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CBS Goes With
Vampires And Nerds For Fall!! Jury Still Out On The Zombies!!

Published at: May 15, 2007, 4:10 a.m. CST by hercules

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CBS has four new hourlongs and a new sitcom coming to its schedule this autumn.
New hourlongs: “Moonlight,” from writer-producer Ron Koslow (CBS’ “Beauty and the Beast”), is about a vampire who makes his living as a private detective. No word on whether his firm is called “Angel Investigations” or not. Alex O'Loughlin (“The Invisible”) stars. “Cane,” from writer-producer Cynthia Cidre (“Fires Within,” “Mambo Kings”) is about a powerful Latino family that runs a rum business in South Florida. Jimmy Smits (“The West Wing”) stars. “Laughlin,” a musical (!) from writer-producer Bob Lowry (“Huff”), is about a guy who dreams of opening a Nevada casino. It’s based on the Brit show “Blackpool.” IMDb says Hugh Jackman’s in it, along with Madchen Amick (“Twin Peaks,” “ER”), Wings Hauser (“The Insider”) and D.B. Woodside (“24”). “Swingtown,” from writer-producer Mike Kelley (“The OC,” “Jericho”), is and “Ice Storm”-ish drama about suburban wife-swappers in the swinging 1970s. It stars Molly Parker (“Deadwood”) and Grant Show (“Point Pleasant,” “Dirt”).
The new sitcom: “Big Bang,” from writer-producers Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady (“Two and A Half Men”), is about a party girl who befriends a bunch of nerds, so it’s not dissimilar to “Beauty and the Geek.” It stars Kelly Cuoco (“Eight Simple Rules”) and Johnny Galecki (“Roseanne”).
No word yet on “Babylon Fields,” the hourlong zombie comedy-drama starring Ray Stevenson (“Rome”) and Amber Tamblyn (“Joan of Arcadia”). CBS announces its fall schedule Wednesday. The Hollywood Reporter has an update here.





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  • May 15, 2007, 2:30 a.m. CST

    fister

    by ONEHATE

    cbs sucks balls

  • May 15, 2007, 2:31 a.m. CST

    vampire detective...

    by deevil69

    ugh...

  • May 15, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST

    parent-friendly zombies

    by Horror Freak

    would they still eat brains? if so would it be still fun eating of brains? i doubt it... fuck lame zombie, it'll just be compared to shaun of the dead and it'll never be as good...

  • May 15, 2007, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Did Vic Mackey kill Alex O'Loughlin already?

    by Julius Dithers

    Isn't O'Loughlin the guy who plays the new strike team leader on the Shield? From a CRASH officer to a vampire detective in less than a year. Well...at least you got range, dude.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:16 a.m. CST

    moonlight i may watch

    by Mr_X

    everything else seems like poo. WOuld have prefered to actually have on angel instead... so actually bollocks to that, not going to bother with moonlight either

  • May 15, 2007, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Good to see that "FOREVER KNIGHT" is making it's...

    by RickSlamu2

    TRYUMPHANT (So my spelling sux. big whoop) return to TV!!!! And not in the cruddy "Crime time after primetine " Block. Anyone remember that sides me?

  • May 15, 2007, 3:40 a.m. CST

    A musical?

    by Mezzanine

    Fucking ridiculous!

  • May 15, 2007, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Alex O'Loughlin....

    by Mezzanine

    Is the son of Bon Scott? That's even weirder than the musical! I guess we won't be seeing Hiatt after this season. Not that Herc would know... not watching the Shield is fucking lame.

  • May 15, 2007, 4:18 a.m. CST

    this article actually got titles wrong

    by Napoleon Park

    "Viva :aughlin", not 'Laughlin' and "The Big Bang Theory", not 'Big Bang'. It's okay to nickname or shorthand a title, but not so much while you're actually announcing it for the first time. It's like those magazines that obscure the logo on the first issue. <p? So the show that was already being compared to 'Forever Knight' and 'Angel' changes it's name to the first two syllables from "Moonlighting?" Why not just go to Marvel and do a Hannibal King series? (Answer, because people not familiar with the mid-'70s "Tomb Of Dracula" comic book series would think the name was based on Hannibal Lector and Stephen King.)

  • May 15, 2007, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Vampire Detective?

    by Athanatos

    Talk about been there done that... Joss Whedon should sue...P.N. Elrod should sue as well. How about a show about a vampire astronaut? Think of the money NASA would save...

  • May 15, 2007, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Based on this and NBC

    by paulrichard

    It sounds like the networks are in for another crappy season. These new shows sound awful (let's all be grateful for cable).

  • May 15, 2007, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Julius Dithers...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...The answer to your spoileriffic question, without being too spoilery myself, is no. He lives, why he's up for a new show...well, you'll see in the final ep of the season (this has been another great season of The Shield by the way, too bad it was only ten episodes long).

