Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SitcomsOnline.com 2011-12 Upfront Preview: CBS; Pilot Pick-Ups, Cancelations From Fox

As with the rest of the world, we are waiting to see what will happen to Charlie Sheen and Two and a Half Men. Will the sitcom continue is the question. They certainly need it as we have seen CBS Monday falter without it. .
Here is the SitcomsOnline.com CBS 2011-12 preview:

New Series Already Picked-Up: None.
Already Renewed Returning Series: The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, & Survivor.
Likely Returning Series: 48 Hours Mystery, 60 Minutes, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS: Los Angeles, Rules of Engagement, and Two and a Half Men (in some form).
Likely To Be Canceled or Already Canceled: Chaos, The Defenders, Mad Love, $#*! My Dad Says, Medium, Live to Dance, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and Three Rivers.
Likely New Series Pick-Ups: Untitled Susannah Grant Project (drama), Person of Interest (drama), The Rookies (drama), How To Be a Gentleman (sitcom), Two Broke Girls (sitcom), Ringer (drama for mid-season), and Herd Mentality (mid-season sitcom).

OUR FALL 2011 PREDICTION:

Sundays
7:00PM 60 Minutes
8:00PM The Amazing Race
9:00PM Untitled Susannah Grant Project (NEW!)
10:00PM The Good Wife

Mondays
8:00PM How I Met Your Mother
8:30PM Mike & Molly
9:00PM Two and a Half Men
9:30PM How To Be a Gentleman (NEW!)
10:00PM Hawaii Five-0

Tuesdays
8:00PM NCIS
9:00PM Person of Interest (NEW!)
10:00PM NCIS: Los Angeles

Wednesdays
8:00PM Survivor
9:00PM Criminal Minds
10:00PM CSI

Thursdays
8:00PM The Big Bang Theory
8:30PM Two Broke Girls (NEW!)
9:00PM The Rookies (NEW!)
10:00PM The Mentalist

Fridays
8:00PM Undercover Boss
9:00PM CSI: NY
10:00PM Blue Bloods

Saturdays
8:00PM Crime Repeats
9:00PM Crime Repeats
10:00PM 48 Hours Mystery

Comments: CBS will really need to find out ASAP on what is happening with Two and a Half Men as it is renewed through 2012 but as you all know Charlie Sheen was fired. Will he be back or will this show continue without him is still the question. CBS Monday depends a lot on what happens here. I'm thinking it will return in some form. If no Sheen, I think the show will have to stay on Mondays because without Sheen it could falter on another night. Anyway, on to some analysis, for Mondays How I Met Your Mother will continue to lead off the night but at 8:30pm possibly Mike & Molly could be moved there. Mad Love isn't expected to return. Two and a Half Men is penciled in at 9pm, if it comes back. The comedy could lead into something like How To Be a Gentleman which seems like a good fit at 9:30pm. At 10pm, Hawaii Five-0 should return in this hour.
As for Tuesday, veteran NCIS will of course remain at 8. However, I think the 9pm hour will be different this time, with NCIS: LA moving to 10pm, so the new drama Person of Interest could be sandwiched in between at 9pm. J.J. Abrams produced that pilot with Michael Emerson among the stars. The Good Wife is probably on the move to another night as its ratings have gone pretty low in 18-49. For Wednesdays, CBS will likely remain with Survivor leading into Criminal Minds at 9pm. At 10pm, I think a change will be needed again. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior was a bit soft for spin-off. Perhaps CBS goes with a veteran series like the original CSI moving to a new night and time?
CBS Thursdays will likely have The Big Bang Theory leading off, but that still depends on what happens with Two and a Half Men. At 8:30pm, Rules of Engagement will likely be saved for mid-season (for either Monday or Thursday), to make room for new comedy Two Broke Girls. CBS will likely make a chance at 9pm, but what? CSI is likely on the move, so perhaps new drama The Rookies (which will be renamed, we hear) will get this time period? The Mentalist could move to 9pm also, but I think it will remain at 10pm to close the night.
Fridays will probably start off differently, as the 8pm slot has been soft for the network since Ghost Whisperer was canceled. Perhaps they move Undercover Boss to this night and time to help start off the night better? From 9-11pm, CSI: NY and Blue Bloods should remain but there is always a chance CSI: NY could be canned, but I think it will remain.
Saturdays would still have crime repeats and 48 Hours Mystery at 10pm. No surprises here I think. And as for Sundays, CBS reality series Undercover Boss has faltered this season, especially in the spring, so they might be doing something different at 9pm. But first, Amazing Race at 8pm should remain out of 60 Minutes. Perhaps at 9pm they can air the Susannah Grant medical series project starring Julie Benz? At 10pm they should move The Good Wife to this night out of a better fitted lead-in. If there is NFL, these two dramas should be good counter programming. It'll be interesting if CBS brings back CSI: Miami or not, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was gone or back. It could go either way for Horatio Caine and company.
CBS needs to fix a few time periods but the main issue is about Two and a Half Men, as we have seen the entire Monday line-up for CBS falter. Before picking-up any new pilots, they need to make sure what is going on with this series first as that will make or break the schedule. Anyway, the CBS comedy pilots don't seem too strong this season and the drama pilots are a bit disappointing with two of their bigger ones like Ringer and Person of Interest not testing that well. I think both will be picked-up anyway. Well, at least one. If Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar is picked-up, I would hold it for mid-season to air repeat free as it is not your normal CBS series and would repeat horribly.

