In news that probably doesn’t surprise anyone, CBS has given the green light to its 1960s Western Vegas as well as the Sherlock-retold Elementary to complete their first seasons fully and without fear of canning. Both series have performed very well, usually winning their time slots (10pm on Tuesdays for Vegas, 10pm on Thursdays for Elementary), and both have a steady procedural foundation which is the core of CBS’ drama wheelhouse.
Elementary may have bored some and outraged others (with the casting of a female Watson), but on the whole it’s a watchable series that will likely have enough staying power and a devoted fanbase to survive another season (I reviewed its first two episodes and found it decent but not comparable to the BBC’s excellent modern Sherlock series). For more on Vegas and what CBS has to say about both shows, hit the jump.
According to CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler (via TV Line),
“Vegas and Elementary have opened strong, delivering big audiences and winning performances in important time periods. Each of the shows has rich characters, big stars and a unique visual style that have stood out in the crowd, helping make two of our strongest nights even stronger.”
Vegas (which I also review) is in my opinion the stronger show, with a great cast (Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis) and engaging drama that makes the procedural aspect an addendum, not the focus. It’s brought back the idea of the White Hat cowboy, a very missed figure in current television, and best of all, it’s based on true people (doesn’t that always make things a little better?)
These two pickups for CBS come on the heels of it dumping another new Fall drama, Made in Jersey, and more than likely canceling the Monday comedy Partners (even though it’s been favored by critics). Broadcast TV is a cold, harsh world, so congrats to the cowboys and detectives for winning this round.