CBS fall development: The Robs (Riggle and Schneider) want to entertain you

CBS-developmentImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Chris Hatcher/PR Photos; Amanda Meredith/PR Photos; Al Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesCBS may not have a project like Wonder Woman that’s eating up all the headlines, nor does it have a much-anticipated reboot in the works that has fans hoping for the best (and even anticipating the worst). But the No. 1 network (in viewers) doesn’t need to make a lot of noise with its fall 2011 development, especially when it continues to succeed with tried-and-true formats featuring law dogs and crime-fighting duos.

That said, the network does have a serious weapon in its arsenal that could end up upstaging Woman and those three angels on ABC. I’m talking to all you Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans: Sarah Michelle Gellar probably had her choice of pilots this season but she chose to star in Ringer, a drama about a troubled young gal who hides out by assuming the life of her wealthy twin sister. Not bad, eh? And speaking of potential scene stealers, J.J. Abrams may have drummed up a lot of interest in his Alcatraz pilot at Fox, but he also found time to sell CBS a pilot called Person of Interest, which features Lostie Michael Emerson as a billionaire who hires a presumed-dead ex-CIA agent to fight violent crime in New York City.

Too bad the net’s other drama pilots don’t seem particularly extraordinary — though Christine Lahti in another medical drama sounds promising if you’re a big fan of her work in Chicago Hope. At this stage, it’s always hard to gauge a show’s appeal based on a simple log line (if only I can recall the one line that described The Good Wife), but I can’t say the descriptions for Hail Mary and Rookies sound particularly exciting. You?

The network’s comedy development may not be breaking new ground, but nothing screams this won’t work. On the contrary, the new Rob Schneider project already seems like a perfect fit for the guy, and Rob Riggle as an ex-pro footballer player could fit nicely alongside Mike & Molly or even Rules of Engagement. (For more about what we think will go and what will stay in primetime come fall, click on our scorecard here).

Here are CBS’s fall drama and comedy pilots:

The Doctor (Rina Mimoun, David Nutter) — A mother reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice (drama).

Hail Mary (Joel Silver, Ilene Chaiken, Brad Silberling, Jeff Wadlow) — Buddy P.I. show centered on a suburban single mom in Atlanta who teams up with a street-wise hustler to solve crimes (drama).

Ringer (Peter Traugott, Richard Shepard Eric Charmelo, Nicole Snyder) — On the run from the mob, a troubled young woman hides out by inhabiting the life of her wealthy twin sister, until she learns that her twin’s life has a bounty on it as well. Stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nestor Carbonell (drama).

Rookies (Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, James Mangold, Ken Sanzel, Richard Price) — Six NYPD rookies balance their personal lives with learning the beat on the streets of Manhattan (drama).

Untitled Redlich and Belluci (Ed Redlich, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, John Bellucci) — A female NYPD detective possesses the special ability to remember everything – although a gift in her job, it’s also a curse in her personal life (drama).

Untitled Susannah Grant project (Susannah Grant, Jonathan Demme, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly) — Ultra-Competitive surgeon’s life is changed forever when his ex-wife dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the here-after (drama).

Person of Interest (Jonah Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk) — Crime drama centered on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes in New York City (drama). Stars Michael Emerson.

Vince Uncensored (Pheof Sutton, Conan O’Brien, David Kissinger) — After a life-changing experience, a man decides to take a more honest approach to his life, work and family.  Multi-camera comedy (comedy).

Two Broke Girls (Michael Patrick King, Whitney Cummings) — Two broke girls, one expensive city – two broke 22-year-old girls tackle life in New York City (Brooklyn, to be exact) as they try to make their dreams come true (comedy).

Untitled Peter Knight office comedy (Doug Robinson, Peter Knight) — The untitled Peter Knight office comedy is a workplace ensemble centered around the young people who work at a high-powered venture capital firm (comedy).

How to be a Gentleman (David Hornsby, Ted Schachter) — Based on the book of the same name. It’s a male buddy comedy that follows an unlikely friendship between a traditional, uptight columnist and his rough-around-the-edges friend and trainer (comedy).

Home Game (Warren Bell, Chris Nowak, Mark Wahlberg, Steven Levinson) — About a retired NFL player who returns home to his wife and daughters. It stars Rob Riggle and Constance Zimmer (comedy).

Untitled sports radio show (Bill Martin, Mike Schiff, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum) — Inspired by ESPN personality Colin Cowherd’s outspoken sports talk show (comedy).

The Assistants (Tucker Cawley, Eric and; Kim Tannenbaum) — About a young ensemble about four assistant who work for a celebrity couple (comedy).

Rob Schneider project (Lew Morton, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum) — Schneider stars as a confirmed bachelor who has just married into a tight-knit Mexican-American family (comedy).