  • May 15, 2007, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Sledge Hammer...

    by Julius Dithers

    I'm loving this season of The Shield. As for Detective Hiatt, perhaps he was a little too hard on the new face of the department? Or so I heard...

  • May 15, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST

    A musical with Madchen Amick?!?

    by chrth

    Not only am I there, I'm already declaring it the best new show of the season!

  • May 15, 2007, 5:54 a.m. CST

    How can they fuck up Blackpool

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Blackpool was an amazing musical and show. Why in gods name would they want to fuck it up so badly?

  • May 15, 2007, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Titus Polo vs the undead

    by Sit and Watch

    bring it on!

  • May 15, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Thirteen!

    by BLWiseass

    Man i hope to god they pick up the Ray Stevenson show

  • May 15, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    The Walking DEAD Dammit!

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    Fuck this other pilot. Have HBO make a Walking Dead series PRONTO!!!

  • May 15, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    THIS YEAR'S LITTLE MISS COP ROCK!

    by Billy Goat

    "Laughlin"'s a musical, huh? Can't wait to hear Wings Hauser's singing voice.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Just bring back ANGEL! Assholes!!!

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Herc please give your thoughts on GG finale!?

  • May 15, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    I remember Forever Knight!

    by vikingkitty

    I even remember the last season, the one shown on the USA Network.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    ABC schedule out TODAY

    by Mister Man

    Where are the comments? "Cavemen" - "My Mother the Car" of the 00s??? Without "Lost," who's watching the Alpha net this fall, anyway??

  • May 15, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    How is this messing up Blackpool?

    by Plum

    Americanization doesn't automatically spell disaster. Okay, most of the time it does, but The Office worked out okay. Anyway, if you liked Blackpool I think it's worth witholding judgment on Laughlin until we at least see clips or something. All we have right now is a few bits of promo monkey description. Bravo to CBS for being ballsy enough to risk a musical TV show- if it fails, at least it'll fail with ambition instead of from complete creative bankruptcy and laziness.

  • May 15, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    They better bring back Jericho

    by Pongo

    I'm going to be infuriated if they don't bring back Jericho and replace it with one of the 4 hourlongs they picked up--each one sounds infinitely worse, and that's saying something with how corny Jericho seems.

  • May 15, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Jericho's gone, Pongo.

    by CatVutt

    According to Auseillo anyway.

  • May 15, 2007, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Jericho

    by Jor-El23

    I can't believe they killed Johnston! Gerald McCraney rules! That guy can not catch a break!

  • May 15, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Vampires? Again?

    by Ironmuskrat

    Wow, CBS isn't even trying to breath new life into the vampire franchise. A vampire detective? wow, I wonder if he has a ragtag band of demons, vampire hunters and swishy British eggheads helping him? <p> At least FOX back in the tried to do a series around werewolves, it sucked, but at least they tried something new. <p> Zombies, Zombies, Zombies! You really have to wonder why TV executives won't do a series based around world filled with zombies. The first network to final get the balls to do a zombie show will have a hit on their hands. Especially one like The Walking Dead, a serious show, not some campy/comedic crap.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Jericho's just got canned

    by Purgatori

    and the guy playing the vampire is the son of Bon Scott???!!! WTF? When was he sober enough to impregnate someone?

  • May 15, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Crime Time After Prime Time

    by Purgatori

    CBS actually did something right with that. Who else would rather watch that than fucking Jimmy Kimmel?? (yes I know Kimmel is ABC, I'm making a point) Also, USA killed Forever Knight (literally and figuratively) in that 3rd season. It makes Angel's season with all the Jasmine bullshit seem fucking Emmy worthy.

  • May 15, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Americanization DOES automatically spell disaster!

    by DallasGoodbar

    Ever heard of Men Behaving Badly? Coupling? Brit-sit haven't traveled well here since the days of All in the Family and Three's Company, and Sanford and Son. With these turbulent times and alternative lifestyles challenging the status quo maybe there's some material that can be mined from it. I can't wait to hear "Nappy-headed ho" on primetime, BET excluded! LOL!

  • May 15, 2007, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I'm not watcing new Shows.

    by modlight

    Cancelled Jericho?! COME ON!?!! WHAT THE FUCK!!! Sooo basically a show has to be a huge it immediately like Lost and have no where to go but down, or they cancel it. I see. FUCK YOU NETWORKS, this is why everyone watches cable.

  • May 15, 2007, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Vampires and werewolves?

    by Doc_Strange

    Just vampires? Damn. I think it would be great if they made a vampire show about vampires hunting werewolves ala Underworld but more post-apocalyptic with a hotter, unknown chick.

  • May 15, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST

    I'm done with CBS as well

    by Pongo

    I love how TV executives give up on a show immediately. Under this logic, Seinfeld and Cheers wouldn't have been on the air past their first season either.

