Fall 2012 TV Season: Hits and Misses on CBS

The 2012-2013 TV season is now well under way  with a few updated classics, a couple of epic adventures and an alien invasion in a suburban neighborhood. So far, only two shows have been officially canceled (Animal Practice and Made in Jersey) while other shows have been given full season pick-ups.

Let’s take a look at Fall 2012’s hits and misses starting with CBS.


Elementary is a modern take on the classic Sherlock Holmes.  This show could have easily gone off the rails but they succeeded with just the right level of quirk.

Jonny Lee Miller is outstanding as the drug addict genius who solves crimes simply to stay sane and sober.  Initially he comes off harsh and unlikeable but 3 episodes in and you start to see that much of his gruff exterior is an attempt to cope with some deep emotional issues.  Lucy Liu is slowly winning me over as Watson, but I’m not fully committed to her just yet.

Elementary is a stellar series with a full season pick-up. If you love a good mystery, don’t miss this one. It airs Thursdays at 10:00.


CBS also gave an early full-season pick-up to their 1960’s crime drama about the rise of casinos in Las Vegas. The story was inspired by the life of Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a rancher who begrudgingly took on the role of sheriff in order to bring law and order to a town run by the mob.

Dennis Quaid is strong and mostly silent as Sheriff Lamb. Michael Chiklis is perfect as the casino boss walking a thin line between what he wants and the mob wants, and Jason O’Mara spreads his cowboy charm around as Lamb’s brother and head deputy. The period setting is lush and fun and the stories are loaded with suspense and mystery. It’s like Gunsmoke with glitter – it’s one of my new favorite shows.

Vegas airs Tuesdays at 10:00.


CBS’s newest sitcom Partners, works on paper but not on screen. The series comes from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the men who gave us Will & Grace. Once again, we’re offered a straight / gay pairing, only this time the duo are best friends and business partners. It’s a joyous bromance until both men find the love of their life. Can they still be best friends while being devoted to their new significant others? Who cares?

I wanted to like this show because it stars one of my favorite TV actors, David Krumholtz. I adored him in Numb3rs but his move to comedy left me cold. Sadly, the characters in the show are so unlikeable, it’s not even funny. Actually, nothing about this show is funny. The reviews are bad, the ratings are bad. Cancellation is right around the corner.

Partners airs (for now) Mondays at 8:30.

Made in Jersey

Two episodes and this show is already over and done, so let’s leave it right there.

Overall, CBS is having a great season. With returning favorites like NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, Hawaii Five-O, The Good Wife and The Amazing Race, the eye network is a big winner.

What do you think of the new shows on CBS?

(Photo: Lorey Sebastian/CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)



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