CBS' new fall schedule provides about as much change as you could expect from TV's most traditional network, green-lighting six new series, canceling seven shows and moving some of the most established series on its schedule.
The network's reality hit Survivor gets a new time slot for the first time in its decade-long history, moving to 8 p.m. Wednesdays as CBS tries a new, hourlong comedy block on Thursdays led by its second most-popular series, Big Bang Theory.
Two CSI spinoffs also make tracks, with CSI: Miami moved to 10 p.m. Sundays and CSI: NY moved to Fridays. Both are bad signs for the shows based on past results; the now-canceled Cold Case died a messy and protracted death on Sunday nights this season, while Fridays have always been where floundering dramas go to die.
Among the new additions: a sitcom based on a Twitter page, $#*! My Dad Says (will we have to use that exact punctuation every time we write about this show?), along with the tried and true. In this case, that's a new series starring Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods) and Jim Belushi (The Defenders), a Hawaii Five-O remake and a new comedy (Mike and Molly) from the guy who already produces two of the network's biggest comedy hits, Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory).
Biggest winner here: Charlie Sheen, who managed to score a contract renewal in the midst of a domestic violence allegation. He nabbed a reported $2 million per episode to star in Two and a Half Men.
The biggest loser: Wanda Sykes, who saw two TV series canceled from under her this week: Fox's The Wanda Sykes Show and CBS' New Adventures of Old Christine.
Dead and gone, unless they get picked up by ABC, are: Accidentally on Purpose, New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, Miami Medical, Cold Case and Three Rivers.