CBS adds four new dramas, two comedies to line-up

Posted May 18, 2011 11:14 a.m. EDT
Updated May 18, 2011 5:10 p.m. EDT

CBS ordered six new series, including a new show from producer J.J. Abrams, to add to 19 returning shows on its prime-time line-up starting this fall.

The new dramas debuting this fall are "Person of Interest," a crime thriller from Abrams about a former CIA agent and a billionaire software developer who team up to fight crime; "Unforgettable," about a police detective who can remember every detail of her life except clues that would solve her sister's murder; and "A Gifted Man," about a talented, materialistic surgeon who is taught the meaning of life by the ghost of his ex-wife.

This fall's new comedies are "2 Broke Girls," about a streetwise waitress and her one-time rich co-worker who plot to start a business together, and "How to be a Gentleman," the story of a refined etiquette columnist who starts taking advice from his personal trainer.

A drama by executive producer Robert De Niro will premiere mid-season. "The 2-2" follows six New York Police Department rookies as they hit the streets.

The third season of "Undercover Boss" will also premiere mid-season.

The most popular and stable network, CBS added the fewest new series of the Big Four. It is doing so well that it ran out of room, taking the unusual step of scheduling the comedy "Rules of Engagement" on Saturday and giving one of its new dramas to the affiliated CW network.

"We needed another night," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said. "We needed 'Schnursday.'"

"Two and a Half Men," with Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen, stays put on Monday. CBS executives haven't given any details about how Kutcher will be written into the series or Sheen will be written out.

2011 CBS fall prime-time line-up

(N=New, NT=New Time)


8 p.m. How I Met Your Mother
8:30 p.m. 2 Broke Girls (N)
9 p.m. Two and a Half Men
9:30 p.m. Mike & Molly
10 p.m. Hawaii Five-O


8 p.m. NCIS
9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles
10 p.m. Unforgettable (N)


8 p.m. Survivor: South Pacific
9 p.m. Criminal Minds
10 p.m. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (N)


8 p.m. The Big Bang Theory
8:30 p.m. How to be a Gentleman (N)
9 p.m. Person of Interest (N)
10 p.m. The Mentalist


8 p.m. A Gifted Man (N)
9 p.m. CSI: NY
10 p.m. Blue Bloods


8 p.m. Rules of Engagement (NT)
8:30 p.m. Comedy Time Saturday
9 p.m. Crime Time Saturday
10 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery


7 p.m. 60 Minutes
8 p.m. The Amazing Race
9 p.m. The Good Wife (NT)
10 p.m. CSI: Miami