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CBS New Fall Shows: Trailers and Predictions

Watch the upfront trailers for the new Fall 2014 CBS shows and read our predictions!

Madam Secretary

About: “Tea Leoni stars as the Secretary of State, one of the most powerful people in the nation. After years away from the CIA, she is pulled back into the political arena where she gets things done, even if it means not always playing by the rules. She’s tough, fair and smart driving international diplomacy and wrangling office politics. But when she goes home for dinner with her husband and teenage children, politics takes on a whole new meaning.”

Cast: Tea Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller

Will we watch it: Watching paint dry is more fascinating than the trailer for Madam Secretary. It doesn’t help that Tea Leoni seems to have the personality of a wet mop. Even she’s falling asleep in the middle of her performance.

Prediction: This could have the potential to be the next The Good Wife but… let’s be real, it’s not going to be. We don’t see this being nearly as compelling or thought-provoking. Ultimately, we’re leaning towards an early cancellation forĀ Madam Secretary.

The McCarthys

About: “Based on writer Brian Gallivan’s real life, this family comedy is about a loud, sports-crazed Boston clan. At the center is the youngest son, Ronny, who is gay and somewhat sports-challenged. Hoping to gain some independence from his overly involved family, Ronny decides to take a job in Rhode Island. But plans change when his father stuns everyone and asks Ronny, instead of his more qualified siblings, to be his assistant high school basketball coach.”

Cast: Tyler Ritter, Jack McGee, Laurie Metclaf

Will we watch it: A gay son who doesn’t know anything about sports? How original! Nope.

Prediction: Maybe this show could have worked in the time slot right after Everybody Loves Raymond, but that was nearly ten years ago. The McCarthys isn’t funny, interesting, or different. Canceled.

NCIS: New Orleans

About: “All the action, drama and humor of NCIS in a colorful new city that harbors a dark side. NCIS: New Orleans, a planted spin-off, features Scott Bakula as the head of a dedicated team of Navy investigators in the Big Easy. With its rich setting of music, drinking and debauchery, New Orleans is a magnet for military personnel on leave. And with fun comes trouble, which is when this team is at its best.”

Cast: Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, CCH Pounder

Will we watch it: Given we’re not huge fans of the original NCIS or NCIS: Los Angeles (we think it’s Los Angeles?), we’ll probably have to give New Orleans a pass.

Prediction: It certainly looks like NCIS. The question is: Does CBS have room for another NCIS spin-off? The answer: Probably… After all, it’s the highest-rated show on CBS.


About: “Inspired by a true story, Scorpion is a quirky, humor-filled adrenaline rush that follows an eccentric genius and his network of nerdy prodigies. They operate as a think tank formed by Homeland Security, and their task: to deal with the complex threats of the modern age. Solving the most mind-boggling national issues comes naturally to them, but these socially awkward misfits can’t seem to get out of their own way when it comes to life outside the laboratory.”

Cast: Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Robert Patrick

Will we watch it: “My name is Walter O’Brien… and I’m a genius.” Stellar writing, folks. Scorpion looks like yet another Sherlock Holmes variant – if that scene where Walter gives a waitress the Sherlock scan and draws several different conclusions about her personal life didn’t already tip you off. There’s also a guy wearing a fedora and Katharine McPhee right off her stint on NBC’s ill-conceived Smash. Next!

Prediction: Canceled. Then again, Numb3rs kept getting renewed for some inexplicable reason.


About: “Who better to track a stalker than someone who shares similar behavioral traits? That’s the premise behind this smart psychological thriller about detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Threat Management Unit. They take on all forms of stalking cases, from voyeurism to cyber harassment, all while trying to keep their own obsessions at bay.”

Cast: Dylan McDermott, Maggie Q

Will we watch it: We love Maggie Q, but we don’t love the premise of this show. There’s only so much you can do when stalking is the entire basis of your show.

Prediction: It looks like Criminal Minds, but with stalkers instead of serial killers (or maybe both in one). However, we could see this being an instant hit with the CBS audience.

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