CBS 2012-13 Primetime Schedule: '2 Broke Girls' To 9pm, 'Mentalist' To Sunday, 'Two & A Half Men' To Thursday, 'CSI:NY' To 8pm

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May 16th, 2012


2pm Update: Here are the trailers for the new CBS Fall shows.

The only thing particularly surprising is that Rules of Engagement is nowhere to be found. Asked about Rules during the conference call, Nina Tassler said "We're still discussing, haven't made a decision yet".

Also, no mid-season information at all including the whereabouts of reported pickups Friend Me and Golden Boy.

You can also check out ABC's 2012-13 primetime scheduleNBC's 2012-13 primetime schedule and Fox's 2012-13 primetime schedule.

via press release:



America’s Most-Watched Network Adds Four New Series


New Series Include the Dramas ELEMENTARY, VEGAS, MADE IN JERSEY, Plus the New Comedy PARTNERS


19 Current Series Return


CBS Makes Four Key Time Period Moves to Grow Nights and Spread Strength Across the Schedule


#1 New Comedy 2 BROKE GIRLS Moves to 9:00 PM on Monday


TWO AND A HALF MEN Moves to Thursday at 8:30 PM, Creating A Powerful Comedy Block with THE BIG BANG THEORY at 8:00 PM


CSI: NY to Open Fridays at 8:00 PM and THE MENTALIST Takes Over Sundays at 10:00 PM


NEW YORK – CBS announced today its new 2012-2013 primetime schedule, ordering four new series and making four key time period moves to further enhance television’s top-rated schedule. CBS will finish the season asAmerica’s most-watched network for the ninth time in the past 10 years, leading in viewers by the widest margin of any network in 23 years.

The new series include ELEMENTARY, a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in New York City, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu; VEGAS, a drama inspired by a real-life sheriff and his battle with a powerful mobster for control of Las Vegas in the 1960s, starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis; MADE IN JERSEY, starring Janet Montgomery as a smart first-year lawyer with working-class roots practicing at a prestigious Manhattan law firm; and PARTNERS, a comedy about two very different life-long best friends and business partners and their significant others, starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie.


“These new series feature a great range of bold concepts, rich characters, big stars and fresh faces,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.  “From a new take on Sherlock Holmes to an epic battle for control of 1960s Las Vegas to a working-class point of view in a prestigious law firm, the dramas each have a unique style and sensibility.  And, our new comedy PARTNERS fits perfectly with the CBS Monday night tradition of relationship comedies with a lot of heart and humor.”


The freshman series will be joined by 19 returning shows, including the season’s #1 drama/scripted program – NCIS; the #1 scripted series in adults 18-49 and #1 comedy – THE BIG BANG THEORY; #1 new series – PERSON OF INTEREST; #1 new series/comedy in adults 18-49/25-54 – 2 BROKE GIRLS; #1 news program – 60 MINUTES; and the eight-time Emmy Award winner THE AMAZING RACE.




For midseason, the Emmy Award-nominated UNDERCOVER BOSS returns, plus the new reality series THE JOB from executive producers Michael Davies and Mark Burnett. Also for midseason are the new drama GOLDEN BOY and the new comedy FRIEND ME.


The new 2012-2013 schedule is as follows:


On Monday, CBS makes a bold scheduling move and adds a new half-hour series to TV’s top comedy night. The veteran HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER returns at 8:00 PM and provides a strong lead-in for the new comedy PARTNERS at 8:30 PM. The #1 new comedy of the season, 2 BROKE GIRLS, moves to 9:00 PM to anchor the night, followed by the sophomore hits MIKE & MOLLY at 9:30 PM and HAWAII FIVE-0 at 10:00 PM, the top-rated 10:00 PM series on television in adults 18-49.


On Tuesday, CBS uses television’s top-rated dramas as lead-ins for a new one-hour series. The #1 drama/scripted series NCIS remains at 8:00 PM, followed by the #2 drama/scripted series NCIS: LOS ANGELES at 9:00 PM, which will provide a powerful and compatible lead-in for the star-studded new series VEGAS at 10:00 PM.


