New Shows coming to CBS

Of all the shows announced by all the networks at their upfront advertising presentations this week, the ones by CBS appear to be the most promising.  Here's what's coming our way:

Blue Bloods - Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg star in what is being described as "a multi-generational family drama set in the world of New York City law enforcement."

Criminal Minds Spinoff - Coming mid-season is this procedural spin-off (still untitled) starring Forrest Whitaker whose character was introduced in a Criminal Minds episode last month.

The Defenders - Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell play two larger-than-life defense attorneys in Las Vegas.

Hawaii Five-O - This much-hyped remake of the TV classic stars Alex O'Loughlin (who has a strong fan following but two failed recent television series), Scott Caan (son of James Caan and star of a number of movies, including the Ocean's Eleven trilogy), Daniel Dae Kim (who is coming of the success of Lost), and Grace Park (who played Boomer on the recent Battlestar Galactica).  Some people hate remakes, but this one looks pretty interesting.

Mike and Molly - A working-class couple in Chicago find love at an Over-Eaters Anonymous meeting.

$#*! My Dad Says - William Shatner stars in his first sitcom.  The show was inspired by a Twitter feed created by a kid who posted funny things his father said.  The profanity-laced title of the show might still be changed.  Some have simply called it Bleep My Dad Says.

Survivor: Nicaragua - The 21st iteration of this reality show hit will be set in Central America.  It's a stretch for me to put this as part of the "new shows" but each season is different enough, and this fall the producers promise even more changes to the format -- plus CBS will air it on a new day.  Following the very successful Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, we'll see if the franchise can climb any higher.

Tomorrow, I'll look at the CW network's lineup, and then it will be back to my regularly scheduled City of Kik pop culture essays.