CBS Won’t Be Adding Many New Shows This Fall
It looks like CBS’s fall 2013 schedule will be lacking in new series, according to network head honcho Les Moonves, who told analysts yesterday, “We aren’t going to need very much … my guess is there aren’t going to be a lot of new shows.” Ratings are so high on most of the network’s shows that a vast number of replacements won’t be needed next season, and that definitely applies to comedies.
For the past few seasons, CBS has had a two-hour-long comedy block on Mondays and one hour of comedies on Thursdays, and so far, the freshman series Partners is the only sitcom that the network won’t be bringing back, leaving just one half-hour hole in the schedule. For the new season, you can probably expect CBS to pick up 2-3 new series, with at least one of those being saved for midseason. With a strong batch of comedy pilots that includes Chuck Lorre’s Anna Faris series Mom, a Robin Williams/David E. Kelley workplace show, and a family comedy from Easy A director Will Gluck and Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan called The McCarthys, it’s gonna be super competitive to land a fall timeslot on everyone’s parents’ and grandparents’ favorite TV network.