Thursday, 20 May 2010


[5.00 - French time] CBS unveiled its 2010-2011 schedule. 18 programmes return after tuesday's clean up with seven series officially axed: Cold Case, Numbers, Ghost Whisperer, Miami Medical, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried and Accidentally on Purpose.

Crime and comedy rule on the eye network because you need the latter after watching the former. Among the four new dramas three are police procedurals vs one legal drama.

NBC spared us another pathetic remake of a classic when they passed the 2010 Rockford Files. But CBS sticks to the new Hawaii Five-O, starring Alex O'Loughlin (Moonlight, Three Rivers) as Steve McGarrett - huh? McGarrett is a decorated Naval officer turned cop, who returns to Oahu to investigate his father’s murder and stays in Hawaii. Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are exec producers and is THIS ( really the intro?

Blue Bloods (formerly Reagan's Law) is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement and headed by Chief of Police Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck). Because they could not call it Family of cops or To serve and protect.

Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell star in The Defenders as "two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients". The title sounds sixties and the concept sounds eighties but at least it's neither a cop show nor a franchise, unlike CSI, NCIS and now Criminal Minds - which gets a midseason spinoff starring Forest Whitaker.

On the comedy front, William Shatner stars in $#*! My Dad Says, inspired by... a Twitter feed ( On the paper the idea of the legendary Shatner as an un-pc dad could have been a flash forward of Two and a Half Men's Charlie but from what we can see it looks like "Everybody hates Raymond" (

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