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Battle Creek, from Emmy Award winners David Shore ("House") and Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad"), will premiere Sunday, March 1 (10:00-11:00 Pm, Et/Pt), two weeks following CSI's season finale in the time period. The series stars Josh »
Not long after Better Call Saul premieres in February, Vince Gilligan will soon be on two networks. CBS has revealed that Gilligan’s new cop series Battle Creek will debut on Sunday, March 1, at 10 p.m. (a little less than a month after Saul‘s Feb. 8 premiere date), taking over CSI‘s vacated timeslot two weeks after that show’s finale. Surprisingly, CSI spin-off series, CSI: Cyber, did not get that spot on CBS’s schedule. Instead, Cyber will bow on Wednesday, March, at 10 p.m., taking over for Stalker, which will return at some point later in the season to finish up its 17-episode freshman run. Very different from Breaking Bad, Battle Creek, which was created by Gilligan and David Shore (House), is a “mis-matched buddy cop dramedy” that follows “an amazingly handsome, happy-go-lucky FBI agent” that is “paired with a local, hard scrabble Michigan homicide detective. As they solve crimes together, »
- Chris King
CBS has finally set a premiere date and time period for the anticipated new drama "Battle Creek," from Vince Gilligan and David Shore, though it's a time period that was previously set aside for the now-on-the-move "CSI: Cyber." The network announced on Friday (December 5) morning that "Battle Creek" is going to take the Sunday 10 p.m. slot beginning on March 1. "Battle Creek," which stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters was created by Gilligan, but has been entirely run by Shore ("House") with the "Breaking Bad" mastermind off co-showrunning "Better Call Saul." The Sunday 10 p.m. time period is tough for a quality drama due to the regular presence of cable shows -- Gilligan spent a little time drawing big ratings there on AMC -- but it's also a time period that at least gives "Battle Creek" another "quality drama" as a lead-in, in "The Good Wife," rather than using a »
- Daniel Fienberg
CBS has locked down midseason premiere dates for two key crime dramas: Battle Creek and CSI: Cyber. Battle Creek is from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore and stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as two mismatched law enforcement officers in rural Michigan. The show will air at 10 p.m. on Sunday nights starting March 1. CSI: Cyber stars Patricia Arquette as the head of the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI. The CSI spin-off is going into Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. starting March 4. The shows will replace two others cop dramas: The ultra-veteran CSI on »
- James Hibberd
Though conventional wisdom (or at least CBS’ original midseason playbook) had CSI‘s latest offshoot claiming its time slot, Battle Creek instead will call Sundays-at-10 home, starting March 1 (two weeks after CSI‘s season finale).
CSI: Cyber meanwhile will air Wednesdays at 10/9c beginning March 4, bumping Stalker from the schedule until later in the season.
CBS is delivering on its promise to air more original scripted programming throughout the year, announcing on Friday premiere dates for a pair of midseason dramas — “Battle Creek” and “CSI: Cyber” — that will run uninterrupted through spring.
“Battle Creek,” from executive producers Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”) and David Shore (“House”) and starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters, will bow Sunday, March 1, at 10 p.m. in the timeslot currently occupied by “CSI.” The veteran crime drama will wrap its 18-episode season in February.
“Battle Creek,” which will be airing behind “The Good Wife” on Sundays, also stars Janet McTeer, Kal Penn, Aubrey Dollar and Edward Fordham Jr. Joining Shore and Gilligan as executive producers are Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Thomas L. Moran, Bryan Singer and Mark Johnson. The show hails from Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios.
