CBS 2011-2012 Schedule: 'CSI,' 'The Good Wife' Move to New Nights
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Last year CBS shook up its schedule by moving two of its strongest
performers, The Big Bang Theory and Survivor, and now the network is
doing it again.
CBS has revealed its fall 2011 schedule, and the biggest changes come
with moves for two of the networks biggest dramas, CSI and The Good
Wife. After years of anchoring Thursday nights, the original CSI is
moving to Wednesdays at 10pm, where it will no doubt try to kill Law and
Order: SVU once and for all.
The Good Wife is moving to Sundays at 9pm, a move obviously designed to try and take a stab at ABC's Desperate Housewives since both shows focus on women.
The schedule also features the highly unusual decision to air Rules of Engagement on Saturday nights, which makes me question why they even bothered renewing it in the first place.
CBS is launching five new shows, with two comedies and three dramas (exactly what they did last year). The sitcoms include Two Broke Girls, about a pair of waitresses at a diner, and How to Be a Gentleman, a comedy about an unlikely friendship between two men. The latter features one of the coolest casts ever assembled on TV, with David Hornsby (Rickety Cricket from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the husband of Emily Deschanel), Entourage's Kevin Dillon, Dave Foley from The Kids in the Hall and Newsradio, 24's Mary Lynn Rajskub, Rhys Darby from Flight of the Conchords and the delightful Nancy Lenehan. There is not a single weak link in that ridiculously amazing cast.
The dramas include Unforgettable, about a former detective with a perfect memory, Person of Interest, about an ex-CIA agent who teams up with a billionaire to fight crime (starring Lost's Michael Emerson), and A Gifted Man, about a surgeon who gets advice from his dead wife.
The network obviously has a lot of faith in Unforgettable and Person of Interest, giving them the old time slots of The Good Wife and CSI. For mid-season, CBS has the cop drama The 2-2. Here's the full schedule.
8pm: How I Met Your Mother
8:30pm: Two Broke Girls
9pm: Two and a Half Men
9:30pm: Mike and Molly
10pm: Hawaii Five-0
9pm: NCIS: Los Angeles
8pm: Survivor: South Pacific
9pm: Criminal Minds
8pm: The Big Bang Theory
8:30pm: How to Be a Gentleman
9pm: Person of Interest
10pm: The Mentalist
8pm: A Gifted Man
9pm: CSI: NY
10pm: Blue Bloods
8pm: Rules of Engagement
8pm: The Amazing Race
9pm: The Good Wife
10pm: CSI: Miami
(Image courtesy of CBS)