CBS cuts deep for new TV comedies, dramas
Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | 1:10 PM ET
Actor Daniel Dae Kim, who has been based in Hawaii for the nearly completed TV series Lost, will stay put for the upcoming revival of Hawaii Five-O. (Marco Garcia/Associated Press)U.S. network CBS, home to the hit CSI franchise as well as comedies like How I Met Your Mother, has cut seven shows from its lineup to make way for a new slate of high-profile drama and comedy projects.
On Wednesday, the network revealed details about six new shows joining its fall lineup starring recognizable names like William Shatner, Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg.
Canadian star Shatner will star in the Twitter-inspired, much anticipated comedy series Shit My Dad Says, about a 20-something man who posts the rants of his cantankerous, opinionated father online and develops a huge following.
Selleck and Wahlberg will star in Blue Bloods, a drama about several generations of a family of New York Cops, while Daniel Dae Kim — one of the regular cast of departing ABC series Lost — will star in a modern revival of '70s cop drama Hawaii Five-O.
Other additions include:
- Comedy-drama The Defenders, featuring Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell as a pair of Las Vegas attorneys.
- Romantic comedy Mike & Molly, about a working class couple who meet through Overeaters Anonymous.
- An as-yet-unnamed spinoff of Criminal Minds, set to star Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker.
To clear out space for the newcomers, however, CBS cancelled a raft of programs, including The New Adventures of Old Christine, Ghost Whisperer, Cold Case, Numb3rs and fledgling shows Miami Medical, Gary Unmarried and Accidentally on Purpose.
A strong slate of high-rated shows remain on the CBS sched, including the three CSI shows, the two NCIS programs, comedy hits How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement, Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory and reality stalwarts Survivor and The Amazing Race.With files from The Associated Press
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