CBS slates 'Monkey,' 'Jenna,' kicks 'Out'

CBS has finalized its early midseason sked, sliding in new skeins “Love Monkey” and “The Jenna Elfman Show,” while giving “Out of Practice” a breather.

Relationship drama “Love Monkey,” starring Tom Cavanagh as a single record exec, will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. starting Jan. 17. Show will fill the void in between editions of “The Amazing Race.” The ninth edition of “Race” will resume in that spot later in the season.

“Jenna Elfman,” meanwhile, will take over the Monday 9:30 p.m. slot on Jan. 23. That bumps out “Out of Practice,” which will go on hiatus until March. Net stressed that it was firmly behind “Practice,” which posted its best-ever numbers Monday night among viewers (13.5 million) and tied for its best-ever with adults 18-49 (4.3/10). “Practice” is also the second-highest rated new laffer with viewers (12 million overall), following “My Name Is Earl.”

Joining “Practice” in March will be two new entries: the frosh Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” as well as the David Mamet/Shawn Ryan actioner “The Unit.” Eye hasn’t yet announced dates and times for the three shows.

“Love Monkey,” from Sony Pictures TV and Paramount Network TV, is exec produced by Mark Johnson, Michael Rauch and John Wirth. Cavanagh stars with Jason Priestley, Larenz Tate, Christopher Wiehl, Judy Greer, Ivana Milicevic and Katherine Lanasa.

As for “Elfman,” Eye and producers Paramount Network TV and Touchstone TV are scouting for a new title. The show, formerly known as “Everything I Know About Men,” stars Elfman as a single lawyer looking for love. (Perhaps the network should set up her and the similarly romantically challenged “Love Monkey” on a blind date.)

Elfman stars with Dabney Coleman, Hugh Bonneville, Josh Randall, Jillian Bach and Josh Stamberg. Rob Hanning exec produces, with Seth Kurland and Eileen Conn as co-exec producers.

“Elfman” was originally based on the Britcom “According to Bex,” but changed direction after Hanning replaced original exec producer Fred Barron (who created the U.K. skein) in the summer (Daily Variety, Aug. 11).

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