CBS unveils 2011-12 fall schedule

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Two and a Half Men is staying put and CSI is getting the boot.

CBS unveiled its fall scheduled keeping Big Bang Theory on Thursdays and shifts veteran CSI from its longtime Thursday night anchor slot.

The network announced several new drams. J.J. Abrams’ Person of Interest stars Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson as an ex-CIA agent and a billionaire who team to stop crimes. Interest gets to take over the coveted CSI spot on Thursdays. CBS also shifted The Good Wife to Sundays. “To move CSI out of that time period you need big guns and we do,” says CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler.

And then there’s two titles that take familiar CBS concepts and give them a fresh spin: Unforgettable is about a female detective (Poppy Montgomery) with a perfect memory (The Memorist?) getting a lead-in from NCIS: LA on Tuesdays, and A Gifted Man is about a surgeon (Patrick Wilson) who receives help from his dead wife (The Spouse Whisperer?). CBS will also add two comedies about male and female bonding, respectively: How to be a Gentleman and Two Broke Girls.

The network is also programming Saturday nights with original shows — putting solidly rated comedy Rules of Engagement at 8 p.m. in hopes of gaining some traction on an evening that most broadcasters have long since given up on. For midseason, the network has a new crime drama about rookie cops called The 2-2.

Asked about Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen on Men, CBS chief Les Moonves declined to make a ratings prediction. “I’ve been chased from every restaurant in Los Angeles for the past two months avoiding questions,” Moonves says. “But I think we’ve come through it just fine.”

Since CBS has fewer holes to fill than most of its rivals, it tends to make more powerful moves when it shakes up its schedule. Last year the network opened a new comedy beachhead on Thursdays and put aging procedurals like the CSI spin-offs in tough time periods to make room for new shows.

Full schedule:

CBS FALL PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

***New shows in red

Day 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Mon How I Met Your Mother 2 Broke Girls Two and a Half Men Mike & Molly Hawaii Five-O
Tue NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles Unforgettable
Wed Survivor: South Pacific Criminal Minds CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (New time)
Thu The Big Bang Theory How to Be a Gentleman Person of Interest The Mentalist
Fri A Gifted Man CSI: NY Blue Bloods
Sat Rules of Engagement (New time) Comedytime Saturday Crimetime Saturday 48 Hours Mystery
Sun 60 Minutes (Airs at 7) / The Amazing Race The Good Wife CSI: Miami

See schedules for Fox here, NBC here and ABC here.

NEW SHOW OFFICIAL DESCRIPTIONS:

UNFORGETTABLE stars Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind.  It’s not just that she doesn’t forget anything – she can’t; except for one thing: the details that would help solve her sister’s long-ago murder. Carrie has tried to put her past behind her, but she’s unexpectedly reunited with her ex-boyfriend and partner, NYPD Detective Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), when she consults on a homicide case.  His squad includes Det. Mike Costello (Michael Gaston), Al’s right-hand man; Detective Roe Saunders (Kevin Rankin), the junior member of the team; and Detective Nina Inara (Daya Vaidya), a sassy, street-smart cop.  Being back on the job after a break feels surprisingly right for Carrie.  Despite her conflicted feelings for Al, she decides to permanently join his unit as a detective solving homicides – most notably, the unsolved murder of her sister.  All she needs to do is remember.  Ed Redlich, John Bellucci, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are executive producers for Sony Television Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

PERSON OF INTEREST stars Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson in a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice.  Reese’s (Caviezel) special training in covert operations appeals to Finch (Emerson), a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest and stop the crime before it happens.  Reese’s actions catch the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter (Henson), and Fusco (Kevin Chapman), a cop who Reese uses to his advantage. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything.  Emmy Award winnersJ.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk (“Lost”), Academy Award nominee Jonathan Nolan (“Memento”), David Semel (“Heroes”) and Greg Plageman (“Cold Case”) are the executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.

