UPDATED: I’m told that CBS, which has shown remarkable close-mouthed discipline, is finally letting some news seep out about its fall season primetime pickups and renewals. Of course, CBS can afford to wait since they announce last of the Big Three at the Upfronts. CBS pickups so far are Shark, Smith, Jericho, Waterfront, The Class, that untitled Tom Hertz show, plus 3 LBS (this will be retitled, and the network is still determining whether it goes fall or midseason). CBS has renewed Close to Home, King of Queens and The New Adventure of Old Christine. More updates as they come in to me.
Shark (20th/Imagine): Producers: Ian Biderman, Brian Grazer and David Nevins. Directed by Spike Lee. Casting includes James Woods, Lynn Whitfield, Lindsay Frost, Jeri Ryan. Log: Celebrity attorney turned prosecutor.
Jericho (Paramount/Scott Free): Producers include Stephen Chbosky, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott. Written by Chbosky. Casting includes Skeet Ulrich, Pamela Reed, Gerald McRaney. Log: Chaos in small town isolated after a nuclear explosion.
Waterfront (CBS/Warner Bros.): From Jack Orman. Casting includes Mary Stuart Masterson, Joe Pantoliano, William Baldwin, Larenz Tate. Log: World of a charismatic but ethically challenged big city mayor.
The Class (Warner Bros.): From David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik. Casting includes Jasson Ritter, Andrea Anders, Jon Bernthal, Heather Goldenhersh, Eric Allen Kramer, Sean McGuire, Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Log: Third-grade schoolfriends reunite as adults.
Untitled Tom Hertz Show (Sony/Happy Madison): From Tom Hertz. Producers include Hertz and Adam Sandler. Casting includes Paulo Costanzo, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Megyn Price. Log: Exploration of relationships of an engaged couple, married couple and single guy.
3 Lbs (Paramount/Levinson-Fontana): From Peter Ocko. Producers: Ocko, Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana. New casting expected. Log: Brilliant but brash brain surgeon takes on a partner.
Smith (Warner Bros/John Wells): Producers include John Wells. Casting includes Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen and Simon Baker. Log: Crime drama told from criminal’s perspective.