CBS lays out a tight fall premiere schedule

Threerivers_alexoloughlin_katherinemoennig_290 CBS will take the concept of "premiere week" very seriously this fall, launching nearly its entire lineup the week of Sept. 21.

The only outliers on the Eye's launch schedule are "Survivor: Samoa," which will debut Thursday, Sept. 17, and the new medical drama "Three Rivers," with star Alex O'Loughlin, which will premiere Sunday, Oct. 4. The rest of the schedule, including three other new shows and the CBS premiere of "Medium," will all roll out the week after the Emmy Awards (which CBS is broadcasting this year).

The compact premiere schedule is pretty much par for the course with CBS, which hasn't messed much with the way it rolls out its shows in the past few years.

Highlights among the premieres include a reshuffled comedy lineup on Monday, Sept. 21 that has "How I Met Your Mother" at 8 p.m. and "The Big Bang Theory" at 9:30; the premiere of "NCIS: Los Angeles" following its parent show on Tuesday, Sept. 22; and "The Mentalist" settling into its Thursday-night home after "CSI" on Sept. 24.

"The Amazing Race" will get a two-hour premiere on Sunday, Sept. 27, which accounts for the delay in the "Three Rivers" premiere.

Here's the full rundown (all times Eastern):

Thursday, Sept. 17

8 p.m. "Survivor: Samoa"

Monday, Sept. 21

8 p.m. "How I Met Your Mother"
8:30 p.m. "Accidentally on Purpose"
9 p.m. "Two and a Half Men"
9:30 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory"
10 p.m. "CSI: Miami"

Tuesday, Sept. 22

8 p.m. "NCIS"
9 p.m. "NCIS: Los Angeles"
10 p.m. "The Good Wife"

Wednesday, Sept. 23

8 p.m. "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
8:30 p.m. "Gary Unmarried"
9 p.m. "Criminal Minds"
10 p.m. "CSI: NY"

Thursday, Sept. 24

9 p.m. "CSI"
10 p.m. "The Mentalist"

Friday, Sept. 25

8 p.m. "Ghost Whisperer"
9 p.m. "Medium"
10 p.m. "Numb3rs"

Saturday, Sept. 26

10 p.m. "48 Hours Mystery"

Sunday, Sept. 27

7 p.m. "60 Minutes"
8 p.m. "The Amazing Race" (two hours)
10 p.m. "Cold Case"

Sunday, Oct. 4

9 p.m. "Three Rivers"

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