Upfronts: CBS's New Shows and Schedule for 2013-14

  • Publish Date: May 15, 2013
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Updated 4:20pm with trailers for the new shows.

Our comprehensive coverage of the TV network upfront presentations this week in New York continues with a look at CBS's plans for the 2013-14 season. We'll have additional reports for the other networks each day this week. See more upfronts coverage...


At a glance

  • As always, ratings leader (by a large margin) CBS has the fewest holes in its schedule—just six series from last season aren't returning—which translates into fewer orders for new shows. This year, the network will introduce five new comedies and just three new dramas.
  • Those new shows boast plenty of recognizable names, including Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Toni Collette, Will Arnett, Anna Faris, Josh Holloway, Dylan McDermott, and Tony Shalhoub.
  • CBS has decided to directly take on NBC's "Must-See TV" lineup on Thursdays, running two hours of comedies on that night (as NBC has done for decades) at a time when the latter network looks especially vulnerable.
  • The network has not ruled out picking up an additional new show (or shows) later in the season.

Renewed and canceled

Scripted shows are in bold below.

Renewed   Canceled or Ended   Fate Uncertain
2 Broke Girls
48 Hours
60 Minutes
The Amazing Race
The Big Bang Theory
Blue Bloods
Criminal Minds
The Good Wife
Hawaii Five-0
How I Met Your Mother
The Mentalist
Mike & Molly
NCIS: Los Angeles
Person of Interest
Two and a Half Men
Undercover Boss
Golden Boy
The Job
Made in Jersey
Rules of Engagement
  The American Baking Competition *
Big Brother *
Friend Me **
Under the Dome *
Unforgettable *

* Season debuts this summer; status will be determined after show airs.
** New comedy was ordered for the 2012-13 season but still does not have a premiere date; may never air.

CBS's 2013-14 primetime schedules

CBS has made a surprising number of changes to its lineup. To give some of its new shows stronger lead-ins, the network has shifted Mike & Molly (which won't arrive until midseason, though it does have a full 22-episode order) and Hawaii Five-0 out of their traditional Monday night homes, while Person of Interest has been moved from Thursdays to Tuesdays. That second move opens up a full two-hour comedy block on Thursday nights from 8-10p, where CBS will now challenge NBC's comedy lineup head-on at a time when the latter will be struggling to introduce three new shows (while its fourth, Parks and Recreation, is low-rated despite its critical acclaim). Interestingly, rather than use Two and a Half Men as a lead-in for a new comedy, that show has been shifted to the end of the comedy block at 9:30p, where it will follow the new Robin Williams sitcom The Crazy Ones.

New programs are indicated in bold in the schedule below. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise indicated.

CBS Fall 2013 Schedule
  7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
SUN 60 Minutes The Amazing Race The Good Wife The Mentalist
MON   How I Met Your Mother We Are Men 2 Broke Girls Mom Hostages **
TUE   NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles Person of Interest *
WED   Survivor Criminal Minds CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
THU   The Big Bang Theory The Millers The Crazy Ones Two and a Half Men Elementary
FRI   Undercover Boss Hawaii Five-0 * Blue Bloods
SAT   [Comedy reruns] [Drama reruns] 48 Hours

* New day and/or time
** New show Intelligence will take the Monday 10p slot at midseason.

Not debuting until midseason (day/time tbd):
Friends with Better Lives, Mike & Molly, Reckless

CBS's new shows

The eight first-year series ordered for CBS's 2013-14 season are detailed below. To the surprise of many industry observers, the network passed on an adaptation of Beverly Hills Cop (which would have been produced by The Shield's Shawn Ryan, with fellow producer Eddie Murphy potentially recurring on screen). CBS actually had quite a few surprising rejections this pilot season; additional pilots that did not get picked up include another NCIS spinoff (NCIS: LA: RED), an untitled comedy that would have starred Matthew Broderick, the superhero comedy Super Clyde (starring Harry Potter's Rupert Grint), a Debra Messing sitcom called Mother's Day, an adaptation of the Swedish drama Backstrom (think a detective version of House) that would have starred Rainn Wilson, and a family comedy headlined by Jim Gaffigan (though the latter is being retooled and could still sneak into the midseason schedule).

