CBS unveils fall premiere dates

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CBS fancies itself "America's most watched television network," and plans to continue that trend this fall with a steady diet of what it knows works--crime and legal dramas. The network announced its premiere dates for its fall lineup, which is dominated by slamming gavels, flashing police badges, and studious forensic scientists.

Though the majority of the Eye's premieres are centered around very mature situations (Neil Patrick Harris' antics on How I Met Your Mother an exception), CBS' fall schedule kicks off with kids. The controversial reality show Kid Nation opens the network's fall season and will premiere on Wednesday, September 19. The program follows 40 children, ages 8 to 15, as they attempt to create their own functioning society in an abandoned New Mexico "town" without parental supervision. Its inspiration, Survivor, debuts its season in China the following night at 8 p.m.

The rest of the lineup gets started at the same time NBC's scripted shows kick off--the week beginning September 23 (Fox is getting a jump on the others a week earlier). 60 Minutes, Cold Case, and Shark will tackle the post-NFL crowd on Sunday, September 23, beginning at 7 p.m.

Monday is slated as comedy night on CBS, with September 24 seeing the series premiere of The Big Bang Theory. The new show will be sandwiched between the season premieres of a pair of comedies--How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men.

Cane, the new drama starring Jimmy Smits, will debut September 25, following NCIS and The Unit on the first of five consecutive crime-and-legal-drama-loaded nights on the network.

Other series premieres include the immortal-cop drama Moonlight on September 28 at 9 p.m., and Viva Laughlin--one of CBS' few risks--on October 18 at 10 p.m. in a special preview and October 21 in its regular time slot.

The CBS fall premiere schedule is listed below:

Wednesday, Sept. 19
8-9 p.m. Kid Nation (Series Premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 20
8-9 p.m. Survivor: China (15th Installment Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 23
7-8 p.m. 60 Minutes (40th Season Premiere)
9-10 p.m. Cold Case (5th Season Premiere)
10-11 p.m. Shark (2nd Season Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 24
8-8:30 p.m. How I Met Your Mother (3rd Season Premiere)
8:30-9 p.m. The Big Bang Theory (Series Premiere)
9-9:30 p.m. Two And A Half Men (5th Season Premiere)
9:30-10 p.m. Rules Of Engagement (2nd Season Premiere)
10-11 p.m. CSI: Miami (6th Season Premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 25
8-9 p.m. NCIS (5th Season Premiere)
9-10 p.m. The Unit (3rd Season Premiere)
10-11 p.m. Cane (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 26
9-10 p.m. Criminal Minds (3rd Season Premiere)
10-11 p.m. CSI: NY (4th Season Premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 27
9-10 p.m. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (8th Season Premiere)
10-11 p.m. Without a Trace (6th Season Premiere)

Friday, Sept. 28
8-9 p.m. Ghost Whisperer (3rd Season Premiere)
9-10 p.m. Moonlight (Series Premiere)
10-11 p.m. Numb3rs (4th Season Premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 29
8-9 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
9-10 p.m. Crimetime Saturday
10-11 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery (Season Premiere)

Thursday, Oct. 18
10-11 p.m. Viva Laughlin (Special Preview)

Sunday, Oct. 21
8-9 p.m. Viva Laughlin (Time Period Premiere)

