Wednesday, May 16, 2012

2012 Fall Schedule: CBS

For some reason, the network which needed to make the fewest number of changes ended up making quite a few, some seemingly for no good reason.

Monday

8:00 - How I Met Your Mother
8:30 - Partners (NEW)
9:00 - 2 Broke Girls (New Timeslot)
9:30 - Mike & Molly
10:00 - Hawaii Five-0

I like Partners as an 8:30 show, and I'm sure it likely fits thematically and tonally with How I Met Your Mother; but since CBS seemingly enjoyed it so much (it is one of only two comedy pilots they ordered, and the only one on the fall schedule), I don't know why they wouldn't try to give it the best lead-in possible by placing it after The Big Bang Theory. The real surprise is that Two and a Half Men was moved away from the "Must-See Monday" line-up, rather than 2 Broke Girls or Mike & Molly.

Tuesday

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

I still really think the NCIS lead-in should go to a new show, especially after how poorly Unforgettable performed in the 10:00 slot this season. Vegas does not fit in any way with the NCIS shows, so it will be interesting to see what happens with it. It's got some star power, so hopefully that will be enough to carry it.

Wednesday

8:00 - Survivor: Phillippines
9:00 - Criminal Minds
10:00 - CSI

Moving CSI to the 10:00 slot was probably the smartest thing CBS did last season; it reinvigorated a tired slot, and from what I've heard they have breathed new life into a very aged show.

Thursday

8:00 - The Big Bang Theory
8:30 - Two and a Half Men (New Timeslot)
9:00 - Person of Interest
10:00 - Elementary (NEW)

I can only imagine that CBS is hoping that by moving Two and a Half Men, it will help grow Person of Interest, and therefore give Elementary a stronger lead-in. Not that CBS will really need it; NBC has all but given up and will air a newsmagazine (Rock Center) in the 10:00 slot, and ABC is airing Scandal, which has been stuck at or below a 2.0 this current season. So unless it's a total flop creatively, Elementary should have no problem being the time period winner. I'm just surprised that Two and a Half Men was moved without it anchoring a new comedy block; it seems to me like it should be leading in to something new.

Friday

8:00 - CSI: NY (New Timeslot)
9:00 - Made in Jersey (NEW)
10:00 - Blue Bloods

I get why Made in Jersey (seriously, that title is even worse than its original: Baby Big Shot) would be paired with CSI: NY and Blue Bloods. But I don't get why CBS thinks CSI: NY will provide any type of dependable lead-in for it. It was routinely beaten in the 9:00 timeslot by NBC. It's an aging show, and I don't anticipate it playing much better at 8:00 than it did at 9:00. Then again, that could work in Made in Jersey's favor: should Made in Jersey fail as well, part of the blame will be placed on CSI: NY's weak lead-in.

Sunday

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

I don't understand why, if anything, CSI: NY was not moved to Sundays at 10:00. Now The Mentalist will be routinely preempted and/or pushed back ~30 minutes due to football overrun in the fall. This is not a vote of confidence for the show.

Midseason

CBS didn't outline any specific midseason plans. It will debut the new comedy Friend Me, as well as the new drama Golden Boy. Also on tap are the returning reality series Undercover Boss and new reality series The Job. Discussions regarding the future of Rules of Engagement are on going; should a deal be reached, it will also return at midseason.

I don't watch very many shows on CBS (just Survivor and The Big Bang Theory), but I'm always intrigued by them. It's rare that something flops horribly on CBS, and it's rare that they need to toy with their schedule. So I'm fascinated by how many timeslot shifts there are here (even though some are minor). Moving Two and a Half Men is a big deal and should now make them the champions of the full 8:00 hour rather than just the first half where The Big Bang Theory airs. Moving 2 Broke Girls back to 9:00 seems silly, since it would probably would provide a better lead-in to Partners than How I Met Your Mother will;  after all 2 Broke Girls rated higher in 21 of 22 episodes it aired this season than its lead-in.

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