CBS tries to get "sexy"

NEW YORK CITY--CBS spoke about its fall schedule with reporters this morning, and it once again attempted to debunk the myth that it only attracts old people. As CBS CEO Les Moonves would later say at the network's presentation to advertisers, "Who says we're not sexy?"

Eye sees dead people

Whispering to ghosts, communicating with the dead--the only thing missing from CBS' new fall Friday lineup is a mentalist. That would have completed the Eye network's sixth-sense trifecta on Friday nights, but alas, Numb3rs is staying put at 10 p.m. Fridays and The Mentalist (starring Simon Baker as a "mentalist" who's not a real mind-reader anyway) will be moving to Thursday nights from Tuesdays.

It was a significant (even unpredictable) move, since The Mentalist was the highest-rated new series on network TV this past season. Usually, such shows remain in place, in order to build a lead-in audience for a new show in the following time period. This time, CBS felt it would simply strengthen its Thursday slate.

"We're going to take a show that was the number-one new show this year, pair it with the number-one drama on TV [CSI at 9] and really try to make a super block," CBS programming exec Kelly Kahl told reporters at CBS headquarters.

CBS, like ABC, sees all kinds of opportunities for dramas at 10 because of Jay Leno's new nightly 10 o'clock show on NBC. That leaves only Private Practice on ABC to face The Mentalist on Thursdays next fall.

CBS's head of programming, Nina Tassler, explained why CBS picked up Medium from NBC. "It's got a similar sensibility to Ghost Whisperer, but it's got a crime-solving element," she said. "So if Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs had an off-spring, it would be Medium!"

Young people love aging rapper: CBS exec

Real or imagined, CBS has long had a reputation for drawing the oldest viewers in the network television business. As usual, CBS execs announced their intention to "get younger." And how will they do that? With a new spinoff of NCIS called NCIS: Los Angeles, starring Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.

"I think, LL Cool J you can't deny has a younger appeal," CBS's Nina Tassler she said of the rapper turned actor, 41, who first came to prominence way back in 1985 with his first hip-hop hit, "I Can't Live Without My Radio."

Later in the day, LL actually took the stage at Carnegie Hall during CBS' presentation to advertisers, and performed a knockout rendition of "Mama Said Knock You Out." The song is 19-years old (it was released in 1990), but at 41, LL's still got it going on.

Tassler's also excited about Alex O'Loughlin, as are many other women, she said of the former star of the vampire series Moonlight on CBS. O'Loughlin is starring in a new Sunday hospital drama for CBS, Three Rivers, about a transplant facility in Pittsburgh. "Alex has a huge broad appeal," Tassler said. "We know from the demos back then, the viewers who responded when he was on our network last time, that's a very robust, youthful, female audience."

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CBS has always been sexy yet even sexy can be improved at times and bringing LL Cool J & Chris O'Donnell to the network is awesome!
CBS just keeps raising the bar and the other networks, try as they might, just can't climb that high. Other networks may have one or two shows in their line up that try to hold up the entire network and that never works. CBS has a team of shows which compliment each other and unless other networks start producing better shows they will always be playing catch up.
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I don't know about this changing on CBS's casting, but I like LL and i think he's a great add to the spinoff.
Alex O'Loughnlin is suuuuch a hot guy! Gosh, I wanna bite him! XD
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this sucks eleventh hour was good. Ok not to argue much that I kind of like The Mentalist too
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why do they want to get sexy all of the sudden? They are forgetting all about the more important things like mystery and suspence!
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cbs is going to get all the chick flick unrealistic crime shows and forget about men and women in combat 'The Unit'. Saddness
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Nina Tassler is a moron!
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Thursday is a good spot for the mentalist.
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Yay! Medium has been saved!
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Yeah i agree move THE MENTALIST where you want but please put it in a right place because its a really good show and i will hate everyone if gets axed



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I hate that they are moving The Mentalist to Thursdays. It better not be on the same time as the Office is, if it is, then there's gonna be a problem, a very big problem.
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Now that CBS has cancelled my three favorite shows, WaT, TU, and Eleventh Hour, I really hope that Jay Leno's new show beats them in the ratings, especially on Thursday nights. If the writer's of CSI can't produce some scripts that are fresh and not recycled from the other two CSI shows, I foresee the ratings slipping further which will only hurt The Mentalist. Seriously, adding another NCIS show seems to defeat their statement about not wanting to be the network know for procedural dramas. There is nothing wrong with having the desire to attract a younger audience but please, don't ailienate the older audience in the process.
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I hate CBS, the channel always doing the same thing CANCELING GOOD SHOWS, it canceled ELEVENTH HOUR and MOONLIGHT and instead they scheduled another NCIS come on bring back Eleventh and Moonlight, is it too much to ask??
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Vampires vs. Transplant Facility: Vampire wins after it goes on a binge. Transplant facility becomes psychiatric facility for all the survivors.
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I'll probably watch Three Rivers but I'd rather they made a second season of Moonlight with Alex O'Loughlin.
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Good luck attracting a younger audience with CSI: Declining and Medium. Oh and The Good Wife.
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CBS you stink. You know nothing about good tv. You canceled Eleventh Hour. Have you run out of ideas? Another spinoff?

Until you bring back EH, I won't watch anything on CBS ever again. Not that you care, but after cancelling EH, WaT and TU, 30 million people would probably stop watching.

I'll go back to reading books.
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*sigh* CBS. You cancel The Unit, move The Mentalist, and duplicate NCIS? Not to mention you bring back beloved star of Moonlight in a completely different show. What are you doing? We love everything as it is. Please, don't mess it up.
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I think CBS is trying too hard, let's hope the 'unpredictable move' of shifting The Mentalist doesn't backfire on them instead.
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