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Pilot Season: More CBS procedurals, more slackers

Airplanepilot_lCBS was busy picking up pilots on Friday. Here are the latest orders and TAGs (Totally Arbitrary Grades).

Miami Trauma: Jerry Bruckheimer is behind this medical drama which, not surprisingly, “centers on a team of trauma surgeons saving critically injured patients in Miami,” Variety reports. I suppose it makes sense for CBS to offer its procedural-addicted audience a hospital option. So although I’m already tired of reading about medical dramas this pilot season, I give it a TAG of B.

Three Rivers: This drama, from Jericho’s Carol Barbee, is said to show the drama of organ transplants from three perspectives: the doctors’, the donors’, and the recipients’. I like the title. Organ donor episodes are usually good TV. L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson is among the exec producers. They’ll just have to work hard not to hit the same emotional beats in every episode (and to beat out Miami Trauma). TAG: B+

The Good Wife: The legal drama centers on a politician’s wife who has her own career as a defense attorney, Variety reports. It’s exec produced by Robert and Michelle King (In Justice), and Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, and David Zucker. Thoughts: CBS doesn’t have a straight courtroom procedural, so that must be the appeal here. She’ll need to have a staff that flirts. TAG: B-

Waiting to Die: This comedy, written by MADtv alum Will Sasso and ChadKultgen, is from Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz’s company, which could include some of the busiest people in Hollywood this season (see also: Fox’s Ab Fab import and ABC’s Lauren Graham pilot Let it Go and Lost in the ’80s). The Hollywood Reporterdescribes it as “a buddy comedyabout two simple guys who are happy with their lives – no matterhow bad it might look from the outside.” I like the title. It seemslike it would be the kind of laugher CBS would dig. I was thinking wemight be over the slacker craze, but then again, with the economy theway it is, people might want to see themselves on TV. TAG: C+

Accidentally on Purpose: It’s based on the 2008 book my Mary F. Pols,a movie critic who became pregnant at 39 following a one-night standwith a jobless man 10 years her junior, who turns out to be a goodfather even though he can’t take care of himself. I’d probably like itbetter if it were on cable where it could be nuanced, but it soundspromising. TAG: A-

• NBC’s State of Romance: We jump over to the Peacock for this comedy, described as “a Chicago-set modern-day Pride and Prejudice.” That’s not a lot of info, but it’s like catnip. Also, kudos to Chicago, which is also the setting for Patrick Swayze’s The Beast, Tom Cavanagh and Eric McCormack’s Trust Me, and David E. Kelly’s NBC pilot Legally Mad. TAG: B

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