This summer's press tour journal starts with CBS, where "stability is a good thing," this understatement coming courtesy of entertainment pres Nina Tassler, kicking off the network portion of the Television Critics Association gathering on Tuesday. (As opposed to the disarray over at ABC, whose turn comes Sunday, after having been rocked this week by the sudden ouster of its programming boss Steve McPherson.)
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CBS is playing to its traditional strengths this fall with a lineup of new legal and crime dramas and conventional laugh-tracky sitcoms. No critical breakthroughs on the order of The Good Wife, but there's every reason to believe commercially crafted shows like the Hawaii Five-0 "reboot" (don't call it a "remake") and the buddy-lawyer Vegas romp The Defenders will carry on the Eye tradition of mainstream populist escapist success...
Amazing Race 16
Oh, my gravy! Cowboys Jet and Cord, brothers Dan and Jordan, and models Brent and Caite race through San Francisco on the 16th-season finale. To win the $1 million top prize, the pairs will have to engage Darth Vader in a virtual Star Wars battle and scale the city's 210-foot Coit Tower. And, of course, cross the finish line before the other two deserving duos.
Read on for previews of Desperate Housewives, Jesse Stone: No Remorse, Army Wives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Tudors and MLB Baseball.