CBS announced today its new 2012-2013 primetime schedule, ordering four new series and making four key time period moves to further enhance television's top-rated schedule. CBS will finish the season as America's most-watched network for the ninth time in the past 10 years, leading in viewers by the widest margin of any network in 23 years.
The new series include Elementary, a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in New York City, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu; Vegas, a drama inspired by a real-life sheriff and his battle with a powerful mobster for control of Las Vegas in the 1960s, starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis; Made in Jersey, starring Janet Montgomery as a smart first-year lawyer with working-class roots practicing at a prestigious Manhattan law firm; and Partners, a comedy about two very different life-long best friends and business partners and their significant others, starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie.
"These new series feature a great range of bold concepts, rich characters, big stars and fresh faces," said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. "From a new take on Sherlock Holmes to an epic battle for control of 1960s Las Vegas to a working-class point of view in a prestigious law firm, the dramas each have a unique style and sensibility. And, our new comedy Partners fits perfectly with the CBS Monday night tradition of relationship comedies with a lot of heart and humor."
The freshman series will be joined by 19 returning shows, including the season's #1 drama/scripted program - NCIS; the #1 scripted series in adults 18-49 and #1 comedy - The Big Bang Theory; #1 new series - Person of Interest; #1 new series/comedy in adults 18-49/25-54 - 2 Broke Girls; #1 news program - 60 Minutes; and the eight-time Emmy Award winner The Amazing Race.
The other returning series include How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, Survivor, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Two and a Half Men, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, 48 Hours Mystery, The Mentalist and The Good Wife.
For midseason, the Emmy Award-nominated Undercover Boss returns, plus the new reality series The Job from executive producers Michael Davies and Mark Burnett. Also for midseason are the new drama Golden Boy and the new comedy Friend Me.
The new 2012-2013 schedule is as follows:
On Monday, CBS makes a bold scheduling move and adds a new half-hour series to TV's top comedy night. The veteran How I Met Your Mother returns at 8:00 PM and provides a strong lead-in for the new comedy Partners at 8:30 PM. The #1 new comedy of the season, 2 Broke Girls, moves to 9:00 PM to anchor the night, followed by the sophomore hits Mike & Molly at 9:30 PM and Hawaii Five-0 at 10:00 PM, the top-rated 10:00 PM series on television in adults 18-49.
On Tuesday, CBS uses television's top-rated dramas as lead-ins for a new one-hour series. The #1 drama/scripted series NCIS remains at 8:00 PM, followed by the #2 drama/scripted series NCIS: Los Angeles at 9:00 PM, which will provide a powerful and compatible lead-in for the star-studded new series Vegas at 10:00 PM.
On Wednesday, a successful night remains intact with potent lead-off hitter Survivor at 8:00 PM, popular thriller Criminal Minds at 9:00 PM, and the resurgent time period-winning CSI: Crime Scene Investigation at 10:00 PM, where it improved the time period by 23% in adults 18-49.
On Thursday, CBS creates a powerful comedy block and adds a provocative new drama. The #1 comedy The Big Bang Theory at 8:00 PM is now paired with the #2 comedy Two and a Half Men at 8:30 PM, creating a formidable comedy duo as a lead-in for the #1 new drama Person of Interest at 9:00 PM, which flows seamlessly into the smart new drama Elementary at 10:00 PM.
On Friday, CBS moves a veteran series to kick off the night and launches a new drama in a protected time period. CSI: NY, which consistently wins its time period, moves to 8:00 PM, providing an established lead-in for the new legal drama Made in Jersey at 9:00 PM. Blue Bloods, the night's most-watched series, remains a solid anchor at 10:00 PM.
Saturday will feature CBS's Crimetime programming from 8:00-10:00 PM, followed by the popular true crime series 48 Hours Mystery at 10:00 PM.
On Sunday, CBS adds a hit drama to a prestigious, award-winning lineup. The acclaimed news magazine 60 Minutes returns for its 45th season to open at 7:00 PM, followed by the eight-time Emmy Award-winning The Amazing Race at 8:00 PM and the critically lauded and award-winning drama The Good Wife at 9:00 PM. A proven ratings winner at 10:00 PM, The Mentalist moves to Sunday to close out the night.
The New Dramas:
Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare - a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he's devised his own post-rehab regimen - resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock's police contact, Capt. Tobias "Toby" Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it's simple deduction that he's going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it's elementary that it's a job for Watson. Robert Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star in Vegas, a drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds. Ralph Lamb (Quaid) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption which are intruding on his simple life. Recalling Lamb's command as a military police officer during World War II, the Mayor appeals to his sense of duty to look into a murder of a casino worker - and so begins Lamb's clash with Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own. Assisting Lamb in keeping law and order are his two deputies: his diplomatic, even-keeled brother Jack (Jason O'Mara) and his charming but impulsive son, Dixon (Taylor Handley). Ambitious Assistant District Attorney Katherine O'Connell (Carrie-Anne Moss), who grew up on the ranch next to the Lambs, also lends a hand in preserving justice. In Vegas, two powerful men - Lamb and Savino - are engaged in a fierce battle for control of the budding oasis, and for both of them, folding is not an option. Nicholas Pileggi, Greg Walker, Cathy Konrad, Arthur M. Sarkissian and James Mangold, who also directed the pilot, are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
Made in Jersey
Made in Jersey is a drama about a young working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete among her pedigreed Manhattan colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm. Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery) finds her firm's cutthroat landscape challenging, but what she lacks in an Ivy League education she more than makes up for with tenacity and blue-collar insight. After just a few weeks, firm founder Donovan Stark (Kyle MacLachlan), takes note of Martina's ingenuity and resourcefulness, as does her sassy secretary Cyndi Vega (Toni Trucks). With the support of her big Italian family, including her sexy older sister Bonnie (Erin Cummings), Martina is able to stay true to her roots as a bold, passionate lawyer on the rise in a new intimidating environment. Jamie Tarses, Kevin Falls, Julia Franz and Mark Waters, who also directed the pilot, are the executive producers for Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios. Pilot was written by creator and co-executive producer Dana Calvo.