Home Grown (Jackie and Jeff Filgo, Andy Ackerman) —  A blue-collar man wrestles with how to parent his unmarried grown daughter and her 12-year-old son while sharing a house with them, his wife and his recently widowed mother (comedy).

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  • ML

    There’s a lot of anticipation for the SMG show. I really hope it doesn’t dissapoint.

    • HD

      The show does sound promising.

      • Doris

        Adding Nestor Carbonell (gorgeous Richard Alpert) to the mix definitely makes it a must-see for me!

      • chase

        I was agreeing w/ you AD till I read Doris’ comment. If Carbonell going to be in it, It may have a chance..

    • Bobby’s Robot

      Aside from that and Person of Interest, easily the weakest bunch of all the networks.

  • Kiki

    Rookies sounds a lot like Rookie Blue…is Rookie Blue coming back?

    • CaptainDeliciousCocoapapayaberrynanastrawmelongerinesFlavouredDeath

      Yes it is, Rookies is a COMPLETE rip-off of Rookie Blue. They couldn’t even think of an original title.

    • Dash

      I heard over the summer that Rookie Blue had been picked up for a second season but there was no planned release date. I’m hoping to see it this summer but have no idea if we will or not.

      • Chuck197038

        Rookie Blue will be back this summer on ABC/Global and it should be airing in late June. The networks should announce the airdate this spring when they release their summer season schedule

    • Tego Livi

      Any show about rookie cops balancing life with walking the beat is a ripoff of the long list of similar shows from the past 60 years. I can think of several without looking them up.

  • skeletor

    Person of Interest – so this “ex-CIA agent, presumed dead” is played by Terry Quinn, correct? Aren’t they doing a show together??
    Hopefully this is just a formality waiting to be confirmed..

    • Jeff M.

      No this is not that show sorry I heard that show got pushed back to next years pilot season. it is going to be called lock and key or oddjobs but this doesnt look good for that show now oh well

      • DKT

        Locke and Key is something completely different – an adaptation of Joe Hill’s comic book. (Unless there’s more than one Lock and Key out there…)

        I too thought this was going to be the Quinn/Emerson team-up. So sad it’s not.

      • Yo Yo

        Frankly, I’d watch Emerson and O’Quinn read the phone book… it’d be better than Two and Half Men.

    • David

      I am now in the awkward position of loving Emerson but hoping this Person of Interest show fails horribly.
      …The prospect of Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn reunited on television is worth any and all sacrifices along the way.

  • heather

    rookies sounds like the shoe rookie blue that was on this summer.

    • heather


  • chocolateislove

    Whoa, Nestor Carbonell is going to be in Ringer? Richard and Buffy in the same show?? I think my head is going to explode!

    • Dash

      Whoa what?!?!?! I didn’t read that. Um then yes I will be there just please don’t put it on Thursdays it’s already too full.

  • Leithen

    In re: the show based on Colin Cowherd, when has any show like this worked? There was the Jason Alexander one a couple of years ago based on Tony Kornheiser —that was just sad. There was Kitchen Confidential, based on Anthony Bourdain — also failed.

    Why do they keep trying this? When was the last show like this that worked?

    • Tego Livi

      The problem with making a show based on Colin Cowpat is that he’s basically an anus. He’s not as bad as some other loudmouth know-it-all radio hosts (including some sports guys and some non-sports), but that just means you can stand him a few minutes longer before you jump to another station.

  • Diane

    Hope SMG’s show is good. Also willing to bet that CBS winds up canceling shows with better rating than Wonder Woman has

  • Color Me Impressed

    The one with Michael Emerson actually sounds really good. I’m excited!

  • Christina

    Has CBS ever heard of Rookie Blue because their description of Rookies is Rookie Blue to a T.

  • Normalman

    None of the concepts is the least intriguing. Is Conan O’ Brien actually starring in a sitcom?

  • Gabe

    From everything I’ve read so far, Ringer sounds like a very intriguing show and concept. And adding Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nestor Carbonell was a great move to get cult fans on board (I love Buffy and Lost, so there’s no chance I’m not watching this)

    I really hope that this doesn’t disappoint

  • Dave

    Richard Alpert is in the Sarah Michelle Gellar show!

    • Ruby

      Can’t wait. LOVE that man.

  • PJL

    Why so many shows set in NYC? It’s nice to have Detroit and Chicago represented this year. How about Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Dallas? I’d love to see SMG back on tv but Ringer’s plot is straight out of several novels and doesn’t sound like it could go on for more than one season. There was a tv movie made of “Deceptions” in the ’80’s that has a very similar plot. I agree with others about Rookies/Rookie Blue being too similar. Also, there’s already been a Rookies. I think it was Charlie’s Angels’ Kate Jackson’s first major role.

  • Mikey M

    The SMG pilot could be done.

  • Hondo

    WHo is Colon Cowturd?

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