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CBS fall lineup: Four new comedies
CBS' lineup (on the jump) includes four new sitcoms, plus a familiar face (above) returns to the tube, and so do a few others: Tony Shalhoub, Kal Penn, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, Toni Collette.
CBS TELEVISION NETWORK 2013-2014 PRIME TIME SCHEDULE (N=New, NT=New Time, all times ET/PT)
8-8:30 p.m. "How I Met Your Mother"
8:30-9:00 p.m. "We Are Men" (N) 9:00-9:30 p.m. "2 Broke Girls"
9:30-10:00 p.m. "Mom" (N)
10-11:00 p.m. "Hostages" (N) "Intelligence" (Mid-Season) (N)
8-9:00 p.m. "NCIS"
9-10:00 p.m. "NCIS: Los Angeles"
10-11:00 p.m. "Person of Interest" (NT)
8-9:00 p.m. "Survivor"
9-10:00 p.m. "Criminal Minds"
10-11:00 p.m. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
8-8:30 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory"
8-9:00 p.m. "The Millers" (N)
9-9:30 p.m. "The Crazy Ones" (N)
9-10:00 p.m."Two and a Half Men" (NT)
8-9:00 p.m. "Undercover Boss"
9-10:00 p.m. "Hawaii Five-0" (NT)
10-11:00 p.m. "Blue Bloods"
8-8:30 p.m. "Comedytime Saturday" (N)
8-9:00 p.m. "Comedytime Saturday" (N)
9-10:00 p.m. "Crimetime Saturday"
10-11:00 p.m. "48 Hours"
7-8:00 p.m. "60 Minutes"
8-9:00 p.m. "The Amazing Race"
9-10:00 p.m. "The Good Wife"
10-11:00 p.m. "The Mentalist"
"We Are Men" is a single-camera comedy about four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. Carter (Chris Smith), the youngest and most recent addition to the group, moved in after being ditched at the altar mid-ceremony, and is now eager to re-enter the dating scene and get on with his life with some guidance from his “band of brothers”: Frank Russo (Golden Globe and multiple Emmy Award winner Tony Shalhoub), a successful middle-age clothing manufacturer and four-time divorcée who still fancies himself a ladies man; Gil Bartis (Kal Penn), a small-business owner who was caught having the world’s worst affair; and Stuart Strickland (Jerry O’Connell), a speedo-wearing OB/GYN who’s hiding his assets until his second divorce is settled.
"Mom" is a comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris as a newly sober, single mom raising two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls, and multiple Emmy Award winner Allison Janney as her critical, estranged mother. Christy (Faris) is a waitress at a posh Napa Valley establishment who is four months clean and doing her best to be a good mom and overcome a history of questionable choices. Her sobriety is tested when Bonnie (Janney), her recovering alcoholic mom, reappears chock-full of passive-aggressive insights into Christy’s many mistakes.
"The Millers" stars Will Arnett as Nathan Miller, a recently divorced local roving news reporter looking forward to living the singles’ life until his parents’ marital problems unexpectedly derail his plans. After Nathan finally breaks the news of his divorce to his parents, Carol (Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale) and Tom (Emmy Award winner Beau Bridges), his father is inspired to follow suit and stuns the family when he leaves his wife of 43 years.
Academy Award winner Robin Williams returns to series television in "The Crazy Ones," a single-camera workplace comedy about a larger-than-life advertising genius whose unorthodox methods and unpredictable behavior would get him fired . . . if he weren’t the boss. Simon Roberts (Williams) is the head of a powerful agency, with the biggest clients and brands in the world, but even more important to him is that his daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is by his side. As his partner, Sydney is Simon’s exact opposite — focused, organized and eager to make a name for herself, but also too busy parenting her father, which she’d resent if he wasn’t so brilliant at what he does. Joining them in the firm are the dashing and talented Zach (James Wolk); art director Andrew (Hamish Linklater), who’s as hardworking as he is neurotic; and the beautiful and deceptively smart assistant Lauren (Amanda Setton).
"Hostages," from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is a high-octane suspense drama starring Emmy Award winner Toni Collette as a premiere surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott). Dr. Ellen Sanders (Collette) and her family are held captive in their home by Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders her to assassinate the president (James Naughton) when she operates on him. His highly skilled accomplices include his brother-in-law Kramer (Rhys Coiro), whose loyalty to Carlisle will be tested; quick-tempered and intimidating Archer (Billy Brown), an ex-military man with a razor-sharp tongue; and the only woman involved, Sandrine (Sandrine Holt), a mysterious last-minute replacement to the team.