Fall TV Scoop: CBS Picks Up Seven Series, Including Sherlock Reboot, Urie Sitcom

Elementary CBSCBS has greenlit seven new series for fall, including The Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary and the Michael Urie-David Krumholtz comedy Partners from the creators of Will & Grace.

Also receiving series orders from the Eye net are the dramas Vegas, Golden BoyMade In Jersey (formerly Baby Big Shot), and the sitcom Friend Me. On the reality side, the Michael Davies- Mark Burnett project The Job has been given the go-ahead.

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Here’s logline/casting/pedigree info on the new series…

* Made In Jersey (Sony Pictures TV, Fanfare, CBS Television Studios)
EP: Kevin Falls, Tarses, Julia Franz
W/EP: Dana Calvo (Franklin & Bash), co-exec prod
CAST: Toni Trucks (Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks), Janet Montgomery (Entourage), Felix Solis (The Good Wife), Erin Cummings (Spartacus: Blood and Sand)
Centers on a working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a tony Manhattan law firm.

* Elementary (CBS Television Studios, Timberman/Beverly Prods.)
DIR/EP: Michael Cuesta (Homeland)
EP/W: Rob Doherty (Medium)
EP: Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly
CAST: Jonny Lee Miller (Eli Stone) as Sherlock, Lucy Liu as Watson, Aidan Quinn (Prime Suspect)
Created by: Arthur Conan Doyle
Modern take on the cases of the pipe-smoking private eye with Sherlock now living in NYC.

* Friend Me (CBS Television Studios and Tannebaum Co.)
EP: Alan Kirschenbaum, Ajay Sahgal,Kim and Eric Tannenbaum.
DIR: Pamela Fryman
Centers on twenty-something best friends, Evan and Rob, who move from their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon.

* Golden Boy (Warner Bros. TV)
EP/ Writer: Nicholas Wootton
EP: Greg Berlanti
EP/DIR: Richard Shepard
CAST: Kevin Alejandro (True Blood), Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies), Stella Maeve (The Runaways), Theo James (Downton Abbey), Bonnie Somerville (Cashmere Mafia)
Show about the making of a man – tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to Police Commissioner.

* Partners
W/EP: Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick
DIR: James Burrows
CAST: David Krumholtz (Numb3rs), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Brandon Routh (Chuck), Elizabeth Regen, Lucy Davis (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip)
Architects Charlie and Louis’ friendship has lasted longer than either of their romantic relationships and almost seems like a weird marriage. When Charlie decides to propose to his girlfriend, Louis’ neurotic attempts to be supportive nearly result in the breakup of his own relationship.

* Vegas (CBS Television Studios)
W/EP: Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas) and Greg Walker (Without a Trace)
DIR/EP: James Mangold (Walk the Line)
EP: Cathy Konrad and Arthur Sarkissian (Rush Hour).
CAST: Carrie-Anne Moss, Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis (The Shield)
Set in the 1960s and is based on the true story of Ralph Lamb – rodeo cowboy turned longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas.

* The Job finds contestants competing for a different dream job every week.

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59 Comments
  1. Matt says:

    All procedurals? Not surprised, but disappointed.

  2. The only sherlock is worth watching so far is the BBC one, not even the movies…

    • James Alilin says:

      You are spot on. The BBC one is clearly the better one. Even the Sherlock movies aren’t really that good and Robert Downey Jr’s fake British accent annoys me.

      • Tania says:

        Snob!

      • Leo says:

        The movies ain’t that bad. It has several bromance moments and the hidden/forbidden love thingy between Sherlock and Watson. For me, that’s what makes Sherlock interesting. And the BBC one captures that well too. But this remake with Lucy Liu as Watson? Bah humbug!

      • Russ says:

        While I have heard good things about Sherlock how do you know its better, Elementary won’t air until most likely September.

    • Yeahhhhhhh, they clearly don’t understand Sherlock Holmes if they’re trying to American-ize it…..and turn Watson into a girl. CBS fail. Should’ve passed on this and renewed Unforgettable.

    • Thorne Brook says:

      There hasn’t been a fairly recent adaptation of Sherlock Holmes that can top the BBC production. Still, the Holmes fan in me can’t help but give the first ep of Elementary a shot, at least. If it sucks as much as it sounds, I won’t be watching beyond that.

  3. Excited about Vegas. – Jason O’Mara, Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis & Carrie Ann Moss.
    Strong Cast!

  4. Loves Her TV says:

    I have not heard a lot of buzz regarding CBS pilots this year, it seems every year they have had a “it” series that is being talked about, it just seems quiet this year. Only two comedies, either no extra comedy hour, or happy news for Rob and ROE, and face it most networks would have been jumping up and down with these two series numbers in ratings.

