CBS May Pick Up "Swingtown"
A controversial drama about open marriages, partner-swapping, "key parties" and other swingers extravaganza set in the 1970s may be coming to CBS this fall along with an intact Monday night comedy line-up and a new series starring Jimmy Smits.
"Swingtown" starring British hunk Jack Davenport ("Pirates of the Carribean",) "Deadwood" star Molly Parker, "Melrose Place" vet Grant Show, as well as Josh Hopkins ("Brothers & Sisters") and Michael Rady may air on Sunday nights.
The drama about the impact of sexual liberation in 1970s households is, because of its racy theme, also rumored to be headed to CBS' sister network "Showtime" home to shows like "Queer as Folk" and "The Tudors."
New Jimmy Smits series "Los Duques" (a.k.a. "Cane") which is described as a Latin version of "Brothers & Sisters" may replace "Shark" on Thursday nights (the James Woods-fronted drama may move to Tuesday nights.)
Also looking good is Hugh Jackman-produced crime-musical "Viva Laughlin" about a casino in Nevada (it may replace "Jericho") and zombie dramedy "Babylon Fields" in which the dead are resurrected and try to resume their former lives (it may join "Ghost Whisperer" on Friday nights.)
Although the bar set on "How I Met Your Mother" has already been dismantled, the network is rumored to be bringing the comedy back for a 3rd season along with "Old Christine" and "Rules of Engagement." The return of TV's #1 comedy "Two and a Half Men" is of course a no-brainer.
That means CBS' entire Monday night line-up may remain intact under this scenario and no comedy pilots will get picked up. That is, of course, unless the network decides to open a new comedy night or simply change their mind before they present the new schedule on Wednesday morning.
The frequent use of the word "may" in this article reflects how secretive the Eye network is about the new schedule. Unlike the other networks which have already confirmed series orders for a number of pilots, the list of new CBS shows remains confidential.
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