On Wednesday, a successful night remains intact with potent lead-off hitter SURVIVOR at 8:00 PM, popular thriller CRIMINAL MINDS at 9:00 PM, and the resurgent time period-winning CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION at 10:00 PM, where it improved the time period by 23% in adults 18-49.


On Thursday, CBS creates a powerful comedy block and adds a provocative new drama. The #1 comedy THE BIG BANG THEORY at 8:00 PM is now paired with the #2 comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN at 8:30 PM, creating a formidable comedy duo as a lead-in for the #1 new drama PERSON OF INTEREST at 9:00 PM, which flows seamlessly into the smart new drama ELEMENTARY at 10:00 PM.


On Friday, CBS moves a veteran series to kick off the night and launches a new drama in a protected time period. CSI: NY, which consistently wins its time period, moves to 8:00 PM, providing an established lead-in for the new legal drama MADE IN JERSEY at 9:00 PM. BLUE BLOODS, the night’s most-watched series, remains a solid anchor at 10:00 PM.


Saturday will feature CBS’s CRIMETIME programming from 8:00-10:00 PM, followed by the popular true crime series 48 HOURS MYSTERY at 10:00 PM.


On Sunday, CBS adds a hit drama to a prestigious, award-winning lineup. The acclaimed news magazine 60 MINUTES returns for its 45th season to open at 7:00 PM, followed by the eight-time Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE at 8:00 PM and the critically lauded and award-winning drama THE GOOD WIFE at 9:00 PM. A proven ratings winner at 10:00 PM, THE MENTALIST moves to Sunday to close out the night.


The New Dramas:


ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in Londonand a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson.  A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance.  However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients.  He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he’s devised his own post-rehab regimen – resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs.  But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock’s police contact, Capt. Tobias “Toby” Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team.  With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New Yorksolving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson.  Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.


Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis star in VEGAS, a drama inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb, a fourth-generation rancher tasked with bringing order to Las Vegas in the 1960s, a gambling and entertainment mecca emerging from the tumbleweeds.  Ralph Lamb (Quaid) wants to be left in peace to run his ranch, but Las Vegas is now swelling with outsiders and corruption which are intruding on his simple life.  Recalling Lamb's command as a military police officer during World War II, the Mayor appeals to his sense of duty to look into a murder of a casino worker – and so begins Lamb’s clash with Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a ruthless Chicago gangster who plans to make Vegas his own.  Assisting Lamb in keeping law and order are his two deputies: his diplomatic, even-keeled brother Jack (Jason O'Mara) and his charming but impulsive son, Dixon (Taylor Handley).  Ambitious Assistant District Attorney Katherine O'Connell (Carrie-Anne Moss), who grew up on the ranch next to the Lambs, also lends a hand in preserving justice.  In Vegas, two powerful men – Lamb and Savino – are engaged in a fierce battle for control of the budding oasis, and for both of them, folding is not an option.  Nicholas Pileggi, Greg Walker, Cathy Konrad, Arthur Sarkissian and James Mangold, who also directed the pilot, are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.


MADE IN JERSEY is a drama about a young working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete among her pedigreed Manhattan colleagues at a prestigious New York law firm.  Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery) finds her firm’s cutthroat landscape challenging, but what she lacks in an Ivy League education she more than makes up for with tenacity and blue-collar insight. After just a few weeks, firm founder Donovan Stark (Kyle MacLachlan), takes note of Martina’s ingenuity and resourcefulness, as does her sassy secretary Cyndi Vega (Toni Trucks).  With the support of her big Italian family, including her sexy older sister Bonnie (Erin Cummings), Martina is able to stay true to her roots as a bold, passionate lawyer on the rise in a new intimidating environment.  Jamie Tarses, Kevin Falls, Julia Franz and Mark Waters, who also directed the pilot, are the executive producers for Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios.  Pilot was written by creator and co-executive producer Dana Calvo.