The New Comedy:
Partners is a comedy based on the lives of creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, about two life-long best friends and business partners whose "bromance" is tested when one of them is engaged to be married. Joe (David Krumholtz) is an accomplished architect who leads with his head and not his heart, especially in his love life. That's in stark contrast to his gay co-worker, Louis (Michael Urie), who is spontaneous, emotional and prone to exaggeration. Both have found joy in their love lives: Joe is newly engaged to Ali (Sophia Bush), a beautiful and sophisticated jewelry designer, while Louis is dating Wyatt (Brandon Routh), a vegan nurse who Louis insists is just a promotion away from becoming a doctor. As news of Joe's engagement settles, time will tell if their business and personal bond can adapt to the addition of two other important relationships. Emmy Award winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television. Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.
The New Midseason Series:
Golden Boy is a drama about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City, and the high personal and professional cost he pays to achieve it. As he's interviewed for a story about his career, Walter William Clark, Jr. (Theo James) flashes back on his hard-fought journey from street kid to the most powerful man in law enforcement. After only three years as a beat cop, Clark's heroics on the job make him bold enough to ask for and receive the unheard - of promotion to Homicide Detective, angering the members of his new department who are eager to see him fail. Clark's disappointed to be partnered with veteran Detective Don Owen (Chi McBride), a gruff lifer just two years shy of retirement. He would rather team with First Grade Detective Christian Arroyo (Kevin Alejandro), the alpha dog in the squad who's just as ambitious as Clark, but without a moral center. Arroyo's partner is Detective Deborah McKenzie (Bonnie Somerville), a tough third-generation cop and the only female detective in the unit. Also on the team is Detective Joe Diaco (Holt McCallany), well-connected with tremendous resources which Clark might find useful. Though laser-focused on moving up the ladder, Clark's soft spot is serving as the sole caregiver and supporter of his sister, Agnes (Stella Maeve), a teenager demonstrating increasingly dangerous behavior. Keenly observant and politically savvy, the Golden Boy bases his career decisions solely on his need to succeed as quickly as possible, and he'll find that his epic journey will be filled with consequences. Greg Berlanti, Emmy Award winner Nicholas Wootton and Richard Shepard, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.
Friend Me is a comedy about two 20-something best friends who just moved from Indiana to Los Angeles to start cool new jobs, but can't agree on how to socially engage in their new city. Rob (Nicholas Braun) is eager to embrace the L.A. scene and meet new people who aren't looking down at their smart phones or laptops. Evan (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), however, prefers to socialize online at home in his underwear, web-chatting and playing poker with his Hoosier buddies Mike (Parvesh Cheena), Sully (Tim Robinson) and Farhad (Dan Ahdoot) just a keystroke away. Meanwhile, Rob's had enough of iChatting, and naively posts a flyer seeking new friends on the coffee house bulletin board, despite Evan's warning that no good can come from meeting strangers in person. Soon the calls start rolling in, some with potential, some just disturbing, and Rob and a reluctant Evan embark on what will be a series of the most epic adventures - and disasters - of their lives. Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios, in association with The Tannenbaum Company. The pilot was directed by Pamela Fryman.
From reality show masters Michael Davies (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Watch What Happens Live) and Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) comes a new reality series, The Job, where every week talented candidates are chosen from across the country for a chance to win their dream job at one of America's most prestigious companies. Host Lisa Ling guides participants through several rounds of the most intense interviews of their lives, including challenges ranging from an on-the-spot quiz to assess their knowledge of the company to deadline-driven tasks while spending a day on the job. But the candidates aren't the only ones in the hot seat. Adding to the pressure, a rival company is also present and waiting for an opportunity to swoop in and steal any of the contenders by making a competing offer. The participant must then decide immediately whether they will take the rival's offer or stay in the competition in the hope that they are the last one standing for this once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity. Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Embassy Row.
CBS Television Network 2012-2013 Primetime Schedule
(N=New, NT=New Time, all times ET/PT)
- 8:00-8:30 PM How I Met Your Mother
- 8:30-9:00 PM Partners (N)
- 9:00-9:30 PM 2 Broke Girls (NT)
- 9:30-10:00 PM Mike & Molly
- 10:00-11:00 PM Hawaii Five-0
- 8:00-8:30 PM The Big Bang Theory
- 8:30-9:00 PM Two and a Half Men (NT)
- 9:00-10:00 PM Person of Interest
- 10:00-11:00 PM Elementary (N)
- 8:00-9:00 PM Crimetime Saturday
- 9:00-10:00 PM Crimetime Saturday
- 10:00-11:00 PM 48 Hours Mystery