CBS has its eye on four new dramas and a comedy

May 16, 2007|By Zap2it.com

As CBS prepares to present its slate for next season to advertisers this morning, the network has reportedly ordered four dramas and at least one comedy.

In addition to the previously expected pick-ups, the industry trade papers are reporting that CBS will order Moonlight. Formerly titled Twilight, the Angel-esque drama stars Alex O'Loughlin as a vampire private investigator.

Moonlight takes the slot most observers were expecting to go to the zombie dramedy Babylon Fields, which is still believed to be in contention for a midseason slot, along with the LL Cool J vehicle The Man and Skip Tracer, which stars Stephen Dorff.

Other new dramas include the Hugh Jackman-produced Viva Laughlin (CBS' version of the BBC musical drama Viva Blackpool), the '70s swinger drama Swingtown and the Jimmy Smits-anchored ensemble Cane.

On the comedy side, the buzz is focusing on the Chuck Lorre multi-camera effort The Big Bang Theory, starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco. Big Bang is moving back into favor after being developed last spring, reworked and largely recast. CBS also may take on I'm in Hell and The Captain as potential midseason comedies.

On the returning front, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that The Unit and Ghost Whisperer are looking good (along with the previously speculated renewals for The New Adventures of Old Christine and Rules of Engagement and the foregone conclusion renewal of Criminal Minds). The Hollywood Reporter and Variety say that How I Met Your Mother is expected to return. And they both report that Jericho, Close to Home and The Class have been canceled.

ABC update

As expected, ABC pulled off a major revamp of its schedule yesterday, unveiling a lineup with nine new series and changes on every weeknight.

The network's biggest gamble is probably on Wednesday nights, where it will offer up three freshman dramas: Pushing Daisies, Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money. The spinoff Private Practice comes somewhat pre-sold - it was introduced in a highly rated Grey's Anatomy two weeks ago - but Wednesdays figure to be crowded in the fall. NBC has two new series there as well (Bionic Woman and Life), and the other three networks may unveil new shows on the night as well.

`Lost' before bedtime?

ABC executives said yesterday that when Lost begins its fourth season in early 2008, they are hoping to put it in an earlier timeslot than its current 10 p.m. berth. The show's move to 10 p.m., which came at the end of a three-month hiatus, has resulted in a ratings drop-off.

In yesterday's announcement of the schedule for 2007-2008, ABC didn't give Lost a specific spot in the lineup when it returns, most likely in February 2008. It's likely to remain on Wednesdays, but where it lands will depend on how ABC's lineup performs in the first half of the season.

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