CBS schedule late to party

CBS is taking the "it's a marathon, not a sprint" approach to its 2008-2009 fall schedule, and won't be busting out of the gates early, like some people.

The network will amble into the new season on September 18--a full two and a half weeks after Fox premieres its first taste of Fall '08--with the debut of Survivor: Gabon, the 17th installment of the reality pioneer and first edition to be broadcast in high definition.

After that, things get a bit tricky. CBS's lineups for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday nights will all debut the following week--September 22-28. The network's Thursday and Friday lineups, however, are getting lost in the political process. Those two nights will be pushed back to accommodate some sort of "presidential debate" stuff (who cares about that, give us Ghost Whisperer!).

Friday's lineup, which includes Ghost Whisperer, new series The Ex List, and Numb3rs, will show its stuff on October 3. Thursday's scripted shows--CSI and Jerry Bruckheimer's new drama Eleventh Hour--won't see the air until October 9.

The schedule remains unchanged from what CBS previously announced, with new shows Worst Week, The Mentalist, Project Gary, Eleventh Hour, and The Ex List all spread throughout the week.

CBS's current schedule of fall premieres is below:

Thursday, September 18
8:00-9:00 p.m. Survivor (17th Installment Premiere)

Monday, September 22
8:00-8:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (2nd Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (4th Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m. Two and a Half Men (6th Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. Worst Week (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 p.m. CSI: Miami (7th Season Premiere)

Tuesday, September 23
8:00-9:00 p.m. NCIS (6th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. The Mentalist (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 p.m. Without a Trace (7th Season Premiere)

Wednesday, September 24
8:00-8:30 p.m. The New Adventures of Old Christine (4th Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. Project Gary (Series Debut)
9:00-10:00 p.m. Criminal Minds (4th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. CSI: NY (5th Season Premiere)

Saturday, September 27
8:00-9:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
9:00-10:00 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
10:00-11:00 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (Season Premiere)

Sunday, September 28
7:00-8:00 p.m. 60 Minutes (41st Season Premiere)
8:00-9:00 p.m. The Amazing Race (13th Edition)
9:00-10:00 p.m. Cold Case (6th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. The Unit (4th Season Premiere)

Friday, October 3
8:00-9:00 p.m. Ghost Whisperer (4th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. The Ex List (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. Numb3rs (5th Season Premiere)

Thursday, October 9
9:00-10:00 p.m. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. Eleventh Hour (Series Debut)

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The time frame for starting the new shows doesn't matter as long as the programs keep airing :)
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I can't wait for Amazing Race and Numb3r to start.

I love both shows.
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I can't wait for Cold Case and Without a Trace! :) I wish WAT was back on Thursdays though.
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CBS thinks they have it all figured out - less episodes before the LONG xmas/winter season repeatisodes - less they have to pay the writers and less episodes per year - they are no dumbies OR ARE THEY? - I plan on getting hooked on NBC and off network programs and stay loyal to them - can spend my hard earned dollars on sponsors that see the light and go elsewhere with their money like I will - chill people - you have the power to decide to "turn the channel" - watch reruns if you need to wean yourself off CBS - some of the 'other' channels can even accomodate that habit - hey and good luck with that CBS - I could use a high paying job with you giving bad advice - seems to be what you are paying for - hahahahahahaha
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can't wait for how i met you mother and two and a half men..love the shows..
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why did they have to push back ghsot whisperer - sooo not fair!
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i cant believe that cbs would put an awesome show like the unit at 10 pm on a sunday whose gonna stay up late for that
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I'm ready for the new season to get started Ghost Whisperer & my favorite NUMB3RS & A few other series that I like really well Criminal Minds & NCIS & Cold Case & Missing Without A Trace I'm even going to try & watch some of the new series debuting as well Worst Week, Eleventh Hour, The Mentalist,ExList Project Gary
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I cant wait for these shows to air I LOVE HOW I MWT YOUR MOTHER!!!
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Darn. Ghost Whisperer and CSI are getting pushed back. I think I'm gonna watch Eleventh Hour even though its on late. Hopefully its worth the wait.
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Can't wait for the new seasons of Survivor and the Amazing Race.



I might check out the Ex List, that's the only new show that might catch my interest.
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Emm New adventures of old christine,HIMYM,CSI:NY and Ghost whisperer are the ones i'll watch religously. CSI:Miami,Numbers and TBBT i'll catch a few of and try out The Ex list and The Mentalist.
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Can't wait for CSI, Cold Case and Without a Trace!
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Can't wait for Criminal Minds,and Csi, The New Adventures of Old Christine .
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I hope cbs fall season will be good this year.
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Well that full month for csi and the eleventh hour is something to take notice of.
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I don't see what the fuss is all about. The fall season usually starts late in September anyway so what does one week make. The only new CBS show I'm looking forward to is the Eleventh Hour.
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That's a long wait for CSI, especially with the season finale that we saw. Better be good...
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Oh...that's way too long to wait for CSI, especially with everyone saying that the episode is really good, etc...now it feels like they're teasing us...And anyone else hear it was suppose to premiere on Sept. 18? Guess not...
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october for new season of CSI? Now,I remember more reason I hate this network :) good thing,i'm candian,I don't have to watch CBS. I get to watch CTV :)
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nothing to good there, so dont mind, hopefully some of the shows are better than before though.
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Hope its worth the wait
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I'm not watching any new shows on CBS anyway, I refuse to get invested in a show just to have it pulled by the network after one season. It's a bloody sham!!!
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They should get Patrick Stewart back on The Eleventh Hour... He was awesome in that show on the BBC! The Mentalist just has a terrible name...
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If CBS wants to be the most watched network instead of Fox, it doesn't seem that smart to already allow Fox to get a head start. Oh well their loss. :P
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I think these new shows coming from CBS sound interesting enough, especially Eleventh Hour. Sad CBS is pushing everything back though.
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