Days after CBS announced that they picked up The Big Bang Theory for 2 more seasons, today they announced 17 more shows that will join the sitcom next season.. They are Blue Bloods, Bull, Hawaii Five-0, Kevin Can Wait, Life In Pieces, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Man With A Plan, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Superior Donuts, Survivor, 48 Hours and 60 Minutes.
The news is not a surprise for most of those shows. Although, I am a little surprised that they picked 5 of their news ones. Well, all but Superior Donuts because I really like that show. When it comes to the other freshman shows, they have not really had a hit on their hands. They are all doing OK in the ratings, but nothing to write home about. Maybe they will do better during their second season. Just like Life in Pieces. Oh wait, did anyone else know that the show was still on the air?
While these are the shows that were picked up, missing is Two Broke Girls, The Odd Couple, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The Great Indoors, Code Black, Training Day, Ransom, Elementary, Amazing Race and Undercover Boss. Of these shows, I think CBS might consider a shortened final season for Criminal Minds, if they can get Shemar Moore to do it. I also suspect that either Two Broke Girls and/or The Odd Couple will be back as a midseason replacement. When it comes to the rest, I think enjoy them while you can because they won’t be back. Unless they really screwed up pilot season and there is nothing besides the TBBT spinoff worth picking up.
There is also one omission from the press release that surprises me. I am surprised that CBS didn’t announce Hawaii Five-0’s final season in it. Alex O’Loughin says that next season will be his last and without him, there is no show. The only reason why they have not made it official is maybe they are still hoping Dan-O will book him.
What shows are you happy they picked up and which ones are you sad that they didn’t?
After 15 episodes, we are finally going to meet Lowell’s (Matt Cook) wife on Man with a Plan on CBS tonight at 8:30p. For those of you who don’t watch, Lowell is a stay at home dad that follows Adam (Matt LeBlanc) around like a lap dog because he desperately needs a male friend in his life. Adam and his wife (Liza Snyder), Andi, think that Lowell’s wife is make believe because they have never seen her. When they hear she is in town, they invite the couple over dinner.
The two create an escape plan to end their night early, just in case she is a real loser. But when they finally meet her, they find out she is perfect, as in Jenna Dewan Tatum perfect. Andi and Adam fall in love with her immediately and they want to make her their new best friends. Only problem is Lowell and his wife use the same excuse to cut their plans short, so now Andi and Adam think they are being rejected. What happens next is why Man with a Plan has become a quick darling on CBS.
Personally, I think that Cook is the star and needs his own show. Now that we have met Jenna, there is no excuse why they can’t get a spinoff! Who wants to see that happen?
Then at 9p on Superior Donuts, Franco (Jermaine Fowler) is stopped and frisked by an Asian cop because he is African-American. When Franco tries to explain that to the two cops at Superior Donuts, Officer DeLuca (Katey Sagal) tells Franco that that cop is one of the good ones in Chicago.
Wanting to ease tensions between the cops and the people of the neighborhood, Arthur (Judd Hirsch) lets them have a meeting about race in his shop. When something goes missing after the meeting, everyone’s loyalty and views on race are questioned. All coming to one heated exchange between Franco and that cop when he is once again questioned by him. What happens next has everyone questioning everything and changing their outlooks.
Tonight’s Superior Donuts is a must not miss, don’t miss it! Donuts not required, but they make the show sweeter.
As hard as CBS tried to keep Training Day on Thursday nights on CBS after Bull Paxton’s sudden and shocking death, the ratings did not support their effort. Therefore, beginning next week the gritty police drama moves to Saturdays and Amazing Race will take over it’s Thursday night at 10p slot. How the multi Emmy-winning Reality Competition show does on its new night and timeslot is up in the air, but I expect it to fail big time. Giving CBS its lowest rated 10p show and Elementary is getting elementary numbers.
That was not their only announcement MacGyver airs its season finale on April 21st and Undercover Boss takes over on April 28th. While it is not a good sign for the new show to end in April as compared to May. That didn’t hurt Ghost Whisperer that used to air in that slot years ago.
Finally, when it comes to MacGyver’s renewal, since CBS did not have a break out hit like NBC, it will be interesting to how many of their new fall shows will be back. Since the midseason dramas all failed big time. When it comes to their midseason comedy, Superior Donuts has proven it deserves to be back for a second season.
CBS pulled Doubt after two episodes, making it the first show to get the official axe this season. While several Fall shows were failures, they all aired all of their ordered episodes. Doubt filmed 13 and only aired two before being pulled for a Bull repeat.
And I am calling Bull on the decision. While it wasn’t doing great in the ratings, it was a horrible fit with Criminal Minds that has been declining since losing Shemar Moore and Thomas Gibson. The legal drama would have been a better fit with the Thursday night comedies than Training Dud, I mean Training Day, because it is more light hearted. Seriously, how is Training Dud still airing, I didn’t even make it to the opening credits before I shut it off? It is just hideous. While Doubt was throwback to good legal dramas. Hopefully, CBS will let the remaining episodes air on Saturday nights with Ransom.