A GIFTED MAN is a drama about a brilliant, charismatic surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife begins teaching him the meaning of life from the “hereafter.”  Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson) is an exceptional doctor who lives a materialistic life of luxury thanks to his work-obsessed career and powerful and wealthy patients; however, Michael’s ordered world is rocked when his ex-wife, Anna (Jennifer Ehle), an idealistic free-clinic doctor and the love of his life, mysteriously appears to him.  Michael’s off-beat sister, Christina (Julie Benz), a single mom to her teenaged son, Milo (Liam Aiken), is thrilled that Anna’s back in her brother’s life, even as an “illusion,” because Michael was always a better person with her.  Curious about Michael’s sudden change in behavior is his efficient assistant, Rita (Margo Martindale).  When Anna asks Michael to go to her clinic to help keep it running, he meets Autumn (Afton Williamson), a volunteer carrying on Anna’s work with the underprivileged.  Touched by those in need and accepting of Anna’s compassionate “presence,” Michael’s attitude toward serving the rich and poor is turned upside down, and he begins to see that there’s room in his life for everyone.  Academy Award nominee Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”), Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Neal Baer (“ER”) are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

2 BROKE GIRLS is a comedy about two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business – if only they can raise the cash.  Sassy, streetwise Max (Kat Dennings) works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner.  Sophisticated Caroline (Beth Behrs) is an uptown trust fund princess who’s having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot.  At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers she must cover for, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style.  When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she sees a lucrative future for them, but they first need to raise the start-up money.  While they save their tips, they’ll stay at the restaurant, working with Oleg (Jonathan Kite), an overly flirtatious Russian cook; Earl (Garrett Morris), a 75-year-old kool-kat cashier; and Han Lee (Matthew Moy), the new, eager-to-please owner of the diner.  Working together, these two broke girls living in one expensive city might just find the perfect recipe for their big break.  Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”) and writer-comedian Whitney Cummings (“Chelsea Lately”) are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.

HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN, inspired by the book of the same name, is a comedy about the unlikely friendship between a traditional, refined writer and an unrefined personal trainer.  Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) is an etiquette columnist whose devotion to ideals from a more civilized time has lead to a life detached from modern society.  Infectiously optimistic, Bert Lansing (Kevin Dillon) is a reformed “bad boy” from Andrew’s past who inherited a fitness center, but can still be rude, loud and sloppy.  When Andrew’s editor, Jerry (Dave Foley), tells him to put a modern, sexy twist on his column or be fired, he hires Bert as a life coach in the hopes of learning to be less “gentle man” and more “real man.”  Andrew’s mom, Diane (Nancy Lenehan), and his bossy sister, Janet (Mary Lynn Rajskub), support the plan, as would Janet’s husband, Mike (Rhys Darby), if he was allowed to have an opinion.  Though Andrew and Bert’s views may be centuries apart, they may find they’re each other’s missing link.  David Hornsby (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Adam Chase (“Friends”), Ted Schachter (“The Invention of Lying”), Joe Hipps and Modi Wiczyk are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

From Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal comes THE 2-2, which follows six diverse NYPD rookies as they patrol the gritty streets of upper Manhattan. The new trainees include Jennifer “White House” Perry (Leelee Sobieski), a former college volleyball star and Marine MP in Iraq with a take-charge attitude; Ray “Lazarus” Harper (Adam Goldberg), the oldest rookie and a former police news reporter with better sources than many seasoned cops; Tonya Sanchez (Judy Marte), who comes from a family with a criminal history and has a very personal connection inside the force; Ahmad “Kiterunner” Kahn (Tom Reed), an Afghani native who fought his way to freedom; Kenny McClaren (Stark Sands), a fourth-generation police officer with great instincts but qualms about joining the force; and Jayson Toney (Harold House Moore), a young basketball legend who squandered his opportunity in the NBA.  Their demanding Field Training Officer, Daniel “Yoda” Dean (Terry Kinney), is a case-hardened, unsentimental veteran of the force who emphasizes basics and holds each cop accountable for their actions.  With unique backgrounds, personalities and reasons for being on the force, the new cops will make their share of rookie mistakes while they figure out how to relate to their boss, each other and to the people they swore to protect. Two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro (“The Godfather: Part II,” “Raging Bull”), Jane Rosenthal (“Meet the Parents”), Academy Award nominee Richard Price (“The Color of Money”), Ken Sanzel (“Numb3rs”) and James Mangold (“Walk the Line”) are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Tribeca Productions.  The pilot was directed by James Mangold.

