CBS Keeps Its Eye on What Works (insert groan here)
So far, they've fielded the fewest new shows of any networks, with just four new series joining the Tiffany Network's fall lineup as announced today. As expected, Out of Practice, Courting Alex and the CBS Sunday Movie is history, while Without a Trace and Amazing Race moves to Sundays and King of Queens takes a break until midseason.
Other than comedies on Mondays, CBS has become the network of crime, the military and reality, with a schedule dominated by series such as CSI, Numbers, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, The Unit and Close to Home.
The tone doesn't change much in the new shows, which feature James Woods as a cutthroat defense attorney-turned-prosecutor in Shark, Ray Liotta as the head of a criminal crew pulling a job in Smith (the messy death of Heist and Thief must really be encouraging there) and a drama about a town cut off by a nuclear explosion in Jericho.
Here's the sked, with new shows in bold and NT designating new times:
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
9:00-10:00 PM THE UNIT
10:00-11:00 PM SMITH (N)
8:00-9:00 PM JERICHO (N)
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: NY
8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS: MYSTERY
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES
8:00-9:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE (NT)
9:00-10:00 PM COLD CASE (NT)
10:00-11:00 PM WITHOUT A TRACE (NT)
Up Next: Fox and the CW network, ending the suspense about what will survive from the network mash up of the WB and UPN. (Hint: if you're appearing on Eve or Everwood, might want to polish up those resumes)