CBS Gets Bold...
When you’re number one, you shouldn’t have to make too many changes, but CBS isn’t taking any chances, as they’re going a little more bold this season…
Here’s the breakdown…
8 PM—How I Met Your Mother
8:30 PM—The Big Bang Theory
9 PM—Two and a Half Men
9:30 PM Rules of Engagement
10 PM—CSI: Miami
“The Big Bang Theory,” created by Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men”), is about brainy best friends and the sexy neighbor next door.
9 PM—The Unit
“Cane” is a drama about the trials and tribulations of a large Cuban-American family starring Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, and Nestor Carbonell.
8 PM—Kid Nation
9 PM—Criminal Minds
10 PM—CSI: NY
“Kid Nation” is a reality series in which 40 kids will have 40 days to build a new world in a ghost town that died in the 19th century.
10 PM—Without a Trace
8 PM—Ghost Whisperer
“Moonlight” is a drama about a private investigator who’s also a vampire.
8 PM—Crimetime Saturday (crime show reruns)
10 PM—48 Hours Mystery
7 PM—60 Minutes
8 PM—Viva Laughlin
9 PM—Cold Case
“Viva Laughlin,” executive produced by Hugh Jackman, is a mystery drama about a freewheeling businessman trying to run a casino. The show “occasionally [uses] upbeat contemporary songs to accentuate the drama and humor and advance the story.” It stars Lloyd Owen, Eric Winter (“Days of Our Lives”) and D.B. Woodside (“24”).
CBS picked up “Swingtown” for midseason. “Swingtown” explores swinging couples in the 1970s and stars Josh Hopkins (“Pepper Dennis,” “Brothers & Sisters”).
“The Amazing Race” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” will also be back mid-season.
“Power of 10” will debut this summer. The reality series, hosted by Drew Carey, asks contestants to guess the behaviors and opinions of America by predicting the results of nationwide surveys.
Here’s my take…
Best Shot at a Hit: There’s just something about “Kid Nation” that I think will appeal to people. “Moonlight” has a good shot too, since it’s following the similarly spooky “Ghost Whisperer.”
Best Shot at a Miss: CBS has terrible luck in the Tuesdays at 10 p.m. slot and I don’t think that “Cane” is going to do anything to change that. A family drama really doesn’t go with “NCIS” and “The Unit.” And if you’re looking for the riskiest pickup, it’s got to be “Viva Laughlin,” but I’m holding out hope for that one.
Most Questionable Scheduling Move: The schedule is pretty solid, but if I have to pick one, I’d have to pick “Cane” for the above reasons.
Best Scheduling Move: When “Without a Trace” moved its season finale to Thursday, its old home, the results were outstanding. So, CBS is wisely putting it back where it belongs.
Biggest Disappointment: I guess I would have to say the cancellation of “Jericho,” even though I wasn’t a fan. I would’ve liked to have seen where the show was going next.
Tomorrow, it’s FOX’s turn…