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CBS picks up six new series

May 18, 2009 | 10:44 am

The network's breakfast with the pressand upfront presentation aren't until Wednesday, but CBS has picked up four new dramas -- "The Good Wife,"  "Miami Trauma," "Three Rivers" and the as-of-yet-untitled "NCIS" spinoff -- one new reality show, "Undercover Boss," and one new comedy, "Accidentally on Purpose."

"The Good Wife" will star Julianna Margulies as a politician's wife who starts a career as a defense attorney. Matt Czuchry (of "Gilmore Girls"), Christine Baranski and Josh Charles costar, among others. Chris Noth, a.k.a. Mr. Big, will have a recurring part.

"Miami Trauma" is a new drama from star producer Jerry Bruckheimer that follows the lives and work of trauma surgeons. Lana Parilla, Jeremy Northam, Richard Coyle and Elisabeth Harnois play doctors.

"Three Rivers" is another medical drama, this one about organ transplants, from executive producers Carol Barbee ("Jericho"), film director Curtis Hanson and Carol Fenelon. Christopher Hanke, Justina Machado, Daniel Henney, Katherine Moennig and Julia Ormond costar.

The untitled "NCIS" spinoff -- which we bet does in fact have a title, they're just making it all exciting -- will also make the schedule. It stars Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.

"Undercover Boss" we have no description of. Since it's a reality show, let's assume that the title says it all.

"Accidentally on Purpose" will be the network's only new half-hour comedy. It comes from the folks at Berman/Braun -- Gail Berman was the former entertainment president at Fox and Lloyd Braun used to head up ABC. Jenna Elfman plays a movie critic who gets pregnant after a dalliance with a younger man.

The network will announce which shows will premiere in the fall and which will arrive at midseason when it unveils its schedule.

-- Kate Aurthur