CBS announced today its 2008-2009 Fall Primetime Lineup, featuring five new series - two comedies and three dramas - and the launch of a new comedy block on Wednesdays.
The new series include "Eleventh Hour," a dramatic thriller from producer Jerry Bruckheimer about a special advisor to the government who investigates scientific crises and oddities; "The Mentalist," starring Simon Baker
as a former celebrity psychic-turned-detective who uses his gifted skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve crimes; "The Ex List," a sexy comedic drama about a 30-something woman who searches her past relationships to find her future husband; and the comedies "Project Gary," starring Jay Mohr
and Paula Marshall
as dueling ex-spouses and parents trying to move forward with new relationships; and "Worst Week" about a good guy who is always trying to do the right thing, yet something always goes wrong - especially when he's around his girlfriend's parents.
"We've been looking to expand our comedy lineup, and we now have the depth and development to make the move," said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. "Monday is already television's signature night for comedy and we think we can make the case that CBS is the signature network for comedy overall."
Added Tassler, "Our new dramas put a character twist on the highly successful procedural form with two exciting new leads in Simon Baker
and Rufus Sewell
. And, rounding out the new slate is a very unique series with a dynamic young actress (Elizabeth Reaser
, "Grey's Anatomy
") that blends comedy, drama and romance in a concept that will have everybody thinking about their personal 'ex list.' "
The freshman series will join 18 returning programs on the current CBS lineup.
CBS will return network television's number one drama franchise - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
; CSI: Miami
, CSI: NY
- the number one comedy, Two And A Half Men
; the number one news magazine, 60 Minutes; and two franchise reality series -Survivor
and the five-time Emmy Award-winning The Amazing Race
Also returning are: The Big Bang Theory
, How I Met Your Mother
, Without A Trace
, The New Adventures Of Old Christine
, Criminal Minds
, Ghost Whisperer
, Cold Case
, The Unit
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