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  • Mike

    Whoa, Good Wife getting moved to Sunday night, and no specific mention of it in this article. Thats a pretty big deal. Tuesday nights at 10 are pretty clogged, with Parenthood as well. Good to see the change.

    • Lana

      I know, I was thinking the exact same thing. Looks like I’ll be able to catch Parenthood when it airs now opposed to On Demand.

    • Dash

      I am happy that Parenthood will not have Good Wife to go against next year! From what I’ve heard they pull a lot of the same type of audience so maybe Parenthood will be able to pull in some more viewers!

      • Terry

        Let’s hope. I was glad to see that The Good Wife won’t be up against Parenthood. Unfortunately, the show on ABC, Body of Proof in that time slot was gaining momentum.

    • J

      Not a big fan of the move actually. Sunday’s on CBS tend to really get time shifted because of football & golf overruns and the need to air all of 60 Minutes, making DVR recordings a mess. Also means there’s several times when the Good Wife could end as late as 11:30 or so on the East Coast causing a lot of viewers to give up on watching due to early work schedules.

      • chet

        1030-1045 maybe but football doesn’t run 90 minutes over

      • Lil Jo

        Was think the same thing about football overruns. An article on Yahoo said Undercover Boss, the old show in this time slot, is on the bench till mid season. Sounds to me like they will move Good Wife back to mid week once a new show fails.

      • Anne

        I agree. Now we will have to contend with the football overrun (if there is football). It messes up one’s dvr. Hate the move.

      • elr

        What I would really like CBS to do is cancel 60 Minutes. It is because they always need to run this show when there is an overrun on some sports show that messes up the rest of the night. If they don’t want to cancel it then I wish they would move from Sunday night. It makes it hard to set your DVR when you don’t have any idea if Amazing Race started on time.

      • Kristin

        For any show on Sunday evening because of sports running overtime, just add recording mins. onto the show on your DVR and when you want to watch the show, fast forward to wherever it starts. We have Tivo & it has a place where it says “stop recording”, some of the options you can select under this option are: adding a min. or adding an hour or up to adding 3 hours of recording time to a show. Not sure if all DVR’s have this but it is worth looking into. I will add some time to the Good Wife for sure. Awesome show! So instead of it recording for 1 hour I will probably set it to record for 1.5 hours longer so it will record for 2.5 hours to be safe. Also I select this option in the season pass so I don’t have to worry about it for the entire season. So be sure to watch the Good Wife even though it moved to Sunday!

      • Orac

        Only on the east coast. The rest of us really aren’t affected by sports overruns. But you have a valid point there…

      • Kristin

        I am from the midwest (or central time zone) and it usually does affect us when Sunday sports run overtime. The evening programming starts with 60 mins. at 6:00 p.m. here.

      • pet

        totally agree – it would help if they would announce each week when the shows will begin. Expecting people to wait doesn’t work – switch to another networks shows. Will miss the Good Wife

      • Cey

        It happens all the time, last year we had to deal with that happening to Undercover Boss and CSI Miami, it’s a horrible move.

    • Derek

      I’m stoked! The Amazing Race and The Good Wife back to back? Great! No competition for Parenthood? Even greater!

      • Right On!

        The two best shows on CBS back-to-back on Sunday night!

      • Lil Jo

        Two of the best shows on CBS DELAYED EVERY WEEK by football…

        Why don’t they do what Fox does add a wrap-up football show until 8, move 60 min back to 8 and TAR to 9 Good Wife to 10. They can cut stop the wrap-up show at 8 sharp no matter what. This way I don’t have to scheduled my DVR to watch tape something else just so I make sure I see the whole damn show

      • bribriny

        Oh how I’ve touted the same schedule for Sunday! Just start my show when it supposed to be scheduled..and it’s a reality show to boot..If I can’t see the end and find out the outcome..i’m upset! Wake up CBS…

      • jules

        @Lil jo…at this rate there won’t be any football in the fall so you may not have tow orry.

