Upfronts: CBS looking for laughs — it’s official

WorstweekusCBS is looking for laughs next season, expanding its comedy presence to Wednesday nights with a new block anchored by “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and newcomer “Project Gary,” starring Jay Mohr.

Eye’s other new comedy pickup, “Worst Week” (pictured above), nabs the coveted post-“Two and a Half Men” launch pad Monday at 9:30 p.m. Overall, CBS has slotted five new skeins on its fall 2008, with murder mystery drama “Harper’s Island” on the bench for midseason.

Beyond the comedies, the other big move on the fall sked is the slotting of new Jerry Bruckheimer drama “Eleventh Hour” into the post “CSI” slot on Thursday, while “Without a Trace” heads to Tuesday 10 p.m. Much talked-about new drama “The Ex List,” (fka “Mythological Ex”), has landed on Friday in the 9 p.m. Projectgary sandwich slot between “Ghost Whisperer” and “Numbers.”

Variety‘s man at the upfronts, Michael Schneider, has all the details in this dispatch from CBS’ ayem press briefing.


8: The Big Bang Theory
8:30: How I Met Your Mother
9: Two and a Half Men
9:30: Worst Week (new)
10: CSI: Miami


9: The Mentalist (new)
10: Without a Trace


8: The New Adventures of Old ChristineEleventhour_2
8:30: Project Gary (new) pictured above right
9: Criminal Minds
10: CSI: NY


8: Survivor
9: CSI
10: Eleventh Hour (new) pictured right


8: Ghost Whisperer
9: The Ex List (new) pictured below
10: Numbers


8: Drama repeatsExlist_2
9: Drama repeats
10: 48 Hours Mystery


7: 60 Minutes
8: The Amazing Race
9: Cold Case
10: The Unit

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