2011-2012 Television Season


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Logline: Based on the DC Comics title, published by DC Entertainment, this hourlong drama is a modern retelling of the legendary DC Comics character Green Arrow.

Cast: Stephen Amell, Paul Blackthorne (second position to ABC's The River), Jamey Sheridan, David Ramsey, Colin Donnell, Susanna Thompson, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, Colin Salmon (recurring)

Team: EP/W Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg; D David Nutter

Studio: Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television

Location: Vancouver


Beauty and the Beast

Logline: Loosely based on CBS’ Beauty and the Beast series from the 1980s, this is a modern-day romantic love story with a procedural twist.

Cast: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Austin Basis, Nicole Gale Anderson, Nina Lisandrello

Team: EP/W Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper; EP Paul J. Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Ron Koslow, Bill Haber; D Gary Fleder

Studio: CBS Television Studios

Location: Toronto


The Carrie Diaries

Logline: Based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, a young Carrie Bradshaw comes of age in the 1980s, asking her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan.

Cast: AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Brendan Dooling, Freema Agyeman, Stefania Owen, Katie Findlay, Ellen Wong, Matt Letscher

Team: EP/W Amy Harris; EP Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein, Candace Bushnell; D Miguel Arteta

Studio: Fake Empire in association with Warner Bros. Television

Location: New York



Logline: An inquisitive, young female production assistant on a wildly popular television show joins a journalist blogger in investigating the show's rabid fans. Together, the duo finds the fans might be recreating crime scenes from the show in their real lives -- behavior that has lead to a rash of disappearances and a likely murder.

Cast: Jessica Lucas, Alona Tal, Robert Knepper

Team: EP/W Rockne O'Bannon; EP Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein; D Jason Ensler

Studio: Warner Bros. TV, Fake Empire

Location: Vancouver


First Cut

Logline: Glad to leave her nerdy past behind for a fresh start in the adult professional world, a newly minted doctor discovers that, sadly and comically, life at the hospital where she works is no different than high school.

Cast: Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley, Michael Rady, Kelly J. McCreary, Aja Naomi King

Team: W/EP Jennie Snyder Urman; EP Dan Jinks; D Bharat Nalluri

Studio: CBS Television Studios

Location: Vancouver


Joey Dakota

Logline: Based on the Israeli format Danny Hollywood. In this romantic-time-travel-musical, a documentary filmmaker travels back in time to the 1990’s where she meets and falls in love with the rock star subject of her film. When she unexpectedly returns to present day, she must find her way back to the past to reunite with her love and prevent his untimely death.

Cast: Amber Stevens, Leah Renee

Team: W: Bert Royal; EP Mark Harmon, Kim Tannenbaum, Eric Tannenbaum, Martha Haight; D Allan Arkush

Studio: CBS Television Studios, Harmon/Tannenbaum

Location: Vancouver


The Selection

Logline: Based on the forthcoming series of books by Kiera Cass, The Selection is an epic romance set 300 years in the future which centers on a poor young woman who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads.

Cast: Aimee Teegarden, Ethan Peck, Sean Patrick Thomas, Peta Sergeant, Lenor Varela, Martin Donovan, Celia Massingham

Team: W/EP Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain; D Mark Piznarski

Studio: Warner Bros. Television

Location: Vancouver



Logline: Drama set at an historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional and often comical needs of the guests while navigating friendships, rivalries and romances of their own.


Team: W/EP Mark Schwahn; EP J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk

Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions, Mastermind Laboratories

Location: Charlotte, N.C.


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10 years ago CBS was known as the old people's network.

CBS continues to find widespread success when it comes to TV ratings, in a way that no doubt inspires a lot of jealousy among their competitors. To illustrate, today CBS confirmed that 18 of their shows are renewed in one fell swoop, as the network continues to boast stability that's hard not to be impressed by.

Among new series, Person of Interest and 2 Broke Girls got their expected renewals, after very successful first seasons. Also now officially renewed are Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Hawaii Five-0, Criminal Minds, CSI, The Mentalist, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours Mystery. They join the already-renewed How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory and Survivor.

Attempting to get a jump on the questions raised by the lack of Two and a Half Men (still a huge hit), CBS notes they are in preliminary discussions with Warner Bros. about "future seasons" of the show. No doubt all the participants want it back – the big sticking point will be getting Ashton Kutcher to commit to more seasons, as his initial contract was just for one year.

Notable by their absence on the list of renewals are CSI: New York and CSI: Miami, both of which are in a more precarious position this year, after dwindling ratings. Also not accounted for are "bubble" series A Gifted Man, Unforgettable, Rob and Rules of Engagement. Few expect A Gifted Man or Unforgettable to be back, but Rob and Rules still have a shot, as CBS works on their pilots for next season.


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