CBS Schedule-swaps Golden Boy and Vegas

Life is imitating art as CBS's new drama Golden Boy, about a young cop who shoots all the way up the ladder to New York City police commissioner in record time, is getting its own hasty promotion. CBS announced today that Golden Boy won't be relegated to Fridays as was initially planned, and will stay put (after one Friday airing, scheduled for tomorrow) on Tuesday nights at 10pm, where CBS has been testing it.

"But wait," you say, "what about Vegas? Wasn't that on Tuesdays at 10pm?" Well, what happens in Vegas doesn't stay on Tuesdays (sorry). That drama, starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, will move to Fridays at 9pm, where Golden Boy was originally headed. Vegas's first Friday airing will happen on April 5. 

While this is great news for Golden Boy, it doesn't necessarily mean that CBS is planning to bury Vegas in a shallow grave in the desert. Vegas and its older audience will pair nicely with Blue Bloods, and the lower ratings expectations for Friday-night shows could work in Vegas's favor. Or maybe CBS really is putting it out to pasture. 

Golden Boy performed admirably, but not outstandingly, in its first two airings on Tuesdays. It won its time slot each both times in ratings and overall audience (with an average just shy of 10 million viewers). However, it's only been up against ABC's Body of Proof and NBC's Smash, which is like The Harlem Globetrotters bragging about beating The Washington Generals.    

The future of both shows is still very much a question mark, but the move indicates that CBS is trying to give each of them a better chance at survival. 



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Love Vegas. It has depth and places to go hat haven't been done to death.
Like Golden Boy.Little depth and it has all been done to death.
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Typical Network Television get me hooked on a show and then you pull the rug out from under me (NEVER AGAIN!!!!) golden boy is CRAP! Vegas was a great show with great writing. Network Execs. suck big time, end of story.
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The 10pm Tuesday slot is a prime location for new shows since whatever show that's there gets a big boost from the NCIS crowd. And usually the 10pm show doesn't stay in that slot but they usually give it at least a year before moving it. Although Vegas' ratings aren't the best for a CBS show.
It's worth noting that Vegas was also cut back an episode to 21 episodes, suggesting that CBS may be considering cancelling it. The period setting probably makes the show expensive to produce since all the background stuff has to match the period. Modern period shows can just shoot on the streets. It does look however that CBS will at least allow the show to finish the season and the ratings are strong enough to keep it there. Besides, with Grimm back on Fridays CBS might see this as something to run against it.
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No surprises in Glden Boy. You know he'll come to no harm if he's going to live long enough to become Commissioner.
I have no trouble in believing anything in Vegas so far. I love the characters and the music. I do, however, think Quaid should stop making that 'tough' face that he does. Don't try so hard, Dennis!
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I was not impressed with the first episode of Golden Boy, but the second episode did a much better job of humanizing Clark. I don't think it's as good as Vegas though. It really surprises me that CBS would make this kind of a move to switch Golden Boy and Vegas. As you said Tim, Golden Boy beat out everything in it's timeslot but what is that really saying about the potential of the show? Vegas on the other hand, has been consistently performing well in it's timeslot when there is actual competition.
Dear CBS, do not make me lose respect for you as well. I already only have a shred of respect left for ABC, FOX, and NBC. I don't believe I ever had any for the CW.
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I thoroughly enjoy Golden Boy. It has this steady feel of tension needled throughout the show. Theo James is fun to watch. He conveys all of Clark's angst and that tightly coiled anger and intensity.

But the biggest plus for the show is Chi McBride. No one does unstated comedy/sarcasm like that man and he and Theo play well off of one another and that will only get better with time.

I also like Clark and Arroyo's chemistry....you can feel that those two do not like one another. Kevin Alejandro is an a$$ on the show and it makes me love to hate him and those beautiful eyes. =)

There have been several comments and events that I hope will get a chance to be enacted and fleshed out. Like Clark's cracked out mom and mobster dad, his tough upbringing, the hinted at precinct shootout, how did he get that limp etc.
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Golden Boy is awesome, my new favorite show and I hope it gets a few more seasons :)
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Me too!! I am really enjoying the show!!
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And now I am sad because it ended, too bad, it had great potential.
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Great news!