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That's great!
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Love Shark, Unit, Ghost Whisperer and Moonlight... so glad they are on again CC
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GHOST WHISPERER IS THE BEST!
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The Unit!!! The Unit!!! The Unit!!! The Unit!!! The Unit!!! The Unit!!! The Unit!!! The Unit!!! It seems the writers have boxed themselves into a corner at the end of season two. I hope they get this series back on track with The Unit, including Bob, back in action saving the world. I sure wouldn't mind seeing W. H. Macy reprise his role as The President -- seems The Unit could really use the help :)
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CSI, Season 8!! Woo-hoo, can't wait!!
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I am excited to see NCIS, The Unit, CSI and Criminal Minds to return! They are the best shows on TV and it seems that CBS has the best tv line-up
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Love CBS - Without a Trace, all the CSIs, Shark, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, Rules of Engagement, How I Met Your Mother - so the best network!!!
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YES! THE UNIT!!!! One of the best shows on this network
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NCIS and CRIMINAL MINDS !!!! Yes!!!!
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GHOST WHISPERER IS THE BEST im so excited for it
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Excited about the return of Survivor, Without a Trace and Numb3rs. Will tune in to watch Big Bang Theory and moonlight. Also cant wait for the return of TAR
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Of course they keep that stupid show with that stupid "actress" Jennifer Love Hewitt. Cancel a good show like Close To Home and keep her dumb a$$ around. CBS sucks!
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CSI ROCKS!!!!
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Looks like CBS got another strong year ahead of them, many good shows returning, including the fantastic Rules of Engagement!
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I CAN'T WAIT 4 ALL MY SHOWS TO COME BACK ON. I AM A TV JUNKIE, I HAVE SO MANY SHOWS THAT IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY.:( SAD TO SEE THAT CLOSE TO HOME ISN'T COMING BACK ON. HOPE THEY WILL CHANGE THERE MINDS AND BRING IT BACK. :)GLAD TO SEE CSI,GHOST WHISPERER,NCIS, COLD CASE BACK! THANKS!
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All i will watch on there is the ocasional CSI, criminal minds, and even im abit weary about that considering Mandy quit, and may watch Numb3rs! all the rest are just not worth the bother!
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glad to see people wanting Jericho back...
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CBS all the way!!! DVR overload!!!
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Kid Nation, The Big Bang Theory, Moonlight and also Swingtown, but it isn't on there!
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yay for csi, csiny , ncis how i met your mother, didi they discontinue new adventures of old christine?
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cant wait to watch How I Met Your Mother.
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where's jericho?! and i can't wait for how i met your mother!
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Well except for two shows. CSI,NCIS. The season sucks. But I dont watch the season when its on I wait for the DVD. Networks SUCK big time.
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I can't wait for CSI and CSI:NY to come back, but why did they renew CSI:Miami, that has to be the weakest out of the three.
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YAY!! NCIS is the only real one that I am excited for.
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can't wait for two and a half men!!!!
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I don't watch anything on CBS. Why?
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Ghost Whisperer and Moonlight!
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Can't wait for Two And A Half Men!!! Only 2 networks left, The CW and ABC.
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Why should I watch Kid Nation, when I see the exact same thing everytime I go to the mall? Tons of kids left on their own with no adult supervision!! Dumb-asses...



And where the heck is Jericho? After the killed off 'The Class' I was really disappointed in CBS, but at least they have Mother & 2.5 Men.
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As much as ABC disappointed me last season. I will still watch that network the most followed by FOX. I am not sure if I will watch Cane or not. I will watch How I Met Your Mother though.
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cant wait fir my csis
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Moonlight Sept. 28th Im There
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cant wait until amazing race comes back
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cant wait for cold case and csi miami
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well, won't be watching cbs this season. i used to love the original CSI, but i now cannot stomach more than 5 minutes of that drivel.
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YAY!!!! CSI and Without A Trace!!! And they're doing a crossover episode this season!! Can't wait!
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cant wait for csi and csi ny but i really dont know why they brought back csi miami the past season was so rubbish
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OMFG, I hate the CSIs so much. CSI Miami is the worst. The plot sucks, the acting sucks, and apparently the characters have superpowers. Why des CBS keep bringing it back?!
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23 and 27 for Shark and CSI, good!
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Ay! Another Survivor! :roll:



I can't wait for Jericho! I don't care if it's mid-season! As long as it comes back!
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Isnt there enough Survivors. But I do like Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer & CSI Miami. I wounder when Jericho is coming back.
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The only new show I'm interested in is Moonlight, I know one thing for sure I won't be watching Kid Nation.
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Jericho will come later (I believe mid-season replacement), you'll have to check the Jericho board for more detailed info.

Not very much interesting. With HIMYM I still have to watch season 2, and besides that only CSI Season 8 (8!, can you believe it?) and perhaps Cane and Shark are worth watching.
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I want my Jericho!! All the other shows suck to me.
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Am I missing something? Where is Jericho?
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NCIS, CSI and Numb3rs back, I'll finally have decent tv to watch!! Thank god for CBS!
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Definately can't wait until my shows Criminal Minds and NCIS come back :)
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