CBS revealed their schedule for the upcoming TV season yesterday, and it features eight new shows . . . five dramas, and three comedies.
That doesn’t include their revival of “Murphy Brown“, which returns after 20 years. Most of the surviving cast members are back, including Candice Bergen, who’s 72 now.
Charles Kimbrough, who played Jim Dial, hasn’t signed on yet, and it’s unclear whether Lily Tomlin will be back.
Robert Pastorelli, who played the nanny Eldin, died in 2004. And Pat Corley . . . Phil the bar owner . . . won’t be back, he passed away in 2006. Tyne Daly will play the sister of his character, and she’ll be the new bar owner.
The NEW shows include: A reboot of “Magnum P.I.“, which originally ran from 1980 to 1988. Jay Hernandez is the star, and Higgins is now played by a woman.
Magnum still drives a red Ferrari convertible and loves the Detroit Tigers, but this time he’s an Afghanistan War veteran.
There’s also a drama called “F.B.I.“, which is about, well, the FBI.
It stars Missy Peregrym as the lead agent on terrorism and organized crime cases.
At least “F.B.I.” doesn’t have a CHEESY title, like the new drama “God Friended Me“, which is about “an outspoken atheist, who’s thrown for a loop when he gets a friend request from God on social media. Yeah, the title is LITERAL. (???)
After the New Year, CBS will debut a more serious drama called “The Red Line”, which is about “a racially-motivated shooting by a police officer in Chicago.” The guy who was killed was an innocent black doctor. The cast includes former “ER” star Noah Wyle.
And there’s another drama in the pipeline called “The Code”, which sounds like an “NCIS”-type show, only involving the Marines instead of the Navy.
As for the comedies, there’s one called “The Neighborhood“ starring Max Greenfield from “New Girl” as a Midwestern man who relocates his family to an L.A. neighborhood that’s, quote, “both more diverse and less polite than he’s accustomed to.”
Cedric the Entertainer plays his neighbor.
There’s also “Happy Together“, which is about a young couple who find their routine upended when a young pop musician, who’s on the verge of fame, moves in with them. It stars Damon Wayans Jr.
It’s apparently inspired by a guy who was Harry Styles’ roommate . . . just as he was making it big. Harry is also one of the producers.
And finally, there’s one called “Fam”, which is about a woman who wants to get in the good graces of her fiancé’s family . . . but her life gets turned upside down when her out-of-control teenage half-sister moves in with her.
At least it wasn’t Harry Styles. (???)
CBS recently canceled “Kevin Can Wait”, and now they’re admitting that their decision to kill off Erinn Hayesto re-team Kevin James with his “King of Queens” wife Leah Remini was NOT a good idea.
An exec said, quote, “Unfortunately the audience didn’t respond to it.”
(Maybe Erinn’s death wasn’t the problem. Audiences didn’t respond to “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” either. Just sayin’.)
The other shows CBS is NOT bringing back include: “Living Biblically”, “Me, Myself, & I”, “9JKL”, “Scorpion”, “Superior Donuts”, “Wisdom of the Crowd”, and “Zoo”.
The shows they DID renew for next season are: “48 Hours”, “60 Minutes”, “Amazing Race”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “Blue Bloods”, “Bull”, “Celebrity Big Brother”, “Criminal Minds”, “Elementary”, “Hawaii Five-0”, “Instinct” . . .
“Life in Pieces”, “MacGyver”, “Madam Secretary”, “Man with a Plan”, “Mom”, “NCIS”, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “NCIS: New Orleans”, “Salvation”, “SEAL Team”, “Survivor”, “S.W.A.T.”, and “Young Sheldon”.
Plus, the CBS All-Access shows: “The Good Fight”, “No Activity”, and “Star Trek: Discovery”.
There are a few CBS shows still in limbo: “Candy Crush”, “Code Black”, and “Ransom”.
Those aren’t the only decisions CBS still has to make. They’re supposedly considering the “Mad About You” revival that’s in the works. It doesn’t have a network yet.
Speaking of old shows coming back, CBS passed on the reboot of “Cagney & Lacey” with Sarah Drew and Michelle Hurd.
That’s surprising, because the pilot generated a lot of buzz, and CBS has been criticized for its lack of shows with female leads. But it didn’t work out. Naturally, it’s possible that another network scoops it up.