Thursday, May 10, 2012

SitcomsOnline.com 2012-13 Upfront Preview: CBS; TV Land Unveils New Logo



CBS
Upfront preview week continues today with CBS. Speculation is that CBS will turn the one-hour comedy block on Thursday to two-hours. Will it happen? Not much else is going on with CBS other than that, so let's get right to it.
Here is the SitcomsOnline.com CBS 2012-13 preview:

New Series Already Picked-Up: None.
Already Renewed Returning Series: 2 Broke Girls, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Mentalist, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, 60 Minutes, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI, Hawaii Five-0, Undercover Boss, 48 Hours Mystery, & Survivor.
Likely Returning Series: CSI: NY, Rules of Engagement and Two and a Half Men.
Likely To Be Canceled or Already Canceled: How To Be A Gentleman, NYC 22, Unforgettable, A Gifted Man, Rob, CSI: Miami.
Likely New Series Pick-Ups: Untitled Ralph Lamb Project (drama for fall), Elementary (drama for fall), Oh F****, It's You (sitcom for fall), Super Fun Night (sitcom for fall), Trooper (drama for mid-season), and Partners (sitcom for mid-season).

OUR FALL 2012 PREDICTION:

Mondays
8:00PM How I Met Your Mother
8:30PM Mike & Molly
9:00PM 2 Broke Girls
9:30PM Super Fun Night (NEW!)
10:00PM Hawaii Five-0

Tuesdays
8:00PM NCIS
9:00PM Ralph Lamb (NEW!)
10:00PM NCIS: Los Angeles

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

Thursdays
8:00PM Two and a Half Men
8:30PM Rules of Engagement
9:00PM The Big Bang Theory
9:30PM Oh F***, It's You (NEW!)
10:00PM Person of Interest

Fridays
8:00PM Undercover Boss
9:00PM Elementary (NEW!)

10:00PM Blue Bloods

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

Sundays
7:00PM 60 Minutes
8:00PM The Amazing Race
9:00PM The Mentalist
10:00PM The Good Wife

Comments: CBS is pretty steady and saw a nice increase, thanks to syndication, for The Big Bang Theory this past season. With the increase, CBS now has a chance to grow the comedy block on Thursday even more and expand to two-hours. This will make them younger on the night for sure. On CBS Mondays, How I Met Your Mother will continue to lead off the night but at 8:30pm possibly Mike & Molly could be moved there. I think 2 Broke Girls is possibly ready to anchor Monday nights, so I think they will move it to 9pm! As a result, Two and a Half Men is on the move and it will another night, but more on that below. 2 Broke Girls could lead into something new like Super Fun Night which seems like a good fit at 9:30pm. At 10pm, Hawaii Five-0 will 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 Untitled Ralph Lamb Project could be sandwiched in between at 9pm. Dennis Quaid stars in a nice all-star cast that also features James Russo, Michael Chiklis, and Carrie-Anne Moss. Unforgettable is too low in 18-49 to come back. For Wednesdays, CBS will likely remain with Survivor leading into Criminal Minds at 9pm. At 10pm, CSI has done solid, so I think it will remain here. Wednesdays is probably the only night CBS remains exactly the same. It's not great ratings, but consistent and good.
CBS Thursdays I think will now have Two and a Half Men leading off, at a new night and time! At 8:30pm, Rules of Engagement will likely be for fall because I don't think the series has any more mid-season options. So I think they will bring it back one final time. A new comedy like Partners will be ready to take over by January. CBS will likely expand its comedies into the 9pm hour, as The Big Bang Theory will anchor the night at 9pm. A new comedy would be ideal at 9:30pm, with either Partners or Oh F****, It's You the best options. I think they go with the latter. The Mentalist is probably on the move to another night, so I think Person of Interest will move from 9 to 10pm. Mid-season sitcom Rob has about no chance of returning.
Fridays will probably start off with Undercover Boss at 8pm, as it has done solid this season in this slot. At 9pm, CSI: NY should be benched for mid-season so they can try a new drama. Perhaps the Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary? Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu star. Blue Bloods should remain at 10pm.
Saturdays would still have crime repeats and 48 Hours Mystery at 10pm. No surprises here I think. I don't think they try new episodes of comedies at 8pm again, as it never planned out last season. And as for Sundays, CBS reality series Amazing Race at 8pm should remain out of 60 Minutes. Perhaps at 9pm they can move The Mentalist to this night to try and jump start The Good Wife, which will be needed to move to 10pm. CSI: Miami will likely not return I think, as it's not really needed nor does it do too well now. No chance NYC 22 returns.
CBS should have new comedies at 9:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays for sure.  Thursdays at 8:30pm is another option, but I think they will wait until January for that time period. They should go with their three best multi-camera pilots in these slots. Whatever works best out of Men, Bang and Broke. The dramas look a bit more unique than usual for CBS in Ralph Lamb's project and Elementary. Will they skew young though? One of the CSI spin-offs will be dead, so another drama in mid-season could help, like Trooper. Anyway, last season at this time we were all glued in the Charlie Sheen saga, so it is not as active for CBS this year. Maybe their Thursday two-hour comedy block announcement will change that. I think they do it.