      • jct

        This would be great if CBS didn’t have sports overruns every Sunday in the fall. I stopped watching CSI Miami when it moved to Sundays. I won’t watch anything on CBS on Sundays because you never know when it will start and it messes with the DVR. Hate it but I will end up not watching this great show as well.

    • Ellen

      Abt “The Good Wife:” You sd there was NO specific comment in the article abt the shift of this show to Sunday nights. I beg to differ. There’s a sentence saying so but it may have been easy to overlook.

      • Mike

        It was added later, wasn’t on the original article.

    • j

      except amazing race runs late many times because of sports overruns. So if you want to be sure to catch all of good wife in those cases set up a sched that also includes the 11 hour also.

    • Joe Fox

      Wow – I hope that does not meant the kiss of death for Good Wife. That is an excellant show and I would hate to see it disappear because the reatings are not great for a Sunday night.

    • Jason

      CBS needs to stop programming 60 minutes at 7! Amazing Race is pushed back 15 – 45 minutes 90% of the time. That means the good wife won’t have a solid time slot.

    • Jill Tauer

      I think that it is crazy to move “The Good Wife” from Tues nights where it is hitting a home run in ratings to Sun night where it will be up against “Sunday Night Football”.

      • Sylvia

        I agree the good wife is great on tuesday cbs you just really mess things up.

      • Ann

        CBS is really messed up this year. I find myself tuning them off more and more. Moving the ‘Good Wife”
        Bad move. They have moved ‘Millionaire’ for ‘Inside Adition’ They have so many bombs this year their only saving grace if the Amazing Race, The Good Wife, and Survior. I think CBS will bomg in the ratings and they should. They have a few good shows and they’re even messing them up with sports over runs on Sunday and changing schedules.

    • John

      Moving CSI Miami to Sun night was lousy move since all manner of sports didn’t realize that some folks like OTHER programming and WHEN to record it (so I can view after evening church).

    • John

      Moving any series of interest to Sunday night is risky because football, thisball, thatball, yada, yada, have no manners. It would be NICE if CBS could have a late night repeat with a crawler advising when on the WhateverBoringBall game interrupts normal telecasting and isn’t required to “get out of Dodge” on time…

  • kevin

    Just one more step toward cancellation for The Good Wife. Happy news

    • Rodneynyc

      Good Wife is not getting closer to being cancelled. It has strong ratings, great critical review, and Emmy noms. It’s only possible flaw is that its demo rating is not as strong as its Total Viewer rating, but that is not uncommon for CBS.

    • goodwife fan

      @Kevin – I hope the Good Wife enjoys a 10 year run just to annoy you.

      • kevin

        I’m betting five years. The actors aren’t spring chickens and the viewers are one foot in the grave already. Just wish for the 100th episode

      • John

        If they do like JAG, they’ll run it for 10 years and THEN cancel it so that afficianados can grieve.

    • Andre

      …in your dreams! Even though I find Sunday Night a strange night for a great show… late F/B games will push back the start time during NFL season, then its up against Sunday Night F/B. Stupid on CBS’ part if you ask me.

      • John

        Stupid CBS? How succint. How brilliant. Are you listening CBS? Stoo-pid, stoo-pid, stoo-pid.

    • Amy T

      With the cancellation of ABC’s Brother’s and Sister’s this is not a bad move for The Good Wife as there is definately a void now on Sunday evenings!

  • Nick

    Where is Undercover Boss?

    • TVJunkie

      it’s coming on in midseason probably..

  • Lacey

    Rules of Engagement on Saturday night followed by repeats. Why don’t they just say how they really feel about the show.

    • Dash

      Lol! That was my thought too! I didn’t even know that networks still had new TV on Saturdays! I thought it was all rereuns!

      • Rabbit

        What I’ve seen when home some Saturdays is that it is just that! End up flipping channels or watch 3 Stooges on 5-2 (LA Area) provided the idiot converter box actually does not mess up!

    • Alice

      the aim is 100 episodes, then comes syndication.

    • TVJunkie

      they love it, that’s why they are still keeping it. they don’t have anywhere else to put it so they put it in Saturday, basically guaranteeing themselves another weekly win.

