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CBS unveils fall schedule
Network adds new night of comedies

CBS unveiled a fall schedule Wednesday morning with a new night of
comedy, as expected, and a new show in the sought-after post-“CSI”
time slot.

“It’s been an interesting development season needless to say, and a
very interesting season overall,” said CBS topper Leslie Moonves. “Our
development turned out to be terrific.”

On the laffer front, CBS believes it has found an opening in the
comedy space, adding a new night of half-hours and broadening out its
laffer roster.

"One of the things we wanted to get across is how important comedy is
for us," said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. "Comedy has
been significant for the network for many years. We had a fantastic
comedy year."

Eye surprised some -- even inside Warner Bros. TV -- by ordering a
full 22-episode season of "The New Adventures of Old Christine," a
show that the network had appeared to have soured on not too long ago.
But the laffer now plays a major role in opening up Wednesday night,
alongside new comedy "Project Gary."

the plum spot behind "Two and a Half Men." Eye execs are said to be
extremely pleased with how "Worst Week" turned out. But even more
interestingly, the show is single camera -- a departure for the net,
which has mostly stuck with multi-cam laffers (to great success).

With the other nets fairly limited in the kind of comedy they do, CBS
believes it has an opening to capitalize on its Monday success by
taking several more shots.

Meanwhile, another sweet slot in CBS' sked, Thursdays at 10 p.m., went
to the new Jerry Bruckheimer thriller "Eleventh Hour." Eye has had
success in the past with a "Bruckheimer into Bruckheimer" strategy,
and employs it again here.

Other holes in the sked include Tuesday at 10 p.m., where proven
player "Without a Trace" slides right in.

On Fridays, Eye opted to pair femme-leaning "Ghost Whisperer" with the
relationship drama "The Ex-List.”

Frosh entries include dramas "Eleventh Hour," "The Mentalist" and "The
Ex-List." Comedies are "Worst Week" and "Project Gary." Gone are
"Cane," "Jericho," "Kid Nation," "Moonlight," "Shark," "Viva Laughlin"
and "Welcome to the Captain."

schedule grid here
While the hollywood reporter has a different schedule...

CBS returns to crime, comedy roots
'Christine' to launch expanded Monday sitcom block
By James Hibberd

Crime and comedy are coming back in full force to CBS’ schedule next
season as the network re-embraces the genres that have performed best
for it in recent years. After taking a creative detour last fall with
outside-the-box concepts, CBS is adding some new procedurals and
opening up another night of comedy.

CBS will expand its successful Monday night sitcom lineup to
Wednesdays, as expected. “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” which
the network renewed at the last minute on Tuesday, will launch the
block. “Christine” is followed by newcomer "Project Gary," about a
middle-class father played by Jay Mohr.

The network’s signature crime dramas will also have more company next
season, including the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “Eleventh Hour,”
about a science professor who helps solve crimes. “Hour” has been
given CBS’ strongest lead-in, Bruckheimer’s own “CSI,” and will air
Thursdays at 10 p.m. Former time slot occupant “Without a Trace” will
shift to Tuesdays at 10 p.m., a time period that’s proved tricky for
the network to fill in recent years.

Another new procedural is “The Mentalist,” starring Simon Baker, about
a deceptive celebrity psychic who puts his observational skills to
better use working for law enforcement. “The Mentalist” takes over
Tuesdays at 9 p.m., former home to “The Unit,” which is shifting to
Sundays at 10 p.m.

Here’s the lineup:







And again, another network with not a single show I care to watch.  Guess 
I'll be watching cable and DVDs this season.
Hollywood Reporter's schedule is correct, Variety's post needs to be
Here's the official press release.


Five New Series Added: Two Comedies and Three Dramas

Two New Dramatic Series to Launch Backed by
"NCIS" and "CSI" Lead-Ins

New Series That Blends Comedy, Drama and Romance Joins Fridays Top-
Rated Lineup
Eighteen Current Series Return to the Schedule

New Murder Mystery "Harper's Island" Ordered for Mid-Season

CBS announced today its 2008-2009 Fall Primetime Lineup, featuring
five new series - two comedies and three dramas - and the launch of a
new comedy block on Wednesdays.

