CBS 2015 Upfronts: trailers

Upcoming CBS titles include remakes of hit movies Rush Hour and Limitless; the Criminal Minds spinoff Beyond Borders; the medical drama Code Black and Supergirl and comedies Angel From Hell and the family comedy Life in Pieces.

Stephen Colbert kicks off on The Late Show on Sept. 8, and the two-hour TV movie series finale of CSI will air Sept. 27.

CBS has released the longest trailers yet from the US Upfronts:

Picked up to series
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Greg Berlani (w, ep), Ali Adler (w, ep), Sarah Schechter (ep)
LOGLINE: Focuses on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite. She is just beginning to use her abilities. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
CAST: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart, Laura Benanti, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Dean Cain, Helen Slater

ANGEL FROM HELL (single camera)
Picked up to series
TEAM: Tad Quill (w, ep)
LOGLINE: When Amy enters Allison’s life and claims to be her guardian angel, they form an unlikely friendship, and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts.
CAST: Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson

Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/CBS TV Studios
TEAM: Michael Seitzman (w, ep), David Semel (d, ep), Marti Noxon (ep), Linda Goldstein-Knowlton (ep), Ryan McGarry (ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the feature documentary, it is set at the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation – LA County Hospital – where the extraordinary staff confronts a broken system in order to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.
CAST: Marcia Gay Harden, Raza Jaffrey, Luiz Guzman, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Kannokada, Ben Hollingsworth

LIFE IN PIECES (single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: 20th TV/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Justin Adler (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep)
LOGLINE: A single-camera comedy that follows the daily ups and downs of one multigenerational family, but is told in four independent, short stories.
CAST: Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski, Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister Jones, Angelique Cabral, Dan Bakkedahl

Picked up to series
STUDIO: CBS TV Studios, K/O, Relativity TV
TEAM: Craig Sweeny (w, ep), Neil Berger (d, ep), Alex Kurtzman (ep), Roberto Orci (ep), Heather Kadin (ep), Bradley Cooper (ep), Todd Phillips (ep), Ryan Kavanaugh (ep), Tucker Tooley (ep), Tom Forman (ep), Marc Webb (d), Andrew Marcus (co-ep), Ray Ricord (co-ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the 2011 feature, it follows Brian Sinclair as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.
CAST: Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

8-8:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9 p.m. Life in Pieces

8-9 p.m. Supergirl (Starting in November)

9-10 p.m. Scorpion
10-11 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles

8-9 p.m. NCIS
9-10 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans
10-11 p.m. Limitless

8-9 p.m. Survivor
9-10 p.m. Criminal Minds
10-11 p.m. Code Black

8-11 p.m. PM ET/5-8 p.m. PT NFL Thursday Night Football (Premieres Sept. 17)
8-8:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (Starting in November)
8:30-9 p.m. Life in Pieces (Starting in November)
9-9:30 p.m. Mom (Starting in November)
9:30-10 p.m. Angel from Hell (Starting in November)
10-11 p.m. Elementary (Starting in November)

8-9 p.m. The Amazing Race
9-10 p.m. Hawaii Five-0
10-11 p.m. Blue Bloods

8-9 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
9-10 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
10-11 p.m. 48 Hours

7-8 p.m. 60 Minutes
8-9 p.m. Madam Secretary
9-10 p.m. The Good Wife
10-11 p.m. CSI: Cyber

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Deadline


  1. Its been interesting seeing the articles on the US upfronts but until there is further information on what networks these shows will end up on if any there is no point in getting interested in any of these shows.

    These US upfront articles even provide a US schedule months in advance whereas Australian commercial free to air can’t even provide an accurate schedule a week in advance.

  2. Criminal Minds doesn’t have a good history in the ‘spin off’ dept-24 seems to be a bit old to be starting off the Super Girl character-seem to remember she’s supposed to be a late teen or so…

  3. John Jackson

    Supergirl looks alright. Hopefully it does well. Interesting that they seem to have her flying almost from the get go when Smallville took ages to do similar.

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