Top 8 New CBS Shows To Watch Next Season

May 14, 2014 3:30 PM

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(Photo Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/CBS)

(Photo Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/CBS)

CBS revealed its 2014-2015 primetime schedule, announcing a new slate of shows in the drama and comedy categories.  From reboots to brand new originals, the new CBS schedule features eight shows with stars like Téa Leoni and Josh Duhamel headlining six new dramas and two new comedies. CBS has something for everybody and making a decision about what to watch can be difficult, so below is a list of what to watch and why.

Madam Secretary 

(Photo Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/CBS)

(Photo Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/CBS)

The political thriller to end all political thrillers, Madame Secretary follows Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (played by Téa Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol while negotiating global and domestic issues; at the White House and at home.

Why you should watch: When was the last time you saw the versatile Téa Leoni? She could’ve easily starred in a sitcom or drama and just that alone should be enough to draw you in.  If that’s not enough, the allure of a mature political thriller that deals with real-world problems should offer more twists and drama than imaginable.

NCIS: New Orleans

(Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/CBS)

(Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/CBS)

A new take on the Emmy-nominated favorite, NCIS: New Orleans is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in the Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence.

Why you should watch: CBS improves on its original NCIS, by moving it to a city that’s known for having a good time. Checking out New Orleans from a different perspective is something sure to provide its own excitement.

Scorpion

(Photo Credit:  Monty Brinton/CBS)

(Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS)

Inspired by a true story, Scorpion is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien and his team of brilliant socially awkward misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. At last, these nerdy masterminds have found the perfect job: a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in.

Why you should watch: A show about how nerds are actually saving us all from technological threats sounds like the perfect story of the underdogs. It also helps that the series is produced by Justin Lin, “The Fast and the Furious” franchise director and the pilot is directed by him too.

Stalker

(Photo Credit: Richard Cartwright/CBS)

(Photo Credit: Richard Cartwright/CBS)

Stalker is a psychological thriller about detectives who investigate stalking incidents – including voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation – for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD.  Starring Dylan McDermott as Det. Jack Larsen and Maggie Q as Lt. Beth Davis, Stalker tells the story of a Team that assesses the threat level of cases and responds before the stalking and intimidation spirals out of control, all while trying to keep their personal obsessions at bay.

Why you should watch: If you’ve ever had a crazy ex, you’ll find comfort in knowing that a team like this exists and you’ll find it even more enjoyable when the stalker is caught every episode. Seeing Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott on TV again is also a huge plus.

The McCarthys

(Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS)

(Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS)

This sitcom is a multi-camera comedy about a loud, sports-crazed Boston family whose somewhat athletically-challenged, gay son Ronny is chosen by his father to be his assistant high school basketball coach, much to the surprise of his more qualified siblings.  Touched by his father’s offer, Ronny embarks on a completely different future – and he can be sure that his loving, tight-knit family is going to have a very vocal opinion about it.

Why you should watch: The portrait of a sports-crazed family is one that many families can understand, whether it be baseball, football, soccer or basketball. Why not take a break from your own family and watch someone else’s hilarious situations?

Battle Creek

(Photo Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS)

(Photo Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS)

A drama about two mismatched law enforcement officers with polar opposite views of the world and crime-solving, Battle Creek stars Josh Duhamel as Special Agent Milton and Dean Winters as Dt. Russ Agnew as they attempt to clean up the hardscrabble streets of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Why you should watch: It’s produced by Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”), so you can expect a roller-coaster ride that’s guaranteed to suck you in.

The Odd Couple

(Photo Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS)

(Photo Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBS)

The Odd Couple is a comedy that stars Matthew Perry as endearing slob Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as uptight neat freak Felix Unger, two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. It’s not long after Oscar lets Felix move in that Oscar fears he’s made a monumental mistake.

Why you should watch: This remake of a beloved TV classic is sure to offer up laughs that anyone who has had to endure a roommate can relate to.

CSI: Cyber

(Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS)

(Photo Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS)

CSI: Cyber stars Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette as Special Agent Avery Ryan as she heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world.

Why you should watch: This is another show that demonstrates just how serious technology has gotten, and the fact that it’s based on the real-life work of a cyber-psychologist makes the show scarily credible.

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