The TV Talk’s Fall Picks – CBS

While I’m counting down the days until fall, I’ve decided to detail the shows I’m looking forward to (and what I’m not) from each network. Disclaimer: I’ve only seen the trailers and am only going on my intuition as an avid TV viewer. The links will take you to the web site for each new show, click on them to watch trailers and see cast photos.

Returning Favorites:

Admittedly, I don’t watch that many returning CBS series, although probably more than most people under 50. But here goes:

After an amazing second season, “The Good Wife” returns on a new night and time.  The only thing I wish for is more “Christine Baranski.” I can’t get enough of Diane Lockhart. Sundays 9pm.

“How I Met Your Mother” returns for a 7th season, and I really hope that things start to move forward.  Last season was somewhat of an improvement with story arcs like the death of Marshall’s father. Here’s hoping for more emotional developments this season. Mondays 8pm.

I have never actually watched an episode of “Two and a Half Men,” and I don’t plan on starting now that Ashton Kutcher is taking the reins from Charlie Sheen. However, it is the highest-rated comedy on TV, so some people must enjoy it. Mondays 9pm.

I’m interested to see how “The Mentalist” will resolve (Spoiler Alert) what appears to be the death of Red John at the hands of Patrick Jane in last season’s explosive finale. Thursdays 10pm.

Another show I’ve never really followed, I’m interested to see how “Rules of Engagement” will do in such a strange time slot followed by comedy encores and true crime shows. If anyone can bring back scripted TV on the weekends, it’s CBS, considering how well their Friday night line-up does each year. Saturdays 8pm.

New Series:

I’m a huge Kat Dennings fan and “2 Broke Girls” looks great. Coming off the blockbuster smash “Thor,” I hope she brings some of that buzz with her. While I’m still not a fan of the traditional style of the show, this show seems to have an edge that could set it apart. Mondays 8:30pm.

The new “Mentalist” clone “Unforgettable” stars Poppy Montgomery as a woman with a gift for remembering everything she sees, albeit with one obligatory exception.  If you like crime procedurals, this might be for you. Tuesdays 10pm.

I haven’t made my mind up about “How to Be A Gentleman” yet. I was not an Entourage fan, and Kevin Dillon‘s schtick continues to do nothing for me here. However, I am a fan of David Hornsby, who plays the titular gentleman, from his work as Rickety Cricket on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and the fact that he’s married to Emily Deschanel from “Bones.” Thursdays 8:30pm.

“Person of Interest” could go either way for me as well. It has a great cast, including Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson and “Lost”‘s Michael Emerson. While the dark feel makes the trailer mysterious, it is the same thing that could make the show a little too bleak. I guess only time will tell. Thursdays 9pm.

I am interested in seeing how “A Gifted Man” plays out.  The trailer was decent and the cast seems good in it, and hopefully the show doesn’t get too sentimental about its premise, in which the deceased wife of a surgeon returns to him as a ghost.  The network has had success with the somewhat similar “The Ghost Whisperer” and two seasons of “Medium” on the same night, so this certainly has a shot. Fridays 8pm.

CBS has arguably the most solid line-up of the broadcast networks and they only have two series, the Robert De Niro-produced “The 2-2” and sleeper hit “Undercover Boss” for midseason.

Also, don’t forget to check out my take on FOX’s Fall Schedule, my take on NBC’s Fall Schedule, my take on ABC’s Fall Schedule, and my take on the CW’s Fall Schedule.

Sources: CBS, The Hollywood Reporter (1)

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