Once again, I use Season Zero’s post to consider the drama pitches for a network. This time it’s CBS!
It wasn’t a great year for CBS, with even their new hits being only modest successes. Going forward Season Zero says they need to diversify the shows and also the casts, after they got criticized for their lineup being almost entirely made up of straight white males. They could also use a new legal show to replace The Good Wife.
Starting with their legal show options, Mrs. V Mr. tells the story of a husband and wife who face off as a prosecutor and defence attorney in LA while also trying to raise their children together. Do husbands and wives really face each other in the courtroom? It seems like that is something that would be avoided if at all possible. Rebel Law tells the story of an openly gay lawyer who goes to work for his family firm in Mississippi. This would at least bring some diversity to the network. Trial by Fire follows three women who take over their law firm after the suspicious deaths of their husbands, and there is also an untitled project about two sisters with different political leaning who come together to save their father’s law firm when he is put in jail. Based on the loglines I’d probably give the edge to Trial by Fire.
Black Book follows a detective with amnesia who comes into possession of a book that contains all the city’s secrets, while Alan Cumming stars as a retired CIA Operative pulled back into the field in Dr. Death. Firewall is about a billionaire who puts together a team to take down criminals, while Still at Large follows a man who evaded a manhunt and proved his innocence that is called upon to track down criminals, paired with an agent who doubts his innocence. Their most intriguing procedural option is Magnolia Springs, about a father and son working together to uncover the “Dark secrets and quirky crimes” of their small town.
The other projects mentioned in the article include The 313, about a woman pushed into being the mayor of Detroit after the administration is brought down by a sex scandal. Then there is Under Suspicion, following the team that puts together a true crime show. This didn’t work out too well for ABC’s Notorious, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the concept is fatally flawed.
CBS isn’t going to provide anything too exciting, but perhaps one of its options could become the new hit it needs to go along with their current block of aging dramas.