CBS' New Shows For Fall Include Plenty Of Drama And A Comedy


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CBS' new shows were revealed earlier this week and there's a little something for everyone. The fall schedule does appear to be heavily geared towards drama fans, but comedy fans have stuff to look forward to as well.

First up is most likely the most anticipated new fall show from CBS - Madam Secretary. The new drama casts Tea Leoni into the role of a college professor that's suddenly thrust into the role of the secretary of state after her predecessor dies. The series promises plenty of drama with a few bits of lightheartedness as Leoni brings her persona of a strict professor to Washington.

The series is being written and produced by Barbara Hall who most fans know as the creator of Joan of Arcadia. It's being directed by David Semel, the man behind episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 7th Heaven and more. It's described as The Good Wife meets 60 Minutes and Hall can most likely pull off such a combination.

Here's a first look that lays out the entire plot of what may be the first few episodes:

Up next is Scorpion, a drama about a hacker and his band of misfits working for the government. Here's the synopsis:

Inspired by a true story, Scorpion is a quirky, humor-filled adrenaline rush that follows an eccentric genius and his network of nerdy prodigies. They operate as a think tank formed by Homeland Security, and their task: to deal with the complex threats of the modern age. Solving the most mind-boggling national issues comes naturally to them, but these socially awkward misfits can't seem to get out of their own way when it comes to life outside the laboratory.

The third new series this fall is a psychological thriller named Stalker. Here's the synopsis:

Who better to track a stalker than someone who shares similar behavioral traits? That's the premise behind this smart psychological thriller about detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department's Threat Management Unit. They take on all forms of stalking cases, from voyeurism to cyber harassment, all while trying to keep their own obsessions at bay.

If all this is too much for you, you might find solace in CBS' sole new comedy for the fall - The McCarthys.

Based on writer Brian Gallivan's real life, this family comedy is about a loud, sports-crazed Boston clan. At the center is the youngest son, Ronny, who is gay and somewhat sports-challenged. Hoping to gain some independence from his overly involved family, Ronny decides to take a job in Rhode Island. But plans change when his father stuns everyone and asks Ronny, instead of his more qualified siblings, to be his assistant high school basketball coach.

Oh, you thought CBS wouldn't have a new NCIS ready for the Fall season? Think again:

All the action, drama and humor of NCIS in a colorful new city that harbors a dark side. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, a planted spin-off, features Scott Bakula as the head of a dedicated team of Navy investigators in the Big Easy. With its rich setting of music, drinking and debauchery, New Orleans is a magnet for military personnel on leave. And with fun comes trouble, which is when this team is at its best.

Unfortunately, all these new shows mean that others were cancelled to make space for them:

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