CBS is the latest network to reveal sneak preview synopsis videos of upcoming CBS 2016 shows and even a few teasers for 2017. Among the offerings of new shows are new sitcoms for former sitcom stars Joel McHale, Kevin James, and Matt LeBlanc. Also returning to the small screen is Katherine Heigl who is appearing in yet another new show as a feisty but smart, blonde, professional woman.
Unlike the other networks, CBS 2016 shows are shying away from supernatural storylines, comic book characters, and sci-fi fare with the exception of a proposed reboot of Star Trek. Also being rebooted this season is a new version of the tinkerer (and a much younger) MacGyver that is starring Lucus Till and former CSI star George Eads.
CBS is also offering Training Day, loosely based on the movie, and Bull, a show that is also loosely based on Dr. Phil McGraw.
Among the new CBS 2016 shows for the fall are:
Stars: Michael Weatherly
Description: This story of Dr. Jason Bull is a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. Bull is the founder of a profitable trial consulting firm. CBS says that the character is “brilliant, brash and charming” and “combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused, tick.” McGraw, his son Jay McGraw, and Steven Spielberg are among the show’s producers.
The Great Indoors
Stars: Joel McHale
Description: McHale plays Jack, a former adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who becomes a desk-bound boss to a bunch of writers much younger than himself. CBS says that if Jack is “patient, he may be able to show these kids that the outside world is much more than something on a screen… if he doesn’t beat them with their selfie-sticks first.”
Kevin Can Wait
Stars: Kevin James and Erinn Hayes
Description: James plays a newly retired police officer who looks forward to spending quality time with his family (a wife and three children). Only he realizes that his family life is tougher than his previous work. His oldest daughter is dropping out of college so she can support her unemployed fiancé, his middle daughter is having trouble at school, and his son is a hypochondriac.
Stars: Lucas Till, George Eads
Description: This show is a reimagining of the classic series that stars Till as the 20-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver who uses his extraordinary talent of problem-solving skills to get out of binds and save the lives of others. CBS says that MacGyver will escape “perilous situations with nothing but a paperclip, his trusty Swiss Army knife and his wit.”
Man With A Plan
Stars: Matt LeBlanc
Description: LeBlanc plays a contractor husband who begins to spend more time at home when his wife goes back to work. It is here that he learns the truth about his kids – they aren’t the little angels he thought they were. Pre-teen daughter Kate is a “master manipulator, middle son Teddy is preoccupied and the youngest, Emme, is nervous about attending kindergarten.”
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Stars: Augustus Prew
Description: A new medical drama about a young billionaire who built a state-of-the-art hospital to treat the rarest and oddest medical mysteries at no cost to the patients.
Stars: Bill Paxton
Description: This crime thriller begins 15 years after the events of the movie of the same name where an idealistic police officer is partnered with an older “morally ambiguous detective.” CBS says that the drama includes “Rebecca Lee, a formidable officer with killer aim and a dark past, and Tommy Campbell, a former pro surfer who follows Frank’s orders without hesitation and Holly Butler, a well-connected, unapologetic Hollywood madam.”
Stars: Katherine Heigl, Steven Pasquale, and Laverne Cox
Description: Sadie Ellis is a brilliant attorney who falls for her client, Billy Brennan, a plastic surgeon who is accused of murdering his wife. Also at the firm is transgender Cameron Wirth who is no stranger to controversy and injustice. (Doubt apparently has been retooled, so a preview video is not available at this time).
Description: Not much is known about this reboot of the classic TV series except for what is mentioned in the trailer below and that it airs sometime in 2017.
[Image courtesy of CBS]