The Upfronts: CBS
Returning: The Amazing Race, Cold Case, 60 Minutes, How I Met Your Mother, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, CSI: Miami, NCIS, The Unit, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, Survivor, CSI, Shark, Without A Trace, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, 48 Hours Mystery.
New: Viva Laughlin, Swingtown, Moonlight, Cane, Big Bang Theory, Power of 10, Kid Nation
Out: King of Queens, Jericho, The Class, Close To Home
Moving: Without A Trace moves back to Thursday at 10. Shark heads to Sunday at 10.
The New Shows:
Kid Nation: A reality show from the producers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. 40 kids, ages 8 to 15 were put in the abandoned town of Bonanza City, New Mexico. Over the course of 40 days the children build a society, electing leaders, passing laws, establishing an economy, etc. Expect lots of warm and fuzzy EM:HE style moments.
Swingtown: An ensemble period drama set during the sexual liberation of the 1970s. Look to see open marriages, key parties, a 10PM time slot, and protests from various family values and religious groups. Grant Show (Melrose Place), Jack Davenport (Coupling, the good one from the UK), Josh Hopkins (Brothers & Sisters), Lana Parrilla (Windfall), Miriam Shor (Big Day), and Molly Parker (Deadwood) star. A good cast and an edgy premise make it worth a look.
Viva Laughlin: Lloyd Owen (Monarch of the Glen) stars as Ripley Holden. The show is a musical drama about Ripley and his family as they attempt to run a casino in Laughlin, NV. It's based on the BBC show, Blackpool, but just how much the two will have in common remains to be seen. Among the cast you will find Madchen Amick (Freddie), Patrick Fabian (Veronica Mars), Melanie Griffith (Twins), and Hugh Jackman, who also produces the show.
Moonlight: Formerly known as Twilight, this one centers on a private investigator/vampire. Yes, stodgy old CBS is making a vampire P.I. show. Alex O'Loughlin stars as the vampire investigator and the story will revolve around his struggles with immortality, feuds with adversaries in the vampire world, and a romance with a mortal. Along for the ride are Amber Valetta (Transporter 2), Rade Serbedzija (24), Shannon Lucio (The O.C.), and James Black (All Of Us).
Cane: Jimmy Smits (West Wing) stars in this drama about a Cuban-American family that "explores the American dream, past, present, and future." The story follows two rival families that have built an empire in the sugar and rum industries. Smits will be joined by Hector Elizondo (Chicago Hope) and Rita Moreno.
Big Bang Theory: From Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, this one follows two theoretical physicists who meet a sexy new neighbor that teaches them about life from a new perspective. Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Judging Amy), and Kelly Cuoco (Eight Simple Rules) star. It sounds like an updated Weird Science to me, but the update is by Chuck Lorre, so it will be worth a look.
Power of 10: CBS isn't immune to the new game show craze, and this is their entry. Hosted by Drew Carey, the show will have contestants guessing the results of public surveys for a chance to win up to $10 million. It's like Family Feud, without the family, and if the recent trend in game shows is any indication, a whole lot of stalling before getting to "survey says." The show is set for a summer release.
Here is the fall lineup for CBS. All days and times subject to change, of course.
8pm: How I Met Your Mother
8:30: Big Bang Theory
9pm: Two And A Half Men
9:30: Rules Of Engagement
10pm: CSI: Miami
9pm: The Unit
8pm: Kid Nation
9pm: Criminal Minds
10pm: CSI: NY
10pm: Without A Trace
8pm: Ghost Whisperer
Sunday:7pm: 60 Minutes
8pm: Viva Laughlin
9pm: Cold Case
Set for mid season: Swingtown, The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Amazing Race