Dule Hill, one of the show’s star, posted this message on Instagram after the cancellation. He said, “Waaaaait a second. Wait one whole entire minute now! Are you telling me that when you do a new TV show it doesn’t automatically run for 7 or 8 seasons?!! That’s cold-blooded! Have you heard about @DoubtCBS? …that’s messed up right?
Thanks to everyone involved in bringing this project to the air. It’s been a joy to be a part of it. This is why it’s called Show Business. #WhatsNext #Doubt #GoneTooSoon #TheJourneyContinues #GiveGodThanks” Hopefully, USA will finally consider a Psych revival because the network has not been as good as since they cancelled the comedic private eye show.
The Good Wife might’ve ended, but Diane Lockhart is putting up The Good Fight on CBS All Access starting today, with a special preview on CBS tonight at 8p.
The Good Fight takes place a year after The Good Wife, and Lockhart (Christine Baranski) is retiring from Lockhart, Decker, Gussman, Lee, Lyman, Gilbert-Lurie, Kagan, Tannebaum, & Associates. She is ready to enjoy her life after the firm even though her Goddaughter Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) just started working as a lawyer there. Together the two of them will work on Lockhart’s final case, but a phone call will change their lives forever.
Rindell’s father, a money manager, was involved in a Ponzi Scheme and now all of his clients including Lockhart are broker than broke. Now, Lockhart needs to keep her job, but the firm tells her she cannot stay. She goes to her friends, who tell her no one will hire her. Then she gets an offer from Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad, a majority African-American firm, who know what she can bring to them; and she accepts. After Maia is also fired, Lockhart brings her with her to the new job.
Maia not only has to deal with everyone hating her because of her family, but a new job. Luckily, she has Lockhart and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) on her side. Quinn is a tough lawyer, who everyone will want on their side. She is good at reading people and that is why is show is so good at her job. Just like Marissa (Sarah Steele), who will work as Lockhart’s assistant and no one can investigate like her.
For those of you who wanted the show to be all about Lockhart, here it is and it is better than you thought it was going to be
Last month, I was at the CBS TCA Winter Press day and the producers and the cast previewed what we can expect from the legal drama.
1 – Show creator Robert King explains how the Goods are different from each other and yet the same.
The Good Fight is a show that is basically feeding off of where The Good Wife ended and following some of the characters and seeing what happens to them next. But it’s also about a change in the environment that we’re all going through, both political environment and legal, and how we all discuss the truth, which was always what The Good Wife was too.
2 – Christine Baranski previews what her character will goes through on The Good Fight.
Well, we certainly talked about the year in between, because The Good Fight happens one year later. So we did speak about what how she processed all that had happened to her, particularly in those final episodes, and where her life was as the new show began in terms of her marriage, in terms of her position at the firm. And it seems she’s estranged from her husband for reasons of his infidelity. But she’s at the top of her game when this show starts. Curiously, poised as No. 1 now in the show, but halfway into the pilot, I lose everything, so I’m just back, you know, scrambling. So, yeah, no, there was a discussion about the interim, which I’m sure people will be curious about, because The Good Fight really is it jumps off from where The Good Wife ended in a very interesting way, but then it turns very dramatic very quickly, especially for Diane.
3 – Will we see familiar faces from The Good Wife on the spinoff and some new ones too?
We will see Jane Alexander and Denis O’Hare as judges. Paul Guilfoyle, John Benjamin Hickey, Rita Wilson, Michael Boatman and Matthew Perry will also guest star. As Baranski put it, “It’s a revolving door. It’s a wonderful revolving door and all the great actors working in L.A. and particularly in New York and the New York theater.”
4 – What about Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies)?
Robert King said, “We talked to Julianna about the show and her relationship with it, and Julianna and we agreed that kind of The Good Wife ended that story and it would be just kind of weird if she just comes in and you see her, like, pushing a garbage can or something, you know, in the background. So I don’t think you would expect that this year.”
5 – The Good Fight is also political like the original show and they shot the pilot in November.
Christina Baranski revealed what it was like filming when the US turned upside down as they were working on the first episode. She told us, “We shot the pilot in the days leading up to the election, the election night, and subsequent days after, and the most dramatic scenes.
“Yes, we were indeed. At the time I remember thinking because I had always had a picture of that was photoshopped of Diane Lockhart and Hillary Clinton. It was prominent in many of the seasons until she began to run for office, and then we couldn’t have her picture. But when Diane has to leave her office forever because she’s out of a job and she takes that photograph of Hillary Clinton and puts it in a box, that particular scene was shot the night before the election, and I said to Brooke, the director, “Well, this woman’s going to be the next president of the United States, and Diane is probably thinking if she has the strength to pick herself up, I can do it too,” and I put the picture in a box and the scene ends. Next night Delroy and I are working in a scene, and it was election night.
“Between his coverage and my coverage, I went to my dressing room and found out the news that, indeed, Donald Trump was the projected winner by the New York Times. We were all in free fall. And I think the interesting thing is you have a lead character who is in moral kind of practical free fall in a similar way to what the country is feeling right now, like how do you take the next step up when there’s no foundation? Where are we? Where are we morally?”
We are f*cked and that is a word they can and do say on The Good Fight. The show on the other hand is anything but f*cked, so subscribe to CBS All Access to watch it.