio: CBS Television Studios

Director: Rob Greenberg

Cast includes:  Chris Smith,  Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell

Logline: A young guy finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex.

MOM

Half hour, multi-camera

EP: Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky

Producer: Gemma Baker

W: Chuck Lorre & Eddie Gorodetsky & Gemma Baker

D: Pamela Fryman

Studio: Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Cast includes: Anna Faris,  Allison Janney

Logline: A newly sober single mom tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley.

 

THE MILLERS ( Formerly known as UNAUTHORIZED GREG GARCIA PROJECT)

Half- hour, multi-camera

EP/W: Greg Garcia

D: James Burrows

Studio: CBS Television Studios

Cast includes: Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, J.B. Smoove, Beau Bridges

Logline: a recently divorced guy’s life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own.


CRAZY ONES

Half-hour, single camera

EP/W: David E. Kelley

EP/W: Dean Lorey

EP: Bill D’Elia, John R. Montgomery, Mark Teitelbaum

EP/Director: Jason Winer

Studio: 20th Century Fox Television

Cast includes:  Robin Williams,  Sarah Michelle Gellar

Logline: Father/daughter workplace single-camera half-hour comedy set in the world of advertising.

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  1. Jan Hangland says:

    As in everything these days – it’s all about money. Talent, good writing – mean nothing. If it isn’t a hit in the first week, dump it, throw money at other shows – all of which may draw an audience but one with no discerning taste. There is always something for the ignorant. That’s easy. Brilliance and talent are hard. It’s just about the money – especially CBS. One would think CBS and other mainstream networks would learn from PBS. But you can’t tell anybody anything – especially when money is involved. Money blinds.

  2. PaulSr says:

    The only good thing about cancelling “Vegas” is I will now have an opportunity to watch other networks – or – not watch anything at all! Hope I don’t miss the start of Blue Bloods. Oh well!

  3. jo says:

    I’m in agreement with most of the comments, Vegas was just hitting it’s stride. Good actors are not easy to find, I felt you had two of the best. I’m going to miss them. Next you’ll be cancelling out NCIS

    • Jan Hangland says:

      Jo – I never watch TV sitcoms. They are ridiculous. The last one that made me laugh was Seinfeld! Slapstick, stupid remarks, foolish characters are not humorous to me. That kind of humor is around us all, everyday. Why would I go home and sit and watch idiots try to be funny? Comedy is an art and there aren’t any artists around in that genre any longer. I give up on CBS. At least they left “The Mentalist”, but even that show needs to get rid of some characters, i.e. Robin Tunney.
      I don’t understand what rationale CBS has in dumping Vegas and keeping Hawaii 50 – a cast
      bloated show with good scenery and little else. All these frustrating decisions lead me to one conclusion. Get back to my books and read – ’cause TV ain’t where it’s at.

  4. Jan Hangland says:

    CBS throws money at awful shows like “Golden boy” (did they think they found the new James Dean?) and then cancel “Vegas” after one season. Writers just figured out how to write for Dennis Quaid and storyline got edgier and more interesting. TCBS thinks their comedies are funny? Not so much. Have to go back to PBS for good. I give up on mainstream TV. I will miss “Vegas” a lot.
    And Dennis and Michael Chiklis. Two big talents, tossed to the wind. Shame on CBS.

  5. Kris Poush says:

    I am also very upset with CBS for cancelling Vegas. The show was awesome. Since I live in Vegas, it hit home for me. Excellent casting and had great story lines. Kept me waiting each week for it to come on. I really like the local CBS news, but won’t be watching any more shows on CBS again. If you call shows like How I Met Your Mother quality programming, then you do not know what the real world is all about.

