Here goes nothing as it’s time to jump into the mind of CBS Chief Nancy Tellem and attempt to predict the future and give my best guess on what the Fall 2012 CBS television schedule is going to look like.
8 pm – How I Met Your Mother kicks off the night and is followed by new comedy (and sure to be renamed) Oh Fuck, It’s You starring David Walton (RIP Bent) as a notorious womanizer who, after surviving a health scare, realizes that “the one” is his ex-turned-gal pal/business partner, who’s already engaged to a nice guy.
9 pm – Two and a Half Men and Mike and Molly follows at form a strong duo as Two and a Half Men shows no sign of slowing down after cashiering Charlie Sheen for Ashton Kutcher.
10 pm – Hawaii Five-O
8 pm – NCIS
9 pm – NCIS: LA
10 pm – Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes re-imagined in the present day as a former Scotland Yard consultant who solves crimes for the NYPD alongside Joan Watson (Lucy Liu), his personal recovery assistant.
8 pm – Survivor
9 pm – Criminal Minds
10 pm – CSI
8 pm – The Big Bang Theory leads into new comedy Super Fun Night starring Rebel Wilson and from Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Productions. Super Fun Night follows three nerdy female friends on their quest to have super fun every friday night.
9 pm – 2 Broke Girls moves to Thursday to anchor the new hour comedy and to provide a strong lead in for Partners starring Brandon Routh and David Krumholtz which is about two male architects – one straight, one gay – whose relationship itself resembles a marriage.
10 pm – Person of Interest moves back an hour to make room for the expanded Thursday night comedy block.
8 pm – The Mentalist
9 pm – CSI: NY holds on for one more year while CSI: Miami which has been struggling on Sunday night exits.
10 pm – Blue Bloods continues it’s strong Friday night performance for the Eye Network.
Saturday is all about crime documentaries and repeats for CBS.
7 pm – 60 Minutes
8 pm – The Amazing Race
9 pm – Untitled Ralph Lamb Project debuts and shows that period dramas are not in fact dead on network television. Starring Carrie-Anne Moss, Dennis Quaid, and Jason O’Mara, URLP is tells the story of a cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff in the 1960s. Watch out for Rat Pack cameos.
10 pm – The Good Wife moves back an hour as the critically acclaimed but lowly rated series continues to hold onto dear life.
For midseason look for dramas Golden Boy (tracking one man’s meteoric rise from uniform cop at age 26 to police commissioner at 34) and Trooper (from Jerry Bruckheimer) as well as comedies Entry Level (aka My Idiotic Twenties) and Over and Out (starring Martin Lawrence). Undercover Boss and Rules of Engagement also return for midseason.