- Rick Kissell
CBS has scheduled the premiere of Vince Gilligan and David Shore's Battle Creek. The 13-episode detective series, originally developed 12 years ago, will land on Sunday nights in March. The network is also slotting CSI: Cyber on Wednesdays, leaving several episodes of Stalker to air at a later date. The latest CSI spinoff, which stars Patricia Arquette, was originally being eyed for the 10 p.m. Sunday slot once the parent series ended its truncated order, but CBS brass are said to think the tone of Battle Creek is a better fit with critical darling The Good Wife and
- Michael O'Connell
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is headed back to Sunday nights. CBS has just announced that the Gilligan-produced drama Battle Creek will air Sunday nights at 10, right after The Good Wife, starting March 1. Battle Creek, a collaboration between Gilligan and House vet David Shore, revolves around a pair of oddball cops in Michigan (Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters) fighting crime and each other. It replaces CSI, which will air its season (and very possibly series) finale in mid-February. CBS will also try to launch a new CSI series, CSI: Cyber, slotting the newcomer Wednesdays at 10 beginning March 4. The scheduling moves are pretty logical: CBS is putting its new prestige drama behind its most prestigious drama on Sundays, while the new meat-and-potatoes crime show will get a lead-in from the very CBS-y Criminal Minds. Set your DVRs accordingly. »
- Josef Adalian
Mr Bryan Cranston will write and produce post-prison drama Sneaky Pete for CBS…
The former Heisenberg will write and executive produce Sneaky Pete for Sony Pictures TV. House creator David Shore will also executive produce. If Mr Cranston wanted to star, there’s a perfect role for him too.
That part would be the eponymous sneaky chap named Pete, a ‘con man who, upon leaving prison, takes cover from his darker past by assuming the identity of a cellmate.’
Pete then ‘hides out from the mob while working for the cellmate family’s bail bond business, taking down criminals worse than himself.’
There’s a romantic element too, where our protagonist ‘discovers a family life he’s never had, and possibly true love with a »
Bryan Cranston is returning to TV and it is not for what you likely think it is. Instead is due to his new partnership with House‘s creator David Shore. CBS has landed a TV show from their deal with Bryan and David. The series will be called Sneaky Pete and will clearly be influenced by Bryan’s Breaking Bad days. Pete will be a newly released 30-something former prisoner who has taken a new identity to hide himself from his past. However, as expected it won’t be as easy as he hopes.
CBS has given the series a commitment for production, meaning that they are highly interest in picking it up for a full season. With these two guys behind it, we can see why CBS is eager to jump on to the chance. The show sounds like it holds a lot of promise along with maybe Bryan even acting on the show. »
- Sarah Peel
Bill Cosby’s website yanks meme generator after it backfired with rape allegations Cosby’s Twitter account also erased all mentions of the ill-advised meme generator, which backfired immediately. Is TV exploiting Veterans Day? From A&E’s “Dogs of War” to HBO’s “The Concert For Valor,” there’s an onslaught of Veterans Day programming that are so empty that they threaten to turn "the day chosen to recognize their sacrifices like another Hallmark holiday,” says Bryan Lowry. Is “A to Z” canceled? Ben Feldman says the situation is like his 1st high school girlfriend Feldman promoted his “canceled” sitcom on Seth Meyers’ show last night, where he said that his show ran into trouble thanks in part to a “popular girl” named Shonda. Click Read Full Post For More “Homeland” director on this week’s episode: “We didn’t want it to get into the sci-fi/horror arena” “At the same time, »
- Norman Weiss
Last week on the podcast, Fienberg and I wondered what was taking so long for CBS to give full-season orders to "Scorpion" and "NCIS: New Orleans," given how well they had performed so far in this young season. ("Scorpion" in particular did very well last week recovering from a very poor lead-in from "The Millers" season premiere.) It appears CBS was simply waiting to get all its new drama ducks in a row, because tonight the network announced that all four of its newcomers — those two plus "Madam Secretary" and (yes) "Stalker" — had been given full-season orders. Airing after the original "NCIS," "NCIS: New Orleans" is unsurprisingly TV's most-watched new series, averaging over 18 million viewers a week and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49. "Scorpion" has been lower in overall viewers, but higher among young adults (15.17 million and 3.6, respectively). "Madam Secretary" has had to deal with unpredictable scheduling due to football, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Candice Bergen is heading to Battle Creek. Murphy Brown herself will play Constance a con artist, E! News has learned. Bergen's character is described as charming, quick-witted and clever and she comes in to help Milt (Josh Duhamel) and Russ (Dean Winters) on a case. Oh, and to make matters more interesting, she's also Russ' mother! Bergen will appear in the seventh episode of the new CBS series. Battle Creek hails from Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore and follows two mismatched law enforcement officers—Milt Chamberlain of the FBI and Russ Agnew of the Battle Creek Police Department—who couldn't be more different. The midseason drama also stars Damages »
This coming week, Titan Books is set to release Showrunners: The Art of Running A TV Show, Tara Bennett’s companion book to the upcoming documentary Showrunners, the ultimate insider’s guide to creating and running a hit show which includes legends such as Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D.Moore, Jane Espenson, Terence Winter, Kurt Sutter, Janet Tamaro and Bill Prady. Here’s an exclusive excerpt from the book, which hits shelves on September 5th…
With the industry in such flux, writers are also trying to navigate the best paths for their creative careers. Is broadcast in too much disarray to invest? Is cable the right fit for future development? Maybe TV needs to get its act together, and film is the place to hang out for a while? All showrunners are mulling these options, and more, as they think about what their personal futures hold.