  5. YowzaPowza says:

    I never like CBS shows, but I’d check out Partners, Vegas, and maybe Friend Me.

  6. Steve says:

    Vegas seems like it has a lot of potential. It feels like something that should be on HBO though.

  7. mandy says:

    I think Partners seems good! Friend Me might be decent! Also with Partners I am glad to see Sophia Bush back to work so soon after One Tree Hill ending!

  8. Looking forward to Partners. Sounds hilarious.

  9. albtrex says:

    Partners!!!! <3 Sophia Bush!! <3

  10. Adrienne says:

    Partners sounds like a reboot of a comedy Fox did with Tate Donovan and Jon Cryer back in the 90s…… Same name even.

  11. Tim Wilson says:

    The ones who keep blathering on about the BBC SHERLOCK being superior haven’t even SEEN the pilot of ELEMENTARY yet, have they? They haven’t? OK, then,
    they need to shut up for now.

    • Christine says:

      Right, because US has always made good versions of British TV shows…

      Sounds horrible to me. I mean, Lucy Liu as Watson? Seriously now…

    • George says:

      Elementary is going to actually be able to do mystery. Something none of CBS current procedural do very well. Basically none of American Broadcast does authentic or complex crime drama. Cable is where the heart of crime drama is right now with Breaking Bad, Justified, Boardwalk Empire, Southland, and The Closer.

  12. Kevin says:

    What about Rules of Engagement is it safe or gone?

    • mandy says:

      Unkown… It could go either way. It is such a great show and fills in very nicely for all those shows that get canceled after 2 or 3 episodes.

  13. greysfan says:

    Again nothing much sticking out really. Will wait to see previews.

  14. Elle says:

    I’ll check out Partners for sure love Urie and Sophia! I’ll see how the previews for Friend Me are like but was hoping for super fun night, looks like the female comedy craze only lasted a year! I never like CBS dramas apart from good wife so I won’t bother with any of these.

  15. Ana says:

    Partners and only because I loved Michael Urie in Ugly Betty. The Sherlock one sounds interesting. Overall, not a very compelling line up.

  16. Ali says:

    Seriously? Elementary? no just no. I’ll stick with bbc’s sherlock holmes thank you very much.

    • Tania says:

      Right, judge something before you’ve even watched it. You’re either a Brit or you desperately want to be one. Either way you already exhibit the inherent sour, negative attitude.

  17. Guest says:

    Vegas could be interesting, but cast doesn’t interest me too much and we know how CBS loves their procedurals.

  18. Jeffrey says:

    The Philistine Network strikes again. More low-brow garbage to delight the old and the dumb.

  19. S. from A. says:

    “Architects Charlie and Louis…”
    maybe just for once we get an accurate depiction of the job of an architect, but i doubt it…

  20. Marcos says:

    only looking forward to Partners. I hate CBS aside from its comedies

  21. Andrea says:

    Partners sounds promising. Looking forward to seeing actually previews for everything though!

  22. Gilda says:

    I love the BBC Sherlock, and even though it has big shoes to fill, I was planning on watching Elementary. But I dont want to jump to conclusions, but it seems pretty likely that watson is now a girl mostly because they wanted a Sherlock/waston pairing. That dumb, it’s the 21st century and networks need to be okay with same sex pairings! I love sherlock Holmes, but this doesn’t make me want to watch it.

  23. Daniel says:

    Americans won’t be able to make Elementary even 0.0001% of what Sherlock is.

  24. S says:

    Sooooooooooo excited to see Michael Urie on tv again!

  25. bad kevin says:

    Brooke from One Tree Hill in a sitcom on CBS? That’s exciting news to me.

  26. Boffo the Wonder Sheep says:

    Does anyone know if Johnny Lee Miller’s Sherlock is British or American? I watched him on Eli Stone, and did not realize that he’s from England.

  27. smidnite says:

    Made in Jersey (a MUCH better title than Baby Big Shot) and Golden Boy (Chi McBride!!!!)

  28. hr says:

    Is the Groupon thing product placement? Groupon is based in Chicago not LA

  29. Bill H says:

    They all sound like crap. “Network” TV is almost useless these days.

  30. HaHa says:

    CBS needs to remake Cannon.

  31. Calleigh says:

    And we lost CSI:Miami for these? Bye. Bye CBS !!!

  32. kris says:

    Bring back csi Miami

  33. mark says:

    Ok can someone please tell me what is going on CBS have finally lost their mind. They have cancelled Miami and I am suprised by this as the loss gill and now Catherine from Vegas means it has lost its way a little.

    BBC Sherlock has the underlying.tension. between.Sherlock and Watson so the easy thing for American tv to do is cast a girl so that the bromance in not there and lose a part of the character and ethos well done again making an iconic character emotionally flawed it would have been better to create him like Sheldon cooper than this

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