CBS takes their turn
CBS Changes Six Nights; Adds Five For Fall
CBS, the most-watched network, has designed a 2007-08 prime-time schedule emphasizing strength, consistency and new potential opportunities.
The Eye net will introduce five new fall series (dramas Cane, Moonlight and Viva Laughlin; sitcom The Big Bang Theory; and the non-scripted Kid Nation), with changes impacting six nights of the week.
Only perennial wasteland Saturday will remain unchanged, with two hours of drama series repeats (packaged as Crimetime Saturday) and 48 Hours Mystery.
Two returning CBS series will relocate to new time periods. Without a Trace will move back to its original Thursday 10 p.m. slot for season No. 6, while Shark will head to Sunday at 10 p.m. (out of Cold Case) for season two.
The network has also announced four midseason series, including 1976-based drama Swingtown, a new game show called Power of 10 hosted by Drew Carey, and new seasons of The Amazing Race and The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Not returning are dramas Close to Home, The Class and Jericho.
Here is CBS’ fall 2007 primetime schedule with new shows bolded in caps, followed by the new program descriptions:
Editor's Note: All times EST.
8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother
8:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY
9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men
9:30 p.m. Rules of Engagement
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami
8:00 p.m. NCIS
9:00 p.m. The Unit
10:00 p.m. CANE
8:00 p.m. KID NATION
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds
10:00 p.m. CSI: NY
8:00 p.m. Survivor: China Editor's Note: China?! Wonder how many years it took to cut thru the red tape (no commie pun intended) to get THIS?!
9:00 p.m. CSI
10:00 p.m. Without a Trace (new day)
8:00 p.m. Ghost Whisperer
9:00 p.m. MOONLIGHT
10:00 p.m. Numb3rs Editor's Note: Yay! More Rob Morrow! (And Judd Hirsch, on a slow day).
8:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday (drama encores)
9:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday (drama encores)1
0:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery
7:00 p.m. 60 Minutes
8:00 p.m. VIVA LAUGHLIN
9:00 p.m. Cold Case
10:00 p.m. Shark (new day)
New Program Descriptions
Former L.A. Law/NYPD Blue star Jimmy Smits Editor's Note: YUmmy. returns to the regularly scheduled series grind as the immigrant heir to a family fortune, who must battle to keep his place in the rum and sugar trading business in South Florida. The ensemble cast includes Nestor Carbonell, Sam Carmen, Hector Elizondo, Lina Esco, Eddie Matos, Rita Moreno, Alona Tal, Michael Trevino and Polly Walker. Editor's Note: SUPER cast. (Has that scent of over-wrought soap opera about it. But Wow....such a CAST!)
In this new twist on the traditional vampire type of storytelling, an “undead” private investigator named Mick (Alex O’Loughlin) uses his acute vampire senses Editor's Note: Are these anything like SPIDEY senses? (Trying to decide if I'd rather be bitten by a radioactive SPIDER, or gnawed on a by a vampire...tough one!) to help the living instead of feeding on them. With only a handful of undead confidantes for company, Mick fills his days by trying to protect the living. Moonlight is created by movie producer Joel Silver (The Matrix).
In this musical mystery/drama based on the BBC series Viva Blackpool, a man who opens a casino in the desert oasis of Laughlin, Nev., quickly realizes that life as a casino owner is no easy feat. The cast includes Madchen Amick, P.J. Byrne, Carter Jenkins, Lloyd Owen and Eric Winter. Hugh Jackman is an executive producer. Editor's Note: Don't tease us with Hugh, if you aren't going to SHOW us Hugh!
After a new family moves into an affluent Chicago suburb it soon discovers that all is not quiet in suburbia with open marriages, wife swapping, couple swapping and wild parties. Shanna Collins, Jack Davenport, John Hopkins, Molly Parker, Eric Winter and D.B. Woodside star. Editor's Note: I have SEEN what lives in the suburbs. And I do NOT want to see them naked. (On the upside, if they are all swapping and partying with EACH other, we inner city sorts can feel safe?)
THE BIG BANG THEORY
Two brainy best friends (Jim Parsons and Roseanne star Jonny Galecki) and the remaining members of their “geek squad” try to fit into the social world at the coaching of their sexy new neighbor (Kaley Cuoco of 8 Simple Rules fame). Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) is the creator. Editor's Note: The "cool" kids just HATE it when the dweebs have fun without them, don't they? This is SO a non-dweeb fantasy. (They really want to BE us, huh?!)
Forty overachieving kids between the ages of 8 and 15 will have 40 days to build a new world without any parental supervision in a deserted town in Bonanza City, N.M. They will cook their own meals, run their own homes and businesses, and create a real government while coping with the everyday pressures of being a child.
POWER OF 10 (midseason)
In this high-stakes new game show, contestants are challenged to guess the behaviors, opinions and lifestyle choices of the American public for a chance to win $10 million. Drew Carey is the host. Editor's Note: Gosh, don't we already know too MUCH about the 'mind'set of the American Public? (How they VOTE, for example?) Don't make me get into their heads any more than I already HAVE to.