CBS’ new schedule for 2008-09

CBS is introducing a total of six new series: four new comedies and two dramas, and is moving existing shows to new nights. To see the complete schedule, click here (all times Eastern; programs air one hour earlier in Chicago and the rest of the Central and Mountain time zones.)

New comedy Worst Week is slotted after Two And a Half Men on Monday nights, while Tuesdays has a new drama The Mentalist slotted between NCIS and Without A Trace, which moves to a new night. Wednesday has a new home for The New Adventures of Old Christine, paired with new sitcom Project Gary to lead into returning dramas Criminal Minds and CSI: New York. Thursdays has a new drama leading out of CSI called Eleventh Hour, with new drama The Ex List heads to Fridays between Ghost Whisperer and Numbers. The Unit shifts to Sundays.

Midseason pickups include Rules of Engagement and a new drama, Harper’s Island. Canceled shows include Moonlight, Shark, Cane and Kid Nation.

Analysis: Look for CBS to maintain competitive with ABC and Fox, as the Tiffany Network continues to roll. But potential weak spots may surface, especially with Worst Week (not a good fit with CBS’ Monday night sitcom lineup); Wednesdays with Christine and Gary; and Fridays, where The Ex List not likely to do any better than previous occupant Moonlight. Aside from Without A Trace shifting to Tuesdays, no real surprises in CBS’ fall lineup.

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