CBS Orders Matthew Perry’s ODD COUPLE, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Kevin Williamson’s STALKER, and More to Series

     May 9, 2014


Fresh off the glut of NBC news earlier today, CBS has announced a few series orders.  Briefly:

  • In a surprise to no one, the spinoff NCIS: New Orleans will be moving forward to series.  NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles consistently rank as the most watched shows on network TV next to The Big Bang Theory.
  • Additionally, the Matthew Perry-fronted comedy redo The Odd Couple is a go, as is the multigenerational family comedy The McCarthys from showrunner Bob Daily.
  • Elsewhere the drama side, Kevin Williamson’s psychological thriller Stalker, the Tea Leoni-fronted Secretary of State show Madam Secretary, and Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s cyber-themed Scorpion are going to series.  They join the previously announced Battle Creek, from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.
  • Still no official word on How I Met Your Dad, though a series order is expected.  That said, everyone expected Beverly Hills Cop to go forward last year too.

Hit the jump to read synopses for the new CBS series.

matthew-perry-the-odd-coupleRead synopses for the new 2014-15 CBS shows below, via TV Line.

The Odd Couple

EPs | Matthew Perry, Joe Keenan (Frasier)
CAST | Matthew Perry (Go On, Friends), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!), Georgia King (The New Normal), Sarah Baker (Go On), Wendell Pierce (The Michael J. Fox Show, Treme), Lindsay Sloane (Weeds)
The multi-camera comedy project follows two mismatched roommates: the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger (Lennon). 

The McCarthys

EPs | Brian Gallivan (Are You There, Chelsea?), Will Gluck (The Michael J. Fox Show), Richie Schwartz
CAST | Jack McGee (Common Law), Joey McIntyre (Boston Public), Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne), Jimmy Dunn, Kelen Coleman (The Newsroom)
Story about a big Irish Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family.


EP | Kevin Williamson (The Following)
CAST | Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story), Maggie Q (Nikita), Mariana Klaveno (Devious Maids), Victor Rasuk (How To Make It in America)
A psychological thriller that centers on a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD.

NCIS: New Orleans

EPs | Gary Glasberg, Mark Harmon
CAST | Scott Bakula (Men of a Certain Age), CCH Pounder (The Shield), Zoe McLellan (JAG), Lucas Black, recurring guest star Paige Turco (The 100)
The New Orleans NCIS office handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle; to air as a spring episode of NCIS.


EPs | Nick Santora (Prison Break, Breakout Kings), Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Sleepy Hollow)
CAST | Katherine McPhee (Smash), Robert Patrick (True Blood, Last Resort), Elyes Gabel (Body of Proof, Game of Thrones), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie), Jadyn Wong (Being Erica), Ari Stidham
Follows an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses as they form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.

Madam Secretary

EPs | Barbara Hall (Homeland), Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Tracy Mercer
CAST | Tea Leoni (The Naked Truth), Tim Daly (Private Practice), Bebe Neuwirth, Geoffrey Arend (Body of Proof), Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Evan Roe, Katherine Herzer
Potential series about the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life.