CBS didn't waste any time renewing a number of series back in March, but we had to wait until now to know what new pilots made the cut for the 2012-2013 season. Among the projects given the greenlight for series orders is the modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes called Elementary, and the Michael Urie/David Krumholtz-starring comedy Partners.
But first, the bad news. (Via TVLine) Patrick Wilson tweeted some bad news about medical drama series A Gifted Man…
Also cancelled, according to THR is the long-running procedural CSI: Miami and freshman detective series Unforgettable. THR also mentions A Gifted Man, so it seems confirmed that that one's a goner as well, despite the vague source of Wilson's tweet. WIth those series cut from the line-up, that leaves room for new dramas and comedies…
TVLine posted the news of the pick-ups. Here are the shows CBS has lined up to join their primetime roster next season…
Made In Jersey - Written by Dana Calvo, this one stars Toni Trucks, Kyle MacLachlan and Janet Montgomery and follows a working-class woman who works at a fancy Manhattan law firm. It sounds like the contrast of her "street smart" ways and this polished firm will be a part of the hook here. TVLine mentions it among the drama.
Elementary - One of the more high profile projects in development for the network, Medium's Rob Doherty wrote the pilot, which is a modern-day take on Arthur Conan Doyle's famous pipe-smoking detective Sherlock Holmes. It's set in New York, though with Jonny Lee Miller as the lead, it seems likely the lead will remain British. Lucy Liu is set to play Watson. With Sherlock in existence, I don't think another modern-day take on Holmes is necessary, but I expect this one to fit in nicely among CBS' other procedurals.
Friend Me - TVLine's info on this one was limited but last we heard, Superbad's Christopher Mintz-Plasse was set to star alongside Nicholas Braun. The comedy follows two best friends who move to Los Angeles to work for Groupon. I don't love the title, but I do like the look of the cast.
Golden Boy - Written by Nicholas Wootton with Greg Berlanti executive producing, this one stars Kevin Alejandro, Chi McBride, Stella Maeve, Theo James and Bonnie Somerville. Story follows a cop's "meteoric rise" through his career, beginning as a police officer and working his way up to Police Commissioner. Put that way, it sounds really interesting, and this is another one with a great cast.
Partners - Written by Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, this comedy follows the friendship of two men, one of whom is about to be engaged and the other whose neurotic tendencies could get in the way of his own relationship. Things didn't work out so well for Krumholtz' last co-starring role on TV for The Playboy Club, but NBC's loss is CBS' gain. The former Numb3rs star is joined by Ugly Betty's Michael Urie, Brandon Routh, Elizabeth Regen, and Sophia Bush.
Vegas - Another series with a strong cast, this drama stars Carrie-Anne Moss, Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis and is set in the '60s. Written by Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker, Vegas tells the true story of Ralph Lamb, a man who was once a rodeo cowboy but goes on to become the Sheriff of Las Vegas. Vegas in the '60s and Goodfellas scribe on board to write? This one sounds like it could be great.
Last on the list is The Job, which sounds like an unscripted competition series that has people battling it out to win their dream job each week.
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