Monday, May 21, 2012

CBS sticks to the script, adds more crime

More than any other network CBS knows who it is and who's its audience. Once again the schedule is procedural heavy, but if it ain't broke. The only major move is "Two and a Half Men" to Thursday at 8:30 p.m. following "The Big Bang Theory." This could create a ratings block the other networks have no answer for.

8 p.m. "How I Met Your Mother"
8:30 p.m. "Partners" - Michael Urie and David Krumholtz are lifelong best friends and business partners who must bring their new lovers into their very co-dependent realtionship. Brandon Routh and Sofia Bush play the significant others.
First Impression: If it sounds like "Will & Grace" that's by design because it's from the creators/executive producers of the NBC hit. This could fit in nicely with CBS' comedy juggernaut, but it all depends on the chemistry between Urie and Krumholtz.

9 p.m. "2 Broke Girls"
9:30 p.m. "Mike and Molly"
10 p.m. "Hawaii Five-0

8 p.m. "NCIS"
9 p.m. "NCIS: Los Angeles"
10 p.m. "Vegas" - Dennis Quaid is the cowboy sheriff in 1960s Las Vegas where he must try to keep the peace as rival mob families take over. Michael Chiklis is the newest crime boss in town and Carrie-Ann Moss is Quaid's love interest.
First Impression: Quaid is the definition of leading man and Chiklis is at his best when he's playing a tough guy. Add in the '60s period and this could be CBS' newest crime hit.

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" - Sherlock Holmes is updated to modern day New York in this new take on the classic detective. "Eli Stone" star Jonny Lee Miller is the new Holmes and Lucy Liu is his counterpart Joan Watson. Yes Watson is a woman.
First Impression: Full disclosure time. I'm in love with Steven Moffat's "Sherlock" and think the chemistry between Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman can't be matched. "Sherlock" is both critically successful and very popular so "Elementary" can't avoid the comparisons, they can only hope to contain them. Curiosity and a strong timeslot will drive ratings, however, not sure if those qualities can help it top an already immpeccable update.

8 p.m. "CSI: NY"
9 p.m. "Made in Jersey" - British actress Janet Montgomery is a very New Jersey lawyer who joins an upscale Manhattan law firm and uses her street smarts to win cases. Kyle Maclachlan is her boss and Stephanie March is another lawyer in the firm.
First Impression: Could be a fun Friday night diversion if they don't go overboard with the New Jersey fish out of water concept.

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"

The No. 1 question to look out for is "The Good Wife" vs. "Revenge" match up Sunday night. Those first few weeks of ratings should be interesting. Also CBS needs to start thinking about its future because the "CSI" franchise, "The Mentalist" and "Two and a Half Men" are obviously all in their last few seasons, so its time to start rebuilding.

Up next: Cable and The CW

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