CBS 2010 upfronts: Mid-season replacements

by Paul William Tenny

CBS network logoHere are the mid-season replacement pilots for CBS's 2010-2011 season. Mid-season replacements come in to replace canceled shows during the summer or possibly next spring, but they are pilots like anything else. Anything CBS announces at their presentation in New York next week will come from this pile, and the comedy/drama pilot posts.

  • Arranged Marriage

    From: Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz are producing. Cutforth has produced several reality series including Whose Line is it Anyway?, Last Comic Standing, Project Runway, and Top Chef. Lipsitz has produced many of the same shows, but also The List for VH1. Both are working on a Top Chef spin-off called Top Chef Junior for another network.

    Synopsis: A series that brings the tradition of arranged marriages, which is still practiced successfully by many cultures throughout the world, to the U.S., where it is virtually an inconceivable option for most single Americans.

    Notes: Pilot ordered.

  • The Bridge

    From: Adam J. Shully, Alan Di Fiore, Craig Bromell, Laszlo Barna, Robert Wertheimer, and Wendy Grean producing. Shully has worked as a producer and production manager. Two recent series are Odyssey 5 and Blood Ties. Fiore has written for Da Vinci's Inquest, Ghost Wisperer, and at least four episodes of The Bridge. Barna produced with Fiore on Da Vinci's Inquest, and worked on Da Vinci's City Hall, Mega Builders, Party Mamas, and Da Kink in My Hair. (Canadian shows?) Wertheimer produced Robo Cop (TV series) and Due South. Grean has many producing credits, but nothing that stands out. The show is partially based on the life of Bromell, a former Toronto police officer.

    Synopsis: A drama about a tough and dedicated police officer who is voted to become the police union's dynamic leader.

    Notes: 13 episodes ordered. Would also air on CTV in Canada.

  • Got to Dance

    From: Elisabeth Murdoch, Howard T. Owens, Mark Koops, and Robin Ashbrook producing. Mostly reality producers. Murdoch with Celebrity Masterchef, MasterChef: The Professionals, Masterchef Goes Large, and Losing it with Jillian. Owens and Koops with The Biggest Loser. Ashbrook has produced for Pure 24, Honey, We're Killing the Kids, What Are You Like?, Sex... with Mom and Dad, Gladiators, and As Seen on TV.

    Synopsis: A new reality-competition series based on the hit British show where, in the most inclusive talent search on television, dancers of any age, group-size and style will compete to become the country's favorite dance act

    Notes: Ordered to pilot.

Also: CBS drama pilots, mid-season replacements, and the introduction post.

Update: The full CBS fall schedule has been posted here.

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