Vegas and Blue Bloods on Friday night.
Body of Proof on Tuesday!
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they changed the schedule because golden boy would have been paired up with bluebloods and both shows are police procedurals set in new york but they are completely different worlds and they would not work together very good
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Bastards! Vegas is a guilty pleasure whereas Golden Boy is one more show...
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I don't really like the flashforwards in Golden Boy. I don't know, they just don't really work. I guess it sort of takes out the mystery of how everything will unfold in his future, because we know that no matter what anyone throws at him, he will survive and become police commissioner.
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I am really enjoying Golden Boy. The acting is pretty good and the concept is pretty interesting. I hope it sticks around.
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I'm pleased to hear that "Vegas" will at least stay alive for the rest of the season. I hope the move to Friday night will help it's chances of getting renewed. It really is a great show. My favorite of the new season.
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Ditto
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Really enjoying Vegas so hope it makes it for the long haul, haven't watched Golden Boy but have it on the list to watch.
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Ditto
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It does look like a trying-to-save-both move to me. Doesn't mean it'll work, but I like the intention. SInce I'm not watching any of those shows, I don't feel particularly concerned. I may give Golden Boy a try if I hear it's worth it.
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I rarely watch shows at their scheduled times, so other than time moves indicating possible cancellations, time moves don't matter to me.

Vegas should have been better than it is - I blame the writers because the two main actors have proven they're good. But I'd still rather watch it than gamble on a new show.

Golden Boy has been a yawn to watch so far. I'll watch it a 3rd time before dropping it.
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Vegas seemed too expensive to actually keep around, it impressed me it didn't get killed earlier, but I'm confident it won't get picked up next season for the weak ratings.

As for Golden Boy, it really doesn't feel terribly unique in the current market, it's promoted mainly as another cop show, and it doesn't look like it has any sort of hook - no major stars, no salacious material. So I suspect it'll fade out even in the Tuesday slot.
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I WANT to believe that the move doesn't hurt Vegas or could even improve its ratings, but given the haphazard ways companies are canning some shows in favour of worse shows (I haven't checked out Golden Boy yet, so I'm not knocking it) I wouldn't be surprised if it means the show is not picked up for a season two. It's not the greatest show on TV, but Vegas has a pretty stellar cast that do a good job (well, I find it hard to find Chiklis intimidating -- he was far more a bad-ass in The Shield), and there's something charming about the show and that makes me keep watching.
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I don't love Vegas (or the past), but I have to say I'm liking it a lot more than some of the other junk I haven't quit. As Tim said, the fact that it's now paired up with Blue Bloods and on CBS doesn't sound like a bad thing. Chiklis and his character is Irish, and the writing's a lot better than Blue Bloods. I wish it luck, but it won't break my heart if it's scrapped.

I also wish they'd stop killing entertaining bosses so quickly.
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i agree, but i also think the fact that Friday is one of the worst nights of the week and Blue bloods still does well will improve Vegas' ratings and will probably get it renewed - CBS doesnt really tinker with the schedule too much
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Cant say anything about Vegas, never saw it but so far I like Golden Boy. Its not amazing but I like how its a little different in that it seems to focus more on the characters of the detectives and the effect of the job on them, and less on the actual cases. I think both shows employ great actors so good luck to both.
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I love Vegas, Michael Chiklis has a peace of my heart since the Commish and I'm only 32!!!!
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I like both shows but so far Golden Boy is more interesting. I like that he isn't perfect but has a blend of jerk and nice guy in him--interesting to watch so far.
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Golden Boy was not bad as pilots go but nowhere near Person of Interest awesomeness yet. Chi McBride was the best part of the pilot. He owned all of his scenes. It seems his character is going to die sooner or later. Bad idea. He's way too good to get killed off.
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I agree about McBride and I hope he doesn't get killed off anytime soon.