The new series include ELEVENTH HOUR, a dramatic thriller from
producer Jerry Bruckheimer about a special advisor to the government
who investigates scientific crises and oddities; THE MENTALIST,
starring Simon Baker as a former celebrity psychic-turned- detective
who uses his gifted skills of  observation and expertise at "reading"
people to solve crimes; THE EX LIST, a sexy comedic drama about a 30-
something woman who searches her past relationships to find her future
husband; and the comedies PROJECT GARY, starring Jay Mohr and Paula
Marshall as dueling ex-spouses and parents trying to move forward with
new relationships; and WORST WEEK about a good guy who is always
trying to do the right thing, yet something always goes wrong -
especially when he's around his girlfriend's parents.

"We've been looking to expand our comedy lineup, and we now have the
depth and development to make the move," said Nina Tassler, President,
CBS Entertainment.  "Monday is already television's signature night
for comedy and we think we can make the case that CBS is the signature
network for comedy overall."

Added Tassler, "Our new dramas put a character twist on the highly
successful procedural form with two exciting new leads in Simon Baker
and Rufus Sewell.  And, rounding out the new slate is a very unique
series with a dynamic young actress (Elizabeth Reaser, "Grey's
Anatomy") that blends comedy, drama and romance in a concept that will
have everybody thinking about their personal 'ex list.' "

The freshman series will join 18 returning programs on the current CBS

CBS will return network television's Number One drama franchise - CSI:
comedy, TWO AND A HALF MEN; the Number One news magazine, 60 MINUTES;
and two franchise reality series -SURVIVOR and the five-time Emmy
Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE.


The new 2008-2009 schedule is:

On Monday, CBS adds a new comedy to television's top-rated comedy

BIG BANG THEORY and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER returns.  Television's top

On Wednesday, CBS opens a new night of comedy. The critically
acclaimed THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE, starring Emmy Award

the new comedy PROJECT GARY. The successful tandem of CRIMINAL MINDS

On Thursday, CBS adds a new drama to television's most-watched night.

period, followed by the night's highest-rated show, CSI: CRIME SCENE
INVESTIGATION, which provides a strong lead-in for the new suspenseful

CBS adds a unique new series to its top-rated Friday. GHOST WHISPERER,

followed by 48 HOURS MYSTERY, the night's top-rated program.

On Sunday, the perennial Number One news magazine, 60 MINUTES, kicks

In addition to the new series for fall, the network announced the pick
up of two programs for midseason. The new drama, HARPER'S ISLAND, is a
murder mystery that unfolds as friends and family attend week-long
festivities at a destination wedding on a secluded and picturesque
island off the coast of Seattle, infamous for a homicidal maniac's
rampage seven years ago. Also picked up for midseason is the comedy

The new comedies are:

WORST WEEK is a comedy about Sam Briggs, an entertainment magazine
editor who will do anything to please his girlfriend's parents ... but
instead becomes a one-man wrecking crew whenever he's around them.
Sam (Kyle Bornheimer, "Jericho") and his girlfriend, Melanie Clayton
(Erinn Hayes, "Kitchen Confidential"), have only one hurdle left to
clear as they start their life together: breaking the news to Mel's
conservative parents that they have a wedding in the works and a baby
on the way.  Dick (Kurtwood Smith, "That '70s Show"), a stern Judge,
and his wife Angela (Nancy Lenehan, "My Name is Earl"), are protective
of their daughter, and are really trying to let go of the anger they
feel toward Sam ... after all, disaster follows whenever he visits
their house. But despite his best efforts, every time Sam takes one
positive step forward in winning over his future in-laws, he
inevitably takes two crushing steps back.  But with support and love
from Melanie who stands up for him despite his knack for making
himself look bad, Sam will hopefully charm his way into her family.
Emmy Award winner Adam Bernstein ("30 Rock") directed the pilot.  Matt
Tarses ("Scrubs") and Jimmy Mulville ("Whose Line Is It Anyway?") are
the executive producers for Universal Media Studios and CBS Paramount
Network Television.

