It’s been barely a week-and-a-half since I wrote about the best pilot of the fall network TV season [No More good days, the pilot for ABC’s Flash Forward]. Now I have to write about the worst of the fall’s network offerings. How bad is it? As I watched the premiere ep of Three Rivers [CBS, Sundays, 9/8C], the thought that ran through my mind was, “This is the show they’ve been developing to showcase Alex O’Loughlin? This is the show that they wanted so badly that they re-wrote and partially recast it to showcase Alex O’Loughlin?”
Three Rivers does get your attention quickly enough – with a hyperspeed montage that suggests CSI, or some other forensics-based cop show, rather than a medical series. And we get O’Loughlin’s Dr. Andy Yablonski almost immediately after we meet this week’s cases. That he’s in the ER instead of surgery [he’s allegedly the best heart transplant surgeon around] isn’t really that big a deal – except for the fact that it would probably never happen. He also delivers a baby via C-section. He’s Superdoc!
The Associated Press is reporting that CBS, the last network to hold its upfront, has picked up NBC cast-off, Medium – and is moving The Mentalist into the overcrowded swirl of programming that is Thursday night. Medium will be paired with Ghost Whisperer on Friday nights, as predicted by EW TV writer Michael Ausiello, while The Mentalist will anchor the Thursday line-up at 10/9c.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the network has added four shows – three dramas and one comedy – to its 2009-10 fall schedule.
Mid-season replacements include the returning Flashpoint and Rules of Engagement, plus new series The Bridge [a new Canadian cop show], Miami Trauma [starring Jeremy Northam, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer], Undercover Boss [CEOs disguise themselves as regular workers at their own companies], and Arranged Marriage [reality TV – still looking for its absolutely lowest of the lowest common denominator].
The full CBS fall schedule and brief program description follow the jump.
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].