CBS Picks up Four Comedies 'Mom', 'The Millers', 'Crazy Ones' & 'We Are Men' + Dramas 'Intelligence' & 'Hostages' (Updated)

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May 10th, 2013

Chuck Lorre


UPDATE: CBS Has also picked up Jerry Bruckheimer's Hostages

CBS has just greenlighted four new comedies: Chuck Lorre's Mom (which was already heavily rumored to be a lock), The Millers (starring Will Arnett), Crazy Ones (starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar), and We Are Men (starring Chris Smith,  Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub and Jerry O’Connell).

CBS has also picked up Drama Intelligence with Lost's Josh Holloway

  • David Howell

    I know Crazy Ones is a singlecam and Mom isn’t, but don’t know about the other two. It wouldn’t be very CBS to mix single and multicam shows, so I’m guessing the other two are also one of each and the singlecams are going to air together in the fourth hour. (My pet idea is to open up Wednesday 8pm for this by timesharing Survivor and TAR on Sundays, but I don’t actually see CBS doing that even though it’d fit their “one big change that makes everything else click” philosophy.)p

  • David Howell

    I agree that this is a temporary fourth hour. Using the departing tentpoles as lead-in support for their future replacements would be obvious – but wouldn’t it mean mixing singlecams and multicams?

    Picking up two singlecams suggests they want to be in that space. I would not be at all surprised if the singlecams are on Friday, basically as a low-stakes tryout to see if they work. If they don’t, no big deal – cancel both, put UB in the slot again, and go back to only ordering multicam shows.

  • hubert r

    Its odd that there are only 2 single cams. CBS either thinks if one bombs the other one will flop too or wants to mix only Crazy Ones among multicams and hold We Are Men in the case Crazy Ones needs a replacement.

    But I think if CO goes to 9 pm and WAM, following it, flops, The Millers will premiere at 9:30 – which doesn’t make much sense.

    I just hope the net doesn’t create an half hour of oddity following Monday block by putting single cam after 2BG. It won’t work, like Worst Week and probably more forgotten shows didn’t.

  • Dan S

    I agree that Crazy Ones & We Are Men will pair together. Where on the schedule is anyone’s guess but obviously they’ll have 1 comedy in reserves The Millers. CBS usually likes to shake the schedule up & they need the most help on Mon. H50 is likely going to Fri & with no Beverly Hills Cop my best guess for 10pm is Intelligence. I’m thinking Hostages will be held for midseason as a limited run series. Hopefully Backstrom will still be picked up with my fav actor Dennis Haysbert.

  • Charmed

    What about NCIS: Red? I haven heard about it for a while.

  • TheFrenchGuy

    It looks like CBS will expand their comedy hour on Thursday. I hope they order NCIS: Red for mid-season.

  • ragincajun

    If I were CBS, this would be my schedule with these pickups:

    How I Met Your Mother
    Two Broke Girls
    Crazy Ones (New)
    We are Men (New)
    Person of Interest


    Criminal Minds

    The Big Bang Theory
    Mom (NEW)
    Mike & Molly
    The Millers (NEW)
    Intelligence (NEW)

    Two and a Half Men
    Friends with Better Lives (NEW)
    Hawaii 5-0
    Blue Bloods

    60 Minutes
    The Amazing Race
    The Good Wife
    The Mentalist

    MIDSEASON – Undercover Boss, Hostages, and Backstrom or NCIS Red (with a completely new cast)

  • ToXiX

    Is it possible for CBS to switch the formats later on in the summer for Crazy Ones & We Are Men?

    I don’t even understand why CBS would order single cam comedies.

  • CBSviewer

    CBS next season:

    8:00 – How I Met Your Mother (24 episodes)
    8:30 – Mike & Molly (22 episodes)
    9:00 – 2 Broke Girls (24 episodes)
    9:30 – Crazy Ones (13-22 episodes)
    10:00 – Hostages (13-24 episodes)

    8:00 – NCIS (24 episodes)
    9:00 – NCIS: Los Angeles (25 episodes)
    10:00 – Criminal Minds (23 episodes)

    8:00 – Survivor
    9:00 – Person of Interest (22-23 episodes)
    10:00 – CSI (23 episodes)

    8:00 – The Big Bang Theory (25 episodes)
    8:30 – Mom (13-24 episodes)
    9:00 – Two and a Half Men (23 episodes)
    9:30 – We Are Men (13-22 episodes)
    10:00 – Elementary (24 episodes)

    8:00 – Intelligence (13-16 episodes) / Undercover Boss
    9:00 – Hawaii Five-0 (22 episodes)
    10:00 – Blue Bloods (22 episodes)

    8:00 – The Amazing Race
    9:00 – The Good Wife (20 episodes)
    10:00 – The Mentalist (22 episodes)

  • Petar Ivanov

    I am sure WB will defend POI if CBS deside to move it from its slot. POI is #2 CBS drama for the season and #1 broadcast drama on reruns. All other networks will kill for it. POI will be #1 broadcast drama next season on originals and reruns on 8-9pm. If moved to 10 pm will drop and reruns will drop too. That will lower POI syndication deal. #1 drama on originals&reruns will be record breaking 3.0+ million $ deal. WB are not idiots and rookies in this business. That deal will give them options to lower licencing fees when the times came. I am sure NBC will offer tuedday 9pm slot after the voice and than regular 2.9 on the fall will be 3.0+ and regular 1.6+ rerun will be 2.0+ when is after the voice!. PoI is only one drama that is not down season to season and all oteher dramas are in big decline. As i said WB are not idiots or rookies and they know how to defend it.

