UPDATE MONDAY 6:30AM Never underestimate the power of the Tom Selleck/CBS combo. I hear the family cop show Blue Bloods aka Reagan’s Law starring Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg tested through the roof and now appears likely to get a series pickup. Now Selleck will have a series and a movie franchise (Jesse Stone) on the network. BTW, the network is now starting to make its pickup calls I hear. Stay tuned.
UPDATE SUNDAY 8:30PM: I also hear Mad Love is in contention for midseason. One thing that is holding things up I hear is Lizzy Caplan, who was billed as guest star in the pilot and is yet to commit to stay on as a regular. I also hear that Gary Unmarried‘s renewal chances don’t look good. Meanwhile Ghost Whisperer is looking promising to return for another season, possibly paired again with Medium, whose pickup is pretty much wrapped up.
PREVIOUS SUNDAY 4PM: As usual, it’s radio silence out of CBS, which is expected to start picking up its new series tomorrow morning. But on the comedy side, Bleep My Dad Says is pretty much assured a series order, joining the recently picked up new Chuck Lorre comedy Mike & Molly. I hear another comedy pilot, Mad Love aka True Love, also remains in contention. I also hear Team Spitz is dead, and Livin’ on a Prayer is no longer a serious contender, at least for fall. The network’s final comedy scheduling plans hinge on the outcome of the New Adventures of Old Christine renewal negotiations with Warner Bros, which are still going on. But Warner Bros is also talking to ABC about moving the series. (Another veteran, the Sony-produced Rules of Engagement, still looks very good to return for its first full season in years.)
Drama-wise, Hawaii Five-O and Defenders’ orders seem a sure thing. Legal drama Defenders has already been making deals with writers, with former Without A Trace co-showrunner Greg Walker on board as showrunner. Remaining in contention are Chaos and the Criminal Minds spinoff I hear, with the John Wells-produced medical drama also a possibility, probably for midseason.
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