For a network on top, CBS made some bold moves with its new fall schedule. Looking to maintain stability and grow some new hits, the network will be moving two of its signature shows. Long running hit CSI moves to Wed night at 10pm while the best drama on network TV, The Good Wife, moves to Sundays at 9pm for a battle with ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Also of note, CBS is doing some original programming on Saturday nights with the return of the comedy Rules of Engagement becoming the first sitcom to run new episodes on that night in ages… Fall also brings the revamped Two and a Half Men which says buh bye to crazy pants Charlie Sheen and hello to “no longer a movie star” Ashton Kutcher. Will it keep the ratings up? Will people care? Will the show ever be funny? Stay tuned… And check out the whole new schedule plus descriptions of the new shows below. For more on CBS, head here.
8/7c How I Met Your Mother
8:30 pm: 2 BROKE GIRLS: a comedy from Sex and the City’s Michael Patrick King about two poor waitresses played by Beth Behrs and the hilarious Kat Dennings (Thor) who try to create their own successful business.
9 pm: Two and a Half Men
9:30 pm: Mike & Molly
10 pm Hawaii Five-0
8 pm NCIS
9 pm NCIS: LA
10 pm UNFORGETTABLE: a drama starring Poppy Montogomery (Without a Trace) as a former police detective with a rare condition that makes her remember everything, an especially helpful quality as she works with a new homicide squad.
8 pm Survivor
9 pm Criminal Minds
10 pm CSI [new time slot]
8 pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30 pm HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN: a new odd couple sitcom about a refined writer (David Hornsby) and his messy loud personal trainer (Entourage’s Kevin Dillon). The show also stars comedy vets Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) and Mary Lynn Raskub (24).
9 pm PERSON OF INTEREST: a crime thriller starring Jim Cavezial as a former CIA agent who teams up with an eccentric billionaire (Lost Emmy winner Michael Emerson) to prevent violent crimes. The show also features Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).
10 pm The Mentalist
8 pm A GIFTED MAN: a new drama starring Patrick Wilson (Little Children) as a surgeon whose dead ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) starts appearing to him in visions to help guide his life.
9 pm CSI: NY
10 pm Blue Bloods
8 pm Rules of Engagement [new time slot]
8:30 pm Comedy Encores
9 pm Drama Encores
10 pm 48 Hours Mystery
7 pm 60 Minutes
8 pm The Amazing Race
9 pm The Good Wife [new time slot]
10 pm CSI: Miami
NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: Mad Love, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, $#*! My Dad Says and The Defenders
And coming at midseason is The 2-2, a new drama from Robert DeNiro about rookie NYPD detectives starring Leelee Sobieski, Adam Goldberg and Stark Sands.
And here’s my quick take on their new schedule:
The Good: they picked up The Good Wife!! Plus, it’s smart to make some big moves on Thursday night with their most promising new show Person of Interest.
The Bad: shouldn’t they have just dumped Two and a Half Men instead? … And I’m not too big on the move for The Good Wife.
The Blah: pretty much the rest of the schedule… Oh and Undercover Boss is coming back at midseason…