Tuned In: CBS not resting on its success

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CBS will finish the 2012-13 broadcast season as the No. 1 network in viewers, which is par for the course over the past decade, but CBS is also expected to be No. 1 in the age 18-49 demo, which hasn't happened since the 1991-92 TV season.

Success does not breed complacency at the Tiffany network, which will add a quartet of new comedies this fall, including a two-hour comedy block on Thursday that will go up against an NBC comedy block. In addition, two of CBS's comedies are single-camera shows similar in look to NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and ABC's "Modern Family," a style CBS has not embraced in the past.

CBS will move "Hawaii Five-0" to Friday to make room for a new drama on Monday nights and "Person of Interest" will shift from Thursday to 10 p.m. Tuesday to air after "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles," which CBS scheduling chief Kelly Kahl said is the first time the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 most-watched dramas on TV will air on the same night since the CBS lineup of "Dukes of Hazzard," "Dallas" and "Falcon Crest" in the 1981-82 TV season.

Perhaps surprisingly, CBS passed on the "NCIS: Los Angeles" spin-off, "NCIS: Red," and on a TV version of "Beverly Hills Cop" that featured Eddie Murphy as a guest star. CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said limited shelf space and a desire to get more comedies on the air prevented CBS from picking up these two programs from established franchises. "Beverly Hills Cop" is currently being shopped to cable networks.

" 'NCIS' and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' are very valuable assets to our company and in doing a third installment, you're going to be protective of that brand," Ms. Tassler said. "We'd be open to try it again and maybe we will but protecting those assets is very important."

CBS canceled "CSI: NY," "Golden Boy," "Rules of Engagement" and "Vegas," which join previously dumped series "The Job," "Made in Jersey" and "Partners."

Sitcom "Mike & Molly," starring Pittsburgh native Billy Gardell, is not on CBS's fall schedule but the network has ordered a full 22-episode season and will bring the show back to the air at some point during the 2013-14 TV season, likely after a new Monday night comedy fails.

"It's a show we love and this puts us in a great place strategically," Ms. Tassler said. "When we talk about wanting more originals and less repeats, this gives us a chance to bring the show back at midseason, a show that's a known asset that people love."

CBS also announced that the fall season of "Survivor," dubbed "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," will feature returning contestants paired with loved ones.

Here's CBS's fall schedule, with new series in bold:


8 p.m.: "How I Met Your Mother."

8:30 p.m.: "We Are Men": Single guys living in a short-term apartment complex bond over their missteps in love. Tony Shalhoub ("Monk"), Kal Penn ("House") and Jerry O'Connell ("Sliders") star in this single-camera comedy.

9 p.m.: "2 Broke Girls."

9:30 p.m.: "Mom": CBS's go-to comedy producer Chuck Lorre ("Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory") oversees this sitcom about a newly sober single mother (Anna Faris) who has a difficult relationship with her critical, recovering alcoholic mother (Allison Janney, "The West Wing"). Nate Corddry and French Stewart also star.

10 p.m.: "Hostages": A serialized suspense drama that stars Toni Collette as a surgeon thrust into a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott, "The Practice") who wants her to kill the U.S. President. Rhys Coiro ("Entourage"), Tate Donovan ("Damages"), James Naughton ("Gossip Girl") and Billy Brown ("Dexter") also star.


8 p.m.: "NCIS."

9 p.m.: "NCIS: Los Angeles."

10 p.m.: "Person of Interest."


8 p.m.: "Survivor."

9 p.m.: "Criminal Minds."

10 p.m.: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."


8 p.m.: "The Big Bang Theory."

8:30 p.m.: "The Millers": Nathan (Will Arnett, "Arrested Development") confides in his mom, Carol (Margo Martindale, "The Americans"), that he's getting a divorce, which soon prompts Nathan's dad (Beau Bridges) to follow suit, leading Carol to move in with Nathan in this sitcom from writer/producer Greg Garcia ("Raising Hope," "Yes, Dear").

9 p.m.: "The Crazy Ones": Oscar winner Robin Williams, who last starred in a TV series in the 1978-82 sitcom "Mork & Mindy," returns to the small screen for this single-camera workplace comedy. He plays the head of an ad agency who works with his daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") in a show written by David E. Kelley ("Monday Mornings," "Picket Fences"). Hamish Linklatter ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") and James Wolk ("Mad Men," "Lone Star") also star.

9:30 p.m.: "Two and a Half Men."

10 p.m.: "Elementary."


8 p.m.: "Undercover Boss."

9 p.m.: "Hawaii Five-0."

10 p.m.: "Blue Bloods."


8 p.m.: "Comedytime Saturday": With four new comedies on its schedule, CBS will give them added exposure by airing encores on Saturday.

8:30 p.m.: "Comedytime Saturday."

9 p.m.: "Crimetime Saturday."

10 p.m.: "48 Hours."


7 p.m.: "60 Minutes."

8 p.m.: "The Amazing Race."

9 p.m.: "The Good Wife."

10 p.m.: "The Mentalist."

CBS's midseason shows

"Intelligence" (10 p.m. Monday): After the 15-episode "Hostages" ends, CBS will air another 15-episode series. This one is about an intelligence operative (Josh Holloway, "Lost") with a supercomputer microchip in his brain, making him a modern "Six Million Dollar Man." Marg Helgenberger ("CSI") stars as the bionic man's boss.

"Reckless": Soap about a Yankee lawyer (Anna Wood, "Deception") and a Southern city attorney (Cam Gigandet, "Twilight") who must keep their relationship secret from the rest of Charleston, S.C. Gregory Harrison ("Trapper John, M.D."), Michael Gladis ("Mad Men"), Shawn Hatosy ("Southland") and Kim Wayans ("In Living Color") star in this series executive produced by Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the first "Twilight" movie.

"Friends With Better Lives": A romantic comedy about six friends, some of whom are married, some are divorced, some are newly engaged or single. Majandra Delfino ("Roswell"), Kevin Connolly ("Entourage") and James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek") are among the stars.

TNT/TBS to live stream

Earlier this week ABC announced plans for live streaming of some of its stations to mobile devices and now TNT and TBS are poised to become the first cable networks to make the leap with their Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps rolling out this summer.

Just like with the Watch ABC app, viewers will be able to watch TNT and TBS via live streaming on tablets and smart phones (and also at TBS.com and TNTdrama.com) but only if they are cable or satellite subscribers. Viewers will have to log in using cable/satellite account information for live streaming access.

PBS slots 'Peg + Cat'

"Peg + Cat," the latest PBS Kids series from Pittsburgh's Fred Rogers Company, will premiere on Oct. 7 with a one-hour broadcast of two back-to-back episodes.

The preschool series, which teaches problem solving and math concepts, follows the adventures of Peg and Cat as they encounter challenges that only math and problem-solving can resolve.

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TV writer Rob Owen: rowen@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2582. Read the Tuned In Journal blog at post-gazette.com/tv. Follow RobOwenTV on Twitter or Facebook.


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