The producers of six new series got word today that their shows will be on CBS’ schedule when it’s unveiled on Wednesday morning. The six new shows – four dramas, a comedy and a reality series – are: The Good Wife, Miami Trauma, Three Rivers, the as-of-yet-untitled NCIS spin-off, Accidentally on Purpose, and Undercover Boss.
The Good Wife, a legal drama in which a politician’s wife [Julianna Margulies] begins a legal career as a defense attorney. The cast will also include Matt Czurchry [Gilmore Girls], Christina Baranski [Cybill, Mamma Mia!] and Josh Charles [Sports Night, In Treatment], among others. Chris Noth [Law & Order, Sex and the City] will have a recurring role.
Jerry Bruckheimer produces Miami Trauma, a medical series that [what else] follows a group of trauma surgeons. The cast includes: Lana Parilla [24, Swingtown], Jeremy Northam [The Singing Detective, The Tudors], Richard Coyle [Coupling UK, Strange] and Elisabeth Harnois [Point Pleasant, One Tree Hill].
Three Rivers, a medical series centering on transplants, is from Carol Barbee [Jericho], Curtis Hanson [L.A. Confidential, In Her Shoes] and Carol Fenelon [8 Mile, In Her Shoes]. The cast includes: Christopher Hanke, Justina Machado [Six Feet Under, ER], Daniel Henney [X-Men Origins: Wolverine], Katherine Moennig [The L Word], Julia Ormond [Smilla’s Sense of Snow, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button]… and some guy named Alex O’Loughlin from some one-season wonder vampire show…
The NCIS spin-off-to-be-named-later is centered around an NCIS team that specializes in undercover ops. It’s pickup means we will find out if G [Chris O’Donnell] lives. The cast includes the aforementioned O’Donnell [Grey’s Anatomy, The Company], LL Cool J [In the House, NCIS], Daniela Ruah [The Guiding Light], Louise Lombard [CSI: Crime Scene Investigation] and Peter Cambor [Notes from the Underbelly].
Undercover Boss is a reality series. We will speak of it no more.
The network’s only new comedy, Accidentally on Purpose, stars Jenna Elfman [Dharma & Greg] as a movie critic who becomes pregnant by a younger man. The series comes from Gail Berman [Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel] and Lloyd Braun [former head of ABC].