  6. WHY OH WHY?ARE YOU CANCELLING “VEGAS”?
    PLEASE SAY IT ISN’T SO. YOU NEED TO GIVE THAT SHOW A CHANCE, AS I HAVE TALKED TO SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO ALONG WITH MY FAMILY ,ARE HIGHLY DISAPOINTED. IF YOU WANT TO CANCEL ANYTHING, CANCEL” NCIS, LOS ANGELAS”, THIS HOUR HAS NEVE R BEEN GOOD.AND THE SOUNDS IN THE BACKGROUND ,DROWN OUT THE VOICES TO THE POINT YOU CANNOT HEAR THE DIALOGUE. NCIS, WITH MARK HARMON, IS OUR VERY FAVORITE, BUT THE NCIS, LOS ANGELAS, HAS NEVER COME CLOSE. I CAN SEE CANCELLING “GOLDEN BOY” BUT VEGAS! ,NEVER!!.THE THREE SHOWS THAT IRRITATE US , ARE MANY AND SO SILLY, WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD WRITERS GONE?”TWO BROKE GIRLS” BIG BANG THEORY, MIKE AND MOLLY, ALL VERY SILLY SITCOMES AND MAKE NIO SENSE, US OLDER SETTLED PEOPLE NEED THE KIND OF T.V WITH SOME TEETH INTO IT, AND SITCOMS THAT WE ARE OVER-LOADED WITH DO NOT MAKE THE GRADE, REALITY SHOWS HAVE DONE THEMSELVES IN ,WE THINK AS WELL AS THE SURVIVOR SERIES. MAKES NO SENSE., TWO HOURS OF”THE VOICE”IS ALSO RIDICULOUS,AND OVERDONE.WELL YOU GET THE IDEA AND THE BACKGROUND NOISES, ARE SO LOUD,!! THAT WE CANNOT BEAR THEM, PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION.. HAMM THANKS .MAXINE HAMMOND ;LANDOLAKES FL, 34639.

  7. Colleen Gardner says:

    Also will not be watching any of the new shows that I have read about….

  8. Colleen Gardner says:

    WHY remove two of the best shows on TV Vegas & Golden Boy ???guess I will stop watching CBS Not everyone enjoys “reality” we need good shows with a great cast and a believable story line>>>>>>>

  9. Bill McCray says:

    Very sorry to read that CBS has used their intellegence and have cancelled Vegas and Golden Boy. I know they are watching the ratings, but sometimes the ratings aren’t from people that want shows to continue. I question the rating system sometimes also.

  10. Madelaine Kaiser says:

    Just read the descriptions of all the new shows and can say, without reservation, that I will not be watching any of them. No originality involved in spite of some good actors and most are half hour comedies. No thanks. Guess I will catch up on watching all those DVDs I have been buying over the last few years.

    CBS runs the danger of becoming as untrustworthy as NBC. Why watch a new show when the network has the reputation of canceling shows before the first season is over. Based on ratings? Where are they getting these ratings? Not from me.

  11. JayJay says:

    Yikes. How about a show about Cavemen in LA? Singing Cops? A Really Fast Train? Singing Casino? Anybody? CSI:Cleveland? NCIS: Fort Huachuca? Criminal Minds:Traffic? Amazing Race: Beverly Hills? Feh…

    More Chuck Lorre Gems from the Vanity Card. Good God Enough! When will our National nightmare be over. Have we not had enough coded sex and penis jokes this season? Get a job with Vivid and move to the Valley you repressed freak. Except if you get Allison Janney to talk dirty. Ohhhh Baby, put on the Hairspray outfit and tell me to Thrive! And boom goes the dynamite… Crap, I did it too. Nevermind..Carry On.

  12. s says:

    Tony Schaloub? Really? Aren’t we sort of done with this guy? And Will Arnett? Why? He can’t act. He’s NOT funny. These two are retreads. Some of the shows sound dreadful. Who green lit these pieces of garbage?

    • cadavra says:

      Y’know, if you’re gonna dump on an actor, you could at least spell his name right.

      • JayJay says:

        Full Credit to Mr. Shalhoub for being as versitile as he is. Mr. Arnett, not a fan. I tried. Even Christina Applegate could not do it.

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