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CBS’ Instinct Adds Sharon Leal To Cast!

Sharon Leal (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) – Courtesy of CBS.

CBS’ Instinct ‘follows Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming), a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life by tenacious NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) when she needs his help to stop a serial killer. Leal will portray a friend of Lizzie’s who has recently been promoted to be their boss in the NYPD. The drama is based on the soon-to-be-published James Patterson book.’

Instinct will premiere during the 2017-18 season.

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NCIS Most Watched Drama In The World!

NCIS: Season 14 – (L-R) Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry, Jennifer Espositio – Photo courtesy of CBS.

Score another win for CBS – NCIS was named the most watched drama series, worldwide. The series, now about to enter its 15th season, was honored with the International TV Audience Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

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CBS Renews Entire Daytime Lineup!

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Photo: Art Streiber/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

CBS has announced its renewal of its entire daytime lineup: The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Let’s Make a Deal, The Price Is Right and The Talk.

The Young and the Restless was given a three-season order and The Price Is Right was renewed for two seasons.

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Star Trek Discovery Launch Date Announced! Series To Run In Two Chapters!

CBS Access has announced that Star Trek: Discovery will launch on CBS on Sunday, September 24th (8:30/7:30C). Subsequent episodes will be released exclusively on CBS All Access on succeeding Sundays.

The two-hour series premiere will be available on CBS All Access immediately following its CBS screening.

The fifteen-episode first season will be divided into two chapters: the first eight episodes will run from Sunday, September 24th through Sunday, November 5th; the second chapter will begin in January, 2018.

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It’s Castaways vs. Houseguests on Candy Crush Premiere!

Candy Crush – Host Mario Lopez – Photo courtesy of CBS.

Who has the “sweeter” moves: Castaways or Houseguests? Find out when fan favorites from Survivor and Big Brother team up as contestants on the premiere episode of Candy Crush, Sunday, July 9 (9/8C) on the CBS Television Network. Hosted by Mario Lopez.

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48 Hours: NCIS – Firm Resolve and Dedication!

Petty Officer Mervin “Sonny” Grotton left work at the Naval Education Training Center in Newport, R.I., for his home in Belfast, Maine. As he walked to the front door that day in 1983, he was shot dead.

It was a case that took NCIS over two decades to solve, but their resolve remained firm all that time.

The case of Petty Officer Grotton’s murder – 48 Hours: NCIS: The Sting airs on CBS on Tuesday, JUne 13 (10/9C).

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NCIS Tackles Terrorism On 48 Hours: NCIS!

NCIS agents reveal their investigations into taking down terrorists, hackers and spies in the next 48 Hours: NCIS (CBS, Tuesday, 10/9C).

The agents open up about their emotions, fears, frustrations and successes in solving investigations that have national and international impact. NCIS came face-to-face with the impact of terrorism with the bombing of the USS Cole. The incident forever changed the way the agency approached terrorist attacks.

48 Hours: NCIS is narrated by NCIS star Rocky Carroll.

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48 Ours: NCIS – The Case That Still Haunts Them!

Two people were shot dead execution-style and dumped in the woods just off a rural road in Accokeek, Maryland. One of them was a Navy sailor. NCIS agents take viewers inside the investigation and deep into the murder case that haunts them to this day in 48 HOURS: NCIS: “One of Their Own, (CBS, 10pm/9C) – narratted by NCIS star Rocky Carroll.
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Gut Reactions: CBS Trailers!

Star Trek: Discovery – Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) – Photo courtesy of CBS All Access

 

Today’s unveiling of trailers for seven new fall series (9JKL, Me Myself and I,SEAL Team, Star Trek: Discovery, S.W.A.T., Wisdom of the Crowd and Young Sheldon)on CBS/CBS All Access revealed shows that fit the network’s particular mold exceptionally well – except for Discovery, which feels like Star Trek more than anything else.

Here are my gut reactions to the trailers for this shows…

  1. 9JKL – This comedy series about a man who has to move into the apartment between his parents and his broth and his wife and baby stars Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) – which I thought would make it worth a look. Add Linda Lavin (Alice), Elliott Gould (M*A*S*H, Ray Donovan), David Walton (Brockmire, Masters of Sex) and Liza Lapiri (NCIS, Dollhouse) and you’ve got a lot of talent on hand.

