"Comedy was a priority," Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, said in unveiling the schedule Wednesday. "It's harder to do. There's no doubt about it."
CBS will add four comedies and one drama in the fall. Tassler was highest on "The Crazy Ones," which casts Oscar-winner Williams ("Mork & Mindy") and Gellar ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") as father and daughter partners in an ad agency. The series comes from David E. Kelley ("Boston Legal").
"We think it is going to be the most-talked-about show this fall," Tassler said.
The other comedies are:
"The Millers" presents Arnett ("Arrested Development") as a recently divorced reporter whose mother (Margo Martindale) moves in with him after his dad (Beau Bridges) splits. Greg Garcia ("My Name Is Earl") is the executive producer. Tassler said that Martindale, an Emmy winner for "Justified," gives "a star turn that's pretty remarkable."
"Hostages," the new drama, is a thriller about a surgeon (Toni Collette) whose family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott) the night before she is to operate on the U.S. president. Tate Donovan plays the surgeon's husband. CBS plans to run the 15 episodes in a row.
CBS also has two new series for later in the season. "Friends With Better Lives" is a romantic comedy about six pals, and "Reckless" is what CBS described as "a sultry legal drama set in Charleston, S.C."
CBS will end this season as the most-watched network by the largest margin in 24 years, CBS Corp. President Les Moonves said. CBS also wins the 18-to-49 age group, which is most important to advertisers, for the first time since the 1991-92 season.
The CBS fall lineup:
Saturday: 8 p.m.: comedy repeats; 9 p.m.: drama repeats; 10 p.m.: "48 Hours."