CBS is on-deck!
SO...ONCE ALL THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE MADE, I'LL COME BACK IN AND DO A GROUP LINE-UP WITH SOME BETTER DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH OF THE NEW SHOWS.
JUST ONE MORE SERVICE YOUR QOTD OFFERS.....
CBS replaces 'Sunday Movie' with Series
'Most Stable' Network to Debut Just Four New Shows in Fall
CBS is doing away with its long running Sunday night movie franchise for the 2006-07 season, making room for some of its top-rated returning series, CBS Corp. President and CEO Leslie Moonves said Wednesday morning at a press conference in the network's New York headquarters.
Mr. Moonves forecasted CBS will be "up considerably" in the ratings for the night as a result of the altered Sunday schedule.
He called the movie CBS's "weakest link," and reminded reporters that the network was the "last holdout" for movies. The other networks already have done away with their movie nights in the past. CBS tried to counter-program against competitor ABC's Sunday night show "Desperate Housewives" with action-oriented, male-targeted movies in the "CBS Sunday Night Movie" slot. But ultimately the effort wasn't as successful as the network execs hoped, Mr. Moonves said.
Current Sunday 8 p.m. (ET) crime drama "Cold Case" is moving to 9 p.m. to make room for reality veteran "The Amazing Race" at 8 p.m. Sundays. At 10 p.m., Thursday night F.B.I. drama "Without a Trace" is transitioning to Sundays. Venerable newsmagazine "60 Minutes" remains at 7 p.m. Sundays.
Mr. Moonves said ABC is likely to be weaker on the night with its top rated medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" moving to Thursdays, and NBC moving its own crime procedurals "Crossing Jordan" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" off of Sundays to make room for NFL football.
CBS plans to premiere only four new shows in fall 2006, in what Mr. Moonves called "protected" time periods.
"We are taking some swings within an environment of strength," he added.
Monday: "How I Met Your Mother," "The Class," "Two and a Half Men," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "CSI: Miami"
Tuesday: "NCIS," "The Unit," "Smith"
Wednesday: "Jericho," "Criminal Minds," "CSI: NY"
Thursday: "Survivor: Cook Islands," "CSI," ""Shark"
Friday: "Ghost Whisperer," "Close to Home," "Numb3rs"
Saturday: "Crime Time Saturday" two-hour block, "48 Hours Mystery"
Sunday: "60 Minutes," "The Amazing Race," "Cold Case," "Without a Trace"
NBC may rethink its decision to air the new TV industry-themed drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" on Thursdays at 9 p.m., Mr. Moonves said, considering "CSI" still performs in the time period and ABC is moving "Anatomy" into the time slot.
"If I was ["Studio 60" creator] Aaron Sorkin I wouldn't be very happy this morning," he said. EDITOR'S NOTE: WELL...IT'S NOT LIKE THE SCHEDULES ARE SET IN STONE. OR EVEN IN SILLY PUTTY, AS OFTEN AS THE NETS MESS AROUND WITH THEM.
While its competitors saw the bulk of their rookie shows fail this season, most of CBS's first season shows, including "How I Met Your Mother," "Criminal Minds," "The Unit," "Ghost Whisperer," "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Close to Home" will all be back for 2006-07.
The strength of CBS's fall 2005 freshmen leaves the network with few holes in its schedule.
In unveiling the new schedule to reporters, Mr. Moonves called CBS the "most stable" network.
The network announced the pick-up of four shows for mid-season, including the sitcom "King of Queens," which was given a full 22 episode order.
In addition for midseason CBS ordered two new dramas and one new comedy.
The new dramas are medical drama "3 Lbs," starring Stanley Tucci, and "Waterfront," a drama about a mayor starring Joe Pantoliano.
The comedy is "Rules of Engagement," a show from Adam Sandler's production company that follows two couples and a single guy through the experiences of dating, engagement and marriage.
Mr. Moonves said he expects to schedule some "bridge shows" between cycles of "Amazing Race" and "Survivor." These so-called bridges may be reality or scripted series.
Poised for a No. 1 win for the current season in total viewers, CBS is on track to come in third for 2005-06 in the adults 18 to 49 demographic, edged out by Fox and ABC.
CBS is the fourth English-language broadcaster to present its fall schedule this week in New York. CBS Corp.'s new network with partner Warner Bros. Entertainment, The CW, and News Corp.'s Fox present their schedules Thursday.