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CBS sets 2011-12 launch dates

Kutcher debut on 'Men" opens premiere week

CBS will kick off premiere week on Sept. 19 with a double dose of “How I Met Your Mother” followed by the “Two and a Half Men” debut of Ashton Kutcher.

The Eye unveiled its fall premiere dates Wednesday with its usual emphasis on stacking as many new and returning shows during premiere week. “Men” will be used as a launch pad for “2 Broke Girls,” which should get some great exposure outside of its regular timeslot, Mondays at 8:30 p.m.

“Girls” will bump aside “Mike and Molly,” which won’t return at 9:30 p.m. until the following week, on Sept. 26. “Men” will have to face the second hour of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

CBS will also use the double-dose strategy on Thursday, Sept. 22, to launch “The Big Bang Theory,” which will support the debut of “Person of Interest” at 9 p.m., followed by the return of “The Mentalist” at 10 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 20, will see premieres of “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Unforgettable”; Sept. 21 bows are “Criminal Minds” and “CSI”; Sept. 23, “Blue Bloods,” “CSI: NY” and “A Gifted Man”; Sept. 24, “Rules of Engagement”; and Sept. 25, “60 Minutes,” “The Amazing Race,” “The Good Wife” and “CSI: Miami.”

The other shows that won’t roll out during premiere week include “Survivor: South Pacific,” which will launch its 23rd season on Sept. 14 — getting a one-week jump on “The X Factor,” which bows Sept. 21. New comedy “How to Be a Gentleman” will wait for Sept. 29.

ABC is also doubling up on comedies for premiere week with “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Last Man Standing.”

ABC unveiled its fall plans earlier this week; Fox was first to go earlier in the month. NBC has yet to announce its fall premiere dates.

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