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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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