Wednesday, May 12, 2010 2010-11 Upfront Preview: CBS; More Network Notes

CBS continues to do well in total viewers with their crime dramas. But will they finally move that Wednesday comedy hour to another night, perhaps Sundays? And the major question though is will Charlie Sheen be on Two and a Half Men? That is a major issue.
Here is the CBS 2010-11 preview:

New Series Already Picked-Up: None.
Already Renewed Returning Series: The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss, The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS: Los Angeles, Survivor, Two and a Half Men.
Likely Returning Series: 48 Hours Mystery, 60 Minutes, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, The Mentalist, NCIS, Rules of Engagement.
Likely To Be Canceled or Already Canceled: Accidentally on Purpose, Cold Case, NUMB3RS, Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Miami Medical, and Three Rivers.
Likely New Series Pick-Ups: Chaos (drama), Hawaii Five-0 (drama), The Defenders (drama), Bleep My Dad Says (sitcom), True Love (sitcom), John Wells Medical Drama (mid-season), Criminal Minds Spin-off (mid-season drama), Mike & Molly (mid-season sitcom).


7:00PM 60 Minutes
8:00PM Two and a Half Men
8:30PM Bleep My Dad Says (NEW!)
9:00PM Undercover Boss
10:00PM Chaos (NEW!)

8:00PM How I Met Your Mother
8:30PM Rules of Engagement
9:00PM The Big Bang Theory
9:30PM True Love (NEW!)
10:00PM CSI: Miami

9:00PM Hawaii Five-0 (NEW!)
10:00PM The Good Wife

8:00PM NCIS: Los Angeles
9:00PM Criminal Minds
10:00PM The Defenders (NEW!)

8:00PM Survivor
9:00PM CSI
10:00PM The Mentalist

8:00PM Ghost Whisperer
9:00PM Medium
10:00PM CSI: NY

8:00PM Crime Repeats
9:00PM Crime Repeats
10:00PM 48 Hours Mystery

Comments: CBS is the number one network in total viewers once again. The Super Bowl certainly helped and launched Undercover Boss to become a hit. There are a few other holes still to fill and some long-running series are starting to show their age. I'll dissect night by night on what I think they will do. The sitcom block will certainly have a play on what Charlie Sheen will do. Will he stay on Two and a Half Men or not? If he does, then I think they should move the series to Sundays and try and launch a comedy hour there instead of Wednesdays, which has not done well. If Sheen doesn't return, it looks like the show will go on since the deal goes through 2012. So I then think the show will have to stay on Mondays because without Sheen it could falter on another night. So my prediction is going by that Sheen WILL return. How I Met Your Mother and Rules of Engagement should still start out the night. I think Rules deserves to be on the fall schedule at least once. The Big Bang Theory would move into 9pm hour and would make the half-hour younger for sure (but losing a few million in total viewers from Men). The younger skewing comedy pilot True Love (or is it called Mad Love now?) would be a perfect fit out of Bang. At 10pm, I think CSI: Miami will stay in the hour, but it could move now that it is declining for a newer series, like Hawaii Five-0. But I don't think it will move.
As for Tuesday, veteran NCIS will for sure remain at 8. However, I think the 9pm hour will be different again. They should go with their number one pilot, and that is Hawaii Five-0 with NCIS: LA moving to another night. At 10pm The Good Wife is likely staying put, as I don't think it would work on Friday.
For Wednesdays, instead of opening the night with two sitcoms that keep going down each season (especially now that ABC has Comedy Wednesday), they should move NCIS: Los Angeles here leading into Criminal Minds at 9pm. At 10pm, I think a change is needed. CSI: NY would be on the move, and I think male driven The Defenders starring Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell (so humor will probably be in there) would work at 10.
CBS Thursdays will probably stay the same. I can see them making changes, but I don't think they will. Survivor, CSI, and The Mentalist are all doing decent still, even though CSI is struggling in 18-49. Again Hawaii Five-0 would work here, but I think it is needed on another night more.
Fridays will probably still start off with Ghost Whisperer and Medium but there is word that Ghost Whisperer could be canned or moved to ABC (as they own half the show). At 10pm, instead of NUMB3RS or Miami Medical, I think CSI: NY would be the best option and would win its hour.
Saturdays would still have crime repeats and 48 Hours Mystery at 10pm.
And as for Sundays, CBS did well in the second half with Undercover Boss being boosted by the Super Bowl. I certainly think that show can't go a full season though and 22 episodes is out of the question. So, I think it will share a slot with Amazing Race at 9pm. So what about 8pm? CBS could try to open a second night of comedy on this night. Two and a Half Men and the new William Shatner sitcom Bleep My Dad Says would air in the 8pm hour after 60 Minutes and before Undercover Boss. Once Undercover Boss ends they can bring back one cycle of Amazing Race at a new time of 9pm. At 10pm they should try and launch a new drama out of Boss, perhaps the CIA drama Chaos?
It's time for CBS to cut its ties with Old Christine & Gary Unmarried. I don't think they are doing good enough for a renewal and CBS seems to have better comedies in development. I think Accidentally on Purpose won't come back either. Drama wise, looks like Cold Case and NUMB3RS will also end. A few questions besides the Sheen issue are, will these new dramas work and will Undercover Boss be even close to what it was this past season? We shall see.

