CBS announces schedule

CBS detailed a schedule that boasted no real shockers for fall. The network stuck with stability via its top-rated Thursday night lineup and, as expected, slid hit comedy “Two and a Half Men” into the key “Everybody Loves Raymond” timeslot. Net also is expanding its rep as the “Crime Broadcasting System”: With new entries “Close to Home” and “Criminal Minds,” CBS now airs crime dramas in 10 of its 22 weekly hours (11, if you include the real-life “48 Hours Mystery”) And, looking to add a few more female faces to the lineup, three of the net’s four new dramas boast women leads. On Mondays, with “Raymond’s” departure, CBS believes it won’t skip a beat by not only planting “Two and a Half Men” at 9 p.m., but also bringing “The King of Queens” back to its former 8 p.m. home and keeping “CSI: Miami” planted at 10. In between, the network will introduce two comedies, the 20th Century Fox entry “How I Met Your Mother” (following “Queens”) and Paramount entry “Out of Practice” (after “Men”). The following night, CBS will use the strength of returning Tuesday entries “NCIS” and “The Amazing Race” to launch the Jerry Bruckheimer drama “Close to Home,” about a female suburban prosecutor. Meanwhile, making room for the returning comedies “Still Standing” and “Yes, Dear” in the Wednesday 8 p.m. slot, Eye has canceled the second edition of “60 Minutes.” By moving its Wednesday night comedy hour down to 8 p.m., net will use the time to launch another drama, this one the FBI-themed Touchstone/Par entry “Criminal Minds.” Eye is making its biggest changes on Friday night, where it dumped “Joan of Arcadia” and the retiring “JAG” in favor of supernatural Jennifer Love Hewitt starrer “Ghost Whisperer” (from Touchstone and Par) at 8, followed by the alien invasion thriller “Threshold” (Paramount). “Numbers” continues Fridays at 10 p.m., while CBS also is holding firm on Saturday (two hours of crime drama repeats, followed by “48 Hours Mystery”) and Sunday. Moonves pointed out that CBS stayed stable on Sunday night even against tough ABC competish. The network is planning more movies on the night in the vein of “Locusts” and “Spring Break Shark Attack.” Besides “Joan,” “JAG,” “Raymond” and “60 Minutes Wednesday,” shows not returning include “Center of the Universe,” “Clubhouse,” “Dr. Vegas,” “Judging Amy” and “Listen Up.”

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