New Shows on CBS in Fall 2013
The Crazy Ones - Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar return to primetime TV as a father/daughter odd couple team -- he's the brilliant but crazy head of an ad agency and she's his more practical new creative director. The show is produced by David E. Kelley who tries to redeem himself after his failed Wonder Woman pilot fiasco.
Hostages - Based on an Israeli series that was never produced, this serialized drama, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, stars Toni Collette as a Washington, D.C., surgeon selected to operate on the President of the United States. Action, angst, and mysteries ensue when her husband and kids are kidnapped. Actor Dylan McDermott also stars. As is the trend, this show will have a limited 15-episode season.
The Millers - Will Arnett leads the cast in this sitcom about a divorced news reporter whose parents also separate and move in with their grown-up children. Some notable stars have left the series since the pilot, including Michael Rapaport.
Mom - Producer Chuck Lorre brings us another comedy, but will it be as successful as his other hit sitcoms? In this one, Anna Faris plays a newly sober single mom who tries to rebuild her life as a waitress in Napa Valley, where she moves in with her mother. The cast also includes French Stewart.
We Are Men - A young man, played by Christopher Nicholas Smith of Paranormal Activity 3, moves into a short-term rental complex and receives advice from older neighbors -- Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn, and Jerry O'Connell.
New Shows on CBS in Midseason 2013/2014
Friends with Better Lives - James Van Der Beek and Kevin Connolly lead a sitcom about six friends who crave each other's lifestyles.
Intelligence - This looks promising (or maybe it will end up being a cheesy flop). Josh Holloway is an agent for a new government agency called U.S. Cyber Command and has a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to view the entire electromagnetic spectrum and connect to the Internet without any other interface. The show is adapted from an unpublished book, Dissident, by John Dixon. (How are these unpublished and unproduced storylines making it onto the network's programming radars and receiving greenlights for full series?)
Reckless - Here's a soapy legal drama set in South Carolina. It's produced by Catherine Hardwicke, who also directed the pilot.
Seems a bit safe to me, but CBS has a pretty good track record. Now we've seen NBC, FOX, and ABC, and we'll wrap it all up with a look at the CW tomorrow.