CBS 2010 upfronts: complete fall schedule

by Paul William Tenny

CBS network logoIt seems like CBS went with the fewest new shows this year while NBC went with the most, over a dozen. Perhaps they are happy with what they've got, but it's a terrible feeling doing nothing while your competition is moving all around you.

I have a feeling that NBC is making everybody nervous this year.

CBS 2010 Fall Schedule

  8pm 8:30pm 9pm 9:30pm 10pm
MONDAY How I Met Your Mother
Rules of Engagement Two and a Half Men Mike & Molly Hawaii Five-0
NCIS: Los Angeles The Good Wife
WEDNESDAY Survivor Criminal Minds
The Defenders
THURSDAY The Big Bang Theory
Shit My Dad Says CSI
The Mentalist
CSI: New York
Blue Bloods
SATURDAY Crimetime
Crimetime 48 Hours Mystery


  7pm 8pm 9pm 10pm
SUNDAY 60 Minutes
The Amazing Race
Undercover Boss
CSI: Miami

Here's info from my upfront coverage on the new shows that got picked up:

  • Hawaii Five-O

    From: Alex Kurtzman, Peter Lenkov, and Robert Orci as creators, Paul Zbyszewski producing, with Len Wiseman directing the pilot. Kurtzman and Orci wrote and produced for Hercules, Xena, Jack of All Trades, Alias, Fringe, and J. J. Abrams Trek feature film. Lenkov wrote and produced La Femme Nikita, Tracker, The District, 24, and CSI: NY. No idea who Len Wismen is, doesn't appear to be "Len Wiseman".

    Synopsis: Revival of the one-time CBS mainstay about the workings of the fictional Hawaiian state police department.

    Notes: Ordered to pilot. Hard to imagine this not getting picked up.

  • Defenders

    From: Kevin Kennedy and Niels Mueller as creator, Carol Mendelsohn, Harry Gantz and Joe Gantz producing, with Davis Guggenheim directing the pilot. Kennedy and Mueller are feature writers with no significant experience writing for television. Mendelsohn is a very experienced writer and producer, having worked on Melrose Place, Providence, Two and a Half Men, CSI, CSI: Miami, and CSI: New York. Harry and Joe Gantz produced Taxicab Confessions from 1995 through 2005, but little else since. Guggenheim produced for Deadwood and the feature films An Inconvenient Truth and Training Day, and directed episodes of NYPD Blue, E.R., 24, Alias, The Shield, Deadwood, Numb3rs, and The Unit.

    Synopsis: Two charismatic and fiery Las Vegas defense attorneys who go to the mat for their clients.

    Notes: Ordered to pilot.

  • Shit My Dad Says

    From: David Kohan, Justin Halpern, Max Mutchnick, and Patrick Schumacker as creators, with James Burrows directing the pilot. Kohan wrote for Boston Common, and created Good Morning Miami, Will & Grace, and Four Kings. Halpern owns the Twitter account this show is based on (and got a book deal because of it.) In other words, he's a cling-on. Read "Open Books" for Burrows bio.

    Synopsis: A twentysomething who moves back in with his larger-than-life dad.

    Notes: Pilot ordered. Based on somebody's Twitter account with the same name. Notable cast star is William Shatner.

  • Mike & Molly

    From: Mark Roberts as creator, Chuch Lore producing, with James Burrows directing the pilot. Roberts has written and produced for Two and a Half Men and consulted for The Big Bang Theory. Lore wrote and produced for Rosanne, Grace Under Fire, Cybill, Dharma & Greg, CSI, The Big Bang Theory, and Two and a Half Men. Burrows has directed episodes of Mary Tyler Moore, Laverne & Shirley, Taxi, Wings, Cheers, News Radio, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Frasier, Caroline in the City, Friends, and lots of other shows.

    Synopsis: A working class Chicago couple who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

    Notes: 13 episodes ordered.

  • Reagan's Law (Now known as "Blue Bloods")

    From: Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green as creators, Leonard Goldberg producing, with Michael Cuesta directing the pilot and producing. Burgess and Green wrote for Northern Exposure and Party of Five, produced Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and wrote/directed for The Sopranos. Cuesta directed for Six Feet Under, and directed/produced for Dexter.

    Synopsis: A multi-generational family of New York-based cops.

    Notes: Ordered to pilot. Notable cast members are Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg, and Tom Selleck.

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