Thursday, May 20, 2010
CBS in 2010-11:
Five New Fall Series; Changes on Five Nights
The CW in 2010-11:
Two New Series, Changes on All Five Nights
What’s Hot/What’s Not
On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options
Notes of Interest
TV Trivia Time:
Note: Due to the early release of The Programming Insider, the overnight (metered market) results for Wednesday, May 19 were not available today. But don’t forget to click on PIFeedback.com for the fast affiliate numbers by approximately 12 p.m. ET.
CBS in 2010-11:
CBS, the most-watched network, will introduce five new series (sitcoms Mike & Molly and $#*! My Dad Says; and dramas The Defenders, Blue Bloods and the revival of Hawaii Five-O), impacting five nights of the week (and 18 percent of the schedule). Not resting on its laurels, five returning series (Survivor, The Big Bang Theory, Medium, CSI: NY and CSI: Miami) will shift to new time periods.
Perennial Thursday occupant Survivor, which will be set in Nicaragua this fall, moves to Wednesday at 8 p.m., leading into returning Criminal Minds and new drama The Defenders. Survivor, no doubt, will be quite an improvement over former sitcom occupants The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried and Accidentally on Purpose. Breakout The Big Bang Theory, meanwhile, vacates its cushy Monday 9:30 p.m. time period (for new comedy Mike & Molly) for the untested Thursday 8 p.m. half-hour, leading into new sitcom $#*! My Dad Says. The last time CBS aired two comedies in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour was in the 1965-66 season with Gilligan’s Island and My Three Sons. Yes…45 years!
Also moving elsewhere on CBS is Medium to Friday at 8 p.m., CSI: NY to Friday at 9 p.m. (into new 10 p.m. drama Blue Bloods), and CSI: Miami to Sunday at 10 p.m. (out of sophomore Undercover Boss). While many were expecting CSI and The Mentalist to flip time periods on Thursday, both will remain intact next season, as will the entire Tuesday and Saturday slates. Mirroring ABC and NBC, CBS is not even attempting to program aggressively on Saturday (and this is the one network that really could).
Not returning next season on the Eye net are comedies The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried and Accidentally on Purpose; and dramas Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs and recently introduced Miami Medical. One confirmed show slated for midseason is the still untitled spin-off from Criminal Minds.
Here is CBS’ fall 2010 schedule, with the new shows capped, followed by the new program descriptions.
10:00 p.m. HAWAII FIVE-O
10:00 p.m. The Good Wife
9:00 p.m. Criminal Minds
10:00 p.m. THE DEFENDERS
8:00 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (new day and time)
10:00 p.m. The Mentalist
10:00 p.m. BLUE BLOODS
10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery
10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami (new day)
New Program Descriptions
$#*! My Dad Says
William Shatner headlines this comedic tale of an outspoken old man who can no longer take care of himself and the son who moves back home as his caregiver.
Mike & Molly
A couple (Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell) meet in a support group for overeaters in this multi-camera sitcom from Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre.