/// No Major Surprises as CBS Unveils Fall Lineup

May 16, 2012  |  Media Week

As befits its status as the most-watched television network on the dial, CBS is also the most stable. While its rivals scramble to fill holes and put out fires, CBS prefers to leave the drama on the screen. With just four time slots to accommodate this fall, CBS has lined up three new dramas and one comedy. (By comparison, the rest of the Big Three have eight new sitcoms prepped for the fall.) Of the three freshman dramas set to bow in September, CBS has slotted two for the 10 p.m. time slot. Joining CBS’ powerhouse Monday night block is Partners , a workplace/buddy comedy with a weirdly familiar premise: two bros work together in an architecture firm; their friendship is tested when one of them gets engaged. (In 1995, Fox bowed the short-lived Partners , a comedy about two young architects and the woman who comes between them. Jon Cryer and Tate Donovan starred.) Partners moves into the Monday 8:30 p.m. time slot, bumping sophomore comedy 2 Broke Girls up a half-hour. This in turn sends former 9 p.m. occupant Two and a Half Men gliding off to the Thursday 8:30 p.m. slot, where it will be reunited with The Big Bang Theory . While returning drama Person of Interest remains in the 9 p.m. Thursday slot, it will no longer lead into The Mentalist . Simon Baker and Co. are off to Sunday nights, where they will close out the 60 Minutes / Amazing Race / The Good Wife block

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No Major Surprises as CBS Unveils Fall Lineup


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