PROJECT GARY stars Jay Mohr ("Ghost Whisperer") and Paula Marshall
("Nip/Tuck") in a comedy about Gary Barnes, a recently single painting
contractor, and his controlling ex-wife, Allison, who face post-
divorce mayhem after 15 years of marriage as they each embark on new
relationships. He's the fun parent and she's the strict one.
Together, they share custody of their two children - Louise (Laura
Marano, "Without a Trace"), a politically correct and environmentally
conscious 11-year-old, and Tom (Ryan Malgarini, "How to Eat Fried
Worms"), their socially awkward 14-year-old son who is nervous around
girls.  Charming and acerbic, Gary hasn't dated since the split, but
finally connects with Vanessa (Jaime King, "The Class"), a single
mother whose condo he was hired to paint. He dreads telling Allison
about Vanessa because it doesn't adhere to her belief in their
marriage counselor's book, "Rules for the Perfect Divorce." However,
when Allison tells him that she's engaged to their shrink, all bets
are off and Gary decides it's time to move forward.  Now, in pursuit
of post-marriage happiness, Gary must juggle his eclectic world of an
ex-wife, their two kids, their shrink and his gorgeous new
girlfriend.  Ed Yeager ("Still Standing") and Ric Swartzlander ("8
Simple Rules") are the executive producers for ABC Studios and CBS
Paramount Network Television.

The new dramas are:

THE MENTALIST stars Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker ("The Devil
Wears Prada") as Patrick Jane, a detective and independent consultant
with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a
remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor
sharp skills of observation.  Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for
his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic
medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane's
role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly
valued by his fellow agents. However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa
Lisbon (Robin Tunney, "Prison Break") openly resists having Jane in
her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane's
usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and
dangerous lack of boundaries.  Lisbon's team includes agents Kimball
Cho (Tim Kang, "Rambo"), Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman, "The Nine"), and
rookie member Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti, "The O.C."), who all
think Jane's a loose cannon but admire his charm and knack for
clearing cases. Bruno Heller (creator of "Rome") is creator/executive
producer, and Emmy Award winner David Nutter ("Band of Brothers") is
the executive producer for Warner Bros. Television.

ELEVENTH HOUR from acclaimed producer Jerry Bruckheimer follows Dr.
Jacob Hood (Rufus Sewell, "The Illusionist"), a brilliant biophysicist
and special science advisor to the government, as he investigates
scientific crises and oddities. His jurisdiction is absolute and Hood
is dogged in his pursuit of those who would abuse and misuse
scientific discoveries and breakthroughs for their own gain. His
passion and crusade is to protect the substance of science from those
with nefarious motives.  He is called in at the eleventh hour and he
represents the last line of defense. Based on the British miniseries
by acclaimed science-fiction writer Stephen Gallagher, the series is
executive produced by Bruckheimer ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,"
"Pirates of the Caribbean"), Jonathan Littman ("CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation," "Cold Case"), Danny Cannon ("CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation," "CSI: Miami"), Cyrus Voris ("Bulletproof Monk"), Ethan
Reiff ("Sleeper Cell"), Mick Davis ("Wake of Death"), and Paul
Buccieri ("Fashion House") for Jerry Bruckheimer Television in
association with Warner Bros. Television.