The New Comedy:


PARTNERS is a comedy based on the lives of creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, about two life-long best friends and business partners whose “bromance” is tested when one of them is engaged to be married.  Joe (David Krumholtz) is an accomplished architect who leads with his head and not his heart, especially in his love life.  That’s in stark contrast to his gay co-worker, Louis (Michael Urie), who is spontaneous, emotional and prone to exaggeration.  Both have found joy in their love lives: Joe is newly engaged to Ali (Sophia Bush), a beautiful and sophisticated jewelry designer, while Louis is dating Wyatt (Brandon Routh), a vegan nurse who Louis insists is just a promotion away from becoming a doctor.  As news of Joe’s engagement settles, time will tell if their business and personal bond can adapt to the addition of two other important relationships.  Emmy Award winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.  Emmy Award winner James Burrows directed the pilot.


The New Midseason Series:


GOLDEN BOY is a drama about the meteoric rise of an ambitious cop who becomes the youngest police commissioner in the history of New York City, and the high personal and professional cost he pays to achieve it.  As he’s interviewed for a story about his career, Walter William Clark, Jr. (Theo James) flashes back on his hard-fought journey from street kid to the most powerful man in law enforcement.  After only three years as a beat cop, Clark’s heroics on the job make him bold enough to ask for and receive the unheard – of promotion to Homicide Detective, angering the members of his new department who are eager to see him fail.  Clark’s disappointed to be partnered with veteran Detective Don Owen (Chi McBride), a gruff lifer just two years shy of retirement.  He would rather team with First Grade Detective Christian Arroyo (Kevin Alejandro), the alpha dog in the squad who’s just as ambitious as Clark, but without a moral center.  Arroyo’s partner is Detective Deborah McKenzie (Bonnie Somerville), a tough third-generation cop and the only female detective in the unit. Also on the team is Detective Joe Diaco (Holt McCallany), well-connected with tremendous resources whichClark might find useful.  Though laser-focused on moving up the ladder, Clark’s soft spot is serving as the sole caregiver and supporter of his sister, Agnes (Stella Maeve), a teenager demonstrating increasingly dangerous behavior.  Keenly observant and politically savvy, the Golden Boy bases his career decisions solely on his need to succeed as quickly as possible, and he’ll find that his epic journey will be filled with consequences.  Greg Berlanti, Emmy Award winner Nicholas Wootton and Richard Shepard, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.


FRIEND ME is a comedy about two 20-something best friends who just moved from Indiana to Los Angeles to start cool new jobs, but can’t agree on how to socially engage in their new city. Rob (Nicholas Braun) is eager to embrace the L.A.scene and meet new people who aren’t looking down at their smart phones or laptops.  Evan (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), however, prefers to socialize online at home in his underwear, web-chatting and playing poker with his Hoosier buddies Mike (Parveesh Cheena), Sully (Tim Robinson) and Farhad (Dan Ahdoot) just a keystroke away. Meanwhile, Rob’s had enough of iChatting, and naively posts a flyer seeking new friends on the coffee house bulletin board, despite Evan’s warning that no good can come from meeting strangers in person. Soon the calls start rolling in, some with potential, some just disturbing, and Rob and a reluctant Evan embark on what will be a series of the most epic adventures – and disasters – of their lives.  Alan Kirschenbaum and Ajay Sahgal, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios, in association with The Tannenbaum Company.  The pilot was directed by Pamela Fryman.


From reality show masters Michael Davies (“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” “Watch What Happens Live”) and Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “The Voice”) comes a new reality series, THE JOB, where every week talented candidates are chosen from across the country for a chance to win their dream job at one of America’s most prestigious companies. Host Lisa Ling guides participants through several rounds of the most intense interviews of their lives, including challenges ranging from an on-the-spot quiz to assess their knowledge of the company to deadline-driven tasks while spending a day on the job. But the candidates aren’t the only ones in the hot seat. Adding to the pressure, a rival company is also present and waiting for an opportunity to swoop in and steal any of the contenders by making a competing offer. The participant must then decide immediately whether they will take the rival’s offer or stay in the competition in the hope that they are the last one standing for this once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity. Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Embassy Row.




