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!


New on DVD/Blu-ray (February/March)

227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek) Fuller House - The Complete First Season The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season

02/07 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - Sabrina Down Under
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 1 - School's Cool - Boy Crazy
02/07 - So Little Time - Volume 2 - About a Family - Hangin' Out
02/07 - 227 - The Complete First Season (Mill Creek)
02/07 - Vice Principals - The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
02/14 - Beavis and Butt-Head - The Complete Collection
02/14 - Grace and Frankie - Season Two
02/28 - Fuller House - The Complete First Season
03/03 - The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now... In Living Color! (Blu-ray)
03/07 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - Mama's Family - Mama's Favorites
03/07 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series - Flashback Edition (Blu-ray)
03/07 - What I Like About You - The Complete Second Season
03/07 - You Me Her - Season One
03/14 - Newhart - The Final (Eighth) Season
03/14 - Unbrekable Kimmy Schmidt - Season Two
03/21 - Master of None - Season One
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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, March 28

The Middle - "Look Who's Not Talking" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Although excited about finding a new discount store that sells oddly shaped fruits and vegetables, Frankie is devastated when Axl refuses to talk to her or even answer her texts after inadvertently admitting how she feels about April in front of him. Meanwhile, Brick develops a new quirky tick in the form of a repetitive phrase and lands in detention, and Brad surprises Sue by coming out for a weekend visit at her college.

American Housewife - "Surprise" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Oliver tells his parents that he’s so embarrassed by their modest house that he’d rather not have a birthday party at all. Katie decides to teach him a lesson by ambushing him with a surprise party at home with all his wealthy friends.

American Housewife - "The Man Date" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Greg is delighted to finally have made a friend in Westport, fellow history buff Stan (guest star Timothy Omundson), but Katie isn’t as happy, especially since Stan is married to her nemesis, Chloe Brown Mueller (Jessica St. Clair).

Fresh Off the Boat - "The Taming of the Dads" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Eddie reluctantly agrees to take Alison to the see a modern remake of Romeo and Juliet. But when Louis and Alison’s dad bond over their love of Shakespeare and crash their date, Alison wonders if she and Eddie’s relationship has lost its spark. Meanwhile, Jessica gets called for jury duty and campaigns to be the “Jury Boss,” and Emery and Evan struggle with the responsibilities of raising a Tamagotchi digital pet.

New Girl - "San Diego" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
As Jess continues to stay with her dad (guest star Rob Reiner) in Portland, they unexpectedly help one another with their love lives. Meanwhile, Nick turns to a reluctant Aly for help with his relationship with Reagan, and Schmidt contemplates using his first name.

The Mick - "The Bully" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
The tables are turned when a cyber bully targets Sofia, leading Mickey to come up with a plan for revenge. Meanwhile, Jimmy teaches Chip and Ben how to be self-sufficient, resulting in a painful disaster.

Trial & Error - "Right-Hand Man" (NBC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
A new piece of evidence emerges that leads Josh (Nicholas D'Agosto) an unlikely, and dangerous, new suspect: Larry's (John Lithgow) brother-in-law, Jeremiah Jefferson Davis. Meanwhile, the case takes another turn when the search for the murder weapon leads Dwayne (Steven Boyer) to find a dismembered human arm.

Trial & Error - "Secrets & Lies" (NBC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
As Josh (Nicholas D'Agosto) focuses on his new suspect, Larry (John Lithgow) insists on taking a lie-detector test to help prove his innocence, but the results drop a bombshell on the case and the family. Dwayne (Steven Boyer) briefly becomes a hometown celebrity as the man who found an arm in the lake, and the team gets a surprising new benefactor.

The Detour - "The Heat" (TBS, 10:00PM ET/PT)
The Parkers settle into a seemingly normal New York City routine but are being surveilled by federal agents who see more than they had suspected they would see.

Mann & Wife - "Take Me to the Mann" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The new Lieutenant arrives at the precinct, and everyone soon learns that she and Hobbs have a romantic past; A cable installer confuses Toni for singer Tamela Mann.

Mann & Wife - "Pressured by the Mann" (Bounce TV, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Toni faces a moral dilemma when the administrators at her school decide to change the students' standardized test results; Hobbs' mother brings her new fiance for a visit.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 27)

Tuesday, March 28

  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Catch Alec on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) - Jason is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Hank Azaria (The Simpsons/Free Agents/Herman's Head) - Hank visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kate Walsh (Bad Judge/The Drew Carey Show) - Kate appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Kristen Bell (The Good Place) - Kristen stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Cheryl Hines (Son of Zorn/Suburgatory/Curb Your Enthusiasm) - Cheryl is a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Adam Pally (Making History/The Mindy Project/Happy Endings) - Adam drops by Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Judy Greer (Married/Mad Love/Miss Guided) - Judy appears on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Kevin James (Kevin Can Wait/The King of Queens) - Kevin is a guest on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Chelsea Handler (Are You There, Chelsea?) - Chelsea drops by LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall appears on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Busy Philipps (Cougar Town) - Busy guest co-hosts LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Keke Palmer (Scream Queens/True Jackson, VP) - Keke reveals what it’s really like being a child star, plus, the truth behind her struggles with anxiety and depression on The Dr. Oz Show, so check your local listings.
  • Todd Grinnell (One Day at a Time/Four Kings) - Todd appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Richard Dreyfuss (Your Family or Mine) - Richard talks about Shots Fired on NBC's Today in the 9am hour.
  • George Lopez (Lopez/George Lopez) - George chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy/Reba) - Melissa share her recipe for Mexican pizza on People Now at 8:30am.
  • Jenna Elfman (Imaginary Mary/1600 Penn/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex/Dharma & Greg) and Rachel Dratch (Imaginary Mary) - Jenna and Rachel talk about Imaginary Mary on the AOL Build Show at 12:30pm.
  • Sutton Foster (Younger) - Sutton talks about Younger on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 2am on BET or on your local stations.