THE EX LIST is a comedic drama about Bella Bloom (Elizabeth Reaser,
"Grey's Anatomy") - a single, 30-something, successful business owner
who is surprised to learn from a psychic that she's already dated her
future husband AND there's a catch:  if she doesn't find him in the
next year, she'll remain alone forever.  During a bachelorette party
for her sister, Daphne (Rachel Boston, "American Dreams"), Bella
learns from the psychic she must revisit her past relationships and
sort through the mistakes to find her soul mate. Skeptical, Bella
begins to analyze every past liaison and failed romance with her close
circle of friends, Augie (Adam Rothenberg, "Mad Money"), an endearing
guy who has listened to Bella's love woes since college, Vivian (Alex
Breckenridge, "Dirt"), Augie's long-term girlfriend, and Cyrus (Amir
Talai, "Campus Ladies"), who's chronically unemployed and full of wry
observations.  Once Bella witnesses proof of the psychic's other
predictions, her cynicism disappears and she begins her search.  Along
her trip down break-up lane, Bella is determined to remain optimistic
and receptive, believing that when destiny reopens doors to the past,
every relationship can matter in the future.  Diane Ruggiero
("Veronica Mars") and Jonathan Levin ("Charmed") are executive
producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Following is the 2008-2009 CBS Television Network primetime schedule:

(N=New, NT=New Time, all times ET/PT)








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Wouldn't that have been a much cooler name for the show than "Project 
Gary"?  Even shortening it to "The Perfect Divorce" would have been an 

But I like both Mohr and Marshall, so I'll probably give the show a try.  
I'll try not to get too attached to it, since they're both show-killers.
Other than the *mistake* in the Hollywood Reporter article subtitle line
(*Christine* to launch expanded *Monday* sitcom block), how are they
different?  What am I missing here?  Other than the use of laffer, sked
and frosh (slightly obnoxious industry slang), what's wrong with the
Variety post?

They should have mentioned "Rules of Engagement" for mid-season here, as
well. (I know it's mentioned below.)


Ever have the feeling "No good can come of this (re. THE EX-LIST)." ?
Yeah, that's something you want to be watching with your current,
significant other. <s>  That's right up there with talking about your
last GF with your GF.


So, an all comedy night?    <wink> to Anim8rFSK.



Jay Mohr, <THUMBS UP>  :D

An odd oil & water combination, TNAOC/PG and CM/CSI-NY.  Maybe they're
trying to cross-pollinate audiences?


I'll check it out, but I'm not holding out much hope.

Ah, the forgettable, lackluster, plain vanilla, temporary foil for the
actually interesting Kat Warbler/Lizzy Caplan, from "The Class".

Worth checking out because Jay Mohr is in it.

It'll probably be an NCIS-only night for me, as usual, but I'll give it
a look.  Seems to have a bit of inverse Dresden Files and Monk in the


ELEVENTH HOUR could be worth a look.

I'll continue watching Ghost Whisperer, but I'm not going anywhere near
THE EX LIST.  Looks like it's *strictly* for women.

The above crap just never goes away.  Well at least it's not between
shows I like.  They did manage to screw up Friday, though.
Worst Week gets the best slot on the schedule because the studio sold a 
production interest to CBS so that CBS coul;d pretend that they develop 
their own comedies.  Aside from Rules of Engagement, the rest of the CBS 
comedies are done by other studios.

This will be a tough task for a new comedy hour.  On the negative side, if 
CBS really wanted a new night of comedy to work, they should have had HIMYM 
lead it off.  On the positive side, Project Gary looks like the new sitcom 
with the most potential, so the hour should get an initial look from the 

Eleventh Hour sounds like something Marvel Comics would come up with. 
Thursday 8pm will be Survivor must see TV.  Thursday 10pm will be a the time 
to watch the final season of ER.

Good to see TAR back on the Fall schedule.
I've gotten fooled too many times by program descriptions (not to mention 
book covers).  I thought "Medium" would have to be total crap, and I became 
a regular watcher after the second episode.

Brukheimer has a pretty good track record, although the specific genre is 
starting to get a bit faddish with the CSI franchise, Bones, Numb3rs (wow do 
I hate that gimmicky "3" in the name), and several near-relations.

Eleventh Hour could be the best show on television or a complete turkey. 
I'm going to remain optimistic.