CBS unveils fall schedule: Ladies, laughs lead the way

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CBS is opening a second night of comedies this fall and looking to boost its X-chromosome quotient with new female-driven shows like The Ex-List (pictured), starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Elizabeth Reaser. Wednesdays will feature another season of The New Adventures of Old Christine, followed by the new comedy Project Gary, a Jay Mohr starrer about a divorced dad navigating his new life as a bachelor — with kids. Rules of Engagement will move to midseason to make way for a new comedy on Mondays at 9:30 p.m. called Worst Week, about a guy (Kyle Bornheimer) who’s a magnet for trouble. New drama Eleventh Hour (about two brainiacs who investigate scientific mysteries) will take over Thursdays at 10, after CSI, while Simon Baker returns to CBS on Tuesdays at 9 in The Mentalist, a drama about a detective with a keen eye for details. The Eye will attempt to lure more female viewers on Fridays with Ex List at 9, about a gal (Reaser) who learns she has only one year to find her future husband — someone she’s already met. Without a Trace moves to Tuesdays at 10, while The Unit — which is expected to add a female character this fall — jumps over to Sundays at 10. Finally, another edition of The Amazing Race begins this fall at 8 on Sundays.

Pilot development continues at CBS (the network says it has roughly 17
projects in the works), but one has already been picked up for
midseason: a younger-skewing drama called Harper’s Island that the network describes as a cross between 10 Little Indians and Scream. Despite speculation to the contrary, CBS has no plans to rescue Back To You, the cancelled Fox comedy starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton. Also gone are Shark, Jericho, and Moonlight — which, despite published reports, is not moving to the CW — while Swingtown,
a period drama starring Grant Show debuting in June, remains the only
summer show for now, with no plans to add it to next fall. The rest of
the schedule — including the Eye’s Monday lineup of The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and Two and a Half Men and Friday’s Ghost Whisperer — remains intact.

Pilot development continues at CBS (the network says it has roughly 17projects in the works), but one has already been picked up formidseason: a younger-skewing drama called Harper’s Island that the network describes as a cross between 10 Little Indians and Scream. Despite speculation to the contrary, CBS has no plans to rescue Back To You, the cancelled Fox comedy starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton. Also gone are Shark, Jericho, and Moonlight — which, despite published reports, is not moving to the CW — while Swingtown,a period drama starring Grant Show debuting in June, remains the onlysummer show for now, with no plans to add it to next fall. The rest ofthe schedule — including the Eye’s Monday lineup of The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and Two and a Half Men and Friday’s Ghost Whisperer — remains intact.


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  • sarah

    CBS wants to lure more female viewers, but they cancel Moonlight? Idiots!

  • Monica

    Well with the cancellation of Moonlight, I now no longer watch shows on CBS. I was down to CSI (the original), Moonlight and then Numbers, but CSI and Numbers were showing there age…
    Not sure what the thinking is since I am in the so called “coveted” demographic! Shame on you CBS for canceling Moonlight!

  • Sra

    Ok CBS, that’s it. I will NEVER watch this station again. Moonlight was the ONLY reason I watched CBS, Losers….

  • Sally

    You cancel Moonlight, but pick up a show for Jay Mohr (EWWWWW!) And you replace Moonlight with a chick flick type show???? Moonlight is the hottest show for 20-40 something females EVER! IDIOTS.

  • Shy Vy

    What about Numbers? I need my weekly fix of my Sexy Math Man!

  • licat3

    Well, without Jericho or Moonlight, I have absolutely no reason to watch the eye network. Thanks CBS, get rid of some of your better shows. CSI has just gone boring! The new shows do not sound at all appealing to me, thank god for dvd’s…I will have something to watch in the evenings!

  • deadendangel

    So on Friday night in Moonlight’s place, we’re having a new series with an alum from Grey’s Anatomy, which is the worst series every made in my opinion!
    How very trendy CBS is getting to be, retrending cast members from a “hit” ABC show.
    You had an original show, Moonlight, and you throw it away just like so much garbage! Boo to CBS, I am done with you!

  • TV Watcher

    Hey to all of you posting that are complaining about the cancellation of your favorite shows…..Did you ever write or contact the Network ? When your fave show first debuted – did you tell others about it – try and increase viewership ? If you did…then fine – but – if not – STFU and get over it – there are many other grood shows on the tube – most are on ABC, however….like Grey’s Anatomy !

  • Carly

    I am so happy The Big Bang Theory is coming back. This is the best new sitcom in years. It is hilarious. My favorite show.

  • Cajunsblues

    I am happy about The Unit coming back as well as Big Bang Theory.
    But do they think women do not watch other shows on CBS and have to make stuff for them?
    I am sure alot of people are looking forward to Swingtown not survivng pass 3 episodes.

  • Kathy

    I can’t believe they cancelled Shark. James Woods is awesome! That show rocked!!!!!

  • Barbara Stewart

    I can’t believe that you are cancelling Moonlight. I have my grandchildren watching vampires following Ghost Whisper on Friday nights. I guess, we will just go to the movies and not watch TV on Friday nights. CBS really does not have that many good shows, maybe we will watch a station where they are remodeling a house or baking a cake….

  • Barbara

    I can’t believe that you are cancelling Shark. This is a great show with a super cast. I don’t know what criteria is used in making decisions on whether to cancel or renew a show but, you had better review the criteria before you lose your CBS audience.

  • Catherine

    I can’t believe that Moonlight and Jericho are being cancelled. This is a tragedy. I can’t support a network that gets rid of their unusual or intersting shows.

  • MikeknaJ

    Moonlight? People actually watched that show?? I’m glad Big Bang Theory survives – hilarious!

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