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Network Scorecard: CBS

NBC and ABC have already announced their primetime lineups for next season to the advertisers, but the week is still young as CBS gets its shot today at wowing Madison Avenue with its new programs.

"We approached our development this year with a specific goal in mind--to be daring and different," said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler. "The Fall and mid-season series we have selected offer creativity and variety with great potential to excite and surprise television audiences everywhere."

Rather than wait those few hours until CBS's official upfront presentation, here's a look at their official schedule now.

CBS Primetime Schedule for the 2007-08 Season:

8-8:30 pm: How I Met Your Mother
8:30-9 pm: The Big Bang Theory
9-9:30 pm: Two and a Half Men
9:30-10 pm: Rules of Engagement
10-11 pm: CSI: Miami

8-9 pm: NCIS
9-10 pm: The Unit
10-11 pm: Cane

8-9 pm: Kid Nation
9-10 pm: Criminal Minds
10-11 pm: CSI: NY

8-9 pm: Survivor: China
9-10 pm: CSI
10-11 pm: Without a Trace

8-9 pm: Ghost Whisperer
9-10 pm: Moonlight
10-11 pm: NUMB3RS

8-10 pm: Crimetime Saturday
10-11 pm: 48 Hours Mystery

7-8 pm: 60 Minutes
8-9 pm: Viva Laughlin
9-10 pm: Cold Case
10-11 pm: Shark

For those of you keeping track of such things, here's how the CBS schedule stacks up.

Returning Series:
How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, CSI: Miami, NCIS, The Unit, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, Survivor, CSI, Without a Trace, Ghost Whisperer, NUMB3RS, 48 Hours Mystery, 60 Minutes, Cold Case, Shark

New Series:
The Big Bang Theory, Cane, Kid Nation, Moonlight, Viva Laughlin

New Timeslots for Returning Series:
Without a Trace, Shark

Midseason Launches/Returns:
Swingtown, Old Christine, The Amazing Race

Summer Launch:
Power of 10

Jericho, The Class, Close to Home, The King of Queens

I'm more than a little miffed at CBS, considering that they took the only two reasons I watch the network and stuck them in midseason. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, Old Christine and The Amazing Race didn't rate spots on the fall schedule and will return at a later date. The same goes with one of the two pilots that had genuine merit this season: Swingtown, which will launch in the spring. (As much as I enjoyed watching the pilot, it does feel much more like a Showtime series than a CBS one.) Which leaves only Cane as the sole draw for me this fall. I haven't seen the completed pilot yet (but will in the next week or so) but it's the only thing I'd consider watching this fall on CBS.

In any event, let's turn our attention to the physical lineup. CBS has kept its Monday night comedy lineup more or less intact (sans Old Christine, unfortunately), brought back Rules of Engagement and slotted in new comedy Big Bang Theory in Old Christine's timeslot. We'll see if this new lineup holds water in a few months. Was Rules of Engagement really stronger than any of the other comedy pilots CBS shot this season? Curious.

I'm surprised that CBS would move Shark, one of its few breakout hits of the season, to a new night and time and break up the Sunday night combo of Cold Case and Without a Trace, but maybe CBS is trying to combat the Walker clan of Brothers & Sisters with... James Woods?

Friday seems to be gearing up as a sort of female-friendly supernatural night with Ghost Whisperer at 8 pm, followed by new drama Moonlight (formerly known as Twilight), about a vampire turned private detective (no, not Angel). But I'm not sure how NUMB3RS fits into that lineup.

In the end, I'm still steamed that Kid Nation got a slot but not Amazing Race. Excuse me while I go and shake my head for a while.


Anonymous said…
Argh. I can see why CBS might move Amazing Race to midseason but Old Christine? It's their only comedy that gets any sort of critical acclaim. Yes, I know that television isn't run on critical acclaim but still, as Gob Bluth would say, "Come on!"

I thought that Swingtown looked promising but they're holding that back now too.

Looks like I won't be watching CBS at all this fall.
Anonymous said…
I am beyond disappointed that Jericho was not given at least 13 episodes to come back and tidy up its story. When not opposite American Idol it did decently in the ratings. The season finale also seemed to be moving it close to a potential resolution. I am sure with 13 more episodes they could have wrapped the series up properly.

I am glad to see How I Met Your Mother back for a third season as it is one of the funniest shows on network TV right now. It really needs to find a bigger audience though or season 3 really may be its last.

Outside of Mother and Amazing Race there is little reason for me to tune into anything on CBS.
rockauteur said…
Worst time slot flow ever:

Kid Nation into Criminal Minds.... Ummmm there is NO audience crossover here. I know CBS is trying to market Kid Nation (a reality show about kids) for adults, one of the things they struggled over while they were in production (I should know, I came close to working on it). But still, Kid Nation to the violent Criminal Minds? Makes no sense CBS. Jericho was a much better lead in, and if CBS schedules Top Model on CW in its current time slot, CBS is battling itself over a similiar audience.
The CineManiac said…
HIMYM also gets quite a bit of critical acclaim, but I'm still shocked that Old Christine was moved to spring in favor of keeping Rules of Engagement.
But I am ecstatic that we're getting HIMYM, which, as Coryb said is one of the funniest shows currently on TV.
Anonymous said…
What the #$@$%# is Kid Nation?

::looks at Danielle's note:: Actually, HIMYM has always been fairly well received, critically. And by me. That show makes me laugh more than any other, week after week (and yes, even more than 30 Rock).

I haven't watched Swingtown yet, but the script was just alright. So, you're saying it improved in shooting? It's ridiculous that it's on CBS.
Vance said…
I thought Old Christine was doing well? Anyways. new sched. Lame. only how I met your mother and viva laughlin interests me.
Jon88 said…
Hoping "Moonlight" tanks quickly (actually, I'm guessing all the new CBS show will do that) so Alex O'Loughlin can get back to "The Shield" where he belongs. And collaterally, I'm available to console Shannon Lucio.
Anonymous said…
SwingTown will be a hit... I am currently taking offers on the domain. It would be great as a developed fan site.

Visit to make an offer.

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