Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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CBS in Fall 2005
By Marc Berman
CBS, the No. 1 network in households, total viewers and adults 25-54, will introduce six new series (two comedies and four dramas) in a schedule that is poised to keep the network’s winning streak alive in 2005-06.

CBS will make changes on five nights of the week (Thursday and Sunday remain unchanged), with veteran sitcoms The King of Queens, Still Standing and the surprise renewal of Yes, Dear all moving to new time periods.

The King of Queens will anchor Monday, while Still Standing and Yes, Dear open Wednesday.

“This is a schedule that is both smart and aggressive,” notes Les Moonves, co-president and COO of Viacom and CBS chairman, who also pointed to CBS ranking first among adults 18-49 based on regularly scheduled programming. “We are a network positioned to attract viewers of all ages, including adults 18-49.”

Mirroring the current hot trend, supernatural dramas, CBS’ Threshold on Friday will deal with mysterious alien life forms, while lead-in Ghost Whisperer features perky Jennifer Love Hewitt EDITOR'S NOTE: PERKY, PERHAPS. ALSO ANOREXIC, BORING, UNTALENTED...... communicating with the dead.

In an ongoing staple on CBS, two of the network’s new dramas, Close To Home and Criminal Minds, will be crime drama themed.

Of the 22 prime-time hours, in fact, half of the network’s hours (including two hours of Crimetime Saturday, a repeat drama rotation) are crime related.

Coming up on CBS in midseason is former Dharma & Greg star Jenna Elfman in sitcom Everything I Know About Men, and 24 star Dennis Haysbert in action drama The Unit.

Missing from CBS’ fall 2005 line-up are Judging Amy, Joan of Arcadia,EDITOR'S NOTE: DRAT. 60 Minutes (on Wednesday) and JAG, four the network’s five oldest skewing shows.

Also not returning: Jason Alexander sitcom Listen Up, and Old Christine.

What follows is CBS in fall 2005, with new shows highlighted and a description of each new series immediately followingEDITOR'S NOTE: ALL TIMES EST, NATCH.:

8:00 p.m. The King of Queens (new day and time)
8:30 p.m. How I Met Your Mother
9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men (new time period)
9:30 p.m. Out of Practice
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami

8:00 p.m. NCIS
9:00 p.m. The Amazing Race
10:00 p.m. Close to Home

8:00 p.m. Still Standing (new day)
8:30 p.m. Yes, Dear (new time)
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds
10:00 p.m. CSI: NY

8:00 p.m. Survivor: Guatemala
9:00 p.m. CSI
10:00 p.m. Without A Trace

8:00 p.m. Ghost Whisperer
9:00 p.m. Threshold
10:00 p.m. Numbr3sEDITOR'S NOTE: YAY!!! I LOVE THIS SHOW!

8:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
9:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. Cold Case
9:00 p.m. Sunday Night Movie

How I Met Your Mother
An ensemble comedy from the producers of The Late Show With David Letterman told from the point of view from a family man (Josh Radnor) looking back on his single life.

Out of Practice
A family of physicians (including Henry “The Fonz” Winker and West Wing star Stockard Channing) share the same profession but have very little else in common.

Everything I know About Men (midseason)
Former Dharma & Greg star Jenna Elfman plays a single woman in search of true love, an exciting career and a normal relationship with her father.

Close to Home
In this new legal drama, The Bold and the Beautiful star Jennifer Finnigan plays a young, aggressive prosecutor with a perfect conviction record who tries the cases that take place in her community.

Criminal Minds
An elite squad of FBI profilers (Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore) analyze the country’s most twisted minds, anticipating their next move before they strike again.

Ghost Whisperer
Inspired by famed medium James Van Praagh, former Party of Five star Jennifer Love Hewitt plays a young newlywed who discovers she has the ability to communicate with the dead.

A team of experts (Carla Gugino, Charles S. Dutton, Brian Van Holt, Robert Patrick and Brent Spiner) EDITOR'S NOTE: GREAT CAST! are assembled when the U.S. Navy discovers that an extra terrestrial craft has landed in the mid-Atlantic ocean.

The Unit (midseason)
A covert team of special agents (Dennis Haysbert, Scott Foley, Robert PatrickEDITOR'S NOTE: ROBERT PATRICK IS IN BOTH OF THESE? and I’ll Fly Away star Regina Taylor) risk their lives on undercover missions around the globe.

