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June 26, 2008 CBS ANNOUNCES 2008-2009 PREMIERE DATES Pre-Season Launch for "Survivor: Gabon" on Thursday, Sept. 18 Monday Comedies, Including the Series Debut of "Worst Week" and the Night's Top Drama "CSI: Miami," Premiere Sept. 22 "NCIS," Freshman Drama "The Mentalist" and "Without a Trace" (On Its New Night) Premiere Tuesday, Sept. 23 CBS's New Wednesday Comedy Block of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and Freshman "Project Gary," Along with Returning Dramas "Criminal Minds" and "CSI: NY," Premiere Sept. 24 "60 Minutes," "The Amazing Race," "Cold Case" and "The Unit," Premiere Sunday, Sept. 28 CBS's Friday Lineup Including "Ghost Whisperer," Freshman Drama "The Ex List" and "Numb3rs" Return Oct. 3 "CSI" and New Drama "Eleventh Hour" Premiere Thursday, Oct. 9 CBS today announced dates for the fall premieres of its new and returning series, which include a pre-season debut for SURVIVOR: GABON and the launch of its Thursday and Friday drama series in early October. The Network will introduce the majority of its schedule beginning Monday, Sept. 22, the official start of the 2008-2009 season. For the seventh consecutive season, SURVIVOR: GABON, the 17th installment of the hit reality series, will debut a week prior to the formal start of the season, returning on Thursday, Sept. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). CBS's new season rollout officially begins on Monday, Sept. 22 with the second season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT), the fourth season debut of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT), the sixth season premiere of television's Number One comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN (9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT), the debut of new comedy WORST WEEK (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and the seventh season premiere of CSI: MIAMI (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), the night's Number One drama. NCIS begins its sixth season on Tuesday, Sept. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the new drama THE MENTALIST (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and the seventh season premiere of WITHOUT A TRACE on its new night (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). CBS premieres its new Wednesday comedy block on Sept. 24 with the fourth season of THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) and new comedy PROJECT GARY (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the fourth season of CRIMINAL MINDS (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and the fifth season premiere of CSI: NY (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). Premiering on Sunday, Sept. 28 is the 41st season of 60 MINUTES, the longest running and highest rated newsmagazine (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT), the 13th edition of multi-Emmy Award winning THE AMAZING RACE (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), the sixth season of COLD CASE (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and the fourth season premiere of THE UNIT on its new night (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The Network's top-rated Friday lineup returns on Oct. 3 with the fourth season premiere of GHOST WHISPERER (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), the debut of the new drama THE EX LIST (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the fifth season premiere of NUMB3RS (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION returns for its ninth season on Thursday, Oct. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the premiere of freshman drama ELEVENTH HOUR (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The premieres of the Thursday and Friday night dramas have been scheduled outside of premiere week to accommodate the scheduled presidential debate on Sept. 26 and a vice presidential debate on Oct. 2. CBS's 2008-2009 Premiere Dates Thursday, Sept. 18 8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR (17th Installment Premiere) Monday, Sept. 22 8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (2nd Season Premiere) 8:30-9:00 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (4th Season Premiere) 9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN (6th Season Premiere) 9:30-10:00 PM WORST WEEK (Series Debut) 10:00-11:00 PM CSI: MIAMI (7th Season Premiere) Tuesday, Sept. 23 8:00-9:00 PM NCIS (6th Season Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM THE MENTALIST (Series Debut) 10:00-11:00 PM WITHOUT A TRACE (7th Season Premiere) Wednesday, Sept. 24 8:00-8:30 PM THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (4th Season Premiere) 8:30-9:00 PM PROJECT GARY (Series Debut) 9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (4th Season Premiere) 10:00-11:00 PM CSI: NY (5th Season Premiere) Saturday, Sept. 27 8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY 9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY 10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS MYSTERY (Season Premiere) Sunday, Sept. 28 7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES (41st Season Premiere) 8:00-9:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE (13th Edition) 9:00-10:00 PM COLD CASE (6th Season Premiere) 10:00-11:00 PM THE UNIT (4th Season Premiere) Friday, Oct. 3 8:00-9:00 PM GHOST WHISPERER (4th Season Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM THE EX LIST (Series Premiere) 10:00-11:00 PM NUMB3RS (5th Season Premiere) Thursday, Oct. 9 9:00-10:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (9th Season Premiere) 10:00-11:00 PM ELEVENTH HOUR (Series Debut)

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  • June 26, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST


    by mrfan

    Cannot wait

  • June 26, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    So, other than "How I Met Your Mother"....

    by FilmCritic3000

    a big yawn, as always. CBS - The Eye Is Dozing. Wake me up when CBS actually programs decent series. It's like they took their infamous "Crimetime After Primetime" late night lineup from the early '90s and just gave their network over to it.

  • June 26, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Other CBS shows I like:

    by Lenny Nero

    (In addition to the aforementioned HIMYM): Survivor, Criminal Minds, Numb3rs, Amazing Race. <p>So yeah, they have SOME good stuff.

  • June 26, 2008, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by epitone

    Dude, we're lucky just to have HIMYM.

  • June 26, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Other than Amazing Race, you mean?

    by NinjaRap

    Oh, wait, HIMYM is in fact pretty good. But yeah, Amazing Race is the one reason I ever watch CBS.

