The Programming Insider
On the Agenda:
CBS Wraps Up Business
CBS's second, and final, day at the Press Tour featured a variety of highlights including three panels (CSI: Miami, Presidio Med and Hack), a Dr. Phil Q&A, a coffee bean and tea leaf break (make that decaf, please) and a CBS Stars Party at the hotel's Horseshoe Garden. Seen hobnobbing at the evening gathering were Simon Baker, Catherine Bell, Amy Brenneman, David Caruso, Anthony Clark, Dabney Coleman, Blythe Danner, Dana Delany, Kim Delany, Roma Downey, Joely Fisher, Jami Gertz, Elliott Gould, Craig Kilborn, Anthony LaPaglia, Alfred Molina, David Morse, Mike O'Malley, Della Reese, Alan Rosenberg, Tom Sizemore, Nancy Travis, Henry Winkler and Survivor: Marquesas contestants Gabriel Cade, Robert DeCanio, Hunter Ellis, Rob Mariano, Sean Rector and Vecepia Towery.
Baby Bob, where were you?
Friday 9:00 p.m.
David Morse (Boomer from St. Elsewhere) and Emmy winner Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street) team up in this drama about an ex-cop turned taxi driver who seeks redemption for a fall from grace by fighting for the rights of others.
-Who Was There:
David Morse, creator David Keopp and executive producers Gavin Polone, Thomas Carter and David Shore.
As exciting as it is to see two great actors like David Morse and Andre Braugher together in a new series, the pilot was a disappointing bore. If the show doesn't work, maybe some smart network programmer will get the gang from St. Elsewhere back together for a movie remake. Denzel, are you available?
Although it's easy to call Hack yet another new crime drama on CBS, keep in mind that CSI successfully debuted in this time period just two years ago. If subsequent episodes are better than the pilot, lack of solid competition on the other networks will be of benefit. After all, aren't we all just a bit tired of NBC's Dateline?
-Did You Know?:
Former actor Thomas Carter played high school student James Hayward on CBS's The White Shadow from 1978-80.