CBS' 2008-09 Schedule Expands Comedies, Adds Drama
As expected, CBS has ordered the new dramas "
With 18 shows returning to the strongly performing network, CBS has a fair amount of scheduling stability, so the biggest shift may be in returning comedies to Wednesday night after a season of keeping laughter as a Monday-only thing.
Monday will still feature a two-hour comedy block on the network, with "The Big Bang Theory,"
The addition of "Worst Week" to Mondays has allowed CBS to move
"We've been looking to expand our comedy lineup, and we now have the depth and development to make the move," says CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler in a statement. "Monday is already television's signature night for comedy and we think we can make the case that CBS is the signature network for comedy overall."
CBS' schedule hasn't had many problem spots in recent years, but the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour has been a show-killer lately. To that end, CBS is transplanting "Without a Trace," a proven hit with a track record on both Thursday and Sunday nights, into the hour.
The network has also had difficulties on Friday nights at 9 p.m. where "Close to Home" was cancelled despite solid ratings two years ago and where
One place CBS doesn't need to worry about ratings is the Thursday night 10 p.m. slot after "
In addition to "Without a Trace" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine," the other CBS show to switch time slots is "The Unit," which leaves Tuesday for Sundays, where it will have under-the-radar hit
Beyond "Harper's Island," CBS has also ordered
CBS' Fall 2008-09 Schedule (New shows in bold, all times ET):
8:30-9:00 PM "How I Met Your Mother"
9:00-9:30 PM "Two and a Half Men"
9:30-10:00 PM "Worst Week" 10:00-11:00 PM "CSI: Miami"
9:00-10:00 PM "The Mentalist 10:00-11:00 PM "Without a Trace" (New time)
8:00-8:30 PM "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (NT)
8:30-9:00 PM "Project Gary"
9:00-10:00 PM "Criminal Minds" 10:00-11:00 PM "CSI: NY"
9:00-10:00 PM "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
10:00-11:00 PM "Eleventh Hour"
8:00-9:00 PM "Ghost Whisperer"
9:00-10:00 PM "The Ex List" 10:00-11:00 PM
8:00-9:00 PM Crime drama repeats
9:00-10:00 PM Crime drama repeats 10:00-11:00 PM
8:00-9:00 PM "
9:00-10:00 PM "Cold Case" 10:00-11:00 PM