  • June 26, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    They also have...

    by Pixelplays

    NCIS is a great alternative to Idol and Big Bang Theory is the first show in years with scenes/jokes that consistently make me laugh out loud.

  • June 26, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by Ferf Muckmeyer

    Just kidding. Gone but not forgotten.

  • June 26, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Two and a Half Men

    by Jonas Grumpy

    That kid's getting pretty big. Shouldn't it be "Two and Three-Quarters Men" by now?<BR><BR> Not that I really care, as I hate that show. HATE, I say!

  • June 26, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    CBS generally sucks

    by Grendel745

    but Big Bang Theory is a sitcom that remembers comedies should be funny. Sheldon is a once in a lifetime character and since we're all here in the talkbacks you all know that we have those sortsof people in our circle of friends (if we're not that geeky ourselves).

  • June 26, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    THE UNIT!!!

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    FIRE IT UP!!! That is all.

  • June 26, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    The Unit

    by Dazzler69

    That's what I call my penis. *Giggle* Gets me every time.

  • June 26, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Will Amazing Race be HD like Survivor?

    by INWOsuxRED

    Amazing that those two shows have some of the best camera work on all of TV and they've been stuck on SD for so long. I know they're big crazy remote productions, but still.

  • June 26, 2008, 9:52 p.m. CST


    by XoanonTORN

    I just realized I no longer watch anything on to be them...

  • June 26, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Grendel 745

    by XoanonTORN

    I was watching old 'Roseanne' eps and was thinking to myself 'Johnny Galecki is actually a pretty funny dude...' he was was so deadpan as David, I loved it. I've never seen BBT though, even though the hottie from '8 Rules' is in it.. <p> Oh and yes, I named my son Alexander after Lex Luthor from Supes and Xander Harris from Buffy...</nerd> <p>

  • June 26, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    I think Les Moonves is the problem...

    by FilmCritic3000

    He's responsible for CBS not venturing out of their "dead hooker in a dumpster" plot-laden crime series motif. While other networks branch out in an attempt to find and program to different demos, he's content to let the former Tiffany network remain staid and banal.

  • June 26, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    The Unit: Bullying nerds and feeling good about it F*YEAH!

    by Stormwatcher

    The only time I have seen this show was midday on a Saturday. So crew cut military guy kept roughing up an IT guy who couldn't get a satellite link, then T2000 came in and roughed him up too, sad thing was the IT guy was the only one contributing to solving the problem as the guys just stood around looking tense and talking tough. Then the day is saved and the tough guys shake hands but ignore the IT guy who actually was responsible for coordinating getting stuff done. Made me think, hmm, porn for bullies, beat up the geeks, put them to work, take the credit. Crap show. I expect more Mamet. Much much more. You made Homicide for christ sake.

  • June 26, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST

    SURVIVOR needs to shake things up to make me watch again...

    by Pizza The Hut maybe, "Survivor: Crotchety Old Men", or "Naked Survivor" or something.

  • June 26, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Survivor: Gibbons

    by Sledge Hammer

    It's an all monkey Survivor cast this year bitches! Funky!

  • June 27, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST


    by slkboxrman

    THE SHIELD is already on and in its last season,,,one prob for u, its not on rocks, ive loved every season, been watching from season 1

  • June 27, 2008, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Survivor: Country most Americans didn't know existed

    by newc0253

    lucky Gabon!

  • June 27, 2008, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Does anyone watch regular programming anymore?

    by romanocc

    I think the last sitcom I watched religiously on regular TV was King of Queens, and I can't remember the last drama that excited me as there is way too much CSI and Law & Order. It is unbelievable how I grew up on ABC, CBS, and NBC, and I don't watch one damn show on those networks anymore except for documentary-type shows like 48 Hours Mystery and 60 Minutes.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Here's something that is stupid

    by StealthBeagle

    I was a latecomer to "How I Met Your Mother," then realized that it is actually awesome, so I've completely caught up on the first two seasons on DVD. So why on earth would they schedule the release of season three on DVD nearly a month after the start of season four? This is just needlessly stupid. Sure, I'll just DVR the new eps and get caught up, but pisses me off.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by Andyb77

    That episode if I remember right was where the IT guy was complaining about not being able to do something instead of just shutting up and getting the job done when there were lives on the line. I love the unit, himym, big bang, and Jen Hewitt's hot but I don't watch the show.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    The Mentalist looks worth trying out.

    by Andyb77

  • June 27, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    So there's SURVIVOR

    by SpyGuy

    Thank Jeebus for BBC America.

  • June 27, 2008, 7:11 p.m. CST

    So many shows...

    by Kirsan

    ...that have been on for so long and I've never wanted to watch more than one episode of most of them. Of the remaining few I've watched 2 or 3 episodes but not 2 or 3 weeks in a row. <P> Thanks Herc for making me realize this.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by johnnysunshine

    We already knew Jericho wasn't coming back. Can't say I care about any of these returning shows. If Swingtown comes after the summer, I'll be happy though. That show's been pretty good so far.

  • June 27, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    solving crimes

    by johnnysunshine

    also, why is 80% of their fall schedule shows about solving crimes?

  • June 29, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Gotta respect CBS

    by Mystery Roach

    What other network has the balls to aim squarely for the senior citizen demographic?