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Sean Daly, Michelle Stark and Sharon Kennedy Wynne

CBS Keeps Its Eye on What Works (insert groan here)

Say this for CBS: it knows what works on its schedule.

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:

MONDAY
8:00-8:30 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (NT)
8:30-9:00 PM THE CLASS (N)
9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN
9:30-10:00 PM THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: MIAMI

TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
9:00-10:00 PM THE UNIT
10:00-11:00 PM SMITH (N)

WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM JERICHO (N)
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: NY

THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR
9:00-10:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
10:00-11:00 PM SHARK (N)

FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM GHOST WHISPERER
9:00-10:00 PM CLOSE TO HOME
10:00-11:00 PM NUMB3RS

SATURDAY
8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS: MYSTERY

SUNDAY
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)

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:36pm]

    

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