Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CBS Upfronts News - May 20, 2009

The Alzheimers Associations 17th Annual A Night At Sardis - ArrivalsCBS is the latest network to present their plans for the new TV season. First for you Medium fans, there is great news!! After NBC canceled the show, CBS has decided to pick it up. Good and bad news with that announcement. Well, actually the show being picked up is going to override any bad news considering it was a goner. The show will air on Friday nights which is the bad news but the good news is that it will follow Ghost Whisperer which has built a nice following on Friday nights. Medium did get a 22 episode order from CBS for a full season. I think Medium will do just fine on Friday nights especially paired with Ghost Whisperer. Monday nights will be changing. How I Met Your Mother was picked up for another season and will move to the 7pm central time slot. The Big Bang Theory has been moved to the 8:30 time slot following Two and a Half Men. Jenna Elfman's new show Accidentally On Purpose will air at 7:30. There is no word yet on Flashpoint with what CBS plans to do with it. The Mentalist will be moving to Thursdays.

New Shows: NCIS: Los Angeles (spinoff of NCIS), Accidentally On Purpose (comedy starring Jenna Elfman and Grant Show about a single woman "accidentally" getting pregnant after a one night stand with a younger guy), The Good Wife (drama about a woman who is the wife of a politician who was thrown in jail after a sex scandal. She then joins a law firm looking for a way to help her family bounce back), Three Rivers (drama following the stories of organ donors including the ones who received, gave, and the surgeons to were involved in it), The Bridge (police drama about an officer who becomes the union leader), Miami Trauma (drama about a trauma unit. Simple enough), Arranged Marriage (this is exactly what it sounds like. Reality show about spouses that have to marry the person that their family and friends choose), Undercover Boss (reality show which has a corporate executive going undercover working at his own company and seeing how his employees are working)

Returning Shows: The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Survivor, The Amazing Race, Medium (although new for CBS), Two and a Half Men, CSI: Miami, NCIS, The New Adventures Of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, CSI, The Mentalist, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, 60 Minutes, Cold Case.

Canceled Shows: Without A Trace, The Unit, Harper's Island, Worst Week, Eleventh Hour.

Overall Thoughts: CBS will be their usual solid selves. Nice mix of returning shows and new shows. I'm waiting to see how Medium performs for CBS leaving NBC to kick themselves over letting it go. The Big Bang Theory being moved to 8:30 is interesting. I liked my back to back comedies of Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother on Monday nights. However, I'm all for any move that will help the show. I just always get nervous when the networks start moving shows around when they have built an audience where they are at. Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother are my favorite sitcoms so that is great. Remember that The Big Bang Theory is renewed for two seasons. I'm not sure why there was such a delay in the renewal of How I Met Your Mother. This has happened for the last couple of seasons. So, we'll have a battle on the networks on Friday night between Medium, Dollhouse, Ugly Betty, Southland, and then what The CW goes with in that timeslot. I've looked over the new shows and there isn't really one of them that grabs me. I will likely be just sticking with what I normally watch on CBS. The bottom line is that CBS will do great just like they have been doing.

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