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CBS’s New Fall 2013 Shows

Instead of an actual trailer, CBS released these roughly 3-minute-long behind-the-scenes trailers with interviews from the show creators, writers, and actors.

Hostages

Synopsis: Toni Collette stars as a surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family’s taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle, played by Dylan McDermott.
Starring: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan

The cast is brilliant and talented and I’m a sucker for political thrillers. Plus, it looks different from a lot of the other new shows that got picked up for the upcoming fall TV season. It sounds more like a movie plot, so I’m interested to see how this will translate to a television series and on CBS of all places. You would think this sort of show would be more suited for cable, not the network that houses two different NCIS‘s and about several different incarnations of the long-running CSI. (I’m sure eventually they’ll get to CSI: Minneapolis.)

Verdict: Why not? I’ll check it out.

The Crazy Ones

Synopsis: A new comedy about an advertising genius with the biggest clients in the world
Starring: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater, Amanda Setton

Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar make an unlikely but promising duo. And how swoon-worthy is James Wolk? I gotta make a confession though, for some reason or another, I was obsessed with Robin Williams when I was younger. I made my dad take me to see all of his movies in theaters, and my parents are the type of people who’d rather rent a DVD and stay in. It was around the time he did Insomnia, where he played a psychotic villainous character, that my obsession went away. It was also around that time I learned that he’d once been a raging cokehead. But, I digress. I’m hopeful that this provides Gellar with another steady gig, since Buffy ended several years ago and Ringer didn’t work out so well. It’s also nice to see that Shauna from The Mindy Project got another job.

Verdict: I’ll watch the first couple episodes. It would be amazing if they got Kelly Clarkson to feature regularly on the show.

Mom

Synopsis: A new comedy from Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom raising two children in a world full of temptations.
Starring: Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Nate Corddry, French Stewart

Ugh, Chuck Lorre.

Verdict: Nah.

We Are Men

Synopsis: Four single guys living in a short-term apartment building find camaraderie over their missteps in love.
Starring: Tony Shalhoub, Chris Smith, Kal Penn, Jerry O’Connell

I guess I’m not really interested in watching a quartet of adult men trying to reclaim their masculinity… or whatever it is they’re doing on this show. I like Kal Penn and that guy who starred in Monk whose name I’m forgetting.* The latter plays the sleazy older character. You can’t help but think of Happy Endings, which reached the apex of its sitcome-life on ABC, when you watch this trailer. Here, guy gets left at the altar while fiance rides away into the sunset with a different dude. Sound familiar? Except, on this show, said runaway bride isn’t a main character. The groom gets life advice from a bunch of 30+ year old men, instead. Now I’m just bored and cranky because this is making me think of Happy Endings no longer being on the air. Boo!

*Tony Shalhoub. Monk would not approve of this role.

Verdict: Not even Kal Penn can get me to watch this show. Sorry, bro. I don’t think it’s the worst thing in the world, just not for me.

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