CBS Schedule for Fall Television Season
CBS' prime-time schedule for the fall, announced by the network Wednesday:
8 p.m. — "Still Standing"
8:30 p.m. — "Listen Up"
9 p.m. — "Everybody Loves Raymond"
9:30 p.m. — "Two and a Half Men"
10 p.m. — "CSI: Miami"
8 p.m. — "Navy CIS"
9 p.m. — "Clubhouse"
10 p.m. — "Judging Amy"
8 p.m. — "60 Minutes"
9 p.m. — "The King of Queens"
9:30 p.m. — "Center of the Universe"
10 p.m. — "CSI: NY"
8 p.m. — "Survivor"
9 p.m. — "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
10 p.m. — "Without a Trace"
8 p.m. — "Joan of Arcadia"
9 p.m. — "JAG"
10 p.m. — "Dr. Vegas"
8 p.m. — "48 Hours Mysteries"
9 p.m. — "The Amazing Race"
10 p.m. — "Crime Time Saturday" (CSI reruns)
7 p.m. — "60 Minutes"
8 p.m. — "Cold Case"
9 p.m. — "CBS Sunday Movie"
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Having just renewed its top comedy, "Everybody Loves Raymond," for one more year, CBS will launch five new shows this fall featuring such familiar faces as Rob Lowe (news), John Goodman (news) and Jason Alexander (news) -- and TV's hottest acronym, "CSI."
With few prime-time holes to fill going into its 2004-05 season, CBS on Wednesday unveiled a star-driven slate of two new sitcoms and three new dramas, including a previously announced third edition of the popular "CSI" detective franchise, "CSI: N.Y.," for Wednesday nights.
"It's a rather conservative schedule," Leslie Moonves, chief executive at CBS told a press conference, adding that the network was building on a position of strong ratings from this past season.
"When we look to next year ... our priority is to get a bit younger as well," in terms of viewer appeal, he said.
The original "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," remains the highest-rated drama on U.S. television. The latest installment based in New York was introduced toward the end of this season on "CSI: Miami" and stars Gary Sinise (news) and Melina Kanakaredes (news).
With the departure of "Friends" from rival network NBC, CBS will start the fall season with the top ranked comedy as well, "Everybody Loves Raymond," renewed this week for a ninth and final season.
"We think we have taken the mantle back" with top ratings, Moonves said. He said the Viacom network would not introduce a load of programs for mid-season, in contrast to NBC, which said it would introduce seven new shows later in the year rather than a traditional autumn launch.
"When somebody has five new shows and seven backups, it means they aren't so confident," Moonves said. "We're not going to announce six mid-season shows. We try to play it a little looser." Moonves said the network had ordered a midseason series with Jenna Elfman (news) of "Dharma & Greg" and also planned a Texas-style barbecue reunion special for the cast from 1980s hit "Dallas."
CBS was the fourth major network this week, following NBC, ABC and the WB, to take the wraps off its fall schedule as they begin the annual upfront negotiations to sell advertising time. Media analysts expect CBS to command higher price increases for commercial time than many rivals in the nearly $9 billion marketplace for prime-time advertising.
NETWORKS THINNER ON COMEDIES
Like the networks that went before it, CBS was placing more emphasis this year on dramas than comedy.
Making his second stab at prime-time success since leaving the ensemble cast of NBC political drama "The West Wing," Rob Lowe returns to network television this fall in "Dr. Vegas," co-starring Joe Pantoliano (news), formerly of HBO's "The Sopranos."
Lowe's previous solo outing, last year's legal drama "The Lyon's Den" on NBC, was a ratings dud.
Rounding out the new drama slate on CBS is the baseball coming-of-age story "Clubhouse," co-starring Mare Winningham (news) and Dean Cain (news).
On the comedy front, CBS is banking on "Roseanne" veteran John Goodman and "Seinfeld" alumnus Jason Alexander -- two stars who made their names as supporting players on old hits but have so far failed to get their own shows off the ground.
Four years after the misfire of his Fox network comedy "Normal, Ohio," playing a gay father, Goodman stars in CBS's "Center of the Universe" with Olympia Dukakis (news) and Ed Asner (news).
Alexander, whose 2001 comedy "Bob Patterson" withered on ABC, will try again on "Listen Up," a comedy based on the life of sports columnist Tony Kornheiser.