  • Cory

    If POI is such a huge hit you claim, then moving to 10pm wouldn’t hurt show, look at Scandal, but you know show would drop to Elementary numbers at 10pm and that’s only reason you’re against it.

  • omabin

    The interesting thing is that Deadline is reporting that Friends With Better Lives is still very likely to be picked up by CBS. If that happens, they could in theory have 10 comedies on the schedule!!! I don’t expect such thing to happen but it is intriguing. I think a possibility is that, if Friends with Better Lives is picked up, they just use it together with Mom and The Millers expand Thursday and plug the hole from Mondays, with the single cams being used in some other way. It is possible, for instance, that a veteran show ends its season earlier (as CSI NY did this year and Miami last year) and that, instead of a new drama, CBS uses the single cams there. I actually like that idea better than mixing up the single cams with the multi cams in the fall, it would be weird.

  • Spen B

    The Thursday comedy block shouldn’t be expanded for the following reasons:

    – Person Of Interest is CBS’s #2 drama. Regardless of fanbase, moving a show to 10PM will mean lower ratings, simply because fewer people are watching TV at that time. POI’s Live+7 ratings would likely continue to be solid, but that doesn’t mean anything to advertisers.
    – Intelligence is a perfect companion to POI, and the only way to give it the POI lead-in is to keep Thursday the same, or move both shows to another day of the week, which would mean a huge schedule reshuffling.
    – A Wednesday comedy block, with Survivor being moved to Sundays (either with two cycles or a timeshare with The Amazing Race) would make much more sense. Survivor’s mid-2’s this season no longer justify taking up a slot where a drama or pair of comedies could pull similar ratings and make *a lot* more money down the road in syndication, streaming licensing, etc.

    CBS 2013-2014 Schedule

    8:00 How I Met Your Mother
    8:30 The Millers
    9:00 2 Broke Girls
    9:30 Mike & Molly
    10:00 Elementary

    8:00 NCIS
    9:00 NCIS: LA
    10:00 Reckless

    8:00 Two and a Half Men
    8:30 Mom
    9:00 Criminal Minds
    10:00 CSI

    8:00 The Big Bang Theory
    8:30 Crazy Ones
    9:00 Person Of Interest
    10:00 Intelligence

    It seems to me like CBS’s Thursdays are starting to target a more intelligent audience with POI, Elementary, and (arguably in recent seasons) TBBT. TAAHM just doesn’t seem to fit there anymore, it seems more suited to another night.

    8:00 The Amazing Race
    9:00 The Good Wife
    10:00 Blue Bloods

    7:00 60 Minutes
    8:00 Survivor
    9:00 Hawaii Five-O
    10:00 The Mentalist

    Reserve/midseason: Hostages, We Are Men, Friends with Better Lives, Undercover Boss

  • Spen B

    Also, with an effective two-season renewal for syndication, it’s in CBS’s best interest to pump up POI’s ratings in order to maximize its syndication deal.

  • PhilipM

    POI is produced by WB. Therefore, CBS probably doesn’t care too much about POI’s syndication value.

    POI will have to continue to draw decent ratings. Otherwise, it could easily become the next TM–a show that scored pretty good ratings in its Thursday timeslot and still got moved to a less desirable night to make room for a CBS-produced drama.

  • Maria

    @Spen B
    Also, with an effective two-season renewal for syndication, it’s in CBS’s best interest to pump up POI’s ratings in order to maximize its syndication deal.

    PoI belongs to WB. CBS won’t see a dime of that potential syndication deal.

  • omabin

    Friends with Better Lives has just been picked up by CBS. Any guesses on the schedule of so many comedies?

  • Spen B


    I misspoke (or mis-wrote). I meant to say that it’s in the *WB’s* best interest for POI to continue pulling high ratings, and therefore it makes sense for them to try to pressure CBS into keeping it in a prime timeslot, as Petar was saying.

    Also, it’s important to remember that the CBS network and CBS studios are separate companies within the CBS Corporation, they are different members of a media conglomerate and not the same company. Lots of in-fighting and disagreement goes on between sister media companies (one example being Terra Nova, where the FOX network wanted to cancel it and 20th Century Fox fought to get it renewed, due to international sales on the fact that they were on the hook for a $10-$20 million set), which makes me wonder how important the studio producing a show really is to the network.

  • Maria

    @Spen B

    I understand your former point, just not sure CBS can be “pressured” unless WB gives them the show at a very low fee/nearly free, if they’ve other options that give them more profit.

    I remember that, but so far looks like CBS Network and CBS Studios are very good siblings that get along famously. Looks like! ;)

  • bluejays

    @SpenB – CBS have NO interest themselves to get POI to syndication. they make jack all from doing so and their bottom line is dollars for the net.

    CBS can’t be ‘pressured’ by Warner Bros.

    POI is right up there with both NCIS LA and Criminal Minds numbers wise. The difference in numbers is not big enough to make POI some stand out ‘hit’ and because CBS don’t own it they don’t have the same dollar drive to nurture it to syndication numbers.

    Which is not to say it is moving. Right now I can’t guess what CBS will do, the comedy pick ups throw a bit of a spanner in the works as does the dropping of what were thought to be some dead cert drama pick ups. POI can just as easily come back in the same slot next year as move.

    But ALL the reasons you and other fans give for it not moving are null and void. Respectfully.

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