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CBS Fall Preview

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If it’s not broke, why fix it? The programming gurus at CBS have taken the tired axiom to heart for the 2004-2005 season. With only five new shows, the number-one network’s line-up is largely unchanged, in the hopes that viewers will return to familiar hits rather than test the waters with new shows.

Monday will be driven by comedy, kicking off with Still Standing in a new time slot. Listen Up, one of only two new sitcoms for the network follows, with Everybody Loves Raymond and Two and a Half Men returning to round out the family hour. The evening ends with CSI: Miami.

Tuesday night kicks off with the sophomore season of Navy NCIS, followed by the premiere of the baseball drama Clubhouse, which follows a 16-year-old bat boy for the New York Yankees. Judging Amy caps off the night.

Wednesday begins unchanged with 60 Minutes II and The King of Queens still in their old slots. John Goodman, Olympua Dukakis, and Ed Asner then star in Center of the Universe, one of the more promising new half-hour sitcoms of the season. The third Crime Scene Investigation series, CSI: NY, completes Wednesday’s lineup.

Thursday night remains the same, and wisely so. Survivor, the original CSI, and Without a Trace should easily trounce the now Friends-less NBC to take the most-watched night of the week.

Friday sees the return of Joan of Arcadia and JAG, followed by the premiere of dr. vegas, starring Rob Lowe and Tom Sizemore.

48 Hours keeps is Saturday time slot and sixth edition of The Amazing Race follows. The night will be capped by repeats of the network’s crime-based dramas.

The perennial 60 Minutes returns for Sundays, as do Cold Case and the CBS Sunday Movie.

While the other networks scramble for new blood, CBS has it easy. Despite the fact that none of the new shows are likely to be breakout hits, the returning line-up is strong enough that the network should keep its number one spot for some time yet.

Previous Fall Previews

NBC banks on reality and drama.
ABC gets an extreme makeover.

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