Remember, next Wednesday (May 16) is the actual date when we will find out CBS's plans for the 2012-13 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!


CBS

For the first time since the launch of the network 16 years ago in 1996, TV Land has unveiled a new and re-imagined logo plus re-designed on-air packaging and graphics. Gone is the logo with a classic TV screen and retro style. Instead, as of yesterday (Wednesday, May 9), viewers are seeing a fresh mark with a nod to the channel's roots, a change that reflects the evolution of the network itself. No longer a channel made up of shows strictly from yesteryear, TV Land is now finding success using a combination of programming including new original series, sitcoms of the recent past and, of course, classic TV.
And as we announced many times, in another network first, TV Land is adding a second night of original sitcoms to the schedule. This summer, the network will air three original comedies beginning Wednesday, June 20. In the channel's regular Wednesday night originals block from 10-11pm ET/PT, The Soul Man, starring Cedric The Entertainer and Niecy Nash, will debut the first of its 12 episode run, followed by the second season premiere of The Exes, starring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, David Alan Basche, Kelly Stables and Kristen Johnston, which will also air for 12 episodes. Then, beginning Tuesday, June 26, TV Land will begin the 10-episode second season of Retired at 35, starring George Segal, Jessica Walter, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Johnathan McClain and Josh McDermitt at 10pm ET/PT alongside a repeat of hit series Hot in Cleveland starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White.

Sitcoms Airing Tonight (Friday, April 18)

Last Man Standing - "April, Come She Will" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Vanessa’s mooching sister April comes to visit, Mike suspects it’s because she needs money. Sure enough, April explains that she’s decided to have a baby but doesn’t have the funds for a donor egg. While Vanessa and Mike aren’t on board, Mandy comes up with a solution. Meanwhile at Outdoor Man, Mike tries pulling a prank on Chuck Larabee that gives him some new perspective.

Last Man Standing - "Tasers" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
A large bouquet of roses is delivered anonymously to the Baxter’s house on Valentine’s Day. Vanessa knows they’re not for her because Mike doesn’t believe in the frivolity of flowers on a Hallmark holiday. As an expression of his love though, Mike buys Vanessa a Taser, which only adds to her disappointment. Meanwhile, Kristin suspects her boss, John Baker (guest star Jonathan Taylor Thomas), may be the secret admirer, while Mandy assumes the flowers are from Kyle.

The Rickey Smiley Show - "The Bachelor" (TV One, 9:00PM ET/PT)
A Bachelor type promotion on the radio station.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of April 14) (All times Eastern unless noted)

Friday, April 18

  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) - Watch Bryan on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) - Melissa appears on a repeat of The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • William Shatner ($#*! My Dad Says) - William visits The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl/I Hate My Teenage Daughter) - Jaime is a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel) - Kenan stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Tichina Arnold (Martin/Everybody Hates Chris/Happily Divorced) - Tichina and the cast of the new Lifetime movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short chat with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. She also appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show at 12am on BET or on your local stations.
  • Margo Martindale (The Millers) - Margo chats about the new film Heaven is for Real on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, so check your listings. She will also be on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Tony Hale (Veep/Arrested Development) - Tony appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tracy Morgan (30 Rock/The Tracy Morgan Show) - Tracy is a guest on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. He also talks getting animated for Rio 2 on 106 & Park at 6pm on BET.
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Kristin) - Kristin is challenged to a hilarious round of charades on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin' with Mr. Cooper/For Your Love) - Holly is a guest on Steve Harvey, so check your local listings.
  • George Lopez (Saint George/George Lopez) - George appears on a repeat of The Arsenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
  • Albert Tsai (Trophy Wife) - Albert is a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show, so check your local listings.
  • Chris Messina (The Mindy Project) - Chris will be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Valerie Harper (Rhoda/The Mary Tyler Moore Show/Valerie) - Valerie talks about Signed, Sealed, Delivered on Good Day New York on WNYW-Fox5 in New York at 9:40am. She can also be heard on WGN Radio in Chicago with host Dean Richards on Sunday.
  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) - Sofia is a guest on Pop Sugar Now on TV Guide Network at 6pm and on the next day on their website at noon.