Wednesday, May 18, 2011

2011 Upfronts: CBS Fall Schedule

Monday

8:00 - How I Met Your Mother
8:30 - Two Broke Girls (NEW)
9:00 - Two and a Half Men
9:30 - Mike & Molly
10:00 - Hawaii Five-0

First ABC introduced two back-to-back sitcoms with "man" in the title. Now CBS is doing the same with a "two girls" sitcom followed by a "two men" sitcom. Seriously, just because they share a word in the title doesn't mean they're going to be compatible series. With how badly Castle has been kicking Hawaii Five-0's ass lately, I'm surprised they didn't move it to Tuesdays and premiere something new in the 10:00 slot.

Tuesday

8:00 - NCIS
9:00 - NCIS: LA
10:00 - Unforgettable (NEW)

Unforgettable is a terrible concept, and it would have been more compatible with The Mentalist. CBS needed to make a change here since The Good Wife has struggled lately, but I don't see this new series doing too well: it's a female-driven show coming out of two male-driven ones, which clearly did not work for The Good Wife.

Wednesday

8:00 - Survivor: South Pacific
9:00 - Criminal Minds
10:00 - CSI (New Timeslot)

I don't have much to say here. The Criminal Minds spin-off obviously wasn't working, and The Defenders didn't do well either. I suppose moving the granddaddy of its flagship franchise there is a safe bet.

Thursday

8:00 - The Big Bang Theory
8:30 - How to Be a Gentleman (NEW)
9:00 - Person of Interest (NEW)
10:00 - The Mentalist

I think The Big Bang Theory and How to Be a Gentleman will work well together, though I don't know how Person of Interest will do at 9:00. It seems like a dark show for that hour, but CBS must have confidence in it to put it up against another procderual (Bones on Fox) and an established adult hit drama (Grey's Anatomy on Fox).

Friday

8:00 - A Gifted Man (NEW)
9:00 - CSI: NY
10:00 - Blue Bloods

I'm very excited to see Blue Bloods returning in the fall, but I'm extremely annoyed with A Gifted Man being put in the 8:00 slot. Did CBS learn nothing from Chaos? New shows just don't do well on Fridays. They are obviously looking for something to replace Ghost Whisperer, the highest-rated Friday show of recent memory which they canceled this time last year. But A Gifted Man deservers better, even if it's a midseason slot.

Saturday

8:00 - Rules of Engagement (New Timeslot)
8:30 - Comedy Repeats
9:00 - Drama Repeats
10:00 - 48 Hour Mystery

I just don't understand the point of putting Rules of Engagement on Saturdays. It's a steady performer, and I know that it's only 17 episodes away from syndication... but is this really a smart move? I'm betting they move it to another slot at midseason, because this will not end well. Saturdays just aren't a television night anymore.

Sunday

8:00 - The Amazing Race
9:00 - The Good Wife (New Timeslot)
10:00 - CSI: Miami

The Good Wife will get creamed by Desperate Housewives, football in the fall, and The Celebrity Apprentice in the spring. CBS probably doesn't care, however, since it garners them awards show prestige and is being quietly ushered toward syndication.

Midseason

CBS only ordered one series for midseason, the cop drama The 2-2. What if both of the new dramas debuting in the fall fail? What if one or both of the new comedies fail? What if Two and a Half Men doesn't last without Charlie Sheen? They may be busy this fall season ordering formerly-dead pilots to production and/or producing new reality television.

Again, a disappointing schedule without much to offer. Two timeslot changes, two new dramas, and two new comedies. I suppose it's a testament to CBS's viewership that they didn't need to make many changes to the schedule, but this is pretty boring. Even the new additions to the lineup don't add much to the proceedings: The 2-2 is yet another police procedural; Person of Interest is another police procedural albeit with a slight twist; Unforgettable is yet another police procedural a la The Mentalist; Two Broke Girls is a modern day take on Laverne & Shirley; and How to Be a Gentleman is another group of friends sitcom. Yawn.

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