Thursday, May 10, 2012 2012-13 Upfront Preview: CBS; TV Land Unveils New Logo

Upfront preview week continues today with CBS. Speculation is that CBS will turn the one-hour comedy block on Thursday to two-hours. Will it happen? Not much else is going on with CBS other than that, so let's get right to it.
Here is the CBS 2012-13 preview:

New Series Already Picked-Up: None.
Already Renewed Returning Series: 2 Broke Girls, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Mentalist, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, 60 Minutes, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI, Hawaii Five-0, Undercover Boss, 48 Hours Mystery, & Survivor.
Likely Returning Series: CSI: NY, Rules of Engagement and Two and a Half Men.
Likely To Be Canceled or Already Canceled: How To Be A Gentleman, NYC 22, Unforgettable, A Gifted Man, Rob, CSI: Miami.
Likely New Series Pick-Ups: Untitled Ralph Lamb Project (drama for fall), Elementary (drama for fall), Oh F****, It's You (sitcom for fall), Super Fun Night (sitcom for fall), Trooper (drama for mid-season), and Partners (sitcom for mid-season).


8:00PM How I Met Your Mother
8:30PM Mike & Molly
9:00PM 2 Broke Girls
9:30PM Super Fun Night (NEW!)
10:00PM Hawaii Five-0

9:00PM Ralph Lamb (NEW!)
10:00PM NCIS: Los Angeles

8:00PM Survivor
9:00PM Criminal Minds
10:00PM CSI

8:00PM Two and a Half Men
8:30PM Rules of Engagement
9:00PM The Big Bang Theory
9:30PM Oh F***, It's You (NEW!)
10:00PM Person of Interest

8:00PM Undercover Boss
9:00PM Elementary (NEW!)

10:00PM Blue Bloods

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

7:00PM 60 Minutes
8:00PM The Amazing Race
9:00PM The Mentalist
10:00PM The Good Wife

Comments: CBS is pretty steady and saw a nice increase, thanks to syndication, for The Big Bang Theory this past season. With the increase, CBS now has a chance to grow the comedy block on Thursday even more and expand to two-hours. This will make them younger on the night for sure. On CBS Mondays, How I Met Your Mother will continue to lead off the night but at 8:30pm possibly Mike & Molly could be moved there. I think 2 Broke Girls is possibly ready to anchor Monday nights, so I think they will move it to 9pm! As a result, Two and a Half Men is on the move and it will another night, but more on that below. 2 Broke Girls could lead into something new like Super Fun Night which seems like a good fit at 9:30pm. At 10pm, Hawaii Five-0 will return in this hour.
As for Tuesday, veteran NCIS will of course remain at 8. However, I think the 9pm hour will be different this time, with NCIS: LA moving to 10pm, so the new drama Untitled Ralph Lamb Project could be sandwiched in between at 9pm. Dennis Quaid stars in a nice all-star cast that also features James Russo, Michael Chiklis, and Carrie-Anne Moss. Unforgettable is too low in 18-49 to come back. For Wednesdays, CBS will likely remain with Survivor leading into Criminal Minds at 9pm. At 10pm, CSI has done solid, so I think it will remain here. Wednesdays is probably the only night CBS remains exactly the same. It's not great ratings, but consistent and good.
CBS Thursdays I think will now have Two and a Half Men leading off, at a new night and time! At 8:30pm, Rules of Engagement will likely be for fall because I don't think the series has any more mid-season options. So I think they will bring it back one final time. A new comedy like Partners will be ready to take over by January. CBS will likely expand its comedies into the 9pm hour, as The Big Bang Theory will anchor the night at 9pm. A new comedy would be ideal at 9:30pm, with either Partners or Oh F****, It's You the best options. I think they go with the latter. The Mentalist is probably on the move to another night, so I think Person of Interest will move from 9 to 10pm. Mid-season sitcom Rob has about no chance of returning.
Fridays will probably start off with Undercover Boss at 8pm, as it has done solid this season in this slot. At 9pm, CSI: NY should be benched for mid-season so they can try a new drama. Perhaps the Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary? Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu star. Blue Bloods should remain at 10pm.
Saturdays would still have crime repeats and 48 Hours Mystery at 10pm. No surprises here I think. I don't think they try new episodes of comedies at 8pm again, as it never planned out last season. And as for Sundays, CBS reality series Amazing Race at 8pm should remain out of 60 Minutes. Perhaps at 9pm they can move The Mentalist to this night to try and jump start The Good Wife, which will be needed to move to 10pm. CSI: Miami will likely not return I think, as it's not really needed nor does it do too well now. No chance NYC 22 returns.
CBS should have new comedies at 9:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays for sure.  Thursdays at 8:30pm is another option, but I think they will wait until January for that time period. They should go with their three best multi-camera pilots in these slots. Whatever works best out of Men, Bang and Broke. The dramas look a bit more unique than usual for CBS in Ralph Lamb's project and Elementary. Will they skew young though? One of the CSI spin-offs will be dead, so another drama in mid-season could help, like Trooper. Anyway, last season at this time we were all glued in the Charlie Sheen saga, so it is not as active for CBS this year. Maybe their Thursday two-hour comedy block announcement will change that. I think they do it.

Remember, next Wednesday (May 16) is the actual date when we will find out CBS's plans for the 2012-13 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!


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Monday, October 5

  • John Stamos (Grandfathered/Jake in Progress/Full House) - Watch John on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS. He also discusses Grandfathered on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken/Community), Dave Foley (Dr. Ken/How to Be a Gentleman/NewsRadio) and Suzy Nakamura (Dr. Ken/Help Me Help You) - Ken, Dave and Suzy are guests on @midnight on Comedy Central at midnight.
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  • Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat) - Randall visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • David Krumholtz (Partners/The Trouble with Normal) - David is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Nathan Lane (Charlie Lawrence/Encore! Encore!) - Nathan stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg/Accidentally on Purpose/Courting Alex) - Jenna talks about her new movie Big Stone Gap on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Kelly Jenrette (Grandfathered) - Kelly discusses her new series Grandfathered on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Emeril Lagasse (Emeril) - Emeril will be on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James talks about Life in Pieces on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Fran Drescher (The Nanny/Happily Divorced) - Fran talks about her role in the animated movie Hotel Transylvania 2 on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.
  • Maura Tierney (NewsRadio) - Maura is a guest on People Now.
  • Christina Milian (Grandfathered) - Christina appears on The Real, so check your local listings.