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)