The WB in Fall 2005
By Marc Berman and A.J. Frutkin
In his opening remarks to advertisers at the WB upfront Tuesday morning, chairman Garth Ancier said the network's goal next season is to "build on our strong bond with 12-24 viewers, and extend that bond to 12-34 viewers."Ancier also noted that the network has extended its creative reach, by tapping not only emerging writers, but A-list creators and show runners, including Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Fontana, Marta Kauffman, and David Kohan and Max Mutchnick.

In pursuit of its goals, the WB will introduce four new series this fall (one comedy and three dramas). The network also is hoping to build momentum, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday, by moving four established series -- One Tree Hill, Smallville, Everwood and Blue Collar TV -- into new time periods.

Unlike ABC and NBC, which already announced their fall 2005 prime-time line-ups, the WB will make changes on every night of the week. Wednesday and Thursday will be completely revamped.

Additionally, the WB will introduce two new sitcoms (Misconception and Modern Men), and two new dramas (The Bedford Diaries and Pepper Dennis) at midseason.

In the movie department are theatricals 8 Mile and The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers, and made-for Felicity: An American Girl Adventures. Fans of Keri Russell, take note -- this Felicity is not based on the cult 1998-2002 WB drama.

In returning series news, season eight of Charmed will feature Extra anchor Mark McGrath, while a double dose of the network’s one bona fide hit sitcom, Reba, will air in the Sunday 7 p.m. hour.

Not returning next season on the WB are Jack & Bobby, Summerland (which will burn off its five remaining episodes this summer), and Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge.

What follows is the WB in fall 2005, with new shows highlighted and a description of each new series immediately following:

8:00 p.m. 7th Heaven
9:00 p.m. Just Legal

8:00 p.m. Gilmore Girls
9:00 p.m. Supernatural

8:00 p.m. One Tree Hill (new day and time)
9:00 p.m. Related

8:00 p.m. Smallville (new day)EDITOR'S NOTE: SO IT'S UP AGAINST "LOST". AGAIN.
9:00 p.m. Everwood (new day)

8:00 p.m. What I Like About You
8:30 p.m. Twins
9:00 p.m. Reba
9:30 p.m. Living With Fran

7:00 p.m. Reba Beginnings
7:30 p.m. Reba Beginnings
8:00 p.m. Charmed
9:00 p.m. Blue Collar TV (new day and time)
9:30 p.m. Blue Collar TV (new day and time)

In the battle of brains versus beauty, Sara Gilbert (Roseanne) and Molly Stanton play two twin sisters who look and act completely different. Considering the parents are played by Melanie Griffith and Mark-Linn Baker, this should come as no surprise. Exec producers on the series are Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick.

Misconceptions (midseason)
Former Frasier star Jane Leeves plays a smart and sophisticated mother who is painfully (and the WB hopes comically) out of touch with her 13 year-old daughter.

Modern Men (midseason)
Three male childhood friends (Josh Braaten, Max Greenfield and Eric Lively) seek the professional help of a notorious life relationship coach (Just Shoot Me’s Wendie Malick). George “Norm” Wendt co-stars. This is exec producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s first stab at network comedy.

Just Legal
Bruckheimer shifts gears in this light legal drama with Don Johnson as a down-in-his-luck ambulance chaser who tries to mentor a young and brilliant legal prodigy (Million Dollar Baby’s Jay Baruchel).

Jared Padalecki (Gilmore Girls) and Jensen Ackles (Smallville) play two young brothers who carry on their missing father’s quest to seek out justice and silence the supernatural forces responsible for their mother’s murder 20 years earlier.

The lives and loves of four very different sisters (Laura San Giacomo, Jennifer Esposito, Lizzy Caplan and Laura Breckenridge) is the focus of this ensemble drama, exec produced by Friends’ creator Marta Kauffman, and written by Sex and the City scribe Liz Tucillo.

The Bedford Diaries (midseason)
Set at a New York City college, Matthew Modine (Any Given Sunday) plays a controversial professor who both challenges and inspires his students. From Oz producer Tom Fontana.

Pepper Dennis (midseason)
Rebecca Romijn is Pepper Dennis, an ambitious reporter with sights on anchoring Chicago’s top-rated evening news. Former Baywatch babe Brooke Burns co-stars. EDITOR'S NOTE: REBECCA ROMIJN AND BROOKE BURNS. I'M THINKIN I'M NOT THE TARGET AUDIENCE FOR THIS ONE?


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