  • jenn

    So happy The Good Wife and Blue Bloods will both be back.

    • Sam

      My two fave shows! Awesome news!

  • Sam

    Is “Rules” the only new show on Saturday, besides 48 Hours?

    Will “The Good Wife” finally kill off “Desperate Housewives” in its final (maybe two) years?

  • Flash Back

    Wowzers! Moving CSI to 10:00 pm on a different night – this could kill the show.

    • nitegram

      With the NCIS and NCIS:LA to lead, CSI as a really good chance here.

      • ALS

        Better read the schedule again CSI is moving to Wednesday it’s new lead in is Criminal Minds. So they are getting a better lead in than last years “S@#T my dad says.”

    • Sylvia

      That’s what is going to happen!

  • Zeke

    Yeah very happy the good wife and blue bloods are back but not sure about Sunday night. At least it got renewed

  • Rob

    Rules of Engagement on Saturday? Just get rid of the show if you don’t like it!

  • Michelle

    Wow, all the new shows sound kinda lame. Even the JJ one. And that’s hard for me to say, as I’m an unabashed JJ Abrams fangirl.

    • dr zoid

      It’s the curse of CBS. Even a JJ Abrams show, when picked up by CBS, is doomed to become an unoriginal procedural snoozefest.

      • Lisap

        I can’t believe they are getting rid of Mad Love. I know it wasn’t doing well, but give it another shot over replacing it with one of the two new sitcoms, neither sounds good.

  • parkR

    Will CBS ever fix the NFL Sunday overruns? ie either make 60mins a 1/2 long if there is an overrun; officially start shows at 7:30 and get a 30 min sitcom for 9pm (and kick out CSI)…. I swear every time I tivo Amazing race during the fall I have to record Undercover boss

    • ck_one

      I agree. I’m sick of having to record two shows to get one. Why don’t they just adjust the schedule for the east coast? So annoying.

      • Joe

        Me too. I hate the Amazing Race and am sick of having to watch the end to catch the good sife beginning.. Time for an advertiser boycott.

    • MaryJane

      Years ago when NBC had the football games on Sundays, they programmed short episodes of “Punky Brewster” to fill in for up to a half-hour difference so that all of their shows could start on the hour; those episodes would run 10, 15, or 30 minutes, depending on how long the preceding games ran. That might be a good idea that CBS can look into for some kind of filler rather than to keep annoying the viewers who can’t find their favorite series in the evenings. They certainly can afford it since they have fewer flops than the other networks these past few years.

  • HoHum

    2 Broke Girls – sounds kind of lame. Cupcakes? They are so overdone. If you want people interested try not to borrow and idea from 6 years ago.

    • Mike

      According to Deadline the pilot had the best testing for a new comedy they have ever had. I too am not that impressed with the concept of the show, but who knows, it could be good.

      • Jen

        I heard it was awful.

  • not a sports fan

    Moving the Good Wife to Sunday is a huge mistake. I love the show but CBS Sundays are always off schedule due to a sporting event that day. CBS Sunday is the kiss of death to a great show.

    • Janice

      Iagree with all the comments about sports and killing shows on Sunday. I stopped watching TV on Sunday nights because of this. And I did record and add extra time, but a show that should start at 9:00 CST, record for three hours and still miss the end, last time I did that. CBS for some reason is trying to kill Good Wife. I’m sorry to see that.

  • hlk

    Glad for the changes on Thursday. Now it opens up Fringe on the other network and I don’t have to record one and watch the other. But to bad for CBS because now I won’t be watching any Thursday tv on their network.

    • jules

      Maybe I’m misunderstanding your comment but Fringe is on Fridays now. It will remain there next season.

  • Bob

    Maybe I’m a little color blind in my old age, but why are The Mentalist and CSI:NY in red (as of this posting time)? And everyone thought you move shows to Friday night if you want to get rid of them. Saturday night is a real slap in the face for Rules.

    • Gabe

      Yeah, I am confused by the red too…

    • Blaine

      probably a mistake…NY is fixed…The Mentalist is still in Red though

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