CBS Announces New Fall Schedule; Time Changes

NEW YORK (WCCO) — CBS announced its new 2011-2012 primetime schedule Wednesday, ordering five new series and making key time-period moves for CSI and The Good Wife to strengthen its already top-rated primetime lineup.

The new series include three new dramas and two new comedies.

First of the dramas is Person of Interest, a crime thriller from renowned executive producer J.J. Abrams starring Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson.

Unforgettable, starring Dylan Walsh and Poppy Montgomery as a former detective with a rare condition that enables her to remember virtually every detail from every day of her life.

A Gifted Man is about a preeminent surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife returns, starring Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Ehle.

The comedies include 2 Broke Girls, a comedy about two strikingly different young waitresses who form an unlikely friendship, starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs; and an odd-couple comedy, How To Be A Gentleman, starring David Hornsby and Kevin Dillon, about a refined magazine columnist and his very unrefined personal trainer.

The freshman series will be joined by 19 returning shows, including the season’s #1 drama/scripted series, NCIS; #1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory; #1 news magazine, 60 Minutes; # 1 new comedy, Mike & Molly; along with two franchise reality series, Survivor and the seven-time Emmy Award winner, The Amazing Race.

The other returning series include: How I Met Your Mother; Hawaii Five-O; NCIS: Los Angeles; Criminal Minds; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; The Mentalist; CSI: NY; Blue Bloods; Rules of Engagement; 48 Hours Mystery; The Good Wife; and CSI: Miami.

For mid-season, CBS will present the third season of the reality series Undercover Boss, and the new police drama, The 2-2, from Tribeca Productions and executive producers Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal.

The three time-slot moves include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation moving to Wednesdays at 9 p.m., Rules of Engagement to Saturdays at 7 p.m. and The Good Wife to Sundays at 8 p.m.

For the 2010-2011 season, CBS will once again finish the season as America’s most watched network, marking the eighth time it has done so in the last nine years.

Check out the full schedule here.

  • Clarence

    Moving CSI to Wensday will hurt it, help it or stay the same. Every network should remember what happens when NBC moved The West Wing from Wensday to Sunday. That is something all networks should use as a guide, when moving a good show of their’s to a new night. We all wonder what would happen to CSI: Miami and CSI: NY whrnthey got moved to their new night.

    I know I’m not going to watch J.J. Abrams’s Person of Interest, on Thursday night. That will leave Thursday free for to channel surf and see what to watch, or read a spy novel. I majorly hated J.J. Abrams’s Alias and Undercover when it was on, and never had any interest on Lost. I’m glad that both NCIS is staying put on Tuesday nights. Hawaii Five-O is something I only check out and watch sometime, I’ll have to se will be like that for The 2-2 producers Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, when it comes on. That I only watch it or check it out sometime. Wish the Defenders would come back, I watch that show. And over at NBC wish they kept Law And Order: Los Angeles. That show pretty good. Hope both those shows will show up on another network or cable.

  • Linda

    I will no longer beable to watch CSI you moved that to Wednesday’s …the only night of the week I am unable to watch..The same was true with survivor….I liked both on on Thursday’s.

  • Janice

    Trying to kill Good Wife? I’m surprised that CSI Miami is still on the schedule. It seems that once a show is moved to Sunday it is canceled. I know I don’t watch TV on Sunday nights. Because of sports (mainly football) during the day the start time of an evening show could be anything. A few years ago I set the DVD to record Without a Trace starting at 9:00 (scheduled time) and ending at 11:00 and I didn’t get the entire show (so it was at least an hour+ late).

    CBS has a Jesse Stone movie this Sunday. I will set the DVD to record for at least four hours so I can actually see the show.

  • ALS

    Noone cares when you will or will not watch these shows.

    • A

      No kidding!!! Do you really think people care what your availability is for TV watching when they create these schedules? Seriously people, come on!

  • Minnie

    I will miss most of the Good Wife due to moving it on Sunday….if there is football this fall they always run late and so if we DVR the show we don’t get it all recorded.

  • Tom G.

    get rid of Good Wife

  • John F

    Leave the Good Wife and Rules of Engagement where they are.

  • Charyl Peifer

    I would rather watch re-runs of cable shows like Leverage and Men of a Certain Age, The Closer or In Plain sight than most of the network shows offered these days.
    As an avid fan of Criminal Minds, I am truly at a loss what they are doing with the characters in that one. I fear it is going the same route that CSI: Miami–focusing the episodes on more blood and guts and less on the psychological. I gave up The Good Wife for Castle on Mondays–it just moves better.
    And I am do sick of REALITY SHOWS I could scream. Which network carried Matt Dillon and Gunsmoke for years? You could count on that core cast to deliver. What about the Waltons? That passed the test of time for several years. Natural aging of characters is so much more interesting than false deaths like that one on Criminal Minds mid-season. Some of the networks execs must think viewers are idiots! IMHO anyway.

  • mandy

    Glad they are keeping CSI and CSI;NY. Wish they left The Good Wife alone instead of sending it to where shows go to die and the Defenders was a great show with real chemistry, sorry to see that go. I think NCIS could go on as long as it wants to.

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