All week long as the other networks have been frantically renewing and canceling established shows and picking up new shows, CBS has been the cool kid leaning up against the wall in a leather jacket smoking a cigarette. [Yes, I'm picturing Pre-Upfronts Week as a '50s problem drama.]
Late Friday (May 9), CBS decided to get in on the action, announcing seven series pickups, five dramas and two comedies.
[Actually, it's kinda only six series pickups, since Vince Gilligan's “Battle Creek” had been acquired as a 13-episode series commitment pre-pilot.]
On the drama side, CBS is moving forward with the “Battle Creek,” the planted spinoff “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Stalker” (formerly “Untitled Kevin Williamson”), “Scorpion” and “Madam Secretary.”
On the comedy side, CBS has ordered “The McCarthys” and “The Odd Couple” to series.
It's unclear which shows are headed for midseason and which are targeted for fall.
And CBS isn't expected to announce any additional pickups or cancellations today.
So let's get down to the details on CBS' new shows for the 2014-15 season, or at least the first batch.
*** “Battle Creek” – As you already know, Vince Gilligan wrote “Battle Creek” over a decade ago, dusted it off and now the story of a detective and an FBI agent working the hard streets of Michigan is coming to TV with David Shore (“House”) as showrunner. The series stars Kal Penn, Josh Duhamel, Janet McTeer, Dean Winters and Aubrey Dollar, among others. Gilligan also directed the pilot.