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

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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