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CBS follows its game plan with solid, traditional new shows

If you watched Sunday's Emmy Awards, you are probably sick of all the promos for the new CBS series that will begin premiering next week.

I certainly know I'm tired of all the promos about old Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) marriage proposal to Amy (Mayim Bialik).

But those countless Emmy promos may have made Western New Yorkers, who watch CBS traditional programs at a high level, curious about the new offerings.

I'm here to help. But first a little background.

CBS made my day last spring by finally canceling "Two Broke Girls," the series whose popularity defied understanding.

Its fall schedule includes four traditional shows that premiered in 2016-17 in "Bull," "Kevin Can Wait," "MacGyver" and "Superior Donuts" and a fifth, "Man With a Plan," joining in mid-season along with two series that just won't die in "Elementary" and "Code Black."

CBS has won 14 of the past 15 seasons in prime time household ratings, including the last nine seasons in a row.

My mini-reviews of the six new shows premiering this fall haven't changed much since seeing clips in May and now watching the full pilots. It is a solid, traditional schedule led by TV stars, which is CBS' usual game plan.

Now let's take a look at the new fall shows on the schedule:

"9JKL," 8:30 p.m. Monday: Oy vey. Mark Feuerstein stars in a family comedy inspired by his living arrangement when he starred in the USA Network's "Royal Pains." He plays a newly divorced actor, Josh Roberts, who lives in a New York apartment with his parents living on one side of him and his brother on the other side.

Linda Lavin and Elliott Gould chew the scenery as his intrusive parents, who interrupt his dates and seem to have his sex life on their minds to an alarming degree. Mom makes jokes about his private parts, dad offers to buy him protection.

"I'm a grown man, I need space," says Josh. Think "Everybody Loves Raymond" if Raymond was divorced and single. Feuerstein's show is parked after "The Big Bang Theory" at season's start before "Big Bang" moves back to Thursday. My advice: Watch "Raymond" reruns. 2 stars

Bobby Moynihan participates in the CBS "Me, Myself & I" show panel on Aug. 1, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Buchan/Rex Shutterstock/Zuma Press/TNS)

Me, MYSELF & I," 9:30 p.m. Monday: Bobby Moynihan exited "Saturday Night Live" to star in a comedy that looks at his character's life spanning 1991 to 2042. As a teenager, he was an inventor hoping to change the world and became nicknamed "Chokey" because of an embarrassing moment.

At age 40 he is divorced and talks in basketball metaphors and at age 65 he rediscovers the woman of his teenage dreams. Moynihan plays him at 40. He inexplicably grows about a foot to be played by John Larroquette in 2042. Sharon Lawrence and Jaleel White co-star.

It is a show with a cute premise that flashes back and forth like last year's hit, "This Is Us." It isn't a slam dunk but the pilot is pretty adorable. 3 stars

"Seal Team," 9 p.m. Wednesday: Western New York native David Boreanaz wears a two-day old beard as he switches from the hero of "Bones" to star in this patriotic military drama involving the most elite unit of Navy SEALs who have clandestine missions that take them away from their families at any moment.

Jessica Pare, the second Mrs. Don Draper in "Mad Men," is one of the co-stars. It is a pretty by-the-book military drama in which Boreanaz's character deals with a past trauma that requires him to see a psychologist. The pilot mission is slow to develop but there is a nice, sweet moment at the end.

In short, this series relies heavily on Boreanaz's considerable charm.  2 stars  

"Young Sheldon," 8:30 p.m. Thursday after a Monday premiere: Mathematical and science whiz Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage of HBO's "Big Little Lies") attends high school in 1989 at the age of nine in East Texas, where football and church are king. Jim Parsons, Sheldon in "The Big Bang Theory," narrates as Adult Sheldon. Think "The Wonder Years" if Kevin Arnold didn't have any social skills or diplomacy.

At times, it plays more like Young Larry David than Young Sheldon. Young Sheldon is a rules follower who isn't trying to win any friends by insulting his teachers, his classmates and his siblings as his parents fight over money to support their genius. There is a sweet moment between Sheldon and his dad. I found the show more cute than funny.

However, you don't have to be a math whiz to know that any show that follows Old Sheldon's show is the one sure hit of the season. 3 stars

"S.W.A.T," 10 p.m. Thursday, starting Nov. 2. Shemar Moore ("Criminal Minds") stars as a former Marine who becomes a S.W.A.T. sergeant and runs the specialized tactical unit in Los Angeles. Shawn Ryan ("The Shield") is one of the producers of a reboot of a mid-1970s series that aired on ABC.

It starts with an extended shootout and features an obligatory shower scene to show off Moore's six-pack. It is a fast-paced, testosterone-fueled pilot that deals with the back story of Moore's character and has lines like this: "It isn't about kicking (butt), it is about saving lives." Save some time in your life. Watch the old episodes. 2 stars    

"Wisdom of the Crowd," 8 p.m. Sunday: Based on an Israeli format, this series stars Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") as a Silicon Valley tech innovator (think Steve Jobs) who creates an app to solve his daughter’s murder. His obsession leads him to give up his business and put out a $100 million reward to find his daughter's killer by making everyone in the nation a cop through an innovative crime-solving app available on mobile phones.

"People are responding," he is told. Monica Potter ("Parenthood') co-stars as his ex-wife, who wishes he would give up the chase. The crime-solving premise is as intriguing as it is scary. Don't be surprised if people respond favorably. 3 stars




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