CBS tries for Thursday night laughs in fall lineup

Wed May 19, 2010 2:46pm EDT
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By Jennifer Saba

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CBS took the wraps off a new fall prime-time schedule that will add five new series to its popular lineup, including one based on a Twitter feed and another that mines the TV archives from the 1970s.

CBS will bring aboard three new dramas for the fall, the throwback "Hawaii Five-0," a lighthearted legal drama set in Las Vegas called "The Defenders" and "Blue Bloods" starring Tom Selleck as the patriarch of a family of New York cops.

The last of the big four U.S. broadcast networks to unveil its 2010-11 schedule, CBS is set to once more wrap up the current TV season as the most-viewed network. As a result, it introduced far fewer replacement shows than either NBC or ABC.

Along with its three dramas, CBS said on Wednesday it planned two new comedies for the fall, including "Mike & Molly," a series set in Chicago about a couple who fall in love at Overeaters Anonymous.

The stability of the 2010-11 schedule underscores what has been CBS's take on programing in recent years: If it's not broke, don't fix it.

CBS has a stable of reliable hits, including the "CSI" franchise, this season's breakout series "The Good Wife" and the long-running "Survivor," which will shift to Wednesdays from Thursdays next season.

Among the seven shows CBS jettisoned from the schedule were "The New Adventures of Old Christine," starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and "Ghost Whisperer."

"We are in a pretty good position here," CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves told a news conference. "It's about improving time periods and improving the schedule."   Continued...

<p>Actor Tom Selleck smiles as he arrives at the 58th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles August 27, 2006. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>