Remember, next Wednesday (May 18) is the actual date when we will find out CBS's plans for the 2011-12 season. So, come on back next Wednesday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned tomorrow for our last preview, a preview on The CW's upfront.
Discuss your thoughts on our prediction and feel free to make suggestions of your own!


There has been many reports since last night about Fox ordering new pilots and canceling series. As of now, Fox has ordered four more new series to join Terra Nova and the two mid-season animated comedies. Fox has ordered the drama Alcatraz from JJ Abrams and the Bones spin-off series The Finder. More drama pick-ups will be on the way with possibly one or two more being picked-up such as Exit Strategy and The Touch. Comedy wise, so far two pilots have been picked-up--The New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel and I Hate My Teenage Daughter. The latter is multi-camera, which Fox has faltered in recent memory, stars Jamie Pressly. It is expected another comedy pilot or two will be ordered soon, such as Family Album. I think Fox will order a total of 6-8 pilots to series, so right now we have four. Stay tuned for more updates.
To make room for these pilots, Fox has canceled comedies Traffic Light and Breaking In along with dramas The Chicago Code, Lie to Me and Human Target. With The X-Factor taking two nights of the schedule, there wasn't really any room for these series. Stay with us for further details, as upfronts are 5 days away!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, October 23

The Conners - "Tangled Up in Blue'" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Darlene is in for one surprise after another when David introduces his girlfriend, Blue (Juliette Lewis), at a parent-teacher conference and mentions that Mark and Harris will be spending the weekend with them. Dan hires Becky to help out at work, but they both come to learn that she might need more help than she can offer.

The Kids Are Alright - "Timmy's Poem" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
To Peggy’s dismay, Timmy decides to enter a poetry contest to win the money he needs to repair his ventriloquist dummy. Stumped, he decides to plagiarize a poem and soon realizes he’s not the only one who passed it off as his own. Meanwhile, Mike and Lawrence continue to butt heads when Lawrence complains that there are no fresh vegetables in the family’s diet.

black-ish - "Don't You Be My Neighbor" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The neighbors decide to rent their house out for homestays and it’s causing problems for the Johnsons. Dre develops a newfound joy of calling the cops over petty neighborhood issues but begins to question the example he is setting for Jack. Meanwhile, Diane develops her first crush and Bow wants to help but lets Zoey take the lead.

Splitting Up Together - "Asking for a Friend" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Afraid that the answer could ruin his chances with Lena, Martin finds every way he can to avoid asking Lisa Apple if she is pregnant, while the potential pregnancy makes Lena more and more distant. At the same time, Lena worries Mason is changing himself to please his new girlfriend and finds parallels to her own relationship with Martin. Elsewhere, Maya tells Frank a pretend story about her “friend” who is dating someone new and pregnant to gauge what his honest reaction will be.

The Guest Book - "Finding Reality" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
Vivian and Eddie leave Mt. Trace to make a fresh start in a small beachside town, where they meet Nikki and Tommy, the engaged couple running Emmy Lou's Grill and vacation home Barefeet Retreat, and Bodhi, the local handyman.

The Guest Book - "Under Cover" (TBS, 10:27PM ET/PT)
Rob and Shelley rent Barefeet Retreat to lure in their next mark, a woman named Angel who is abusing every substance that can be abused; Vivian develops a crush on Bodhi; Nikki goes into labor.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 22)

Tuesday, October 23

  • Oliver Hudson (Splitting Up Together/Rules of Engagement/My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star) - Catch Oliver on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine/Wanda at Large) - Wanda visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • David Cross (Arrested Development/Running Wilde) - David stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Tyler Alvarez (Every Witch Way) - Tyler appears on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Scott Bakula (Murphy Brown/Eisenhower and Lutz/Gung Ho) - Scott will be on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Juliette Lewis (Camping/A Family for Joe/I Married Dora) - Juliette is a guest on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo. She also talks about Camping on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Brenda Song (Dads/The Suite Life on Deck/The Suite Life of Zack & Cody/100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd) - Brenda guest co-hosts The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons/Checking In/227) - Marla appears on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Mike Epps (Uncle Buck/Survivor's Remorse) - Mike is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless/Reno 911!) - Cedric will be on ABC's GMA Day at 1pm.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/In the House/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso appears on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.
  • Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless/Reno 911!) - Cedric talks about Speechless on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Nik Dodani (Murphy Brown/Atypical) - Nik talks about Murphy Brown on the BUILD Series at 4pm.
  • Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor/Search Party) - Brandon talks about God Friended Me on the BUILD Series at 5pm.
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show/Here and Now/Malcolm and Eddie/Listen Up!/Reed Between the Lines) - Malcolm-Jamal talks about The Resident on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Mary McCormack (The Kids Are Alright/Welcome to the Family) - Mary talks about The Kids Are Alright on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September/October)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
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