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It looked like CBS was ready to stop for the day after ordering five dramas and two comedies to series for the 2014-2015 season, but late Friday (May 9) afternoon, the network gave out one more series order, picking up "CSI: Cyber."
"CSI: Cyber" stars Patricia Arquette and despite the title, the series actually will deal with the FBI's Cyber Crime Division. If the basics sound familiar, it's because Arquette's Avery Ryan debuted on the April 30 episode of "CSI."
A similar process saw CBS' "NCIS: New Orleans" characters and setting introduced in a spring two-parter.
There had been speculation that CBS might only pick up one of the nested spinoffs, but that speculation was incorrect, I guess.
Between those two spinoffs and the Matthew Perry-centric remake of "The Odd Couple," CBS is banking heavily on familiarity for the 2014-2015 season. [It remains to be seen if an additional semi-spinoff, "How I Met Your Dad" goes to series. On Thursday, a variety of media reports had the order a done-deal, but CBS and 20th Century Fox TV both denied the news and, as of Friday, it seemed like things were far-from-certain.]
While not quite on the level of Abraham fathering Isaac at the age of 100, it's a bit unusual that "CSI" should be spawning spinoffs going into its 14th season. After all, CBS surely that though the days of using "CSI" to spawn new shows was over. "CSI" was a wildly successful stud, with "CSI: Miami" running 10 seasons and "CSI: NY" running a respectable nine, but "CSI" outlived both of its progeny. Far from eating the end of its run, though, "CSI" continues to be unbeatable in its Tuesday 10 p.m. home overall and very tough to top in the key demographic.
The "CSI: Cyber" pick-up returns Arquette to the grounds upon which she briefly stomped after CBS snagged "Medium" from NBC's cancellation pile. Also expected to return to CBS is "CSI: NY" showrunner Pam Veasey, who would run the "CSI: Cyber" ship.
Stay tuned for more news as it breaks... Unless my head explodes...
Late Friday (May 9) afternoon, Comedy Central announced that Larry Wilmore has landed the coveted post-"Daily Show" time slot starting in January 2015.
With tongue-in-cheek very pointedly, Comedy Central promises that "The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore" will be "a comedic look at news, current events and pop culture from unique perspectives not typically on display in late night television." Underlining that point, Comedy Central teases that the show will "feature a diverse panel of voices currently underrepresented in comedy and television."
CBS picks up “CSI: Cyber” starring Patricia Arquette
Arquette will lead a team targeting cyber crimes and threats, starting with a pilot penned by “CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker, along with “CSI” bosses Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue, all of whom launched the original “CSI” in 2000.
Cheryl Hines gets engaged to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The “Suburgatory” star has good news to celebrate along with her bad cancelation news.
Poor, poor Tamron Hall. The NBC talking head tries to squeeze deep confessions and screaming out of the placid ladies of "My Five Wives: Tell All" (airing Sun. May 11 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC), but she's really in over her head. These wives may get their feelings hurt, they may even be a little jealous, but no way are they going to go all Maury Povich no matter how many time Hall tries to poke them.
Just keeping busy before its big schedule announcement on Sunday, NBC picked up a trio of comedies on Friday afternoon, including two from executive producer Will Ferrell.
The "Anchorman" star and "Anchorman" director Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions is behind "Bad Judge" and "Mission Control," which will be joined by "One Big Happy" on NBC's slate for next season. Sadly, Ferrell has nothing to do with "One Big Happy," but with Ellen DeGeneres executive producing, it doesn't lack for behind-the-scenes starpower.
“The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore” will replace “The Colbert Report”
Jon Stewart created the new format for his “senior black correspondent," who has been part of "The Daily Show" since 2006. Wilmore's show replaces Stephen Colbert in January.
It would be easy to think that the last name Coppola is a shortcut to becoming a filmmaker, but that would be dismissive, and honestly, sort of backwards. At this point, living up to that last name must be an intimidating prospect, but with her first film, Gia Coppola proves herself to be a deeply empathic filmmaker with a great sense of atmosphere. "Palo Alto," based on a collection of short stories by James Franco, is a lovely debut film, and a strong expression of just how it feels to be a teenager struggling to figure out your place in the world.
Forget about narrative. Forget about whether things add up in a typical A-B-C fashion. What makes "Palo Alto" special is the way it captures certain feelings, and it's not an easy thing. There were moments in the film where I found myself almost completely transported back to those long, weird, woozy nights where Teenage Drew made bad decisions and just plain didn't care. Something as simple as a party in a house where someone's parents are out of town becomes an excuse for Coppola to dig deep into the still-nascent souls of these aimless kids, and while she is very frank about showing how the currency of sex is such a casual thing for them on the surface, she's also very good at showing us the ways it actually impacts them in some permanent way.
The Dyatlov Pass incident sounds like the concept for a pretty fantastic horror movie, but unfortunately it isn't. The grim reality is that on Feb. 2 1959, nine college students hiked up the slopes of the Russian Ural Mountains but never made it out alive. That, of course, is tragic enough. What's more unsettling is that the students’ bodies were found scattered across the campsite in three distinct groups, some partially naked and with injuries including: crushed ribs, a fractured skull, and one hiker whose eyes had been gouged out and tongue removed. Not exactly the stuff you expect from, say, exposure to the elements.
No one has been able to fully explain this horrific scene, but now Discovery Channel and explorer Mike Libecki are giving it a shot with a two-hour special called "Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives" (airing Sun. June 1 at 9:00 p.m.) Okay, we may have lost you at "yeti," but have you got a better idea?
All week long as the other networks have been frantically renewing and canceling established shows and picking up new shows, CBS has been the cool kid leaning up against the wall in a leather jacket smoking a cigarette. [Yes, I'm picturing Pre-Upfronts Week as a '50s problem drama.]
Late Friday (May 9), CBS decided to get in on the action, announcing seven series pickups, five dramas and two comedies.
[Actually, it's kinda only six series pickups, since Vince Gilligan's "Battle Creek" had been acquired as a 13-episode series commitment pre-pilot.]
On the drama side, CBS is moving forward with the "Battle Creek," the planted spinoff "NCIS: New Orleans," "Stalker" (formerly "Untitled Kevin Williamson"), "Scorpion" and "Madam Secretary."
On the comedy side, CBS has ordered "The McCarthys" and "The Odd Couple" to series.
It's unclear which shows are headed for midseason and which are targeted for fall.
And CBS isn't expected to announce any additional pickups or cancellations today.
So let's get down to the details on CBS' new shows for the 2014-15 season, or at least the first batch.
Many of the events that occur on "Sex Sent Me to the ER (Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. on TLC) are worthy of wincing. This week, you'll not only wince, but cross your legs very, very tightly -- especially if you're a guy.