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Script: What You'll be Watching

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 10:06am

It's A PUZZLE WORTHY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES HIMSELF: how to make television's most watched primetime lineup even stronger. The answer? Elementary. As in, the new drama series that finds the world-famous sleuth investigating crimes in modern-day New York City. The show is one of four new series being added to the CBS schedule this fall, joining Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis in a '60s-era cop drama called Vegas; Ugly Betty alum Michael Urie and Numb3rs star David Krumholtz in a gay/straight comedy called Partners; and breakout star Janet Montgomery as a working-class lawyer using her street smarts to win in the courtroom in Made in Jersey. The shows join CBS' 19 returning series to make up the network's 2012–2013 primetime lineup. Here's a look at the schedule and new additions.

ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime solving duo that cracks the NYPD's seemingly impossible cases. After his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Holmes escapes to Manhattan, where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare—a sober companion. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as pay penance. The restless Holmes, however, informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he's devised his own postrehab regimen— resuming his work as a police consultant. Now running free in New York solving crimes, it's simple deduction that he's going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it's elementary that it's a job for Watson.

MADE IN JERSEY is a drama about a young working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete among her pedigreed Manhattan colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm. Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery) finds her firm's cutthroat landscape challenging, but what she lacks in an Ivy League education she more than makes up for with tenacity and blue-collar insight. After just a few weeks, firm founder Donovan Stark (Kyle MacLachlan) takes note of Martina's ingenuity and resourcefulness, as does her sassy secretary Cyndi Vega (Toni Trucks). With the support of her big Italian family, Martina is able to stay true to her roots as a bold, passionate lawyer on the rise in an intimidating environment.

Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star in VEGAS, a drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to 1960s Las Vegas, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds. Ralph Lamb (Quaid) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption, which are intruding on his simple life. Recalling Lamb's command as a military police officer during World War II, the mayor appeals to his sense of duty to look into the murder of a casino worker—and so begins Lamb's clash with Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own. Ambitious Assistant District Attorney Katherine O'Connell (Carrie-Anne Moss), who grew up on the ranch next to Lamb's, also lends a hand in preserving justice.

PARTNERS is a comedy based on the lives of creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, two lifelong best friends and business partners whose "bromance" is tested when one of them is engaged to be married. Joe (David Krumholtz) is an accomplished architect who leads with his head and not his heart, especially in his love life. That's in stark contrast to his co-worker Louis (Michael Urie), who is spontaneous, emotional and prone to exaggeration. Both have found joy in their love lives: Joe is newly engaged to Ali (Sophia Bush), a beautiful and sophisticated jewelry designer, while Louis is dating Wyatt (Brandon Routh), a vegan nurse who Louis insists is just a promotion away from becoming a doctor. As news of Joe's engagement settles, time will tell if their business and personal bond can adapt to the addition of two other important relationships.

All times ET/PT.

8-8:30 p.m. How I Met Your Mother
8:30-9 p.m. PARTNERS
9-9:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls
9:30-10 p.m. Mike & Molly
10-11 p.m. Hawaii Five-0

8-9 p.m. NCIS
9-10 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles
10-11 p.m. VEGAS

8-9 p.m. Survivor
9-10 p.m. Criminal Minds
10-11 p.m. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

8-8:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9 p.m. Two and a Half Men
9-10 p.m. Person of Interest
10-11 p.m. ELEMENTARY

8-9 p.m. CSI: NY
9-10 p.m. MADE IN JERSEY
10-11 p.m. Blue Bloods

8-9 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
9-10 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
10-11 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

7-8 p.m. 60 Minutes
8-9 p.m. The Amazing Race
9-10 p.m. The Good Wife
10-11 p.m. The Mentalist