As CBS counts down to its upfront presentation on Wednesday (May 16), the network has reportedly ordered four dramas and at least one comedy.
In addition to the previously expected pick-ups for the Hugh Jackman-produced "Viva Laughlin," the '70s swinger drama "Swingtown" and the Jimmy Smits-anchored ensemble "Cane" (most recently dubbed the untitled Cynthia Cidre pilot), the industry trade papers are reporting that CBS will sent "Moonlight" to series.
Formerly titled "Twilight," the "Angel"-esque drama stars Alex O'Loughlin as a vampire private investigator.
"Moonlight" takes the slot most observers were expecting to go to the zombie dramedy "Babylon Fields," which is still believed to at least be in contention for a midseason slot, along with the LL Cool J vehicle "The Man" and "Skip Tracer," which stars Stephen Dorff.
On the comedy side, the buzz is focusing on the Chuck Lorre multi-camera effort "The Big Bang Theory," starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco. "Big Bang" is moving back into favor after being developed last spring, reworked and largely recast. CBS also may take on "I'm in Hell" and "The Captain" as potential midseason comedies.
On the returning front, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that "The Unit" and "Ghost Whisperer" are looking good (along with the previously speculated renewals for "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Rules of Engagement" and the foregone conclusion renewal of "Criminal Minds"). While the HR makes no reference to "How I Met Your Mother," Variety merely says that it's expected to return.
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