Snap Judgments: PARTNERS, ELEMENTARY, MADE IN JERSEY and VEGAS

PARTNERS
According to the Official CBS Description: From multiple Emmy® winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick comes this personal story of Joe and Louis, lifelong friends and business partners whose bond has lasted longer than any of their romantic relationships. But now that Joe plans to get married, the friends wonder how a spouse may change their dynamic. This funny and endearing comedy explores friendship, marriage and whether three’s really a crowd.

Why We’re Excited: After spending the better part of his post-UGLY BETTY career traipsing the boards on the Great White Way, the incomparable Michael Urie finally returns to living rooms on a regular basis. A return made all the more exciting thanks to a bevy of co-stars including Sophia Bush, David Krumholtz and the creative team behind WILL & GRACE.

Why We Probably Shouldn’t Let Our Excitement Get the Better of Us: If this past season taught us anything, it’s that one should never underestimate CBS’ ability to take the smart and funny sensibilities of talented showrunners with a track record and turn them into 2 BROKE GIRLS.

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ELEMENTARY
According to the Official CBS Description: In a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes, the iconic detective is taking on New York. Just out of rehab, he’s been assigned to live with his worst nightmare-sober coach, Dr. Joan Watson. Holmes’s unsurpassed skills of deduction and Watson’s medical expertise come together to create a dream team for solving the NYPD’s most impossible cases.

Why We’re Excited: Simply put, we’ve always had a soft spot for the Sleuth of Baker Street.

Why We Probably Shouldn’t Let Our Excitement Get the Better of Us: After recently marathoning series one [Note: That's Britain's far more respectable way of saying "first season!"] of Steven Moffat’s fantastically imaginative take on the iconic UK detective, Jonny Lee Miller has some mighty Benedict big shoes to fill.

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MADE IN JERSEY
According to the Official CBS Description: You can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take Jersey out of the girl. When a brassy street-wise lawyer joins a posh Manhattan law firm, she lowers expectations at first sight. But, despite her white-collar colleagues’ skepticism and her Italian family’s well-meaning but constant intrusions, she rises to the challenge. She defends her clients with her distinct brand of legal strategy, intelligence, and Jersey attitude.

Why We’re Excited: HUMAN TARGET’s Janet Montgomery is “Legally Brunette!”

Why We Probably Shouldn’t Let Our Excitement Get the Better of Us: Friday nights at 9PM doesn’t exactly scream appointment television.

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VEGAS
According to the Official CBS Description: Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star in this character-driven 1960′s period piece inspired by the true story of Ralph Lamb, a cowboy turned sheriff of Las Vegas, and Johnny Savino, a Chicago mob fixer. In a vast desert with unlimited opportunities, where no man is all good or all bad, Savino’s entrepreneurial vision collides with the law-and-order mandate of the sheriff. Academy Award-nominated writer Nicholas Pileggi and Academy Award-nominated writer/director James Mangold are the creative minds behind this compelling new drama.

Why We’re Excited: Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis go mano-a-mano in a Vegas-set cops and mobsters series from the brains behind Goodfellas. Where do we sign up?

Why We Probably Shouldn’t Let Our Excitement Get the Better of Us: Things didn’t exactly go so smashing the last time a Broadcast Network attempted to pull off a high concept 1960′s set series. (See: ABC’s crash and burn that was PAN AM)

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  • Liz

    On the whole I would say promising.  I love Jonny Lee Miller, and I love Sherlock Holmes, but I can’t help wondering if Miller is just too darn adorable for this role.

  • David O’Neill

    ELEMENTARY is CBS’ attempt at emulate the BBC’s version
    without copying it –to avoid lawsuits, you know. While I’m sure the BBC’s litigators
    will be keeping an eye out for any infringement, Steve Moffat –who created
    SHERLOCK for the BBC- has said it “has got three big changes: it’s Sherlock
    Holmes in America, its Sherlock Holmes updated and it’s Sherlock Holmes with a
    female Watson. I wonder if he’s Sherlock Holmes in any sense other than he’s
    called Sherlock Holmes. It’s almost,” he adds,” like they should have made
    Watson a woman but kept the show in Victorian times…that would actually be
    quite interesting.”

    I agree, but this is CBS. Creativity has not been part of it’s line up for the last 20 years.