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Extant: Halle Berry in a sci-fi thing that looks like AI meets Contact meets... eh, I don't even know.

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Boilerplate: The Upfronts that I write about are for the five main broadcast networks- NBC and FOX (Monday), ABC (Tuesday), CBS (Wednesday), and The CW (Thursday).  I don’t bother tracking the cable network Upfronts because I would never be able to stop writing.  TBS, USA, HBO, and so forth all have wildly different schedules and more new programming than you can shake a stick at. TNT is doing a Firestarter series set twenty years after the movie and some other really interesting stuff.  They're doing better at television than the original television networks now.

CBS renewed sixteen of their shows, which leaves little room for new stuff.  They renewed: The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Mike & Molly, The Millers, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Person Of Interest, Two and a Half Men, The Mentalist (why? because so much was left untold?!), and 2 Broke Girls

In the Gone Club are How I Met Your Mother (::cry::), We Are Men, The Crazy Ones, Hostages, Intelligence, Bad Teacher, and Friends With Better Lives

The network did not pick up How I Met Your Dad, a hotly anticipated How I Met Your Mother spin-off.  Here's the fall schedule, with new shows in ALL CAPS.  I may post more later about CBS, because they haven't released much yet in the way of pictures or video.

8 pm The Big Bang Theory/2 Broke Girls
8:30 Mom
10 pm NCIS: LA

8 pm NCIS
10 pm Person of Interest

8 pm Survivor
9 pm Criminal Minds

8 pm Thursday Night Football

THURSDAY (after football concludes)
8 pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30 pm The Millers
9 pm Two and a Half Men (final season)
10 pm Elementary

8 pm The Amazing Race
9 pm Hawaii Five-0
10 pm Blue Bloods

8 pm Crimetime Saturday
9 pm Crimetime Saturday
10 pm 48 Hours

7 pm 60 Minutes
9 pm The Good Wife

Scorpion: An eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.  Steven says: We already have this show.  It's called Person Of Interest.  We also have another flavor of this show- CSI: Cyber, listed below.  I'm still waiting for someone on this network to show me a NEW concept this year.

NCIS: New Orleans: The two-episode backdoor pilot takes a look at NCIS' New Orleans office, which handles cases from Pensacola, Fla., through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. New Orleans, with its rich setting of music, fun and debauchery, is a magnet for military personnel on-leave.  Scott Bakula, Zoe McLellan, Lucas Black, CCH Pounder and Paige Turco will star. Steven says: Why don't they just change the name of the netowrk to NCIS-CSI-CBS already?  Out of six new shows, one is an NCIS spinoff and one is a CSI spinoff.  Do we really need this many procedurals?

Stalker: A pair of detectives handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD in this thriller. Dylan McDermott will star as Detective Jack Larsen, a recent transfer to the Threat Assessment Unit from the Big Apple, and Maggie Q will play Detective Beth Davis, the head of the Unit.  Steven says: Boooooring.  It seems like CBS is trying to regain their octogenarian core audience.

The McCarthy's: This family comedy is about a loud, sports-crazy Boston clan. Steven says: I'll pass.

Madam Secretary: A drama about the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State (Tea Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. Steven says: Why does every stinking show with a lead female who is a politician/cop/doctor/lawyer have to include "a complex family life?"  I think I'll pass.  Tea Leoni will never do a better show than Flying Blind anyway.

CSI: Cyber: Patricia Arquette stars as the head of the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, who is tasked with solving crimes that start online and play out in the real world. Steven says: I'm mildly curious how much work they'll have to do to make computer crime into good television.  I'll pass.

Held for midseason: They renewed the Mentalist, although I can't for a millisecond fathom why, and that will be on in midseason.  There was also one more potentially funny midseason show:

The Odd Couple: Friends alum Matthew Perry and Reno 911!'s Thomas Lennon will star in the modern take on Neil Simon's 1965 Broadway play about polar opposite roomates. Steven says: These are two of the funniest men on television, so there's great potential here.  It could also furiously suck.

So to recap, here's my personal viewing schedule so far.  It's worth noting that since I'm in Germany, I won't actually be watching them in real time.  Here's what I'll be watching in the Fall.  Midseason shows aren't indicated here:

8 pm Gotham [FOX]
8 pm The Big Bang Theory [CBS]
10 pm The Blacklist [NBC]
10 pm Castle [ABC]

8 pm SELFIE  [ABC]
9  pm Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  [ABC]
10 pm Person of Interest [CBS]

10 pm Nashville  [ABC]

8 pm The Big Bang Theory [CBS] (after football concludes)
9 pm Scandal  [ABC]
9:30 pm A to Z [NBC]
10 pm Elementary [CBS]

9 pm Grimm [NBC]
10 pm Constantine [NBC]

8 pm The Simpsons [FOX]
9 pm Family Guy [FOX]
10 pm Revenge [ABC]

More tomorrow.  There's just one Upfront left- The CW.


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