Upfront: CBS Releases Full Schedule
Network to Open Wednesday with Back-to-Back Comedies
By Ben Grossman -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/14/2008 11:27:00 AM
A long-desired new night of comedy and six new shows will highlight CBS’ schedule this fall.
CBS -- which has in recent years wanted to expand its strong Monday-night comedy slate into a second night -- will open Wednesday with back-to-back comedies next season.
Of veteran shows that were on the bubble, comedies How I Met Your Mother, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Rules of Engagement will return as well as drama The Unit.
Not making the cut was vampire drama Moonlight, which debuted this season.
Worst Week, from Universal Media Studios and Hat Trick Productions, is based on a British Broadcasting Corp. series about a young couple.
Project Gary, from ABC studios, features Jay Mohr as a father juggling his kids and relationships.
Eleventh Hour is a science-based drama from Jerry Bruckheimer, Warner Bros and Granada.
The Mentalist is a crime drama from Warner Bros.
The Ex List, from CBS Paramount, is an Israeli drama import about a woman trying to go back through her life and find the man she should marry.
Coming at midseason will be drama Harper’s Island, with a 13-episode order. The series, from CBS Paramount, is a John Turteltaub (National Treasure) project about a group of people who run into trouble when they attend a destination wedding on an island.
Network entertainment president Nina Tassler said the network was especially excited about finally expanding its comedy block. “This is big news for us,” she added. “We have been focusing on it year after year.”
CBS’ primetime schedule follows below:
• Monday: Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week
• Tuesday: NCIS, The Mentalist, Without a Trace
• Wednesday: The New Adventures of Old Christine, Project Gary, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY
• Thursday: Survivor, CSI, Eleventh Hour
• Friday: Ghost Whisperer, The Ex List, Numb3rs
• Saturday: crime repeats, 48 Hours
• Sunday: 60 Minutes, Amazing Race, Cold Case, The Unit
For complete coverage of the upfronts, click here.
Yaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Thank you for bringing back 'The New Adventures of Old Christine.' That is the greatest show!!
E. Welles - 5/15/2008 3:31:00 PM EDT
Sorry that CBS thinks so little of the people who watched Moonlight. We still have the choice not to watch any of these news shows, and I for one will not. I hope each and every one of them fail.
Elayne Stageberg - 5/14/2008 8:21:00 PM EDT
CBS- you had a good thing going here. Some quality shows that were topped off at the end of the week with the cherry on top desert of Moonlight and you blew it.
Moonlight fans got a kick in the gut, but CBS will be the one with a finger in their eye.
Janet Hill - 5/14/2008 6:18:00 PM EDT
I loved Moonlight, I am seriously considering boycoting the rest of the CBS shows that I usually watch which include numbers, criminal minds and the CSIs just because of them canceling it! I definaly will not give whatever this is that they are putting in Moonlights spot a chance, back to letting my boy friend channle surf-- He loved the show too!
Ann Branchaud - 5/14/2008 2:38:00 PM EDT
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