CBS Puts Fear of Sheldon in NBC's Schedule

Yesterday I commented that there hadn't been many big shakeups in network schedules for next season, with returning programs remaining in the same slots they were in this season. Chuck is still on Mondays, Fringe sticks to Thursdays, Modern Family stays put on Wednesdays, and so on. Well, leave it to CBS to throw their weight around and blow up the landscape.

In the biggest move of the upfronts yet, CBS is moving The Big Bang Theory from its Monday night slot, where it anchored a solid comedy block with Two and a Half Men, to Thursdays. That shriek you heard was NBC's boss Jeff Zucker crying. On the comedy front, Thursdays have typically belonged to NBC and long-running series The Office and 30 Rock, but The Big Bang Theory has quickly become CBS' most-prized comedy, and moving it to Thursdays could mess with NBC's mojo.

Big Bang will air at 8pm--slotting it directly against Community--and will lead into the new William Shatner series $#*! My Dad Says, a comedy based on some dude's Twitter account (kill me now), which goes up against 30 Rock. Networks usually plan their comedy blocks around other networks' comedy nights, so this move appears to be a direct assault on NBC.

With Big Bang moving to Thursdays, Survivor returns to its old slot of Wednesday at 8pm. The CSI spinoffs, which are expected to do fine wherever they're placed, also move to new slots: CSI: Miami to Sundays at 10, and CSI: NY to Fridays at 9.

The moves weren't just made to piss off other networks (though NBC's tears must taste sweet), they'll also help the network's new shows gain a foothold. In addition to the Big Bang boost for $#*! My Dad Says, Two and a Half Men will lead into Chuck Lorre's latest Mike and Molly, a comedy about an overweight couple. And that leads into CBS' most anticipated newbie, Hawaii Five-O.

All this on top of the seven shows that CBS canceled. What happened to the good old days of keeping things the same, CBS?

Here's CBS' 2010-2011 fall schedule:
(New shows in CAPS)

Monday
8pm How I Met Your Mother
8:30pm Rules of Engagement
9pm Two and a Half Men
9:30pm MIKE AND MOLLY
10pm HAWAII FIVE-O

Tuesday
8pm NCIS
9pm NCIS: Los Angeles
10pm The Good Wife

Wednesday
8pm Survivor
9pm Criminal Minds
10pm THE DEFENDERS

Thursdays
8pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30pm $#*! MY DAD SAYS
9pm CSI
10pm The Mentalist