Remember, next Wednesday (May 19) is the actual date when we will find out CBS's plans for the 2010-11 season. So, come on back next Wednesday and we will let you know the details and you can see how much we were right (or wrong). Stay tuned tomorrow for our last preview, a preview on The CW's upfront.
Discuss your thoughts on our prediction and feel free to make suggestions of your own!

ABC is pulling next week's (May 19) episode of the horror-mystery drama happy town. The series will still be on the schedule tonight at 10/9 central, though. Instead of happy town next week, ABC will air a special episode of the hidden camera scenario series Primetime: What Would You Do?, which had its season premiere this past Friday and was #1 for the night in A18-49. The following week, ABC had already previously scheduled the network television premiere of the movie Transformers from 8-11pm on May 26.
After tonight's airing, happy town will return for its final five episodes starting Wednesday, June 2 through Wednesday, June 30 at 10/9 central. It looks very bleak for a renewal, though, as it only did a 1.2 A18-49 last week.
Moving on to some CBS notes, they still have not announced their summer schedule. However, special repeats are being scheduled early on. A two-hour repeat of Cold Case is slated for May 30 from 9-11pm, while Old Christine is airing on Wednesday, June 2. Both series are on the bubble for next season, but it really doesn't mean anything if they are airing the first week of summer. I have a feeling both won't return. And on Thursday, June 3, CBS will air special night repeats of How I Met Your Mother and Rules of Engagement in the 8pm hour. Stating June 10, CBS will likely go with an original series for the summer...stay with us for the CBS summer schedule.

New on DVD/Blu-ray (October)

Bewitched - The Complete Series (Mill Creek) I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Mill Creek) The Facts of Life - Season Seven My Favorite Martian - The Complete Series Grace Under Fire - The Complete Collection

10/06 - Bewitched - The Complete Collection
10/06 - Grace Under Fire - The Complete Collection
10/06 - Happyish - Season One
10/06 - I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/06 - Party Down - The Complete Series
10/06 - South Park - The Complete Eighteenth Season (Blu-ray)
10/20 - C.P.O. Sharkey - Mr. Warmth: The Ultimate Don Rickles TV Collection
10/20 - The Facts of Life - Season Seven
10/20- King of the Hill - The Complete 13th Season (Blu-ray)
10/20 - My Favorite Martian - The Complete Series
10/20 - Nurse Jackie - Season Seven ((Blu-ray)
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Tuesday, October 13

The Muppets - "Pig Out" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The gang has an epic night out when they run into Ed Helms at Rowlf’s Tavern and they all perform their favorite karaoke jams, but Kermit is not pleased when no one shows up to work the next day. Meanwhile, Fozzie has an unfortunate accident during the show.

Fresh Off the Boat - "The Fall Ball" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
As Eddie’s first school dance approaches, Louis is determined to make the night as perfect as a John Hughes film. Meanwhile, Jessica spends the day with Grandma Huang in hopes of getting on her good side so she will invest in her new business venture.

Grandfathered - "Guys' Night" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Jimmy realizes that he doesn’t know much about Gerald, he decides to take him out for a night on the town. Meanwhile Annelise hires a new mixologist to spice things up at the restaurant.

The Grinder - "The Curious Disappearance of Mr. Donovan" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Convinced that the only explanation for Claire’s non-interest in him is that she’s a mole, Dean tells Stewart that Claire is sharing secrets with a rival firm. Although Stewart dismisses the accusation, Dean is set on proving his brother wrong. Meanwhile, Deb and Claire strike up a friendship, the gossipy nature of which propels Stewart to question whether Claire can be trusted after all.

Family Time - "Forbidden Fruits" (Bounce TV, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Tony gets a new client, who happens to be a very attractive woman; Lisa and Tony are struggling to complete a ten-day all juice diet.

Complete TV Listings

Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 12) (All times ET unless noted)

Tuesday, October 13

  • Michael Strahan (Brothers) - Catch Michael on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC. He also talks about his new book on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) - Sarah visits The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah drops by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Sophia Bush (Partners) - Sophia appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Josh Meyers (That '70s Show) - Josh stops by Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) - Chris is a guest on a repeat of Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Scott Weinger (Fuller House/Full House) - Scott and the cast of Aladdin reunite on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT. They will also be on the AOL Build Show at 1pm and HuffPost Live at 2pm..
  • Miles Brown (black-ish) - Miles appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show/Tyler Perry's House of Payne) - Keshia talks about Will to Love on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. She will also be on HuffPost Live at 1pm.
  • Joe Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Joe and Charlie Puth announce nominees in six categories for the 2015 American Music Awards on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Nick Jonas (Jonas L.A.) - Nick will be on FABLife, so check your local listings.
  • Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air/Silver Spoons) - Alfonso joins the Chew Crew on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • Steve Carell (The Office) - Steve visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.