LOL--POI level of awesomeness--that is setting the bar high. I think show as potential to be entertaining (maybe good or great...will see) but I'm not expecting POI or Justified level of excellence. Anyway, I liked Golden Boy so far and want to see how it unfolds. I like that the golden boy has flaws but he has some very good traits as well. I like the non black/white characters--i.e., grey characters--more relatable/human. Actually most of the characters on the show have this quality...

I'm looking forward to the next POI review.
**POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR POI:
One of the machines glitches are white dashed boxes--put around innocents and it has one on the bad guy this episode. I thought he was the killer but then saw the white box and started to question myself~~I shouldn't of because Wilson had a white box last week and he was violent (set up Shaw and shot at her trying to kill her--definitely didn't deserve a white box). Where is the review so I can comment:) Actually I have to get up in < 4 hours for work so I need to sleep. One last thing--I liked how Finch and Reese talked about Stanton's virus and how it seems to be affecting the machine....

Good Night--it's after 1 am here and I have to get up at 4:30 am...ugh. That will teach me to stream POI so late at night!
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ugh, it seems like Tuesdays are the weakest night of TV. Vegas was the only other Tuesday show I liked at all besides Go On.
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Have you seen Justified? It's a Tuesday show and it's one of the best shows on TV.
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I love Justified but I'm too cheap to get cable. I watched Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD last year, just finished with Season 3 last week. No Season 4 spoilers please!
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One man's intelligent decision is another's knee-jerk reaction. Vegas is episodic and (for me) always was secondary to SOA/Justified, Private Practice and Parenthood, but I always found the time to catch up, especially as it picked up steam later in the year. Everyone gives a new show a chance and the competition is much less now on Tues. I fear moving Vegas to Fri against Season 2.5 of Grimm (been off since 11/16) and Shark Tank is a death sentence.
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Network execs who make intelligent decisions in support of their shows. How refreshing! (Take that NBC and ABC!)
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I hope Vegas gets canned only because I still have hopes for FX's Powers and I think Sarah Jones would be a perfect Deena Pilgrim.
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I wanted to like vegas so much because of the cast but its just too boring. I lasted till episode 8 and just could not continue. I am still not sure if I want to catch up. I have not started on Golden Boy as I am not sure if I want another procedural cop drama. Shall wait and see for both.
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I thought the Generals were due!
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I like Vegas
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Vegas is an interesting period world with excellent production quality, a great cast/crew, the story projection is relatively unbounded and it's a favourite in our house. I very much hope it is not cancelled.

I've said it many times, but we NEED good original programming like this.
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I stopped watching 'cause I feel it's much the opposite of why you like it. My one main dislike was feeling the show lacked substance in that the city they created ultimately seemed too artificial and some of the casting seemed off. I even think some of the period cars were from later years rather than earlier, as they should have been. O'Mara has been a lead actor in his past few shows and here he didn't work being second, or third, behind Quaid and/or Chiklis. Despite the effort, it didn't work for me.
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CBS deserves a lot of credit for at least having faith in their new dramas, unlike the other networks this season.

Like Tim said, Golden Boy has virtually no competition on Tuesdays while Vegas should pair nicely with Blue Bloods on Fridays. If all this doesn't work, will it really matter, though? More police procedurals will just take their places in the fall. It's good to be #1.
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Both shows are done-zo to make way for a Michael Chiklis / Chi McBride combination of AWESOME on a TV show yet to be determined on cable. Please?
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I am completely on board with this. McBride is really the only reason why I'm gonna try to watch Golden Boy for a few more episodes (the main guy just bugs the crap outta me) and Vegas was a bit too boring for me, but I continue to like Chiklis.
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I agree that McBride is awesome, but Chiklis is the same character in everything he does, namely The Thing. I'm glad Golden Boy is getting a solid chance to pull in a younger audience; Vegas certainly wouldn't.
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I miss Chiklis when he played The Commish, that version of Chiklis was way more fun to watch and he got to play more range.
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Three words: No Ordinary Family...
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LOL. That was NOT a recommendation. Just a reminder of how poorly Chiklis or his agent are in choosing work.
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I wouldn't know, the ads looked A) super corny and overly silly instead of nuanced; and B) super quick-canceled. Surprised to hear the recommendation.
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I would watch that show.
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