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CBS’ New Fall Lineup Includes 3 New Dramas, 2 New Comedies

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — CBS will introduce two brainiac crime shows among its five new series and is shifting “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “The Good Wife” to new nights this fall.

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The nation’s most popular network said it has more good shows than time slots for next season. CBS is benching “Undercover Boss” until midseason, scheduling a scripted series for Saturday and even giving one of its pilots, “Ringer” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, to its sister network the CW.

“We needed another night,” said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler. “We needed “Schnursday.”’

It’s a problem that CBS’ rivals would love to have. CBS was the last of the four biggest broadcast networks to unveil its plans for next season to advertisers this week.

“Person of Interest,” a thriller from “Lost” creator J.J. Abrams and starring that old show’s former cast member Michael Emerson, will premiere on Thursday nights. Emerson plays a software genius who has invented a program that identifies people about to be involved in violent crimes.

It will displace “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” on the schedule.  “CSI,” once TV’s most popular show but fading slowly, will move to Wednesdays.

The new “Unforgettable” is about a murder investigator who has the unusual ability to recall events from her life, like actress Marilu Henner, who was featured in a “60 Minutes” feature about this condition and is a consultant to the new drama. The fictional investigator’s power of recall, however, doesn’t extend to details about the unsolved murder of her sister.

“Unforgettable” will fill the Tuesday time slot currently occupied by “The Good Wife,” which moves to Sunday.

Tassler called “The Good Wife” “the best drama on television, hands down.”

The drama “A Gifted Man,” about a surgeon whose life changes when he starts getting advice from the afterlife from his deceased ex-wife, is also new to CBS’ schedule.

CBS will debut two new comedies essentially about odd couples — “2 Broke Girls,” about a pair of diner waitresses, and “How to Be a Gentleman,” about a refined newspaper columnist and his unrefined personal trainer.

“Two and a Half Men,” with Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen, stays put on Monday. CBS executives wouldn’t give any details about how Kutcher will be written into the series, or how Sheen will be written out.

CBS also took the unusual step of scheduling the comedy “Rules of Engagement” on Saturday, a once-popular night for TV that broadcast networks have essentially abandoned to reruns and sports to save money.

 The network is canceling “The Defenders,” “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” “Mad Love” and “(Bleep) My Dad Says.”

Will you watch any of these new shows? Share your comments below

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

  • Steven Woods

    I am dismayed over the cancellation of CRIMINAL MINDS; SUSPECT BEHAVIOR. It was one of a few good ADULT dramas on the air. I’m not a fan of reality TV. I also do not like soap opera dramas. This show gave me a good hour worth of entertainment without insulting my intelligence. My last wish is that WCBS will allow us fans some closure after last nights cliff-hanger “season” finale. Please don’t leave us hanging!!!

  • Elle

    I won’t be watching Two and a Half Men. Ashton Kutcher PLEASE! This show should of just been cancelled.

  • Donna P.

    I used to watch cbs almost exclusively (except for House and 30-Rock.) Now I will only watch NCIS, NCIS-LA, and The Mentalist. You can have the rest. I’d love to watch Flashpoint–but they put it in the dead zone, where few viewers wander. Maybe if they make it available on ON-DEMAND they could aleviate the pain they caused my by removing The Defenders. These executives have a mind of their own, and don’t really care what the public thinks! “

  • Bobby Spriggs Jr.

    We need more crime drama and immoral cartoons to make us feel like we are alive. Murder, robbers, and sex is what America is all about. Those who can still see clearly, don’t have the intelligence to stop this madness nor the will to try. I live in a bible belt which is more like hell than heaven. All the churches are broken, little hope of improvement, a government under seige, poor quality medical help, rapid government debt and now we have some new law enforcement shows. Yes, I also think a dead corpse is better entertainment than TV.

  • vinny

    i wiil only watch ncis and blue bloods. the rest are a waste of time.

  • Binky

    Where is the full schedule?

  • Maureen Hice

    The one show worth watching is Blue Bloods..That’s it…

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