Robert King, Showrunner: »
- Gary Collinson
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Battle Creek" (CBS - Midseason) The Pitch: "Hi! My name is Vince Gilligan. You might remember me from such shows as..." "Sold!" "Wait, but I'm not actually going to be available to do anything here." "We *said* 'Sold.'" "Woo-hoo!" Quick Response: Vince Gilligan's script for "Battle Creek," which sat in a desk for a decade before getting a straight-to-series order from CBS, is Not "Breaking Bad." It's a goofier, lighter brew than what you're expecting and if I had to compare it to anything in Gilligan's filmography, I might actually go with something earlier and more comedic, like "Home Fries," which Nobody at CBS wants to hear. I liked "Home Fries." It's kooky and charming. "Battle Creek" is also kooky and charming, but I can't say with certainty that that's what anybody at CBS is going to want it to be long-term, a long-term that will take »
- Daniel Fienberg
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Patton Oswalt joins stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as the unorthodox mayor of Battle Creek, Mich., in the freshman season’s sixth episode, “Cereal Killer,” EW has learned exclusively. The character’s full name? Mayor Scooter Hardy. There really was no other casting choice.
Duhamel stars as Milton Chamberlain, a handsome, charismatic FBI agent with unlimited resources, who opens a field office at the underfunded police »
- Mandi Bierly
It’s been 12 years since CBS bought Vince Gilligan’s script for an odd-couple cop drama. Now, with the help of “House” creator David Shore and others, “Battle Creek” will finally make its way to TV this winter as part of the Eye’s midseason lineup.
While this is a lesson on hope for all struggling screenwriters with scripts in turnaround, it’s also one on partnership. Both men — creators in their own right of immensely popular dramas with distinct tones of voice — are exec producing the Sony TV and CBS TV series along with Melissa Bernstein, Erin Gunn, Mark Johnson and pilot director Bryan Singer, but Gilligan is ceding day-to-day showrunning activities to Shore so he can concentrate on AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” At “Battle Creek’s” TCA press panel, the two talked about how that partnership has played out.
“Twelve years ago, I wanted to make this »
- Whitney Friedlander
Vince Gilligan originally write the script for his upcoming CBS drama "Battle Creek" a dozen years ago. So when asked at press tour about the selection of the Michigan town as the setting, Gilligan admitted that he couldn't remember what he did last week, let alone a script he wrote that long ago. In this case, "Battle Creek" co-star Josh Duhamel stepped in to refresh Gilligan's memory, explaining that the "Breaking Bad" creator had been fascinated with the name of the city (which he has never visited) just from seeing it on Kellogg's cereal boxes since childhood. CBS had "Battle Creek" — which stars Dean Winters as a cynical Battle Creek cop and Duhamel as the perfect FBI agent who sets up a field office across the hall from the detective squad — in development a dozen years ago, didn't make it at the time because the right actors couldn't be found. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Making his second appearance during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Vince Gilligan returned to the stage Thursday afternoon for a show he probably never thought would see the light of day. Battle Creek, the Breaking Bad creator's 12-year-old pilot script, landed a series order at CBS last year with House's David Shore on board to take the reins. And while Gilligan was effusive about the revived project, he was adamant about playing a small role moving forward. "I'm sorry I'm not a bigger part of this show as I'd like to be as my duties on
- Michael O'Connell
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