We've seen CBS's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This quick guide is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of CBS's new shows for the 2012-2013 TV season.


There are four new scripted shows coming to CBS that were ready to preview, and they all proved one thing: We might not be the demo for CBS. At all. But not all were universally panned -- HuffPost TV staff Maureen Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jaimie Etkin, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba and Leigh Weingus had plenty of varying opinions.

Here's how we broke them down:

  • Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more

  • Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing

  • DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

FALL 2012

Read more about "Elementary" and watch the trailer here
Ryan: Skip It
Once you've been Cumberbatched, you never go back.

Furlong: Watch It
So I guess I just really love Sherlock Holmes. Love the movies, really love the BBC's "Sherlock" and I found this Americanized TV version pretty entertaining, though it's nowhere near as stylized or clever as its Brit TV predecessor. Note: I want more out of Lucy Liu. When you have a great actress in a lead, you should use her, dammit!

Etkin: DVR It
Despite the fact that I struggled to understand a very fast-talking Jonny Lee Miller at times, he made for a wonderful Sherlock and his chemistry with Lucy Liu's Watson will probably bring me back for more.

Harnick: Skip It
If "Monk" and "Law & Order: SVU" had a baby, it'd be the trope-filled "Elementary." I'd probably put this on as background while doing other stuff, just like I do with "SVU" marathons.

Moaba: DVR It
Engaging and well-acted. Making Holmes a speedy recovering drug addict was a cool twist on an old story.

Weingus: Skip It
Lucy Liu's character doesn't have any depth, and this show could use some ass-kicking.

Read more about "Made In Jersey" and watch the trailer here
Ryan: DVR It
It traffics in the ethnic and regional stereotypes that CBS loves so much (New Jersey women have big hair, didja know that?), but Janet Montgomery is charming and this legal drama is not bad. It's not necessarily my thing, but it's OK for what it is.

Furlong: DVR It
We're being brutally honesty, so I'll admit that I probably won't be a regular "Made In Jersey" viewer. However. I found it surprisingly delightful once they got past the Jersey-ness of it all (oh really? Your sister's a manicurist so you know all about fake nails?), and I think Janet Montgomery is extremely watchable.

Etkin: DVR It
This is "Legally Blonde" meets "Ugly Betty" and my head is still hurting from the horrible accents. I kind of enjoyed the case-of-the-week facet, but not enough to make it appointment viewing.

Harnick: Skip It
With some retooling, this show could be watchable. Right now? I will happily avoid.

Moaba: Skip It
Exceeded low expectations, just like the “Real Housewives”-looking main character does in the courtroom. (See what I did there?)

Weingus: DVR It
"Made In Jersey" isn't great TV, but it's certainly a refreshing portrayal of Jersey-ites compared to "Jersey Shore."

Read more about "Partners" and watch the trailer here
Ryan: Skip It
Dearest Maggie, I must disagree with you about the THE WORST NEW SHOW OF THE SEASON. You picked the CW's "Cult," but in my humble opinion, this has to take the prize (yes, it's even more soul-killing than ABC's "The Neighbors"). I don't know whether I hate it more for its hacky, broad sitcom writing, for the way it aggressively traffics in stereotypes about gay men, or for Brandon Routh's wooden, anti-funny performance. I just know all of it makes me stabby.

Furlong: DVR It
Holy hell my colleagues really don't like this one. Maybe I was tired when I watched (or, more likely, just emotionally beat down by all the other horrible shows in this new season's crop), but I laughed at a few things Michael Urie's character said, and that's more than I can say for some other upcoming "comedies."

Etkin: Skip It
There is a running -- yes, running -- heart on/hard on joke. Enough said.

Harnick: Skip It
A running joke has a character wearing a heart pin and saying he has a "heart on." Get it? Groan.

Moaba: Skip It
Not as bad as some of the worst comedy pilots of the season, but it's a low bar. I appreciated the use of the word schmeckle, but that was about it.

Weingus: DVR It
It's light, airy and very watchable if you're in the mood for some mindless TV.