(N=New, NT=New Time, all times ET/PT)



8:00-8:30 PM              HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

8:30-9:00 PM              PARTNERS (N)

9:00-9:30 PM              2 BROKE GIRLS (NT)

9:30-10:00 PM            MIKE & MOLLY

10:00-11:00 PM          HAWAII FIVE-0



8:00-9:00 PM              NCIS

9:00-10:00 PM            NCIS: LOS ANGELES

10:00-11:00 PM          VEGAS (N)



8:00-9:00 PM              SURVIVOR

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMINAL MINDS




8:00-8:30 PM              THE BIG BANG THEORY

8:30-9:00 PM              TWO AND A HALF MEN (NT)

9:00-10:00 PM            PERSON OF INTEREST

10:00-11:00 PM          ELEMENTARY (N)



8:00-9:00 PM              CSI: NY (NT)

9:00-10:00 PM            MADE IN JERSEY (N)

10:00-11:00 PM          BLUE BLOODS



8:00-9:00 PM              CRIMETIME SATURDAY

9:00-10:00 PM            CRIMETIME SATURDAY

10:00-11:00 PM          48 HOURS MYSTERY



7:00-8:00 PM              60 MINUTES

8:00-9:00 PM              THE AMAZING RACE

9:00-10:00 PM            THE GOOD WIFE

10:00-11:00 PM          THE MENTALIST (NT)


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  • Liz

    @Ralph Hahn

    “Elementary” is sort of a “POI” rip-off.

    How in the world do you figure that? I’m pretty sure Sherlock Holmes existed before Person of Interest did.

  • Ignatius

    @Liz hahahaha. It’s a Sherlock ripoff for sure. But no, unless POI relies on a 19th century detective, it’s not a POI ripoff.

  • alexjones

    well i’m a guy and i’m far more interested in OUAT/revenge than football and some stupid cartoons.
    anyway I hope revenge does well in it’s new timeslot, it has a good lead in but will have to compete with the football, we’ll have to see what happens.

  • Brian.

    I would much rather see REVENGE or any other show on ABC. I dont know anybody that watches NCIS, or CSI you would think that the 18-49 demographic would decrease cause people that watch that are getting older.

  • SmG
  • ToXiX

    My Sunday’s belong to Fox, and always will until Animation Domination is gone.

    Two And A Half Men on Thursdays is both good and bad in my opinion.

    Pros : CBS completely MURDERS NBC :)

    Cons : Monday will go lower for CBS

    I’m disappointed about the move but I respect it at the same time.

    CBS was probably tired of having shows after TBBT that couldn’t hold most of the audience, atleast going in this season they know that time slot is a sure thing, propping PoI up to be an even bigger monster next season.

    2 Broke Girls is still too early to anchor, IMO, and considering 2.5 Men & TBBT don’t really share an audience, I think HIMYM would have been a better move to Thursdays @ 8:30pm which would also be a sure thing for the strongest comedy hour of the season.

  • Petar

    Well now when i saw all new ahows i can say that there are only two hit dramas revolution and Nashville. Everything else looks bad. CBS 10 pm dramas will perform well(bad competition) but man elementary is not even close to Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch. Will be really hard to find worse female watson then Lucy Liu.

  • Liz


    Right, if you want to argue that it rips off Sherlock, I’m totally okay with that (even though, and I say this has a huge Sherlock fan, I really don’t get worked up about such things). But Elementary/Person of Interest may be the strangest call of “rip off!” I’ve heard in a while.

  • SherLOCKED (The Mighty Cringe)

    Hmm….I really don’t like Mentalist to Sundays!

    Football is on(And I love football)….I HOPE TO GOD Mentalist ends up better than CSI:Miami did.

    Oh, and if “Elementary” is a bad shows an ends up killing off Mentalist, I’m gonna be PISSED!

  • Boyd


  • toni

    what is cbs thinking! the mentalist moved to sundays ugh thats not good

  • Pam

    Elementary and Vegas will probably do well with CBS old viewers. But Partnes looks like the first flop for CBS,
    So far the only new shows I am really interested in are NBC Revolution and ABC 666 Park Avenue.

