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Tuning In to TV: CBS shuffles ‘Men’ to Thursdays
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Dominant CBS shuffled its schedule for the fall on Wednesday, giving Ashton Kutcher and Simon Baker new nights and adding four new series.
“Two and a Half Men,” on which Mr. Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen as the star this season, is moving from Monday to Thursday. It will be paired with “The Big Bang Theory” in what CBS hopes is a “super comedy block.”
“The Mentalist,” on which Mr. Baker plays a brainy crime-solver, shifts from Thursday to Sunday.
Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis will star in a new drama about Las Vegas that premieres in the fall, and CBS is transplanting Sherlock Holmes to Manhattan. The series “CSI: Miami,” “Unforgettable” and “Rob” drew cancellation notices.
“We had just one goal, and that is to continue making hit shows,” said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.
The changes amount to shuffling chairs on a smooth-sailing cruise ship for CBS, which will win the ratings race again this season, this time by the largest margin between a first- and second-place network in 23 years.
CBS moved “Two and a Half Men” in part to give “2 Broke Girls” its showcase 9 p.m. time slot on Mondays. A new comedy, “Partners,” will join Monday’s schedule. It is based on the lives of creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, whose “bromance” is threatened when one of them gets engaged.
Ms. Tassler said it was a “jump ball” between “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: NY” over which would get canceled. The network decided to keep the newer New York spinoff on Friday nights.
On Tuesday nights, CBS will add “Vegas,” on which Mr. Chiklis plays a Chicago gangster who moves to Las Vegas in the 1960s to create mischief, and Mr. Quaid is the detective who tries to keep the peace.
“Elementary” adds to CBS‘ stockpile of crime dramas, with Jonny Lee Miller playing Holmes and Lucy Liu his assistant Watson. The network’s other new drama, “Made in Jersey,” is about a working class woman who tries to compete with better educated colleagues at a law firm.
‘Dancing With the Stars’ down to the final three
Maria Menounos earned a perfect score on Monday’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars,” but Tuesday, she was ousted from the show.
The 33-year-old TV personality was eliminated from the ABC dance-off one week shy of the finals. Judges’ scores are combined with viewer votes to determine who is dismissed each week.
Singer Katherine Jenkins, actor William Levy and football player Donald Driver will compete Monday for the mirrorball trophy.
Actors Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Jaleel White and Jack Wagner already have been eliminated, along with singers Gavin DeGraw and Gladys Knight, TV personality Sherri Shepherd, and tennis champ Martina Navratilova.
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