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Upfronts: CBS fall 2009 preview

In television on 05/20/2009 at 5:29 pm

Last but not least, CBS let the bells ring out and the banners fly on Wednesday, trotting out its fall/midseason schedule for advertisers at the Upfronts, a lovely NYC gathering of network executives and advertisers: price of admission is at least one bucket of cash to be spent on advertising spots on these lovely new shows.

The day after it was confirmed that Without a Trace, The Unit and Eleventh Hour were spiked, CBS unveiled five new dramas, one comedy and two new alternative series. PLUS, CBS confirmed the rumours: It will take Medium, the Patricia Arquette supernatural mystery sentenced to die by NBC. Still unknown is whether there is any truth to the rumblings that The Eye, as real TV critics refer to this network, will pick up NBC’s other sloppy seconds: My Name Is Earl. Stay tuned. Or check out Entertainment Weekly’s report of the Twitter “Save Earl” campaign.

Here is what CBS was all excited about yesterday.

Five new dramas:

1. NCIS Los Angeles: “The high stakes world of undercover surveillance at the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation’s security.” Stars Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J,

2. The Good Wife: “Drama starring Emmy award-winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who must assume full responsibility for her family and re-enter the workforce after her husband’s (Chris Noth) very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.” Tony and Ridley Scott exec produce.

3. Three Rivers: “A medical drama that goes inside the emotionally complex lives of organ donors, the recipients and the surgeons at the preeminent transplant hospital in the country where every moment counts.” Stars

4. The Bridge (midseason): “Drama about a tough and dedicated police officer who is voted to become the police union’s dynamic leader.  To serve the public as well as his 8,000 fellow officers, charismatic Frank Leo (Aaron Douglas) battles criminals on the street, corruption in the ranks and his own bosses.”

5. Miami Trauma (midseason): “About a team of expert surgeons who work at one of the premiere trauma facilities in the country, where only patients with life threatening injuries are treated.  Dr. Matthew Proctor (Jeremy Northam) is new to the trauma team, after a tour of duty in a MASH unit during the Gulf war.”

One new comedy:

Accidentally on Purpose: “Jenna Elfman (is) Billie, a single woman who finds herself ‘accidentally’ pregnant after a one-night stand with a much younger guy, and decides to keep the baby… and the guy (Jon Foster).”

Two new alternative series:

1. Arranged Marriage: “Three adults who are anxious to get married, but who have been unsuccessful in their own search for a mate, choose a life-altering path.  They rely on their closest family and friends, those who love and know them best, to choose someone for them to marry based on shared goals, values, experiences and the commitment to make it work.”

2. Undercover Boss: “Reality series that follows high level corporate executives as they slip anonymously into the lowest level jobs within their companies.”

Renewed:

CSI, Two and a Half Men, The Mentalilst, 60 Minutes, Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, 48 Hours Mystery, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Rules of Engagement, Flashpoint, NCIS.

Dead:

Without a Trace, The Unit, Eleventh Hour, The Ex List, Worst Week, Harper’s Island.

— Denise Duguay

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  1. What, oh what will I do next season without “Without a Trace”
    I cann’t believe it is axed!!!!

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