CBS and The CW Announce Fall 2009 Schedules

Thursday, May 21, 2009
CBS in 2009-10:
Four New Series, Changes on Five Nights
The CW in 2009-10:
Three New Series, Changes on Four Nights

Turner Entertainment Networks:

Programming Initiatives from TNT, TBS and truTV

Upfront Tidbits:
Notes of Interest

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Note: Due to the network upfront announcements, The Programming Insider will focus solely on the new primetime schedules today. The regularly scheduled sections will return tomorrow.

CBS in 2009-10:
Four New Series, Changes on Five Nights  

CBS, the most-watched network, will introduce four new series this fall (sitcom Accidentally on Purpose and dramas NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife and Three Rivers), with changes impacting five nights of the week. Only Wednesday and Saturday (which no network is aggressively programming) will remain unchanged.


Current Monday 8:30 p.m. occupant How I Met Your Mother will step into the 8 p.m. anchor position, leading into new Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) sitcom Accidentally on Purpose. The Big Bang Theory, which currently airs at 8 p.m., will move to Monday at 9:30 p.m. out of Two and a Half Men. Bona fide hit The Mentalist, currently in the Tuesday 9 p.m. hour, moves to Thursday at 10 p.m. out of deteriorating CSI. Replacing The Mentalist on Tuesday is NCIS: Los Angeles, which airs out of parent show NCIS (and into The Good Wife with former ER star Julianna Margulies). Upcoming medical drama Three Rivers will occupy the Sunday 9 p.m. hour out of The Amazing Race, and into relocated Cold Case. And former NBC drama Medium will flip networks, heading to Friday at 9 p.m. (out of Ghost Whisperer and into Numbers). 


On the midseason front is Miami Trauma, another medical drama, Canadian crime-driven The Bridge and non-scripted hours Arranged Marriage and Undercover Boss. Also slated to return are sitcom Rules of Engagement and Canadian crime drama Flashpoint. Canceled programs on CBS includes Without a Trace, The Unit, Harper’s Island and the non-scripted Game Show in My Head. 


Here is CBS’ fall 2009 schedule, with the new shows capped and bolded, followed by the new program descriptions.  


FALL 2009

 8:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (new time)


 9:00 p.m. Two and a Half Men
 9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (new time)

10:00 p.m. CSI: Miami

 8:00 p.m. NCIS

 9:00 p.m. NCIS: LOS ANGELES

10:00 p.m. THE GOOD WIFE

 8:00 p.m.  The New Adventures of Old Christine
 8:30 p.m. Gary Unmarried
 9:00 p.m.  Criminal Minds

10:00 p.m. CSI: NY

 8:00 p.m. Survivor: Samoa
 9:00 p.m. CSI

10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (new day and time)

 8:00 p.m. Ghost Whisperer
 9:00 p.m. Medium (new day and time, from NBC)

10:00 p.m. Numbers

 8:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday (R)
 9:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday (R)

10:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

 7:00 p.m.  60 Minutes
 8:00 p.m. The Amazing Race
 9:00 p.m. THREE RIVERS

10:00 p.m. Cold Case (new time)


New Program Descriptions

Accidentally on Purpose (CBS)

Former Dharma & Greg star Jenna Elfman plays a 39 year-old San Francisco movie critic who gets pregnant after a one night with a man 10 years her junior. The cast includes Ashley Jensen, Grant Show (Swingtown), Jon Foster, Lennon Parham and Nicolas Wright.

The Good Wife

After a Chicago District Attorney resigns in disgrace and is set to prison, his stay-at-home wife must go back to being a lawyer to support the family. Julianna Margulies (ER), Matt Czuchry and Christine Baranski (Cybill) star.

Three Rivers

Organ transplants and donation through the eyes of doctors, donors and recipients is the focus of this new medical drama. The cast includes Joaquim de Almedia, Christopher Hanke, Daniel Henney, Justina Machado, Katherine Moennig, Alex O’Loughlin and Julia Ormond. 

