CBS has less of an uphill climb than the other networks due to its standing at the top of the heap, but they also still have a few holes to fill on their schedule. In a move that is a slight departure from last year’s strategy, CBS – perhaps more than any other network – has decided to turn to some familiar faces from TV’s past to get that done.
Robin Williams, Josh Holloway, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tony Shaloub, Will Arnett, Allison Janney and Toni Collette are just some of the familiar faces that will come to CBS in an effort to find TV success once more. And if CBS wants to stay on top, they’ll need them to succeed as veteran series’ like How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, and Criminal Minds, may be either nearing – or in the case of HIMYM, certainly coming to – the end of their runs.
To help with your quick assessments of each series, we’ve broken the shows down to give you a better idea of what you can expect. It’s creators’ vision which fuels the heart of the show; producers’ responsibility is to help shape those ideas for television audiences; pilot directors set the visual tone for the entire series and paint the picture that other directors follow.
Note: not all of CBS’ new shows have trailers and/or photos available.
Crazy Ones (Comedy)
Created by: David E. Kelley
Producers: David E. Kelley, Dean Lorey, Bill D’Elia, John Montgomery, Mark Teitelbaum and Jason Winer
Starring: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater and Amanda Setton
Academy Award winner Robin Williams returns to series television in The Crazy Ones, a single-camera workplace comedy about a larger-than-life advertising genius whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired… if he weren’t the boss.
Friends with Better Lives (Comedy)
Created by: Dana Klein
Producers: Dana Klein, Aaron Kaplan
Pilot Directed by: James Burrows
Starring: Kevin Connolly, James Van Der Beek, Brooklyn Decker, Rick Donald, Majandra Delfino and Zoe Lister Jones
A romantic comedy about six friends at different stages in their lives – married, divorced, newly engaged and single – who are outwardly happy, but secretly questioning if their friends have it better.
Friends with Better Lives is set to air at mid-season.
Created by: Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Rick Eid
Producers: Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir, Rick Eid and Chayim Sharir, and Alon Aranya
Starring: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan,Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Mateus Ward, Quinn Shephard, James Naughton
Hostages, from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is a high-octane suspense drama starring Emmy Award winner Toni Collette as a premiere surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott). The show is based on a never-produced Israeli show from Aranya, Shamir and Sharir.
Created by: Michael Seitzman
Producers: Michael Seitzman, David Semel, Tripp Vinson and Rene Echvarria
Starring: Josh Holloway, Marg Helgenberger, Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Michael Rady, James Martinez
Intelligence is a dramatic thriller starring Josh Holloway as a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel (Holloway) is the first human ever to be connected directly into the worldwide information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data.
Intelligence is set to air at mid-season.