Upfronts: CBS Picks Up MIKE & MOLLY, $#*! MY DAD SAYS, HAWAII FIVE-0, CRIMINAL MINDS Spinoff, DEFENDERS, BLUE BLOODS

     May 17, 2010

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CBS and sister network The CW have refrained from the early pilot pickups that ABC, NBC, and Fox so readily engaged in over the last couple weeks.  No longer for CBS, who have now ordered six new series in advance of their May 19 upfront.  The network ordered two new comedies: Mike & Molly from Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) and $#*! My Dad Says (or whatever they end up calling it), which stars William Shatner as a cantankerous father that says $#*!.  From the drama department, the Hawaii Five-0 remake, the Criminal Minds spinoff, and the legal drama Defenders will all appear on the 2010-11 scheule, while dark horse contender Blue Bloods starring Tom Selleck gained traction in the eleventh hour for a surprise order.  Check out the details on all the series after the jump.

News of the pickups come via The Live Feed.

HAWAII-FIVE-0
Plot
: “Revival of the one-time CBS mainstay about the workings of the fictional Hawaiian state police department.”
Cast/Crew
: created by screenwriting team Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Peter Lenkov (CSI: NY); cast includes Alex O’Loughlin (Moonlight), Daniel Dae Kim (Lost), Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica), and Scott Caan (Ocean’s Eleven)

forest_whitaker_image__2_CRMINAL MINDS SPINOFF
Plot
: “Drama about another Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) located in San Francisco.”
Cast/Crew
: stars Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)

DEFENDERS
Plot
: “Drama about two charismatic and fiery Las Vegas defense attorneys who go to the mat for their clients.”
Cast/Crew
: stars Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan) and Jim Belushi (According to Jim)

MIKE & MOLLY
Plot
: “Comedy about a couple who struggle with overeating and meet at overeaters anonymous.”
Cast/Crew: produced by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory)

$#*! MY DAD SAYS
Plot
: “Comedy about a twentysomething who moves back in with his larger-than-life dad.”  Based on the Twitter account @shitmydadsays (yep).
Cast/Crew: stars William Shatner as well as MadTV alums Nicole Sullivan and Will Sasso

BLUE BLOODS
Plot
: “Drama about a multi-generational family of New York-based cops”
Cast/Crew: stars Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg.

(Side note: Blue Bloods was thought to be all but dead until recently, when testing saved it from obscurity.  There was interest in the comments section, so it makes me really happy to report this pickup.)

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