CBS Orders Comedies ‘Odd Couple,’ ‘McCarthys’ and 5 Dramas

NCIS spinoff

CBS has ordered comedies “The Odd Couple” and “The McCarthys” and five dramas so far for its 2014-15 schedule.

The drama roster consists of “Battle Creek,” the David Shore-Vince Gilligan collaboration that landed a series order last September, as well as “Madame Secretary,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion” and “Stalker.”

The Eye’s new rendition of “Odd Couple” stars Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. Joe Keenan and Perry wrote the pilot and exec produce for CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly.

“The McCarthys,” written by Brian Gallivan, revolves around a large sports-crazy Boston family. Mike Sikowitz is on board as showrunner and exec produces with Will Gluck for Sony Pictures TV. Project was developed last year at the Eye as a single-cam but retooled this time around as a multi-cam.

“Battle Creek” stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as cops in a rough Michigan town to sometimes bend the law to do their jobs. Shore revised an old script of Gilligan’s and serves as showrunner and exec producer with Mark Johnson and Gilligan for Sony Pictures TV.

“Madame Secretary,” from CBS TV Studios, stars Tea Leoni as a maverick Secretary of State who juggles world affairs and a complicated family life. Barbara Hall penned the script and exec produces with Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary for the duo’s Revelations banner.

“NCIS: New Orleans” (pictured) sends Scott Bakula and Lucas Black to the Crescent City to oversee the naval investigative unit serving the Gulf region. The planted spinoff, which also features CCH Pounder, was introduced as a two-part episode of the mothership “NCIS” in on March 25 and April 1. Script was written for CBS TV Studios by “NCIS” showrunner Gary Glasberg.

“Scorpion” revolves around an eccentric genius who marshals a group of computer geeks to guard against modern-day cyber threats. Robert Patrick, Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee star. Nick Santora wrote the pilot and exec produces for Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s K/O Paper Products banner and CBS TV Studios. Justin Lin helmed the pilot.

“Stalker” is a dark drama set among investigators who handle stalking incidents for the LAPD. Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q star. Williamson wrote the pilot and is exec producer for Warner Bros. TV.

CBS is expected to hand out a few more orders before unveiling its 2014-15 season lineup on May 14.

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  1. I have never hated a , show as much as I hate the odd couple. I actually hate that Friends guy so much that I actually tell people not to watch this show because it is so horrifically awful, I thought it was a joke.
    The Mccarthys, was smart, funny and had a great cast. I am baffled that this was cancelled and that that other bullshit is still on!
    When you plug it between 2 shows I like. I find something else to watch in that 30 minutes because I would rather slam my tit in a sliding glass door, than ever see that show again. What the fuck???

  2. meme says:

    excited for Scorpion!

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