'Defenders' moves to Friday, 'Criminal Minds' twofer on CBS' midseason schedule

forest-whitaker-criminal-minds.jpgCBS has set its midseason schedule, and since the network is pretty healthy this season it's more about tweaks than a radical makeover.

The Eye will debut three new scripted shows and Paula Abdul's competition series "Live to Dance" in the first few months of 2011. It's also moving a couple of its current shows around, giving "Blue Bloods" a four-week tryout on Wednesday nights and sending "The Defenders" to Fridays to fill the spot being vacated by "Medium."

The new scripted shows are "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," a spinoff of "Criminal Minds" that will air after its parent show on Wednesday nights; comedy "Mad Love," which slides into the post-"How I Met Your Mother" slot on Mondays in late February; and "Chaos," a drama about CIA officers that will debut on Fridays in April. "Live to Dance" premieres Tuesday, Jan. 4, the moves to Wednesdays the following night, holding down the fort between "Survivor" seasons.

"Blue Bloods" will air at 10 p.m. ET Wednesdays for four weeks starting Jan. 19, then return to its Friday home on Feb. 11. "Suspect Behavior" takes over the Wednesday spot on Feb. 16. "Mad Love" is set to debut Feb. 21, which will send "Rules of Engagement" to Thursdays after "The Big Bang Theory" on Feb. 24. ("$#*! My Dad Says" will have ended its slightly abbreviated season by then.)

Here's how the new lineup breaks down (there's no change on Tuesday and Sunday nights):

Mondays

8 p.m. "How I Met Your Mother"
8:30 p.m. "Rules of Engagement" (through Feb. 14)/"Mad Love" (premieres Feb. 21)
9 p.m. "Two and a Half Men"
9:30 p.m. "Mike & Molly"
10 p.m. "Hawaii Five-0"

Wednesdays

8 p.m. "Live to Dance" (Jan. 5-Feb. 9)/"Survivor: Redemption Island" (premieres Feb. 16)
9 p.m. "Criminal Minds"
10 p.m. "Blue Bloods" (Jan. 19-Feb. 9)/"Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (premieres Feb. 16)

Thursdays

8 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory"
8:30 p.m. "$#*! My Dad Says" (through Feb. 17)/"Rules of Engagement" (new timeslot starting Feb. 24)
9 p.m. "CSI"
10 p.m. "The Mentalist"

Fridays

8 p.m. "Medium" (series finale Jan. 21)/"The Defenders" (new timeslot starting Feb. 4)
9 p.m. "CSI: NY"
10 p.m. "Blue Bloods" (returns Feb. 11)
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