There are always disappointments before UpFronts, but there is a lot of excitement generated, too.
Some of that excitement comes from renewals, but the real groove sets when we get our first look at new shows.
Now you can get a taste of everything coming to CBS!
All Rise is a new courthouse drama that follows the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process.
This fall, watch new episodes of All Rise on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be.
Greg Spottiswood, Len Goldstein, and Emmy Award winner Michael M. Robin are Executive Producers for Warner Bros. Television. Robin directed the pilot from a script by Spottiswood.
There is a gimmic throughout the trailer that we can nly hope isn't a long-term thing.
All Rise stars Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael, Wilson Bethel as Mark Callan, Marg Helgenberger as Judith Benner, Jessica Camacho as Emily Lopez, J. Alex Brinson as Luke Watkins, Lindsay Mendez as Sara Pratt, and Ruthie Ann Miles as Sherri Kanski.
Evil, the new drama from Michelle and Robert King, focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the Church's backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and hauntings.
Their job is to assess if there's a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
Michelle King, Robert King, and Liz Glotzer are Executive Producers for CBS Television Studios. Robert King directed the pilot.
This is the kind of show that always catches my interest, especially if it leans into the less-plausible of the explanations.
Evil stars Katja Herbers as Kristen Bouchard, Mike Colter as David Acosta, Aasif Mandvi as Ben Shroff, Michael Emerson as Leland Townsend, Brooklyn Shuck as Lynn Bouchard, Skylar Gray as Lila Bouchard, Maddy Crocco as Lexis Bouchard, and Dalya Knapp as Laura Bouchard.
Bob Hearts Abishola is a love story about a middle-aged compression-sock businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, while recovering from a heart attack and sets his sights on winning her over.
This fall, watch new episodes of Bob Hearts Abishola on Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Undaunted by Abishola's (Folake Olowofoyeku) lack of initial interest or the vast differences in their backgrounds, Bob (Billy Gardell) is determined to win Abishola's heart, in this new comedy that examines immigrant life in America.
Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Al Higgins, and Beth McCarthy-Miller (pilot only) are Executive Producers for Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. McCarthy-Miller directed the pilot from a script by Lorre, Gorodetsky, Higgins, and Gina Yashere.
Bob Hearts Abishola stars Billy Gardell as Bob, Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola, Christine Ebersole as Dottie, Matt Jones as Douglas, Maribeth Monroe as Christine, Shola Adewusi as Auntie Olu, Barry Shabaka Henley as Uncle Tunde, and Travis Wolfe Jr. as Dele.
The Unicorn, a new comedy about a tight-knit group of best friends and family who help Wade (Walton Goggins) embrace his ""new normal"" after the loss of his wife a year earlier.
This fall, watch new episodes of The Unicorn on Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.
As a sometimes ill-equipped but always devoted single parent to his two adolescent daughters, he is taking the major step of dating again. To Wade's amazement, he's a hot commodity with women, and his friends explain that he's the perfect single guy -- a "unicorn": employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment.
With his daughters and best friends rooting him on and hoping he'll find happiness again, Wade and his healing heart are ready to try life... and love... again.
Bill Martin, Mike Schiff, Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Wendi Trilling, Peyton Reed, and John Hamburg (pilot only) are Executive Producers for CBS Television Studios. Hamburg directed the pilot from a script by Martin and Schiff.
Is there anybody who doesn't love Walton Goggins? The whole cast is stellar.
The Unicorn stars stars Walton Goggins as Wade, Rob Corddry as Forrest, Michaela Watkins as Delia, Omar Benson Miller as Ben, Maya Lynne Robinson as Michelle, Ruby Jay as Grace, and Makenzie Moss as Natalie.
Carol's Second Act, a new comedy starring Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton as a 50-year-old woman, who embarks on a unique second act after raising her children, getting divorced, and retiring from teaching: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor.
This fall, watch new episodes of Carol's Second Act on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.
At age 50, Carol is a medical intern and must sink or swim with peers who are half her age. It's her enthusiasm, perspective and, yes, even her age, that may be exactly what will make her second act a great success.
Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins; Patricia Heaton, Adam Griffin, David Hunt, and Rebecca Stay (Four Boys Entertainment); Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor (Kapital Entertainment); and Pamela Fryman (pilot only) are Executive Producers for CBS Television Studios. Fryman directed the pilot from a script by Halpern and Haskins.
It's great to have Patricia Heaton back.
Carol's Second Act stars Patricia Heaton as Carol Kenney, Kyle MacLachlan as Dr. Frost, Ito Aghayere as Dr. Maya Jacobs, Jean-Luc Bilodeau as Daniel, and Sabrina Jalees as Lexie. Lucas Neff guest stars as Caleb.
Broke is a new comedy starring Pauley Perrette, who stars as Jackie, a single suburban mother who's shocked when her estranged sister, Elizabeth (Natasha Leggero), her sister's outrageously wealthy, big-hearted husband, Javier (Jaime Camil), and Javier's fiercely loyal assistant/driver/friend land on her doorstep in need of a place to live after the couple's money dries up.
Broke is coming soon to CBS.
Though class differences may separate the women--in addition to the size of the house and the number of people living in--it will test the limits of family ties and the familiar bond of sisterhood might be the catalyst they need to restore their relationship.
Emmy Award winner Alex Herschlag (Will & Grace, Modern Family), Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane The Virgin), Joanna Klein, Ben Silverman, Jaime Camil, Guillermo Restrepo, Gonzalo Cilley, and Maria Lucia Hernandez are Executive Producers for CBS Television Studio/Sutton Street Prods./Propagate, with creative partners RCN TV and Resonant TV. Victor Gonzalez directed the pilot from a script by Herschlag.
While not yet on the schedule, the cast is quite a draw for the network.
Broke stars Jaime Camil as Javier, Pauley Perrette as Jackie, Natasha Leggero as Elizabeth, Izzy Diaz as Luis, and Antonio Corbo as Sammy.
Tommy, featuring multiple Emmy Award winner Edie Falco who stars as a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female Chief of Police for Los Angeles.
Equal parts political, procedural, and family drama, Tommy comes from Paul Attanasio, the creator of the acclaimed series Bull, House M.D. and Homicide: Life On The Street. Paul Attanasio, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Kate Dennis (pilot only) are Executive Producers for CBS Television Studios. Kate Dennis directed the pilot from a script by Attanasio.
A true blue New Yorker, Abigail ""Tommy"" Thomas (Falco) uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to keep social, political, and national security issues from hindering effective law enforcement in the Southland.
Tommy is coming soon to CBS.
Tommy stars Edie Falco as Abigail "Tommy" Thomas, Michael Chernus as Ken Rosey, Adelaide Clemens as Blake Sullivan, David Fierro as Buddy Boyardi, Russell G. Jones as Aurelius Looper, Olivia Lucy Phillip as Kate Jones, and Joseph Lyle Taylor as Treat Dudik.
Watch the preview trailer for FBI: Most Wanted, a new high-stakes drama from from Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind FBI and the Law & Order franchise. The series focuses on the Fugitive Task Force, which relentlessly tracks and captures notorious criminals on the Bureau's Most Wanted list.
FBI: Most Wanted is coming soon to CBS.
Seasoned agent Jess LaCroix (Julian McMahon) oversees the highly skilled team, which functions as a mobile undercover unit that's always out in the field, pursuing those who are most desperate to elude justice.
Dick Wolf, René Balcer, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski are Executive Producers for Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television in association with CBS Television Studios. Fred Berner directed the pilot from a script by Balcer.
Everyone who watched FBI already to a look at this crack team so should know a bit of what to expect.
FBI: Most Wanted stars Julian McMahon as Jess LaCroix, Alana De La Garza as Isobel Castille, Keisha Castle-Hughes as Hana Gibson, Kellan Lutz as Crosby, Roxy Sternberg as Sheryll Barnes and Nathaniel Arcand as Clinton Skye.
So there you have all of the CBS shows coming soon.
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