Read more about "Vegas" and watch the trailer here
Ryan: DVR It
I enjoyed this retro crime show more than I thought I would, and I might actually watch it again, given how good Michael Chiklis, Dennis Quaid, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jason O'Mara are together. It's certainly way better than last year's retro offerings, "Pan Am" and "Playboy Club," though I don't know if it'll have any more staying power than they did.

Furlong: Skip It
Can someone explain to me why all of these actors signed on for this? I was so bored by all of it -- the mobster, the reluctant lawman, the random motorcyclists -- and it's not nearly retro enough to get swept up in the '60 Vegas-ness alone. Sad.

Etkin: Skip It
The first scene of this reminded me of Dennis Quaid and Lindsay Lohan's horseback riding in "The Parent Trap." But sadly (for me), "Vegas" is nothing like that and it's just not my cup of tea.

Harnick: Skip It
Who knew there was so much scowling in Las Vegas in the 1960s? Not my cup of tea.

Moaba: Skip It
Michael Chiklis as a mob boss was the best thing this pilot had going for it, but Dennis Quaid’s bad impression of Tommy Lee Jones in “No Country For Old Men” got a lot more screen time.

Weingus: Skip It
If cowboys are really your thing, then go for it. Otherwise, you're better off without "Vegas."

Tell us: Which of these new CBS shows are you excited to see for yourself?

Check out our snap judgments of other pilots here, by network:
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  • "Elementary"

    "Elementary" stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare - a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he's devised his own post-rehab regimen - resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock's police contact, Capt. Tobias "Toby" Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it's simple deduction that he's going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it's elementary that it's a job for Watson. Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

  • "Vegas"

    "Vegas," starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, is a drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds. Ralph Lamb (Quaid) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption which are intruding on his simple life. Recalling Lamb's command as a military police officer during World War II, the Mayor appeals to his sense of duty to look into a murder of a casino worker - and so begins Lamb's clash with Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own. Assisting Lamb in keeping law and order are his two deputies: his diplomatic, even-keeled brother Jack (Jason O'Mara) and his charming but impulsive son, Dixon (Taylor Handley). Ambitious Assistant District Attorney Katherine O'Connell (Carrie-Anne Moss), who grew up on the ranch next to the Lambs, also lends a hand in preserving justice. In Vegas, two powerful men - Lamb and Savino - are engaged in a fierce battle for control of the budding oasis, and for both of them, folding is not an option. Nicholas Pileggi, Greg Walker, Cathy Konrad, Arthur Sarkissian and James Mangold, who also directed the pilot, are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

  • "Made In Jersey"

    "Made In Jersey" is a drama about a young working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete among her pedigreed Manhattan colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm. Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery) finds her firm's cutthroat landscape challenging, but what she lacks in an Ivy League education she more than makes up for with tenacity and blue-collar insight. After just a few weeks, firm founder Donovan Stark (Kyle MacLachlan), takes note of Martina's ingenuity and resourcefulness, as does her sassy secretary Cyndi Vega (Toni Trucks). With the support of her big Italian family, including her sexy older sister Bonnie (Erin Cummings), Martina is able to stay true to her roots as a bold, passionate lawyer on the rise in a new intimidating environment. Jamie Tarses, Kevin Falls, Julia Franz and Mark Waters, who also directed the pilot, are the executive producers for Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios. Pilot was written by creator and co-executive producer Dana Calvo.

  • "Partners"

    "Partners" is a comedy based on the lives of creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, about two life-long best friends and business partners whose "bromance" is tested when one of them is engaged to be married. Joe (David Krumholtz) is an accomplished architect who leads with his head and not his heart, especially in his love life. That's in stark contrast to his gay co-worker, Louis (Michael Urie), who is spontaneous, emotional and prone to exaggeration. Both have found joy in their love lives: Joe is newly engaged to Ali (Sophia Bush), a beautiful and sophisticated jewelry designer, while Louis is dating Wyatt (Brandon Routh), a vegan nurse who Louis insists is just a promotion away from becoming a doctor. As news of Joe's engagement settles, time will tell if their business and personal bond can adapt to the addition of two other important relationships. Emmy Award winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television. Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.

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