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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

FALL TV UPFRONTS 2010-11: CBS

MONDAYS: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER kicks things off again, with RULES OF ENGAGEMENT following. RULES was contractually obligated to start the season rather than go midseason, so this makes sense. TWO AND A HALF MEN stays at 9, with that show's creator, Chuck Lorre, getting the prime real estate after for MIKE & MOLLY. To top off the night, it's the highly anticipated HAWAII FIVE-O.
UPFRONT GRADE: A+
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: MOTHER, RULES, MEN, MIKE & MOLLY, and HAWAII FIVE-0. In other words, ALL OF THEM! AWESOME NIGHT! CBS gets points for changing things up, moving BIG BANG and CSI MIAMI from their slots.
HOURS: 3.00

TUESDAYS: After premiering two new shows on this night last year, CBS wisely sticks with familiarity here so that NCIS: LA and THE GOOD WIFE can gain traction in their sophomore years following the original NCIS at 8.
UPFRONT GRADE: B+
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

WEDNESDAYS: Another big move, CBS relocates SURVIVOR here, which it has shown to perform well on when CBS had basketball pre-empt the show on Thursdays. CRIMINAL MINDS and the new DEFENDERS follow.
UPFRONT GRADE: B
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

THURSDAYS: Another HUGE move: BIG BANG THEORY kicks off the comedy block, which is CBS's highest-rated sitcom. For once, CBS has a chance to have another successful comedy hour, what with the new and buzzy BLEEP MY DAD SAYS following it. Its business as usual after that: the original CSI and then THE MENTALIST.
UPFRONT GRADE: A-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: BIG BANG, BLEEP MY DAD SAYS
HOURS: 1.00

FRIDAYS: WOW! Three scripted shows: MEDIUM, then CSI: NY, and then the new BLUE BLOODS with Tom Selleck. This is another bold move by CBS, and with the other nets also programming scripted shows on this night, Fridays could one again be contenders. Thank you, CBS!
UPFRONT GRADE: A
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

SATURDAYS: Repeats of their CRIMETIME SATURDAYS for the first two hours, then 48 HOURS MYSTERY
UPFRONT: C-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

SUNDAYS: 60 MINUTES, THE AMAZING RACE, UNDERCOVER BOSS and the relocated CSI: MIAMI. Looking good!
UPFRONT: B
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

OVERALL UPFRONT GRADE: A. After canning many of their long-running shows (COLD CASE, NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE, NUMBERS, and THE GHOST WHISPERER), CBS has moved some other long-runners around in a very competitive effort to mix things up. The result is the most ambitiious CBS slate I have seen in a LONG TIME!
SHOWS: HIMYM, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, TWO AND A HALF MEN, MIKE & MOLLY, HAWAII FIVE-0, BIG BANG THEORY, and BLEEP MY DAD SAYS
HOURS: 5.00

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