CBS Orders Chuck Lorre's 'Mom,' Robin Williams' 'Crazy Ones,' Will Arnett Comedy, More
Among the network's six series orders are Jerry Bruckheimer's Toni Collette drama "Hostages" and Josh Holloway starrer "Intelligence."
With few holes to fill on its schedule, CBS on Friday added at least six new series.
The No. 1 network handed out series orders for two dramas, Josh Holloway's Intelligence and Jerry Bruckheimer's Toni Collette starrer Hostages, as well as four comedies. The latter doubles last year's comedy orders, which included since-canceled Partners and never-aired Friend Me. Among this season's half-hours: Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar vehicle Crazy Ones, Greg Garcia's Will Arnett comedy The Millers and Chuck Lorre's multicamera comedy Mom.
For Lorre, this will mean CBS' 2013-14 season will feature four of his shows. Mike and Molly, The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men have already been renewed, with Anna Faris starrer Mom considered a front-runner since it was ordered to pilot based on a spec in August. For Crazy Ones creator David E. Kelley, the news comes shortly after TNT canceled his freshman medical drama Monday Mornings.
Here's a look at what's been ordered so far, with more expected to come ahead of the network's upfront presentation to Madison Avenue advertisers next week:
Logline: Follows Ellen (Toni Collette), a Washington, D.C., surgeon who is thrown into a political conspiracy after being chosen to operate on the president of the United States. Her family is taken hostage, and it's her responsibility to save their lives. It is based on an Israeli format by Alon Aranya, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir that was never produced.
Cast: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan (second position to NBC's Deception),Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Mateus Ward, Quinn Shephard, James Naughton
Team: W/EP/D Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow) EP Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir; EP/showrunner Rick Eid (CSI); Chayim Sharir; Co-EP: KristieAnne Reed, Alon Aranya
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television
Logline: Centers on U.S. Cyber Command, a unit that has been created around one agent (Lost's Josh Holloway) with a very special gift: a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
Cast: Josh Holloway (Lost), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Meghan Ory (1st position to ABC's Once Upon a Time), Michael Rady, James Martinez (Breaking Bad), PJ Byrne, John Billingsley (guest), Will Yun Lee (guest star)
Team: W/EP Michael Seitzman (North Country); EP/D David Semel (No Ordinary Family); EP Tripp Vinson, Rene Echvarria
Studio: ABC Studios, CBS Television Studios
We Are Men* (previously Ex-Men)
Logline: A young guy (Chris Smith) who finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys (Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub) he meets in a short-term rental complex.
Cast: Chris Smith, Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub, Rebecca Breeds
Team: W/EP/D Rob Greenberg (How I Met Your Mother); EP Eric and Kim Tannenbaum
Studio: CBS Television, Tannenbaum Co.
Mom (from spec)
Logline: Revolves around a newly sober single mom (Scary Movie's Anna Faris) who tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley.
Cast: Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Nate Corddry, Matt Jones (Breaking Bad), Spencer Daniels, Blake Garrett Rosenthal, Sadie Calvano, French Stewart
Team: W/EP Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Gemma Baker (Two and a Half Men)
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Chuck Lorre Productions
The Millers (previously the unauthorized Greg Garcia project)
Logline: A recently divorced man's (Will Arnett) life is complicated when his parents decide to move in with him.
Team: W/EP Greg Garcia (Raising Hope); D James Burrows
Cast: Will Arnett (2nd position to NBC's Up All Night), Margo Martindale (Justified), Beau Bridges, JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It's Always Sunny),Michael Rapaport, Eve Moon, Cole Ewing
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Logline: A father-daughter (Robin Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar) workplace comedy set in the world of advertising.
Cast: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, Amanda Setton (The Mindy Project)
Team: W/EP David E. Kelley (Boston Legal); EP Dean Lorey, Bill D'Elia, John Montgomery, Mark Teitelbaum; EP/D Jason Winer
Studio: 20th Television
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