Welcome to the Captain (2008– )
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From NBC's "quarterlife" to Fox's Canterbury's Law, the midseason battleground this year is strewn with programming casualties.
Midseason often is reserved for rolling out questionable shows that didn't make the networks' cut for fall. (though Fox has regularly held off promising new entries to launch around midseason heavyweights American Idol and "24"). Yet at least a couple of shows typically find an audience. ABC's Grey's Anatomy and CBS' Rules of Engagement, The Unit, Numbers and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" are examples of successful midseason debuts from yesteryear.
But with the networks' scripted mainstays sidelined by the strike, often replaced by reality fare, midseaosn 2008 was far from typical.
"You want to launch midseason shows from other scripted shows," ABC exec vp scheduling Jeff Bader said. " 'Eli Stone' had 'Lost' as a lead-in and has done better than most, but other than that, shows were launching out of reality. That said, I don't know if this year is any worse than other years."
This season, the midseason scripted batting average has been modest: CBS took one bite at the apple with the February comedy Welcome to the Captain. Airing amid repeats of its Monday night comedy block, Captain was sunk after five episodes.
The four join Eliza Dushku on the 20th Century Fox TV-produced drama, which received a seven-episode order shortly before the strike.
"Dollhouse" revolves around a group of young men and women, aka "Dolls", who are imprinted with different personalities for different assignments. They have no memories of their previous lives, until Echo (Dushku) begins to try to find out who she was.
Penikett will play Paul Smith, an FBI field agent obsessed with the urban myth of Dollhouse and a twisted romantic foil for Echo.
Kranz will play Topher Brink, a twentysomething genius programmer responsible for imprinting the dolls.
Lachman will play Sierra, a doll like Echo and her friend, who has every personality in the world but her own.
Gjokaj will play Victor, also a doll and a friend of Echo's, who is childlike when he's inactive, and everything from Errol Flynn to young DeNiro when he's active.
Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen have come on board the series as executive producers alongside creator John Hamburg.
The project, from CBS Paramount Network TV, centers on a young writer (Fran Kranz) whose life changes when he moves into a legendary Hollywood apartment building.
Co-starring on the show are Jeffrey Tambor, Raquel Welch, Chris Klein, Joanna Garcia, Al Madrigal and Valerie Azlynn.
Viva Laughlin, a drama that features gamblers belting out pop tunes, is just one example of how CBS wants to draw outside the chalk lines of a schedule already stocked with crime procedurals, albeit shows comprising the industry's most stable lineup. Other edgy dramas come in the form of Cane, a Scarface-esque epic starring Jimmy Smits, and Moonlight, a Joel Silver production featuring a lovelorn vampire detective.
"Our strong, solid schedule allows us to push the envelope next fall," CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves said at the opening of the network's upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall.
The entire presentation was a relatively slim 75 minutes, with none of the elaborately pretaped skits Madison Avenue has come to expect from CBS.
Some comic relief came from customized video snippets featuring the melodramatic line readings of CSI: Miami star David Caruso. He set up scheduling announcements with howlers like, "Monday's so bright you gotta wear shades," before walking out onstage, joining CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler.
Five new series -- four dramas and one comedy -- will join CBS' schedule in the fall, with at least two more slated for midseason.
Like NBC, CBS opted not to open a second comedy night, adding its sole new half-hour series, The Big Bang Theory, to the network's established comedy block at 8:30 p.m. Monday, sandwiched between How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. However, the network is still considering single-camera pilots I'm in Hell and The Captain for midseason.
The most-talked-about CBS program next season might come on the unscripted side: Kid Nation, a new franchise in which 40 children spend 40 days without their parents trying to organize their own society in an abandoned ghost town. The series is being slotted in the 8 p.m. Wednesday slot left open by Jericho, a first-year drama CBS has opted not to bring back.
An even more provocative series is being held over for midseason: Swingtown, a 1970s-era drama originally intended for cable that will depict swinging couples.
On Monday, the network picked up four drama pilots to series: the musical mystery Viva Laughlin, the partner-swapping period drama Swingtown, the vampire crime drama Moonlight and the Latin family drama Cane.
On the comedy side, the network gave the green light to The Big Bang Theory, a multicamera comedy from Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre.
Additionally, CBS ordered to series Power of 10, a game show pilot from producer Michael Davies.
CBS also is close to picking up to series two single-camera comedy pilots: I'm in Hell, starring Jason Biggs, and ensemble The Captain.
On the returning front, CBS is close to bringing back the freshman comedy Rules of Engagement and the sophomore sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. Christine, which saw its ratings soften when it was moved from 9:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, is rumored to get a 13-episode midseason order.
Also in negotiations to return for a third season is military drama The Unit. The renewal of CBS' other two sophomore dramas, Ghost Whisperer and Criminal Minds, is considered a sure thing.
Additionally, Sarah Clarke has been cast in NBC's untitled Shore/Blake drama pilot, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras has been added to ABC's drama pilot "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", Lucy Lawless has been tapped for one of the leads in ABC's drama pilot "Football Wives", Miriam Shor has joined CBS' drama pilot "Swingtown", and Fran Kranz has landed the lead in CBS' ensemble comedy pilot "The Captain".
"Judy", from Touchstone TV, centers on Judy (Lombard), a suburban woman who balances being a single mother with being a detective investigating bizarre suburban crimes. Lombard, who co-stars on CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", is repped by Paradigm and Nine Yards Entertainment.
The untitled Shore/Blake project, from NBC Universal TV Studio, is a light ensemble drama with procedural elements that centers on a female cop (Famke Janssen). Clarke will play her younger sister and best friend who sometimes gives her advice about cases. Clarke (Gersh, Levine Management) is best known for her role as Nina Myers on Fox's "24."
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