Even though the janitors JUST finished sweeping up the red plastic cups from The CW’s post-Upfronts punch-bowl party, the Upfronts are NOT over! In an slightly unexpected maneuver, CBS has ordered one more pilot to series: the TV adaptation of the Cameron Diaz’s 2011 zinger Bad Teacher.
Given the late decision, CBS will save this one for midseason. I’m guessing the network finally got a look at its crop of new sitcoms and panicked a bit. Plus, now that the network is expanding its Thursday comedy block to two hours, that’s eight laughers on the schedule and there’s nothing wrong with having a little backup.
Single-camera comedy Bad Teacher stars Ari Graynor in the role Diaz portrayed, that of a divorced woman who starts teaching to find a husband. I’m still trying to figure out how this setup is actually supposed to make sense. Doesn’t she know that she’ll be teaching KIDS? Is she trying to marry a kid? Is she going after single dads? Does she have eyes on the gym teacher? The series also stars Ryan Hansen, David Alan Grier, Kristin Davis, and Sara Gilbert.
CBS Fall Schedule Revealed: Thursday Comedy Block Expands, Person of Interest, Hawaii Five-0 on the Move, Mike & Molly Held to Midseason
CBS on Wednesday morning revealed its primetime line-up for the 2013-14 TV season and herewith are the headlines: The Eye network is expanding its Thursday comedy block into the 9 pm hour, with the Robin-Williams-Sarah Michelle Gellar comedy Crazy Ones snagging the 9/8c anchor position; Person of Interest is on the move to Tuesdays at 10/9c; and Hawaii Five-0 is being relocated to Fridays at 9/8c.
Also of note: CBS is swapping one Chuck Lorre comedy for another on Mondays at 9:30/8:30c, with new sitcom Mom bumping midseason-bound Mike & Molly (Eye prez Nina Tassler assured that the Melissa McCarthy sitcom will be back with a full season’s worth of 22 episodes), and 15-episode thriller Hostages has scored H50‘s Monday 10/9c timeslot (Josh Holloway’s Intelligence will take over when Hostages‘ run ends.)
Tassler also confirmed that the NCIS: LA offshoot NCIS: Red is DOA. “We’d love to try [launching another spin-off] again,” she said, “but protecting [the NCIS franchise] was really important.”
On tap for midseason, in addition to Mike & Molly: New seriesFriends with Better Lives and Reckless.
All told, the CBS schedule looks like this. (New shows are in CAPS)
8/7c How I Met Your Mother
8:30 pm WE ARE MEN
9 pm Two Broke Girls
9:30 pm MOM
10 pm HOSTAGES/INTELLIGENCE
8 pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30 pm THE MILLERS
9 pm THE CRAZY ONES
9:30 pm Two and a Half Men
10 pm Elementary
8 pm Undercover Boss
9 pm Hawaii Five-0
10 pm Blue Bloods
8 pm Comedy encores
9 pm Drama encores
10 pm 48 Hours
NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: CSI: NY, Golden Boy, Made In Jersey, Vegas, Partners and Rules of Engagement