CBS: Fall Reviews

By: Tim Holland

Dennis Quaid stars as a Nevada cowboy turned Las Vegas sheriff in VEGAS. Part procedural drama, part character-driven period piece, Vegas explores Sin City in the 1960s when the mob, led here by Michael Chiklis, ran the Strip. The pilot’s initial murder case is a bit too predictable, but Quaid is terrific in the lead, which bodes well for the show’s future. My advice: Visit Vegas when it premieres on September 25 at 10pm.

MADE IN JERSEY stars Janet Montgomery of Entourage and Human Target as a street-wise Jersey girl trying to make it as an attorney at a top Manhattan law firm. Predictable from the get-go and populated with stereotypical characters, Made in Jersey is good-hearted and pleasant enough but it lacks what makes CBS’s other legal drama, The Good Wife, outstanding: solid writing and compelling characters. Still, Montgomery is winning and the concept is solid. My advice: give this Jersey girl a chance. Premieres September 28 at 9pm.

Do we really need another Sherlock Holmes adaptation? I didn’t think so until I saw ELEMENTARY and was instantly hooked by Jonny Lee Miller’s modern take on the classic consulting detective. Set in New York, Holmes is assisted by Joan Watson, a very good Lucy Liu, as he sets about solving crimes in the Big Apple. While not as good as the BBC’s excellent Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch, this retelling is a welcome addition to CBS’s procedural-dominated lineup. Premieres September 27 at 10pm.

PARTNERS is an all-too-routine and not-funny-enough sitcom about best friends---one straight, one gay---who are also business partners. Michael Urie and David Krumholtz star as the partners and unfortunately have little chemistry, perhaps due to the pilot’s faulty script. David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the creative force behind Will & Grace, are the executive producers, so there’s still hope. Of course, they were also the executive producers behind Bleep My Dad Says and Good Morning, Miami, so maybe not. Premieres September 24 at 8:30pm.

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