The upfronts continue, with CBS unveiling its new fall lineup to advertisers at a Wednesday presentation at Carnegie Hall in New York City, hosted by Stephen Colbert of “The Late Show”.
During the presentation, the network introduced eight new shows that will join the CBS schedule, with four set for the fall and the other four coming at midseason.
“Bob ♥ Abishola”: The latest from “The Big Bang Theory”/”Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre is a sitcom starring Billy Gardell (who starred alongside Melissa McCarthy in the Lorre-created “Mike & Molly”) as the titular Bob, a middle-aged compression sock businessman who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, while recovering from a heart attack. Undeterred by their vast cultural differences — along with her apparent disinterest in him — Bob sets his sights on winning her heart in this comedic examination of immigrant life in America
“Carol’s Second Act”: Patricia Heaton stars in this sitcom about a 50-year-old retired teacher who decides to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor, and finds herself as a middle-aged medical intern who must sink or swim with peers who are half her age.
“All Rise”: This courthouse drama follows the chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors, and public defenders, as they work to get justice for the people of Los Angeles. Simone Missick stars as newly appointed judge, Lola Carmichael, a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be.
“The Unicorn”: Walton Goggins (“Justified”) stars in this single-camera comedy about a tight-knit group of best friends and family who helps Wade (Goggins) embrace his “new normal” in the wake of the loss of his wife one year ago. As a sometimes ill-equipped but always devoted single parent to his two adolescent daughters, he is taking the major step of dating again. To Wade’s amazement, he’s a hot commodity with women, and his friends explain that he’s the perfect single guy — a “unicorn”: employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment. With his daughters and best friends rooting him on and hoping he’ll find happiness again, Wade and his healing heart are ready to try life… and love… again.
“Evil”: The latest from “The Good Wife”/”The Good Fight” creators Michelle and Robert King is a one-hour drama that explores the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist (Katja Herbers) who joins a priest-in-training (Mike Colter, “Luke Cage”) to investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there is a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
In addition, the network also teased some midseason series, including a spinoff of the Dick Wolf procedural “FBI”.
“Tommy”: Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”, “Nurse Jackie”) returns to television in this one-hour drama, playing a former high-ranking NYPD officer who “becomes the first female Chief of Police for Los Angeles, where she uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to navigate social, political, and national security issues while enforcing the law.
“Broke”: Former “NCIS” fan favourite Pauley Perrette stars in this sitcom about a suburban mom who plays reluctant host to her estranged sister (Natasha Leggero) and wildly wealthy brother-in-law (Jaime Camil) when he loses all his money and they’re forced to move in with her.
“FBI: Most Wanted”: Julian McMahon (“Nip/Tuck”) heads the cast of this a spinoff of the hit Global procedural “FBI”. McMahon plays Jess Lacroix, who oversees the Bureau’s Fugitive Task Force, a highly skilled team that functions as a mobile undercover unit that is always out in the field, pursuing those who are most desperate to elude justice.