Friday
8pm Medium
9pm CSI: New York
10pm BLUE BLOODS

Sunday
8pm The Amazing Race
9pm Undercover Boss
10pm CSI: Miami

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Oh and putting big bang theory up against bones was stupid. Fans will forget and set their dvrs for bones and miss BB theory. Its a crappy slot for such a fantastic show. What were you thinking?
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Ok Let us break down the fall schedule for CBS: Sunday crap, Monday crap, Tuesday NCIS and NCIS la, Wednesday crap, Thursday big bang theory and the mentalist, Friday medium. and Saturday crap. That is pathetic. Two shows on Tuesday, one and half on Thursday and one on Friday.
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I mean this in the nicest way possible, but CBS really makes some shi**y tv. They have literally nothing on their schedule worth watching.
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No! No! I just got into TBBT and I was planning to continue watching it next season, but not if it's going to interfere with my Thursday block, Bones and Fringe. That just makes me mad.
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Thank God for DVR. I love both Community and Big Bang Theory, but I'm gonna have to go with Community live, and DVR BBT for a later date.
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Well I love both BBT and Community but I'm picking Community next fall. I hope this move blows up in CBS's face. Looks like most people that watch BBT are gonna stick to their Thursday programming and not make the switch.
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What is this "mojo" that NBC and Community supposedly has? Community is barely a blip in the ratings and was already getting walloped by Survivor; BBT only pulls about a million more peeps than Survivor, so this is hardly the assault that people make it out to be. I seriously doubt CBS execs have a grand plan to try to kill a show that few watch to begin with.
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I don't watch any of these comedies, but I might watch the new one based off the twitterer -- I read some of that on Twitter, and it was pretty funny. Plus I enjoy Shatner -- I miss Boston Legal SOOO much! Well anyway, NCIS and The Mentalist will be the only CBS shows I'll be watching for sure, and maybe the Stuff my Dad says.
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Community is the boss!!BBT sucks in comparison.Hope NBC wins this battle,their comedies have always been my favorites!
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I think I am finally seeing CBS's logic in choosing its comedies: ensembles over stars. It's the only reason I can think of that "Rules of Engagement" would survive, yet "New Christine," "Gary Unmarried" & "Accidentally on Purpose" would all get the axe. The last three were created around the appeal of a particular star (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jay Mohr & Jenna Elfman, respectively). "Rules of Engagement" is more of an ensemble comedy, with fewer scenes being built around just one actor/actress, much like "Big Bang Theory" & "How I Met Your Mother." "Two and a Half Men" is a notable exception since Charlie Sheen looms so large in it (at $2 million bucks an episode, he should loom large!).
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vvv Agreed. Community is way funnier.
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BBT is starting to seem like its running out of ideas so im sticking with Community...
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i love big bang theory its one of the only show with a catchy theme on tv these days..and sheldon gets funnier every season.
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Crap! If Bones stays on Thursday's nights this won't be good at all! I would def. pick Bones over BBT and DVR that bt still it would bring that ratings down a little bit. I loved BBT on Mondays BTW cause there was nothing on, then Heroes would compete. Now that Heroes is cancelled and BBT is not on Mondays there's really nothing worth watch that night except for House.
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TBBT on Thursday with HIMYM and TAHM stayin' on Monday? Oh, c'mon...
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"That shriek you heard was NBC's boss Jeff Zucker crying" HAHAHAHA
Didn't he killed himself already? XD
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CBS officially now stands for Crappy Broadcasting System. They apparently have never heard the expression " If it ain't broke, don't fix it!". Moving the Big Bang to Thursday is a stupid idea. So is moving CSI:NY to Friday. According to the idiots in television land, no one watches tv on Friday night. It is bad enough that they start all of their shows 2-3 minutes ahead of their scheduled time so you miss the beginning if you happen to be watching another show on ABC or NBC or FOX. Thanks CBS for proving that you are just a bunch of ignorant jerks who evidently don't give a crap about what your viewers want.
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CBS has made big mistakes. The biggest mistake is moving CSI:NY to Friday nights is so stupid bad time slot and bad day, on a Friday of all days now come on. With that moving I won't be able to watch it I work Friday nights.
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What in the world is with Thursdays now. There is Fringe, Bones, Big Bang Theory, My Generation, and 30 Rock on. Seriously, how do they expect me to watch all these shows?? Monday is a pretty junky night now after you moved Big Bang out of there, Heroes, and CSI Miami. Are you networks stupid to not have anything good on Monday anymore, and clunk it all to Thursday. Also, for CSI: NY, isn't this the CSI show that's doing the worst. Why wouldn't they move the most popular show (CSI - the original) to death slot, and see how that good that does good. If people like that show sooo much, why not put it on that night. I mean they got rid of a lot of the cast anyway. Who cares if they get rid of it?
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Come on!! Must they be such giant ((excuse me) a**es! Are they so greedy as to attack the weakest network out there, NBC's comedies are almost the only thing the network has going for it! And besides that Community is far better than Big Bang (I watch them both).
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Well the only thing that I will watch on CBS is NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles , Criminal Minds, all the CSI and maybe the Mentalist! Every thing else is just a bunch of dead air
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Ok, this is bull "explitive deleted". Why would you do this? Sitcoms were dead. NBC held on. CBS revived them. ABC finally caught up. Why try to kill them off again?
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UGH. I HATE CBS.

I honestly don't really care about 30 Rock or Community very much but I LOVE The Office.
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No! No, Community is far more original and laugh out loud funnier then Big Bang Theory. I'd like BBT if they didn't have that irritating laugh track. I hope this isn't the end of Community but it probably is.
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That really makes me angry how many shows are on thursdays now- plus Community is amazing even thought TBBT is funny I would take Joel McHale any day thank god for tivo huh!
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What the hell is it with THURSDAYS!!! last year it was fringe it went from a hit to bubble show, i mean are these networks exec retarded?. So just because TBBT is ratings gold is going to magically transfer some of that to a show that in my opinion sounds worse than cavemen.
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That guy's dad is pretty funny on twitter but a whole half hour comedy show, meh. Thursday has enough decent comedy I want my Big Bang Monday.
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NBC has lost it and is near dead anyway
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Old Christine and Accidentally On Purpose are both way better than the crap that is Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory and Rules Of Engagement. TBBT is one of the UNFUNNIEST "comedies" ever to be on tv. maybe it'll get canceled because NBC is still better. the only CBS show i'll be watching is HIMYM. thank God Ghost Whisperer got canceled, they ruined it when Jim died and became Sam, even though we still saw him as Jim. why even kill his character off in the first place?
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NBC has no mojo left
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Shiny! Comedy doesn't belong on Mondays. No more conflicts with my action shows.
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thats bad news for CSI NY, their ratings r probly automatically drop 2 million viewers since its on the friday night death slot.
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What the hell.
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I'm completely shocked. None of my shows were canceled but several were moved and I don't want The Big Bang Theory to hurt Bones in the ratings.
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I watched a screening of The Defenders, it should do pretty decent on Wednesday nights
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Sheldon can do no wrong!!!!!!!!! Watch out NBC~!
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I hate that TBBT is up against Community. I'll probably watch TBBT, because I know I can find Community online.
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I still can't believe they cancelled The New Adventures of Old Christine.
And why are they moving CSI: Miami and CSI: New York, both of those slots are TV show killers. At least they left NCIS and Criminal Minds alone. Nothing new seems interesting. And do we really need a remake of Hawaii 5-0? How pathetic are writers/executives/producers that they can't come up with a new original idea on their own.
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