CBS has stocked up on four comedies for the 2013-14 season, including a new entry from Chuck Lorre and a domestic vehicle from Greg Garcia. The Eye also picked up two dramas.
CBS has a number of notable faces coming to its sked, from Josh Holloway (pictured) and Toni Collette on the drama side to Anna Faris (pictured) and Robin Williams on the half-hour front. Comedy is clearly a big focus for the Eye next season. The network is expected to order at least one or two more half-hours prior to its sked unveiling on Wednesday at Carnegie Hall.
On the drama front, "Lost" fans will cheer the return of Holloway to network TV in "Intelligence." Â Drama from ABC Studios/CBS TV Studios revolves around an elite federal agent whose crime-fighting abilities are enhanced by a microchip implanted in his brain. The pickup from the Eye marks a big win for the Alphabet studio's efforts to broaden its sales slate beyond Mouse House nets. It's also a coup for CBS to land Holloway, who has been hotly pursued by networks for leading-man roles ever since "Lost" bowed out in 2010.
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The other drama getting the nod was Jerry Bruckheimer TV/Warner Bros. TV'sÂ "Hostages," toplined by Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott, which revolves around a family caught up in a grand political conspiracy.
The Eye is expected to pickup at least one more drama, the Shawn Ryan-produced redo of "Beverly Hills Cop." Meanwhile, the Eye made the official it's-over call for "CSI: NY" after nine seasons. That leaves the mothership "CSI" as the lone active series in the franchise. "CSI" was picked up last month for a 14th season.
Comedy orders went to Lorre's "Mom," Garcia's "The Millers," "We Are Men" and "Crazy Ones."
"Mom" stars Faris as a newly sober mother who moves to Napa Valley to get her life back together. Allison Janney also stars in the laffer penned by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker.
"Millers," from CBS TV Studios, has the enviable ensemble of Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, J.B. Smoove and Beau Bridges. It brings Garcia back to the net where he fielded "Yes Dear" more than a decade ago.
"We are Men," also from CBS TV Studios, revolves around a guy who finds friends at a short-term rental complex. The ensemble of the Rob Greenberg-penned pilot includes Chris Smith, Kal Penn and Tony Shalhoub.
"Crazy Ones," from 20th Century Fox TV, brings comedian Williams back to series TV for the first time since "Mork and Mindy" launched his career in the late 1970s. He costars with Sarah Michelle Gellar in a father-daughter workplace comedy penned by David E. Kelley.
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EP/W/D: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
EP: Rick Eid
EP: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir, Chayim Sharir
Based on the Israeli format created by Alon Aranya, Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir
Studio: Jerry Bruckheimer Television i/a/w Warner Bros. Television