  • May 15, 2007, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Is tv trying to become extinct?

    by jccalhoun

    None of the shows that have been announced from the networks sound remotely interesting. Are they just trying to lose money? Are they just giving up? <br><br>The fall will once again record breaking low ratings for the networks.

  • May 15, 2007, 7:33 p.m. CST

    It seems like Twilight

    by sparkflyer

    ...just killed Babylon Fields. CBS is doing one genre show, two would be miraculous.

  • May 15, 2007, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Where's the ABC schedule?

    by theBigE

    EW has it listed already. C'mon Herc, do your job!!!

  • May 15, 2007, 8:52 p.m. CST

    You don't need to be sober to impregnate...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Trust me I know...

  • May 15, 2007, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Don't get excited about the 'zombie' show - it isn't...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    anything like you think, it is a dead return to life show in which one day the dead are back just like before they were dead with the same memories and personalities etc. No shuffling around asking for brains, more angst that their ex-wife has shacked up with the dentist when they have only been dead 3 months...

  • May 15, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST

    CBS shot themselves in the foot with Jericho

    by TVguy4566

    How does Jericho go from one of the season's rookie hits in November and December to cancelled in May? Simple, they mismanaged the show. They decided to not air any repeats in October, December, or January and opted to take it off the air for two months in winter instead. When it came back, the rating were abismal eventhough the quality of the show arguably got better. I swear programmers don't have a clue. Extended breaks are reserved between seasons, not midway through the season. This hurt Lost too. It may have sunk Veronica Mars. Either suck it up with a few weeks here and there of reruns or do the 24 approach and do a straight run where the season starts late or ends early. CBS had pretty much Wednesdays locked up. Now they gotta hope another show can be a strong lead for Criminal Minds. Yes, American Idol would have hurt Jericho's ratings no matter what, but probably not nearly as much with it's extended hiatus.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Jericho is cancelled

    by thevision

    Its done. I figured CBS couldn't handle a series with story arcs. I would have understood if it had bad ratings from the beginning but it didn't...they put the series on a long hiatus and expected it to compete with American Idol when it returned! Both Lost and Heroes shed viewers during their hiatus, but CBS can't handle setbacks- not the network for serialized dramas, stand-alone episodes only. I shudder to think what would have happened if Lost, Heroes or the excellent Friday Night Lights were on CBS. Its too late but they should have put Jericho on Friday after Ghost Whisperer.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST

    and Jericho is considered Sci-Fi

    by thevision

    Les Moonves doesn't like Sci-Fi, if its not a CSI or a derivative like NCIS, Criminal Minds, Numbers, etc., a ratings dip will spell its doom. I have no doubt Moonves was looking for any excuse to shitcan Jericho. I'm hoping NBC or FOX will pick it up as a mid season replacement.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:21 p.m. CST

    wait, a full on musical?

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    holy shit! awesome!

  • May 15, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST

    In a desert of police procedurals, Jericho was an oasis

    by Julius Dithers

    If FX would pick up Jericho and pile on the cussing and violence (and more hot midwestern black women), it would be worth a 12-episode season. CBS, I hope your news, sports and entertainment divisions rot in the ratings basement.

  • May 16, 2007, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Vampire Zombes are the

    by pud_mckenzie

    Worst Idea I have ever heard of. Zombies are good for one thing Eating Brains and basiclly Killing shit.

  • May 16, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    DON'T BE AFRAID, HERC!

    by biggles2_22

    L O S T TALK-BACK NOW!

  • May 16, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    It Ger-ain't Forever Knight without John Kapelos

    by mustang_dvs

    Crimetime after Primetime was awful, but it was fun.

  • May 16, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Feh. Feh, I say!!!

    by Shakalakaboom

    The real reason CBS may not air the zombie thing is that they don't want to give their core audience (old people) hope that they will be able to return from the grave and continue to complain about the kids today and the fact that the world is going to hell. Don't get me wrong: The world is going to hell and the kids do indeed suck (little dumbasses), but putting that false hope into the oldies' incredibly shrinking brains is a little cruel. So Shaka, what do we do about all of this atrocious TV, you ask? Watch DVDs, read books, go out and play. Do I have to think of everything?

  • May 16, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Babylon Fields

    by 300 monkeys

    is the best pilot I've read since "Smallville" (no, I didn't get to read Lost before seeing it). It'll be a shame if the show doesn't go.

  • May 16, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    seriously- a Walking Dead hourlong (HBO, I can dream)

    by samsquanch

    would change my life for the better.

  • May 16, 2007, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Where the hell are the werewolf cop shows?

    by Uncle Stan

    Damn it.

  • May 16, 2007, 8:39 p.m. CST

    LAW AND ORDER: SILVER BULLET UNIT

    by palimpsest

    You know it's coming soon.