Fall TV season: CBS announces new dramas, one ‘Odd Couple'-like sitcom
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Looking for less '$%! My Dad Says’ and more ‘Odd Couple,’ CBS is adding two dramas and a sitcom to its next-season schedule as the top-rated network finalizes its new programming choices before its upfront presentations to advertisers this week in New York.
The network, which already announced two pickups so far with the J.J. Abrams crime drama, ‘Person of Interest,’ and Michael Patrick King’s ‘Two Broke Girls,’ will roll out its slate on Wednesday.
The dramas announced include ‘Unforgettable,’ formerly known as the Untitled Redlich/Bellucci Project and ‘The Rememberer,’ and ‘The 2-2,’ formerly called ‘The Rookies.’ The latter show comes from Robert De Niro’s production company, with the acclaimed actor serving as executive producer. Novelist Richard Price wrote the pilot.
There is also a half-hour comedy, dubbed ‘How to Be a Gentleman,’ that centers on an odd-couple pairing (but younger than the classic Felix-and-Oscar combo).
It’s not yet known where the shows will end up on the CBS schedule or whether they’ll premiere in fall or midseason.
[Updated at 1:40 p.m.: CBS has also ordered a pilot for a medical drama entitled ‘A Gifted Man’ (formerly known as the Susannah Grant project), starring Patrick Wilson.]
-- T.L. Stanley