In a surprise early announcement, CBS Chief Les Moonves laid out the network's fall 2010 schedule today. Claiming the Tiffany network had a formula for success and rarely failed when it stuck with that formula.
He declared that going forward that the CBS primetime schedule would consist only of shows that were spinoffs of other CBS shows, effectively ending new show creative development at the network.
"Since I know what works, and can get people to watch effectively the same show by doing as little as changing the zip code, I'd be an idiot to take a chance on yet another Alex O'Loughlin vehicle" proclaimed Moonves.
"Just like Henry Ford would sell you any color Model T as long as it was black, you can watch any show you want on CBS, as long as it's a near copy of another CBS show."
Here's the Fall 2010 schedule that caused TV critics a double (and triple) take:
|8-8:30p||HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER|
|8:30-9p||HOW I MET YOUR FATHER|
|9-9:30p||TWO AND A HALF MEN|
|9:30-10p||TWO AND A HALF WOMEN|
|10-11p||HOW I MET YOUR FIVE MOTHERS AND FATHERS|
|9-10p||NCIS: LOS ANGELES|
|9-10p||CRIMINAL MINDS 2|
|10-11p||CRIMINAL MINDS 3|
|10-11p||SURVIVING THE MENTALIST|
|8-9p||CRIMETIME SATURDAY RERUNS|
|9-10p||CRIMETIME SATURDAY RERUNS|
|10-11p||CRIMETIME SATURDAY RERUNS|
|7-8p||THE AMAZING RACE|
|8-9p||THE AMAZING RAT RACE|