CBS announces fall schedule: 'The Mentalist' jumps to Thursdays

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CBS will debut three new dramas and one new comedy this fall. The Mentalist starring Simon Baker (pictured) will also get a new night on Thursdays and the NBC drama Medium gets a fresh lease on life on the eye’s Friday lineup.

Mondays will feature the new Jenna Elfman comedy Accidentally on Purpose, about a film critic who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a slacker. The comedy airs at 8:30 p.m., bumping Big Bang to 9:30 p.m. behind Two and A Half Men. NCIS: Los Angeles starring Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J airs at 9 Wednesdays behind behind the mothership NCIS. At 10 p.m., Juliana Margulies stars in The Good Wife as a politician’s wife who returns to the work force as an attorney.

“It’s a real sea change at 10 p.m.,” say CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves in reference to The Jay Leno Show on NBC. “There will be more shares available.” Adds the Eye’s head of scheduling Kelly Kahl, “We’ll see some huge opportunity for growth at 10 p.m.”

Wednesday stays intact for CBS, while Thursdays will feature The Mentalist at 10 p.m. The show bowed on Tuesdays last fall and went onto become the network’s most-watched new series. Medium — which was canceled by NBC on Tuesday, and is produced by CBS/Paramount — will now air on CBS Fridays at 9 p.m. behind Ghost Whisperer. Cold Case gets yet another timeslot on Sunday — this time at 10 — to make way for the new drama Three Rivers at 9; it’s a medical drama about a preeminent transplant hospital, starring Moonlight‘s Alex O’Loughlin.

Midseason shows include The Bridge, a cop drama from Canada, and Miami Trauma, a medical series starring Jeremy Northam from Jerry Bruckheimer. Rules of Engagement will be back this winter, too, along with Flashpoint. New reality shows include Undercover Boss, which features CEOs who disguise themselves as everyday workers at their own companies; and Arranged Marriage, a self-explanatory show from the Project Runway producing team of Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth.

Gone are Eleventh Hour, Without a Trace, The Unit, and Worst Week.

CBS FALL 2009 SCHEDULE

MONDAY

8 p.m. How I Met Your Mother

8:30 p.m. Accidentally on Purpose

9 p.m. Two and A Half Men

9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory

10 p.m. CSI: Miami

TUESDAY

8 p.m. NCIS

9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles

10 p.m. The Good Wife

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m. The New Adventures of Old Christine

8:30 p.m. Gary Unmarried

9 p.m. Criminal Minds

10 p.m. CSI: NY

THURSDAY

8 p.m. Survivor: Samoa

9 p.m. CSI

10 p.m. The Mentalist

FRIDAY

8 p.m. Ghost Whisperer

9 p.m. Medium

10 p.m. Numb3rs

SATURDAY

8 p.m. Crimetime Saturday

9 p.m. Crimetime Saturday

10 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

SUNDAY

7 p.m. 60 Minutes

8 p.m. The Amazing Race

9 p.m. Three Rivers

10 p.m. Cold Case

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  • Michelle

    Thank goodness Three Rivers won’t be on the Friday night slot of DOOM. YAY! Now I have something to watch on Sundays. (I bailed on DH last year.)

  • Lorie

    Michelle, ITA with you. I know what I’ll be doing on Sunday nights. Hurray for Three Rivers and Alex!

  • Karen

    Damn… HIMYM is still up against DWTS and House.

  • Sentari

    “Accidentally on Purpose” sounds A LOT like “Knocked Up…”

  • Jason

    Wow CBS, way to think outside the box. Not one of your nights is without a crime drama AND shockingly 3/7 nights feature the same boring show CSI. It angers me to know that ONCE AGAIN this channel will get fantastic ratings because it plays the same two genres (crime and laugh track comedy) every single night of the week. What happened to quality programing. At least NBC, the biggest ratings loser of them all, has some original programming.

  • david lomar

    Without a Trace and The Unit are far better choices than Numbers. So hopefully, this one will fail next season.

  • Rhonda

    When they say midseason for The Bridge, does that mean they are pushing it back to January/February? It was supposed to be out on July 9th.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    NCIS: Los Angelos???? I give kudos for airing it behind the original NCIS to catch the fans but come on! That name sucks!!!! NCIS is a spin-off and they didn’t call it JAG: NCIS!!! Why did they have to give it such a crappy CSI style name???? Can’t they do better than that!!!

  • Jodi

    Yay! I’m glad to see Flashpoint is coming back even if it is midseason. I’m bummed about moving Big Bang Theory to 9:30 though. I think it will hurt it’s numbers. It should be on earlier. All in all I think it is the strongest of all the networks. I just wish they would get rid of that horrible CSI:Miami. It’s about time for that show to…(pause…remove glasses…squint)…go away.

  • jaop

    The Mentalist is going to be serious competition for Grey’s
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  • Michael

    NCIS: Los Angeles? C’mon folks, the show is already gonna suck…give it a fighting chance with a better name!

  • mari

    To Jodi, that was (pause…remove sunglasses…squint) funny :D To Nerwen, you are absolutely correct — the title NCIS: Los Angeles sucks. Couldn’t they have called it Special Ops or some other acronym???

  • steph

    Why the h would they split up BBT and HIMYM? That’s comedy GOLD there, and I’d rather not see “Knocked Up v2.0″, kthanks. I hope Apatow is getting a little credit for that show.

  • dubllin04

    WTF? Why did they have to move BBT to 9:30? It was perfect where it was!!! Now it’s going to interfere w/ Heroes!
    I’m still mad at them for ruining Swingtown. Oh and stupid name for the NCIS spinoff

  • Rose

    I CANNOT believe CBS canceled The Unit… why do studios get rid of shows that provide viewers every week with a great episode leaving us with crap?
    And I agree Elfman’s new show is just a tv version of Knocked Up. None of the new shows sound like anything worthy of kicking The Unit off the air.

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