  • Networkman

    I thought sure The Mentalist would move to Friday @9pm to help improve the demo numbers for Blue Bloods. Made in Jersey sounds like a flop. If they were going to premiere a new show there, Golden Boy seems more young skewing.

    The Mentalist should follow The Amazing Race. Is CBS really happy with the performance of The Good Wife this past year following The Amazing Race? IMO, the show is lucky it was not cancelled. So they should have placed it at 10pm.

    I also have a feeling their Monday night is going to start to weaken. I would have preferred Two & A Half Men to move to 8pm on Monday followed by HIMYM and then Two Broke Girls and the new comedy Partners. Mike & Molly could have been moved to Thursday following The Big Bang Theory. Why does a 10 year old show have to follow the network’s strongest comedy? Use it to help those newer shows that can still gain an audience.

    The new shows I will check out is Vegas(I don’t care for the title). And I’m really looking forward to Elementary which may hurt Scandal.

  • AC75

    Elementary could possibly be very different than Sherlock but just the fact that CBS went for it makes me a bit angry. It’s not like making a zombie show when zombies are popular. It’s making a show based on the same character when said character is currently popular. Perhaps it’s me being childish and protective of something I love, but already I’m hoping it fizzles.

  • Paul M

    I am definitely going to check out “Vegas” since Michael Chiklis is acting as a bad guy. I saw him act as a good cop in “The Commish”, as a break the rules at any cost to get your perp on “The Shield” and now a ruthless crime boss so I will definitely watch. I just hope other people will tune into it.

  • Justin121

    2.5 Men is the BIGGEST move.

    CSI: NY to 8 pm is same reason 2.5 Men to Thurs:

    nothing else coud work there.

    2.5 Men moving away from Mondays, and to a :30 slot no less, is shocking.

    CBS is replicating its Men-Bang success from 2009-2010 and then they’ll expand Thursdays. Genius. Really, really genius.

    But Broke Girl getting the all-important Monday @ 9 spot is risky.

    Very few changes this year. A third failed drama to air post-NCIS duo. I think the Thrusday drama will survive, the Tuesday won’t.

    Oh, and I’m happy The Good WIfe anchoring Sudays still. Love it.

    Sundays at 9 will have the absolute-best shows: Revenge and The Good Wife.

  • Justin121

    Revenge is going to beat TGW in the ratings, but I’m curious to see whether the critics will choose sides.

    The Good Wife will get an Emmy nomination this year, Revenge won’t, and from there the critics will be on The Good Wife’s side.

    A Lost/Mad Men thing:

    A thrilling (network) drama, versus a cable(-like) drama.

    Critics will always chose the latter. I personally beleive RVG and TGW are equal, with a slight edge to TGW. I wouldn’t mind RVG as long as it stays entertaining, but for now it’s actually praise- and award-worthy. Lost was better than cable dramas so it was ‘uncool’ to award it.

    I hope it won’t be a ‘thing’ to compare RVG and TGW. Please, people, don’t contribute to that.

  • Brutus

    I don’t get the taste people have or the studios and what they think people should like. 2 broke girls, How I met your Mother, Mike and Molly, & Big Bang Theory are just terrible terrible (Barkley Voice). Anything with a laugh track is trash also. People just have such dumbed down expectations and just watch garbage. As they say America loves crap. All these new shows who cares most will be canceled anyways. Just wait for at least a full season and a renewal before investing your time. Try watching AMC or HBO for real quality content if you have the brain capacity to handle serialized television, the only form worth watching anymore. For the rest unfunny comedies and reality shows will be your lemming lives.

  • John

    CBS will win every Thursday next season.

  • Leonard

    After finally seeing the trailers Elementary looked a lot better than I thought it would. The whole Sherlock Holmes thing got me going like WTF but I like how its in present day unlike the movie. It reminds me of The Mentalist though.

    Vegas too period to work long-term and Made in Jersey has cancellation written all over it. Made in Jersey is better than The Good Wife though.

    Partners looks a lot more funny than I thought it would. Works perfectly with HIMYM and 2 Broke Girls. CBS needs more new sitcoms though.

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