CBS 2012-13 and this week's new dramas
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.
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.
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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you can't wait until fall for new offerings, you're in luck. Several new dramas premiere this week:
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).
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.
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