ImageThe Crazy Ones
COMEDY Thursdays at 9p

Robin Williams hasn't starred in a network sitcom in over three decades, since Mork & Mindy went off the air in 1982. (He may have done a few movies in the interim.) Also returning to his roots is creator David E. Kelley, the veteran producer of hourlong dramas (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal) who is returning to the shorter sitcom format for the first time since Doogie Howser, M.D. His new show is a single-camera workplace comedy starring Williams as the brilliant (but crazy!) head of an advertising agency who employs his more practical daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar) as creative director. Also starring are James Wolk (Mad Men) and Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine).

Friends with Better Lives
COMEDY tbd midseason

A very late pick-up by CBS, James Van Der Beek's (Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23) latest attempt at sitcom fame stars the Beek and Kevin Connolly (Entourage) as part of a group of six friends (naturally) who covet each other's lives; the former's a successful gynecologist (whose ex-wife just cheated on him), while the latter plays a happily married dad who longs for the days of less responsibility.

DRAMA Mondays at 10p

It's a rare serialized drama for CBS, though the network is hedging its bet by ordering a short (15-episode) season, which will conclude in January. Based on an Israeli series that was never actually produced, this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced conspiracy thriller centers on a Washington D.C. surgeon (Toni Collette, an Emmy winner for United States of Tara) who is selected to operate on the president, only to have her husband (Tate Donovan, Damages) and children taken hostage immediately thereafter. She is then told to kill the president during surgery if she wants to keep her family alive. Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) and Rhys Coiro (Entourage) also star for series creator Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who has written for Homeland (and also penned the script for The Day After Tomorrow).

DRAMA Mondays at 10p (midseason)

Lost's Josh Holloway stars as the key agent of the new government agency U.S. Cyber Command; he has been enhanced with a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to view the entire electromagnetic spectrum and connect to the internet, among other things. (Oddly, his cellphone reception still isn't all that good.) The drama, from first-time creator Michael Seitzman (writer of the film North Country), is adapted from an unpublished book (Dissident) by John Dixon. Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Meghan Ory (who will depart Once Upon a Time), and Michael Rady (The Mentalist, Melrose Place) also star. The show will launch in January or February.

ImageThe Millers
COMEDY Thursdays at 8:30p

Created by Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope), this new sitcom stars Will Arnett (moving on from the canceled Up All Night) as a newly divorced news reporter whose feuding parents follow his lead and separate. To his dismay, his mother (Margo Martindale) moves in with him, while his father (Beau Bridges) crashes with his sister and her husband. The great J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) also stars, though the pilot's other co-stars, Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Michael Rapaport (Boston Public, My Name Is Earl) have now departed the project and will be replaced.

COMEDY Mondays at 9:30p

The Chuck Lorre machine continues to churn out sitcoms that CBS programmers love. His fourth show (after Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Mike & Molly, the latter of which is giving up its old time slot for this newcomer) to air on the network next season stars Anna Faris in her first regular TV starring role as a newly sober single mother who tries to rebuild her life as a waitress in Napa Valley, where she moves in with her mom (Allison Janney, The West Wing). The impressive cast also includes French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun), Nate Corddry (Harry's Law), and Matt Jones (Breaking Bad's Badger).

DRAMA tbd midseason

This "sultry" (their word) legal drama is set in Charleston, S.C., where "a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a charming Southern attorney must hide their intense mutual attraction as a police sex scandal threatens to tear the city apart." In other words, it's a soap. Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is among the producers, and also directed the pilot.

ImageWe Are Men
COMEDY Mondays at 8:30p

Relative newcomer Christopher Nicholas Smith (Paranormal Activity 3) stars as a younger man who seeks advice from his older neighbors after ending a relationship and moving into a short-term rental complex. Those neighbors? Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Kal Penn (House), and Jerry O'Connell (The Defenders). The sitcom was created by Rob Greenberg, a producer on How I Met Your Mother.

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