May 10, 2013
CBS is going for star power — both in front and behind the camera — with its series pickups. The network has ordered projects starring Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Will Arnett, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Josh Holloway, and Marg Helgenberger from writers/producers Chuck Lorre, Greg Garcia, David E. Kelley and Jerry Bruckheimer.
Living up to the buzz that CBS has been higher on its comedy pilots than dramas this season, the network has picked up four new comedy series vs. two dramas. The comedies are two multi-camera — Lorre’s Mom and Garcia’s multi-camera project, now titled The Millers – and two single-camera — Kelley’s Crazy Ones starring Robin Williams and We Are Men (formerly untitled Rob Greenberg). This marks the first time in five years that CBS will have a single-camera on the air, since Worst Week in 2008.
The four new comedy series is twice what CBS ordered last year and the largest half-hour contingent in years as the network is preparing for the departure of How I Met Your Mother and possibly Two And A Half Men. With at least four new half-hour series (and five returning), the network will certainly open a second comedy hour. Picking up the little older-skewing single-camera Crazy Ones and We Are Men seems to fall in line with speculation about a possible comedy block Friday. An expansion on Thursday also is a possibility.
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