The Mentalist or The Good Wife? That’s the way most network experts pitched CBS’ Sunday night dilemma. They could either renew the well-liked, moderately-rated crime procedural that does very well in syndication and overseas or they could renew the award-winning, moderately-rated legal drama. It was supposedly one or the other.
Alright, so, apparently good ratings and being one of the first series to get a full-season order this year is no indication as to whether or not CBS will keep a show around. Because their comedy, The Crazy Ones is looking very likely to be cancelled. And we, as TV viewers, are less than thrilled by that. In fact, we think it's a bad decision and we're here to tell you why, CBS.
After going through the motions of highlighting everything that was good, bad, amazing, or generally confounding about the year that was 2013, we felt it was time to move on, to look ahead. So we’ve decided to highlight these perfect TV storms to let you know who’s on the cusp of making it big in 2014. Last week was Heléne Yorke, this time it's The Crazy Ones star Hamish Linklater that's worth your attention: an actor that totally deserves to have 2014 be his breakout year.
This year, CBS has expanded its Thursday schedule into a 2-hour comedy block in order to dominate the world and crush the hopes of NBC’s mostly new Thursday programming schedule. On Friday, CBS announced it has ordered the back 9 episodes for two Thursday night sitcoms, The Millers and The Crazy Ones as well as for Monday’s sitcom, Mom.
Like last night, tonight's primetime line-up features a number of premieres, but most of them are returning shows. It's a big night for comedy, as CBS brings back The Big Bang Theory and debuts The Crazy Ones, while NBC brings Parks and Recreation back along with the premiere of The Michael J. Fox Show. Thursday night also marks the return of Glee, Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy and Elementary.
Unlike the other major networks, CBS seems content to continue producing multi-camera comedies, to great success. But the network isn't entirely averse to the single-camera format, as evidenced by The Crazy Ones. When you have talent like Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, I suppose any format will do. The Crazy Ones' pilot episode lives up to its previews in being a charming, funny, heartfelt comedy that's a little bit workplace and a little bit family, with a lot of Robin Williams-style humor worked in for good measure.
With so many new series about to be unloaded on us as the fall season looms ever closer, trying to figure out which ones we're most excited about was no easy task. But there are some comedies and dramas that really are brimming with potential this fall, thanks to great premises and in some cases, some really excellent talent involved. Whether or not these shows actually live up to that potential remains to be seen, and we'll find out in a matter of weeks. In the meantime, here's our list of shows we're especially excited about, listed in no particular order.
As though CBS' new comedy The Crazy Ones doesn't already have enough of a draw with series stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, the series is adding to its appeal right out of the gate by packing on the guest stars. And musical ones, in particular. We have an appearance by Kelly Clarkson to look forward to with the pilot, and now it looks like Josh Groban's planning to drop by the freshman comedy at some point.
Visiting Target today, I realized that we've reached the point during summer when stores start promoting back-to-school items. Never mind that it's not even August! It's also that time of the summer when the networks to begin pushing their new comedies and dramas for the upcoming fall season. CBS released new key art for their comedies, showcasing the wealth of talent among them...
Robin Williams is back! And he has Sarah Michelle Gellar with him. The two are throwing rock'em-sock'em punches in the ad world in CBS' new comedy The Crazy Ones. The above video gives us a look at the series, which focuses on the personal and working relationship of Williams' character Simon Roberts and his daughter Sydney (Gellar). Get ready for a lot of riffing.