CBS’s longest-running sitcom “Two and a Half Men” will move to Thursdays after “The Big Bang Theory” from its perch at 9 p.m. Mondays.
After huge viewership last fall with Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen, ratings fell off amid complaints from some fans the show wasn’t as funny as it used to be. Nonetheless, Kutcher will be back.
Sophomore sitcom “2 Broke Girls,” which did well between “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men” this season will take over the 9 p.m. slot Monday.
CBS’s sturdy drama “The Mentalist” moves from Thursdays at 10 p.m. to Sundays at 10 p.m., taking over for canceled “CSI: Miami.”
Since No. 1 network CBS renewed 19 shows, it only left four slots open for the fall with four more for midseason.
Besides “CSI: Miami,” other shows that failed to make the cut included “Unforgettable,” “A Gifted Man,” “Rob,” “Rules of Engagement,” and “NYC 22.”
For midseason, “Undercover Boss” will return, plus a reality show called “The Job,” a drama “Golden Boy” and comedy “Friend Me.”
None of the four new shows on the fall schedule appear to break the CBS mold in any way:
- “Elementary”: a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in New York City, starring Jonny Lee Miller (”Trainspotting”) and Lucy Liu (”Ally McBeal”) It gets the key 10 p.m. Thursday slot left by “The Mentalist.”
- “Partners”: a comedy about two very different life-long best friends and business partners and their significant others, starring David Krumholtz (”Numb3rs”) and Michael Urie. This sitcom gets the 8:30 p.m. slot after “How I Met Your Mother” on Mondays.
- “Vegas”: a drama inspired by a real-life sheriff and his battle with a powerful mobster for control of Las Vegas in the 1960s, starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis (”The Shield”). This is Quaid’s first foray into regular scripted television. And this has nothing to do with the Robert Urich series on ABC from 1978 to 1981 called “Vega$” or the NBC series “Las Vegas” from 2003 to 2008.It gets the troubled 10 p.m. Tuesday spot.
- “Made In Jersey: this legal drama stars Janet Montgomery (”Human Target”) as a smart first-year lawyer with working-class roots practicing at a prestigious Manhattan law firm. This show gets the 9 p.m. slot on Fridays, with “CSI: NY” moved to 8 p.m.
Here’s the schedule:
7p 60 Minutes
8p The Amazing Race
9p The Good Wife
10p The Mentalist
8p How I Met Your Mother
9p 2 Broke Girls
9:30p Mike & Molly
10p Hawaii Five-0
9p NCIS: LA
9p Criminal Minds
8p The Big Bang Theory
8:30p Two and a Half Men
9p Person of Interest
8p CSI: NY
9p MADE IN JERSEY
10p Blue Bloods
8p Crimetime Saturday
9p Crimetime Saturday
10p 48 Hours Mystery
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk