Monday, May 13, 2013

2013 Fantasy Schedule: CBS

With so many new shows and so little schedule time, CBS's lineup will be harder to predict than ever.

Monday

8:00 - How I Met Your Mother
8:30 - The Millers (NEW)
9:00 - 2 Broke Girls
9:30 - Mike & Molly
10:00 - Person of Interest

How I Met Your Mother enters its final season this fall; the boost from that will likely provide a great lead-in for a new comedy, and I think it could be The Millers, the new pilot starring Will Arnett. The only question here is if CBS drops one of its two single-cam comedies into the Monday or Thursday block, or start a new block elsewhere, or take both and put them on Friday or something like that. Since I'm predicting a comedy expansion on Thursday night, Person of Interest will have to move; rather than pushing it back an hour on Thursday, I'm moving it here.

Tuesday

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

I'm not sure if the new NCIS: LA spin-off will go forward (response to the backdoor pilot was negative, and it was not part of the early pickups this past week), but even if it does, I think it will be at midseason. So I have Intelligence, the new Josh Holloway procedural, trying to find success in a seemingly doomed timeslot.

Wednesday

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

It's very possible that CSI moves to Friday and a new drama takes its slot, but CBS made a big deal a couple months ago about the strength of its lineup when it renewed almost all of its dramas. In that respect, I think they will try to make as few moves as possible; so CSI, the last one left now that CSI: NY has been canned, stays where it is.

Thursday

8:00 - The Big Bang Theory
8:30 - Mom (NEW)
9:00 - Two and a Half Men
9:30 - Crazy Ones (NEW)
10:00 - Elementary

As much as I would like to see an entirely Chuck Lorre night with Mike & Molly moving here, I just don't think it will happen. Crazy Ones, the new Robin Williams/Sarah Michelle Gellar single-cam, will likely get better exposure from and be more compatible, audience-wise, with Two and a Half Men. CBS's Monday lineup is beginning to crumble a bit, so it may be safer to put it here. Because Elementary is the only freshman show CBS can call a "hit" or anything near it, I think it will stay put.

Friday

8:00 - Reckless (NEW)
9:00 - Hawaii Five-0
10:00 - Blue Bloods

I think, rather than send an expensive veteran like CSI to Friday night, CBS will try another new show here. They successfully launched Blue Bloods in this slot in 2010, so there's no reason they can't keep trying. Hawaii Five-0 has taken a serious hit this season, and it does not warrant any Monday-Thursday slot anymore. However, it still does better than the Sunday night dramas, so I think it will end up here.

Sunday

8:00 - The Amazing Race
9:00 - The Good Wife
10:00 - The Mentalist

If it were up to me, The Mentalist would be gone. With all the late starts CBS's primetime lineup frequently receives in the fall thanks to football overrun, it ended up running outside of primetime quite a few times. Then when it did air in primetime, its numbers were horrible. Same for The Good Wife, though that actually does better at 10:00 than it does at 9:00; if it weren't for the damage running past 11:00 in the fall would do to its serialized aspect, I would be predicting The Good Wife at 10:00 instead of the The Mentalist.

Midseason

I think CBS will use the final episodes of How I Met Your Mother to promote a new show, and I'm predicting that show to be Friends with Better Lives, which seems like the perfect show to takeover for HIMYM. Hostages has already been picked up, and I think its premise is ideal for a limited, midseason run. CBS will likely also have Undercover Boss on the bend to fill in for any failed series, and this also leaves We Are Men, another single-cam comedy, to be slotted in sometime next spring.

Bottom Line Predictions

New Series - Hostages, Intelligence, Reckless, Crazy Ones, Friends with Better Lives, The Millers, Mom, We Are Men

Canceled Series - CSI: NY, Golden Boy, Made in Jersey, Vegas, Partners, Rules of Engagement

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