CBS often picks up its new series for the fall schedule first, with a number of pilots being left in contention for midseason orders that are done closer to CBS’ upfront presentation or after it. Over the past two days, CBS picked up four new drama series, Training Day, Pure Genius (fka Bunker Hill) and MacGyver, and three comedy series — all multi-camera — Kevin Can Wait starring Kevin James, Man with a Plan starring Matt LeBlanc and The Great Indoors starring Joel McHale. I hear several other pilots are still in contention. That includes both of Joan Rater and Tony Phelan’s drama projects, legal ensemble Doubt and Drew, featuring a grown-up Nancy Drew.
On the comedy side, I hear CBS is considering the multi-camera ensemble Superior Donuts, with the network brass particularly high on its star Jermaine Fowler. Additionally, I hear single-camera comedy Furst Born (aka Dan O’Shannon) also is in contention, and possibly Hilary Winston’s hybrid My Time/Your Time, executive produced by How I Met Your Mother creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays.