When I was playing around with the CBC syndication bible the other day, it occurred to me to see what everyone's opinion is on CBS's possible future plans. Let's paint a hypothetical. If CBS doesn't un-stall any of the series they have already started (which is a realistic possibility), what is left to start new pre 90?. Let me make some educated (hopefully) assumptions first. To begin, many of their ongoing series are nearing completion and they should be finished within a year at current release rates (Rawhide, Mason, Cannon, Laverne and Shirley, Family Ties, Touched By An Angel). That leaves basically only Gunsmoke and Bonanza as their only continuing "classic" releases. So what I did next is make an arbitrary assumption that they will either license or shelve for good all series they have currently stalled. So what I did was go to the syndication bible to see what they had left otherwise. Just as a side point, a poster once had pointed out to me that their are many other mostly one season shows (with a few exceptions noted) that CBS owns. I am not including those here since one season shows (save Police Squad which is a cult classic) are not really what CBS historically has looked at for release. This is what's left, minus the almost complete, completed, or stalled shows pre-90.
2 Brady Bunch spinoffs, Ben Casey, Dear John, The Millionaire, Our Miss Brooks, Bad News Bears. I'll throw in The Defenders because someone told me it's a CBS product, but I'm not certain.
Now out of these, Personally I could only see Ben Casey(MOD) or The Defenders (MOD) being considered, and both would be longshots based on CBS's historical release patterns, (IMO).
My question then becomes this. I figure CBS has three realistic opitions at this point:
1) Un-Stall some series.
2) Pick one of the abovementioned (8) to start
3) Finish Bonanza and Gunsmoke and call it a day with classic TV
What do you guys think?