The Bridge (midseason)

After being voted to become the police union’s leader, a tough and dedicated police officer (Aaron Douglas) has his hands full dealing with criminals on the street, corruption in the ranks and his own bosses. In association with Canadian network CTV and CBS Television Studios)

Miami Trauma (midseason)

A team of trauma surgeons in Miami who race against time to save patients with less than one hour to live is the focus of this new medical drama. The cast includes Richard Coyle, Elisabeth Harnois, Jeremy Northam and Lana Parrilla. 

Arranged Marriage (midseason)

Three single adults unlucky in love rely on their closest family and friends to choose someone for them to marry. Beginning with the first meetings of the families to the actual wedding day, the couple is documented through the day-to-day joys and struggles in their arranged unions. 

Undercover Boss (midseason)

In this new hidden camera reality series, an executive goes undercover in disguise at the company he works for to get a real look at the people working there and the company itself. 


The CW in 2009-10:

Three New Series, Changes on Four Nights


Sticking with its theme of targeting young females, The CW will introduce three new series next fall, all dramas, with changes impacting four of its now five nights of the week. Sunday, as a reminder, has been handed back to the affiliated stations. 


Monday will remain intact care of returning dramas Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill. Sophomore 90210 on Tuesday will move back into the 8 p.m. hour, leading into Melrose Place, a revival of the classic Fox drama. Still potent America’s Next Top Model will continue as the Wednesday anchor, leading into compatible sounding drama The Beautiful Life, which focuses on the trials and tribulations of young models, male and female, in New York City. In a surprise move, veteran Smallville will relocate to Friday at 8 p.m. (and into the traditional America’s Next Top Model encore), opening the Thursday 8 p.m. time period to highly touted The Vampire Dairies, which could be described as a combination of Charmed meets Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (see New Program Descriptions below). The Vampire Diaries leads into returning Supernatural, which heads into season five.


The CW will, in addition, launch another new drama in midseason, Parental Discretion Advised, the story of a 15 year-old female teen who meets her biological parents for the first time. 


Missing from The CW’s fall line is sophomore drama Reaper, which may remain alive in first-run syndication, freshman drama Privileged, sitcoms Everybody Hates Chris and The Game, and the non-scripted 13: Fear is Real. Lily, the proposed spin-off from Gossip Girl, did not make the cut as well. 


Here is The CW’s fall 2009 schedule, with the new shows capped and bolded, followed by the new show descriptions.  

 8:00 p.m. Gossip Girl
 9:00 p.m. One Tree Hill
 8:00 p.m. 90210 (new time)
 9:00 p.m. MELROSE PLACE

 8:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model



 9:00 p.m. Supernatural
 8:00 p.m. Smallville (new day)
 9:00 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (repeat)

New Program Descriptions


The Beautiful Life

A group of young aspiring male and female models in New York is the focus on this new drama. The ensemble cast includes Mischa Barton (The O.C.), Corbin Bleu, Ben Hollingsworth, Ashley Madekew, Sara Paxton, Nico Tortorella and Elle Macpherson. 

Melrose Place

The over-the-top serial returns with Thomas Colabro and Laura Leighton reprising their roles as scheming Michael and Sydney as a new group of 20something year olds inhabit a small apartment courtyard complex in West Hollywood. Katie Cassidy, Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen and Ashlee Simpson also star.


Vampire Diaries

Based on the Alloy book series, a young woman is the object of desire of two vampire brothers…one good and one evil. The cast includes Candice Accola, Sara Canning, Steven R. McQueen and former Lost star Ian Somerhalder.


Parental Discretion Advised (midseason)

After spending her entire life in foster care, a 15 year-old female teen (Britt Robertson) decides to take control of her life, ultimately meeting her biological parents (Kristoffer Polaha and Shiri Appleby) and being put in their temporary care. 

