Life in Pieces – Post #2

How will Life in Pieces fare against its competition?

How will Life in Pieces fare against its competition?

When CBS’s new single-camera comedy, Life in Pieces, makes its debut next Monday at 8:30/7:30c, it will certainly be facing some stiff competition. NBC, FOX, and ABC will all be airing well-established shows in their 8pm time slot, two of which will be season premieres.

Two of Life in Pieces’ competitors will be competition-reality juggernauts. The 21st season of Dancing with the Stars will be entering its second week of competition on ABC this Monday. The season premiere of Dancing with the Stars this past Monday brought in a total of 13.3 viewers and 2.1 rating for adults 18-29. On NBC, the premiere of The Voice’s ninth season is sure to draw some key demo viewers away from CBS. In their last fall season premiere, they raked in 12.95 million viewers and a 3.9 rating for adults 18-29. Additionally, FOX will be premiering season two of Gotham, which is a favorite among younger viewers.

Despite tough competition, Life in Pieces has a major advantage in its lead in, The Big Bang Theory, whose last season premiere pulled in 18.8 million viewers.

Life in Pieces – Post #1


The cast of the new CBS sitcom, Life in Pieces

CBS’s newest sitcom, Life in Pieces, is set to debut Monday, September 21st at 8:30PM immediately following CBS’s most successful show, The Big Bang Theory. The family sitcom, created by Justin Adler, appears to be CBS’s answer to the popular ABC sitcom, Modern Family.

The series follows the multi-generational Short family and chronicles their life experiences through intertwining stories told from the perspective of each family member. The show will be shot in a single-camera format without a live audience which is a big departure from CBS’s usual sitcom formula.

The cast is lead by actor James Brolin and Academy Award winning actress Dianne West, who portray John and Joan Short, respectively. The series also follows their three adult children portrayed by Colin Hanks (Fargo), Betsey Brandt (Breaking Bad), and Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom) as well as their various partners and children.

It will be interesting to see if CBS’s format change will pay off for them in the end. Placing Life in Pieces after The Big Bang Theory seems to indicate that CBS has high hopes for Life In Pieces.