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CBS 2012-13 and this week's new dramas

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Dennis Quaid plays real-life rancher-turned-Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb in CBS' 1960s-set drama "Vegas," coming this fall.
Courtesy photo Jesse Metcalfe (left) and Josh Henderson are feuding cousins Bobby and John Ross Ewing, sons of Bobby and J.R., in TNT's new "Dallas," premiering at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Courtesy photo Patrick Duffy returns as Bobby Ewing in TNT's rebooted "Dallas," premiering at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Larry Hagman and Linda Gray also return, as J.R. and Sue Ellen.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As king of the networks, CBS can be as choosy as it wants each season, but it rarely makes a lot of changes. After all, why mess with what works? Next season, the network will debut two sitcoms and four dramas (the exact number it canceled this year), plus a reality show.

They are:

  • "Elementary": Crime drama. 10 p.m. Thursdays.
  • Jonny Lee Miller ("Eli Stone") is Sherlock and Lucy Liu ("Ally McBeal") his Watson in this modern-day re-imagining of the great detective. In New York after rehab, Sherlock is working as a police consultant, and Watson is his sober companion. Aidan Quinn ("Prime Suspect") co-stars as their police contact.

  • "Friend Me": Buddy sitcom. Midseason.
  • Two friends move from Indiana to L.A. to work at the website Groupon. Crazy adventures ensue, of course, as they try to adapt to big-city life. Nicholas Braun ("Sky High") and Christopher Mintz-Plasse ("Superbad") star.

  • "Golden Boy": Cop drama. Midseason.
  • The meteoric rise of the youngest police commissioner in NYC history is chronicled. Theo James ("Underworld: Awakening") leads a cast that includes Kevin Alejandro ("True Blood"), Chi McBride ("Boston Public"), Bonnie Somerville ("Cashmere Mafia") and Holt McCallany ("Lights Out").

  • "The Job": Reality show. Midseason.
  • Candidates compete each week to win a dream job at a well-known company. While they're proving their worth, a rival company can potentially snatch up contenders. Lisa Ling ("The View") hosts.

  • "Made in Jersey": Legal drama. 9 p.m. Fridays.
  • A young, blue-collar lawyer (Janet Montgomery, "Human Target") uses her street smarts to compete with her Ivy League colleagues at a prestigious New York firm. Kyle MacLachlan ("Desperate Housewives") plays the firm's founder.

  • "Partners": Bromance/relationship sitcom. 8:30 p.m. Mondays.
  • David Krumholtz ("Numb3rs") and Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty") are best friends and business partners, but can their bromance hold up when one gets engaged? Sophia Bush ("One Tree Hill") plays the fiancée, and Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns") is Urie's boyfriend.

  • "Vegas": Crime drama/Western. 10 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Set in the 1960s, it's inspired by the true story of rancher-turned-Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb. Dennis Quaid plays Lamb, and Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") is his gangster nemesis. Jason O'Mara ("Terra Nova"), Carrie-Anne Moss ("The Matrix") and Taylor Handley ("Battle: Los Angeles") co-star.

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    If you can't wait until fall for new offerings, you're in luck. Several new dramas premiere this week:

  • "Dallas": 9 p.m. Wednesday, TNT. (Starts with back-to-back episodes.) The last to premiere but the most anticipated, this isn't a reboot of the show, but a sequel. Bobby and J.R. are back, as is Sue Ellen and the original theme song, but the focus is on the next generation: Bobby's adopted son, Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe, "Passions"), and J.R.'s boy, John Ross (Josh Henderson, "Over There").
  • There's plenty of soapy drama to be had, as the two camps battle over the fate of Southfork Ranch and also, of course, a woman: Elena (Jordana Brewster, "The Fast and the Furious"), who's Christopher's past love and John Ross' current flame. Also in the mix are Christopher's new wife Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo, "Eli Stone") and Bobby's wife, Ann (Brenda Strong, "Desperate Housewives'" Mary Alice).

  • "Saving Hope": 9 p.m. Thursday, NBC. A surgeon (Erica Durance, "Smallville") races to save her comatose chief surgeon fiancé (Michael Shanks, "Stargate SG-1"), who wanders the halls in spirit form. TV Guide's Matt Roush aptly called it " 'A Gifted Man' with a side of 'Grey's Anatomy.' "
  • Bunheads": 9 p.m. Monday, ABC Family. A Las Vegas showgirl (Broadway star Sutton Foster) marries and moves to a small town where she teaches ballet at the studio run by her mother-in-law (Kelly Bishop, "Gilmore Girls") in this drama from "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
  • "Hollywood Heights": 9 p.m. Monday, Nickelodeon. A young songwriter's friendship with her pop star idol is at the center of this teen soap. Soap star Brittany Underwood ("One Life to Live's" Langston Wilde) is the songstress, and her idol is Cody Longo (who did a stint on "Days of Our Lives" last fall).
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    Reality series premieres: "Take Me Out," 8 p.m. (dating show) and "The Choice," 9 p.m. (celebrity dating show) today, Fox; "Lives on Fire," 9 p.m. Friday, OWN (female firefighters); "Stephen Hawking's Grand Design," 8 p.m. Saturday, Discovery (exploring existential matters); "Real Life: The Musical," 10 p.m. Saturday, OWN (people train to sing their feelings); "Redneck Island," 10 p.m. Saturday CMT (competition).

    Season premiere: "Tia & Tamera," 8 p.m. Monday, Style Network.

    Season finale: "Mad Men," 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC.

    Specials: "Spike Guys Choice 2012," 9 p.m. Saturday, Spike (a celebration of all things manly); "Jersey Shore Shark Attack," 9 p.m. Saturday, Syfy (TV movie with guidos vs. killer sharks); "The 66th Annual Tony Awards," 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS.

    Of note: "I Love Lucy" now airs at 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday on TV Land.

    Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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