Turner Entertainment Networks:

Programming Initiatives from TNT, TBS and truTV


Smack in the middle of network upfront presentation week is a new ritual, Turner Entertainment Networks, which proves that there is much more to the traditional broadcasting landscape. With that in mind, TNT, the home of must see dramas, has confirmed its three upcoming nights of original programming this summer — Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Monday will kick-off on June 8 with the fifth season of The Closer, followed by season two of Raising the Bar. Effective Tuesday, June 16 is new non-scripted entry Wedding Day at 8 p.m., followed by new drama Hawthorne at 9 p.m. and season three of Saving Grace at 10 p.m. Wedding Day will feature deserving couples given the wedding of their dramas. And Hawthorne is a medical drama told from the point of view of the nurses, headlined by Jada Pinkett Smith. Wednesday will feature the new season of Leverage at 9 p.m. effective on July 15, followed by Dark Blue, with former The Practice star Dylan McDermott as the head of an undercover team, at 10 p.m. Here is the schedule (with new shows capped and bolded):


Monday (Effective June 8)
8:00 p.m. The Closer
9:00 p.m. Raising The Bar


Tuesday (Effective June 16)
8:00 p.m. WEDDING DAY
9:00 p.m. HAWTHORNE
10:00 p.m.
Saving Grace


Wednesday (Effective July 15)
9:00 p.m. Leverage
10:00 p.m. DARK BLUE


TNT, in addition, will introduce Men of a Certain Age, a character-based drama about three men (Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher) approaching middle age in December. Other shows in development at the cable net include an untitled Alien Invasion project from Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg; legal themed Class Action from the prolific Steven Bochco; Zapata, Texas from Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon; an untitled Matt Williams family drama; an untitled Daniel Pyne drama set in 1954 Los Angeles; Pastor Jazz, which focuses on a minister (Charles S. Dutton); crime-solving Proof; Macalister, which is set at an all boys school; medical driven The Mayo Clinic; and Trip of a Lifetime, which focuses on bringing families together. 


Over at TBS, top-rated sitcom House of Payne will return with new episodes on Wednesday, May 27, while The Bill Engvall Show opens season three in July. The house of laughs will also feature an upcoming late night talk show hosted by former sitcom star George Lopez; and half-hour animated Neighbors from Hell, which premieres in 2010. Other shows in development at TBS include sitcom The Game of Life from King of Queens star Kevin James; animated Big Tow; and sketch comedy Wee Hours.


Re-branded truTV, meanwhile, has announced several upcoming series including NFL Full Contact, which provides exclusive access to behind the scenes at professional football; Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura; U.S. Special Ops: Declassified, which unlocks the case files of America’s elite terrorist hunters; and four-part Full Throttle, which will provide an inside look at the world’s largest biker bar. 


Upfront Tidbits:

Notes of Interest


-Soft Preview for Fox’s Glee:

Highly touted new Fox drama Glee, which previewed out of the final American Idol performance show on Tuesday (and airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. this fall out of the live So You Think You Can Dance results show) got off to a soft start. Glee was sampled by 9.62 million viewers, with a 3.9 rating/10 share among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m. on May 19, placing it third in the hour in total viewers (behind the season finales of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and CBS’ The Mentalist), and second in the demo. On paper that sounds promising. But retention out of American Idol (Viewers: 23.93 million; A18-49: 3.9/10 at 8 p.m.) was just 40 percent in total viewers and 45 percent among adults 18-49. 


-Speaking of American Idol:

Adam Lambert…you were robbed! But congratulations to Kris Allen. 


On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options

Thursday 5/21/09
 8:00 p.m. Ugly Betty
 9:00 p.m. Ugly Betty (season finale)

10:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy (R)

 8:00 p.m. NCIS (R)
 9:00 p.m. CSI (R)

10:00 p.m. Flashpoint (R)

 8:00 p.m. My Name is Earl (R)
 8:30 p.m. Parks and Recreation (R)
 9:00 p.m. The Office (R)
 9:30 p.m. 30 Rock (R)

10:00 p.m. Southland (season finale)


 8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance (season premiere, two hours)

 8:00 p.m. Smallville (R)
 9:00 p.m. Supernatural (R)