will officially make his Two and a Half Men debut on Monday, Sept.
19, according to the fall schedule CBS announced Wednesday.
The network has given rookie comedy 2 Broke Girls the plum post-Men slot for its premiere, surely looking to capitalize on what's likely to be a high curiosity tune-in for the former That 70s Show star's return to sitcoms. 2 Broke Girls moves to its regular 8:30
p.m. slot the following week when Mike & Molly will return to 9:30 p.m.
As usual, Survivor will return early, kicking off CBS' fall season on Wednesday, Sept. 14. But the bulk of CBS' shows will debut during premiere week (Sept.
19-25), a result of the net's realtively stable schedule and few new series. ABC and Fox both opted to save some new comedies for October and November when some freshman shows will have already failed and the schedule will be less crowded with newcomers.
All three of CBS' new dramas, Unforgettable, Person of Interest and A Gifted Man will bow during their regular timeslots in premiere week. The network will air back-to-back episodes of The
Big Bang Theory to lead in to J.J. Abrams' Person of Interest, which CBS touted at its upfront as its highest-testing drama.
"Our playbook is pretty consistent: wherever and whenever possible we use established successful series to introduce new shows," said Kelly Kahl, senior EVP, CBS Primetime. "We've also asked a couple of our strongest series to work overtime during premiere week in order to support the new series and bolster our performance."
Big Bang's regular lead-out, rookie comedy How to Be a Gentleman, will make its entrance on Sept.
29. Rules of Engagement and The Good Wife premiere on their new nights on Sept. 24 and 25, respectively.
I Met Your Mother
and a Half Men
2 Broke Girls
Big Bang Theory
Saturday, Sept. 24
48 Hours Mystery
The Good Wife
Broke Girls (time period premiere)
to Be a Gentleman