As Buhle Mbonambi, the TV Snitch, wrote in yesterday's column, the past two weeks have been hectic in the US TV industry. Shows were cancelled left, right and centre; some deserving (and undeserving) shows were renewed and new shows were picked up for the new season.
The Crazy Ones
Friends with Better Lives
How I Met Your Mother
We Are Men
The TV Snitch: I generally don’t like CBS shows, especially the comedies. I only watch one, The Big Bang Theory, and that’s mainly because I love the work Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik do on the show. So I wasn’t surprised that they cancelled Robin Williams’ The Crazy One’s, James van der Beek’s Friends with Better Lives and Toni Colette's Hostages. All shows were rather basic, especially Hostages, which should’ve been a once off, five episode, mini-series. What does bother me though, is how The Crazy One’s had so much potential, but got messed up by bad writing. It’s Robin Williams, people. Surely he deserves so much better than the cheesy, funny character he always has to play? I’m surprised Mom got renewed, but then CBS would never cancel a Chuck Lorre show. Two and a Half Men (name change, anyone?) was also renewed. The only shows worth watching are the dramas. Now there, they deliver.
|CBS's new shows: The Odd Couple, Battle Creek, Stalker and Madam Secretary|
Battle Creek: With Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and House's David Shore, behind it, CBS made a wise move in pitching up this series. Centering on two detectives with polarizing views of the world and life itself, they must team up to clean up the streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters and Kal Penn star.
NCIS: New Orleans: The NCIS New Orleans office handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) will lead his team through the rich setting of music, fun, and debauchery which, in the NCIS world, is a natural magnet for trouble.
Stalker: From The Following's Kevin Williamson comes Stalker, a psychological thriller centered around a pair of detectives, played by American Horror Story's Dylan McDermott and Nikita's Maggie Q. The show sees them handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD.
Scorpion: Idol alum, Katharine McPhee is back on the small screen. Starring alongside Robert Patrick and Eddie Kyle Thomas in Scorpion, the drama follows an eccentric genius (Patrick) and his international network of super-geniuses form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.
Madam Secretary: Madam Secretary follows the personal and professional life of Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Tea Leoni). Viewers will watch as this "maverick" drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics, and balances a complex family life.
The Odd Couple: Matthew Perry, who co-wrote the first script and will serve as an executive producer, stars as Oscar Madison, the iconic messy roommate who is always up to no good. Thomas Lennon is set to play the iconic neat freak, Felix Unger.
McCarthy's: The McCarthy's, starring Laurie Metcalfe, revolves around a big, sports-crazed Irish Catholic clan in Boston and their gay son, played by Tyler Ritter. The comedy has been retooled as multi-camera after shooting a single-camera pilot last season.
Most the of the shows will make their debuts in September/October. We will update you closer to the time when M-Net or other broadcasters (you know it's ONLY M-Net) bring the shows to South Africa.