CBS announced their Fall 2007 TV Schedule, which includes four dramas, one comedy and one unscripted show. Three of the dramas, the comedy and the unscripted show give CBS five new editions to there schedule for the fall, while one drama swings in the wings. They definitely have the most stable lineup of the five networks. NBC gave their announcement on Monday, yesterday was ABC and tomorrow The CW and FOX let theirs be known.
Update 8-21-2007: Check out the Ultimate Guide to the Fall 2007 TV Schedule.
The interesting thing about CBSâ€™ schedule is how they are trying to breakout of being the stodgy Tiffany network guise, but not to far out. While trying to be daring and different, what has landed on the schedule is not all that different from what they already do.
CBS is trying to be the stability network, but with a few surprises for the sake of buzz. I really wish they would have been a bit more stable and followed NBCâ€™s nurturing of Friday Night Lights with a Jericho renewal, but they didnâ€™t. Instead they followed the path of ABC when they didnâ€™t renew Invasion for this past season. They took a relatively hot show that debuted well, had some buzz and then just when viewers were getting used to it, they yanked it for a long break and when it came back, the viewers had already changed their viewing habits and didnâ€™t come back. CBS really screwed this one up. What do you think about the cancellation of Jericho?
So, what does the new CBS Fall 2007 Schedule look like?
Viva Laughlin â€“ Based on the British series Viva Blackpool. A mystery drama set in a casino where the actors breakout into song. Executive produced by Hugh Jackman, you know, the host of the Tony Awards. He will also be an occasional reocurring guest star.
Shark (New night)
How I Met Your Mother â€“ I am really glad that CBS saw fit to bring this back, I still canâ€™t believe their was any discussion otherwise.
The Big Bang Theory â€“ From the creator of Two and a Half Men, Chuck Lorre, comes a bunch of nerds who can discuss just about anything scientific with ease, but put a woman in front of them and they got nothing. Then a bueatiful woman moves in next door and things begin to change.
Two and a Half Men
Rules of Engagement â€“ This scored really well ratings wise for CBS so they have brought it back for a full season.
Cane â€“ No, this is not a CSI: Miami spin-off where Horatio (Caine) goes rogue, it is a drama about a Cuban-Ameircan family who run a sugar cane business in South Florida. Stars Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue, LA Law).
Kid Nation â€“ Take 40 kids ages 8 â€“ 15 and take them to an old ghosttown and leave them there for 40 days and see what kind of society they build. Well, it looks like CBS has freed up a little time for me in the first hour of primetime on Wednesdays.
Without a Trace (New night) â€“ Returns to its former home.
Moonlight â€“ A vampire private-eye procedural drama. Other than the lead being a vampire, this sounds like a show right in CBSâ€™ wheelhouse. Whether it is good or not, I donâ€™t know, but it does look like a good bridge between Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs. Soundeds kind of like Sci Fiâ€™s The Dresden Files, but with a vampire instead of a wizard.
48 Hours Mystery
The New Adventures of Old Christine and The Amazing Race are on the bench waiting for midseason, or for The Big Bang Theory and Kid Nation to fail. A game show hosted by Drew Carrey (The Drew Carrey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway) called the Power of 10 has been picked up for the summer.
The CBS shows that wonâ€™t be returning are 3 Lbs., Armed & Famous, The Class, Close to Home, Jericho, The King of Queens, Smith and Waterfront.
The only new show waiting in the wings that was announced is Swingtown about swingers in the 70s. Another new show, the zombie drama, Babylon Fields is still a possibility for midseason.
The shows that sound interesting to the TVaholic at this point are The Big Bang Theory and Moonlight.
What new CBS shows look good to you? What shows are you sad to see didnâ€™t make it? What do you think of CBSâ€™ Fall 2007 TV Schedule?