Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CBS holds to successful format

If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

That’s CBS’ formula, and you can’t argue with the results.

The number one television network made very few changes in their lineup – the biggest being the axing of freshman series ‘Unforgettable’ and ‘CSI: Miami.’

I think everyone knew that one of the CSIs would bite it – I just wasn’t sure if it would be New York or Miami. Since New York has a better cast, though, I’m glad that’s the entry they kept.

The other big change is moving ‘Two and a Half Men’ from Mondays to Thursdays in an attempt to anchor another comedy block.

Since the show is on its last leg – and should have been put out of its misery awhile ago – I’m not sure it has the strength to anchor another comedy block. 'The Big Bang Theory,’ however, does have the strength – so it will be an interesting experiment.

CBS’ Monday lineup subs in the new sitcom ‘Partners,’ in the 8:30 p.m. time slot on Mondays, moving ‘2 Broke Girls’ to 9 p.m. The rest of the lineup stays the same.

The new show ‘Vegas’ claims the 10 p.m. slot on Tuesdays, while Wednesday’s slate stays exactly the same.

The poor man's 'Psych,' otherwise known as 'The Mentalist,' moves to Sundays to be paired with 'The Good Wife' -- but that's really the only other big move in the lineup.

The only CBS pilot getting buzz is ‘Elementary,’ starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu in a modern take on the Sherlock Holmes story.

There’s also ‘Vegas,’ starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Jason O’Mara. The show is set in the 1960s, but I’m not sure modern day audiences are willing to invest in a period piece – even if the cast is outstanding.
CBS is a network of sitcoms and procedurals essentially. As far as sitcoms go, I like ‘2 Broke Girls,’ ‘Mike & Molly’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ I used to love ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ but the show isn’t fresh or fun anymore.

As for procedurals, they’re really not my favorite genre. I’ll stick with ‘Criminal Minds,’ which I hope will be revitalized with the departure of Paget Brewster, and ‘Blue Bloods,’ which is emotionally rich but sometimes action deficient.

What do you think? Are you glad CBS stuck with what works?

CBS Fall Schedule

8 p.m. How I Met Your Mother
8:30 p.m. Partners
9 p.m. 2 Broke Girls
9:30 p.m. Mike & Molly
10 p.m. Hawaii Five-0

8 p.m. NCIS
9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles
10 p.m. Vegas

8 p.m. Survivor
9 p.m. Criminal Minds
10 p.m. CSI

8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
8:30 p.m. Two and a Half Men
9 p.m. Person of Interest
10 p.m. Elementary

8 p.m. CSI: NY
9 p.m. Made in Jersey
10 p.m. Blue Bloods

7 p.m. 60 Minutes
8 p.m. The Amazing Race
9 p.m. The Good Wife
10 p.m. The Mentalist


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