CBS Sets Its Midseason Schedule, Which Can Only Mean One Thing: Rules of Engagement, Baby!

By Tim Surette

Dec 06, 2012

* Sung to the tune of the Ghostbusters theme *

When there's a great big hole,
In CBS's schedule,
Who they gonna call?
Rules of Engagement!

The trusty sitcom starring David Spade and Patrick Warburton has been dusted off for a seventh season and slotted into CBS's midseason schedule, which the network has just announced. Rules of Engagement will fill the gap left by Partners, which was canceled halfway into its first season, and will return Monday, February 4 at 8:30pm.

New drama Golden Boy will get the preview treatment on a pair of Tuesdays, February 26 and March 5 (temporarily giving Vegas a break), before settling into its regular Friday-at-9pm slot on March 8. Golden Boy stars Downton Abbey's Theo James as a young cop who quickly becomes the youngest police commissioner in the NYPD's history. This show is especially important because it signals the return of Chi McBride to television. In other cop drama news, the season finale of CSI: NY is scheduled for February 22.

For those of you who like your shows a little more real, Survivor starts a new cycle Wednesday, February 13 at 8pm, and The Amazing Race crosses a new starting line on Sunday, February 17 at 8pm.

Here's how everything breaks down in easy-to-read schedule format:

CBS 2013 Midseason Schedule
(Times and dates subject to change)

Monday, Effective Feb. 4
8:00-8:30pm How I Met Your Mother
8:30-9:00pm Rules of Engagement (7th Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30pm 2 Broke Girls
9:30-10:00pm Mike & Molly
10:00-11:00pm Hawaii Five-0

Wednesday, Effective Feb. 13
8:00-9:00pm Survivor (26th Edition premiere)
9:00-10:00pm Criminal Minds
10:00-11:00pm CSI

Sunday, Effective Feb. 17
7:00-8:00pm 60 Minutes
8:00-9:00pm The Amazing Race (22nd Edition Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm The Good Wife
10:00-11:00pm The Mentalist

Tuesday, Feb. 26
8:00-9:00pm NCIS
9:00-10:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles
10:00-11:00pm Golden Boy (Special Preview)

Tuesday, March 5
8:00-9:00pm NCIS
9:00-10:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles
10:00-11:00pm Golden Boy (Special Preview)

Friday, Effective March 8
8:00-9:00pm Undercover Boss
9:00-10:00pm Golden Boy (Time Period Premiere)
10:00-11:00pm Blue Bloods

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  • JT_Kirk Dec 07, 2012

    "Fill the gap" and they're delaying it another 2 months? That's not filling the gap, that's digging a hole and eventually throwing a body in. I like Rules of Engagement, it's not a great sitcom but it's ok, I remember them saying they shot episodes already so why wait until sweeps starts to begin building an audience?

    Golden Boy sounds... well, cheesy. And Chi McBride needs to get away from cop-type roles, back into comedy.

    Not much of a midseason for CBS.

  • docspector Dec 07, 2012

    Rules of Engagement is tought, because Patrick Warburton is ALWAYS funny, and David Spade is NEVER funny.

  • BarryDalton Dec 07, 2012

    i thought i was the only person on the planet who likes Rules of Engagement. Low grade guy humor - yes, please!

  • DavidJackson8 Dec 06, 2012

    Who is Theo James and why is a Chi McBride talking to a young James Franco in the picture above?

    Ugh, bringing up Chi McBride immediately makes me remember Human Target... oh how I miss that show.

    No mention of Thursdays? The only show I really need to know about from CBS is Person of Interest.

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  • aaronmcc Dec 06, 2012

    You forgot Kevin Alejandro! Please for the love of all that is good don't kill off the poor man!

  • safibwana Dec 06, 2012

    I really thought they'd finally canceled Rules of Engagement.

  • FringeFanatic Dec 06, 2012

    Oh, CBS has announced its Midseason Schedule. Cool. I'll just quickly look for one of my favourite shows, and the only show I really care about on CBS, Person of Interest ...

    *Scanning* ...
    *Scanning again* ...
    *Obsessively searching* ...
    *Convinced there must be some mistake* ...
    *Irrationally angry at all the CSI derivatives given precedence over POI* ...


  • NeeUyank Dec 06, 2012

    I think it is where it has always been.. I do not see anything mentioned about Thursdays above.. if they have cancelled POI (god forbid!) or Elementary, we would have known about it.. probably they are not touching the Thursday schedule..

  • FringeFanatic Dec 06, 2012

    I know they're not touching the Thursday schedule. I just want to know when the Thursday shows (namely POI) will be returning from the winter break. Shouldn't that be released with the "Midseason Schedule"?

  • NeeUyank Dec 06, 2012

    I really do not thing this "midseason schedule" plan means like, for example, HIMYM, Criminal Minds or the Mentalist is returning on February.. the reason they exist is only to show how the newcomers are placed in between the existing ones.. so, in other words, the schedule is only for premieres I assume.. if not, TV is pretty messed up for quite sometime..

  • FringeFanatic Dec 06, 2012

    Ah, of course. How colossally stupid of me to miss that. So, can we expect another "midseason schedule" release for returning shows?

  • lucianoabc Dec 06, 2012

    POI is on Thursdays. I don't think they are going to change anything there because they are doing great on Thurdays.

  • FringeFanatic Dec 06, 2012

    But when I hear "Midseason Schedule" I expect to be told when all of CBS's shows will be returning from the winter break. Why is Thursday conspicuously absent?

  • kanniballl Dec 06, 2012

    While I can understand wanting to generate hype, isn't having 2 previews of a series premiere (3 in total) a bit overkill?

    The nights are going to confuse some people who think "Oh, I liked that show I stumbled on TWO TUESDAYS ago... where the frell is it?"

    I could see repeating the pilot during the week FOLLOWING the premiere... but showing it twice before the real night-release? Won't that hurt the ratings and such?

  • emmiegirl Dec 06, 2012

    I think Fox also made this error with Touch, which they have simply screwed with to the point of idiocy. I do not understand this rationale either. As if people are going to stay home on Friday to watch tele simply because they viewed a show on another night and liked the initial premise.