What you get for that talent is a series of bad jokes about boundaries and testicles. If these are the bits that are supposed to make me want to watch this show, then I can’t imagine how bad the rest of pilot must be.

Grade: F

  1. Wisdom of the Crowd – Jeremy Piven is back with a show that takes the eccentric tech billionaire from Pure Genius and turns him into a crimefighter. Like that show, our hero’s motivation is understandable, but the execution – an algorithm that follows everyone, everywhere, to find clues to solve his daughter’s murder (which sacrifices privacy for expediency – like is already happening in the real world without the purity of motive) just seems a step too far; but it’ll go down a bomb with a certain crowd that doesn’t worry about niceties guaranteed by the Constitution.

The result – at least in this trailer – is heartstring tugging so blatant that it feels like I need a shower after watching it.

Grade: D

  1. Me, Myself & I – telling its protagonist’s story from three points of view: as a fourteen-year old boy, a forty-year old man and as a 65-year old man is a cute idea – and Bobby Moynihan (SNL, The Awesomes) is perfect as 40-year old Alex. The problem is that I just didn’t care about young Alex (Jack Dylan Grazer) or, worse, 65-year old Alex – who is played by comedy legend John Larroquette (Night Court, The Librarians).

Grade: C-

  1. SEAL Team – Just as the Navy Seals are America’s elite special ops teams, there’s an elite Navy Seals team – the best of the best. SEAL Team is about them – led by Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz). This is a show looks to be split between gung ho action and tug-at-your-heartstrings family drama. Following the trailer I can honestly say that my heartstrings were pulled.

I don’t know if we really another show like this (History’s SIX has already staked out this turf with the amazing Walton Goggins), but enough of this trailer worked for me that I’m willing to watch it until it ticks me off.

Grade: B-

  1. Young Sheldon – the story behind the legend, or How Sheldon became Sheldon. This Big Bang Theory spin-off is kind of like The Wonder Spectrum Years: Jim Parsons’ Sheldon narrates the story of how he became the man he is today. The trailer suggests that while there might be a lot of easy jokes available here, they’re not going to be used (until the temptation is just too great).

It’s a bit jarring that Young Sheldon is a single-camera show while its progenitor is a three-camera show, but the writing seems pretty sharp and Iain Armitage is pretty good as young Sheldon. Kudos to the casting director for casting Laurie Metcalfe’s daughter to play the role that Metcalfe plays on the mother ship.

That sweet moment between Sheldon and his dad at the end of the trailer points to a show that will have as much heart as humor – but it makes me wonder how the writers will handle Sheldon’s dad’s death…

Grade: B

  1. S.W.A.T – the show that I most expected to hate turns out to have a trailer that makes me very curious to see if the show can match it. Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) plays the new head of the S.W.A.T. team, Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson after the former commander (Justin Louis) accidentally kills a black youth.

The new S.W.A.T. comes from Shawn Ryan (The Shield), a guy who knows his way around unorthodox cop shows – and the cast (Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Peter Onarati) is first rate. Plus, the trailer treats every character as a real person with individual traits (no cookie cutter stereotyping!), so that’s a plus.

Grade: B+

1. Star Trek: Discovery – science fiction isn’t out of place on CBS (see: Person of Interest), but it’s not the network’s go to. Which is probably what Star Trek: Discovery is on CBS All Access.

The trailer is incredibly cinematic, but looks aren’t everything. What’s also important – especially for a Trek series – is intelligence and wit.  In that sense, the trailer is not found wanting – a lot of thought has gone into what we are being shown – James Frain as Sarek, father of Spock, hits precisely the right notes as a Vulcan; Doug Jones’ Saru is a unique new alien with a particular gift; the new Klingon design is as scary as we could ever hope for.

There’s not a lot of action – Trek was never an action franchise, after all – but it has a pair of very capable Starfleet officers at its core in Michelle Yeo’s Captain Philippa Georgiou and Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Michael Burnham. Two women of color in leadership roles? Very Trek!

The effects are, for TV, truly dazzling, the cinematography is beautiful and the two-and-a-half minutes we get to see of the show really feels like a good vintage of Trek. A bit more action would have been nice, though.

Grade: A-