It’s that time of year again, TV fans — the networks are almost done picking up and casting the various pilots that will be in contention to become series in the Fall 2012 schedule. With so many announcements made on a daily basis, keeping track of it all can be overwhelming, so Zap2it is assembling round-ups of all the information to help you out. (You can check out ABC’s here.)
The CBS pickups are listed below. Remember, don’t fall in love with a logline — some of these will never see the light of day! We’ll find out which made the cut in mid-May at the network upfronts. Get ready for a whole lotta cop shows.
“Applebaum”: Starring “Twilight’s” Rachelle Lefevre, “Applebaum” follows a former lawyer who gave up her career to take care of her kids. Now, she’s going back on the job as a private detective. The show is based on a series of books called the “Mommy-Track Mysteries” by Ayelet Waldman, who will write and executive-produce the series.
“Baby Big Shot”: Janet Montgomery plays Martina, a not-so-polished up-and-comer at a Manhattan law firm who has to use her “street smarts” to compete with her sophisticated colleagues. Kyle MacLachlan and Toni Trucks have also been cast in the show, which is led behind-the-scenes by Jamie Tarses and Kevin Falls.
“Elementary”: If you ever thought to yourself, “Sherlock Holmes would be far more entertaining if Watson was a woman!” this… may be the series for you? In this contemporary update, Sherlock Holmes is transplanted from London to New York as a recovering addict working for the NYPD. Watson will be portrayed by Lucy Liu in this version, which some fans are concerned may borrow too much from the British update “Sherlock.”
The project formerly known as “Golden Boy”: This untitled project from Greg Berlanti and Nicholas Wootton stars Theo James as a police officer on a “meteoric”
rise through the ranks from cop to detective to police commissioner.
“Trooper”: Sticking with the law enforcement theme, Jerry Bruckheimer‘s “Trooper” features Mira Sorvino as a mother who becomes a New York State trooper. Aron Eli Coleite will serve as showrunner.
“Widow Detective”: This drama follows a cop who loses three partners in the line of duty, and steps in to take care of their families.
Untitled Ralph Lamb project: Based on the true story of Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid), a former rodeo cowboy turned Sheriff of Las Vegas, the pilot also stars Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss and Taylor Handley.
“Friend Me”: Social media, yay! “Friend Me” is about two BFFs who move to Los Angeles to begin working at GroupOn.
“Partners”: Based on the real-life friendship of “Will and Grace” creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, this multi-cam comedy stars David Krumholtz and Michael Urie as best friends (one straight, one gay) whose relationship is complicated when Krumholtz’ character proposes to his girlfriend (Sophia Bush).
“Super Fun Night”: Rebel Wilson, who played Brynn in “Bridesmaids,” will write, produce, and star in this comedy about three women who vow to have a “super fun night” every single Friday. Hijinks ensue, naturally.
Untitled Louis C.K./Spike Feresten project: Louis C.K. of “Louie” is behind this project about young people (including star Ashley Tisdale) pursuing various creative endeavors. It’s an updated version of a script that Louis wrote 13 years ago.
Untitled Ben Falcone project: Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy’s husband, leads this comedy about a single man forced to live at home with his parents (Judd Hirsch and Andrea Martin) at 37.
Untitled Martin Lawrence project: Martin Lawrence returns to television, starring as an unemployed widowed father of two teenagers who decides on a career change at 46. You guessed it — he wants to become a cop.
Untitled Greg Berlanti project: Bryan Greenberg stars as Nick, who realizes he’s in love with his best friend Wendy (Joanna Garcia) after a health scare. Of course… she’s otherwise involved. Greg Grunberg will co-star.