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CBS Fall Schedule
New series in bold. Monday
8 p.m. – “How I Met Your Mother”
8:30 p.m. – “We Are Men”
9 p.m. – “Two Broke Girls”
9:30 p.m. – “Mom”
10 p.m. – “Hostages” / “Intelligence” Tuesday
8 p.m. – “NCIS”
9 p.m. – “NCIS: Los Angeles”
10 p.m. – “Person of Interest” Wednesday
8 p.m. – “Survivor
9 p.m. – “Criminal Minds”
10 p.m. – “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” Thursday
8 p.m. – “The Big Bang Theory”
8:30 p.m. – “The Millers”
9 p.m. – “The Crazy Ones”
9:30 p.m. – “Two and a Half Men”
10 p.m. – “Elementary” Friday
8 p.m. – “Undercover Boss”
9 p.m. – “Hawaii Five-0”
10 p.m. – “Blue Bloods” Saturday
8 p.m. – Encores
10 p.m. – “48 Hours” Sunday
7 p.m. – “60 Minutes”
8 p.m. – “The Amazing Race”
9 p.m. – “The Good Wife”
10 p.m. – “The Mentalist”
AP
This publicity image released by CBS shows Robin Williams, left, and Sarah Michelle Gellar in a scene from the pilot episode of "The Crazy Ones," a new CBS comedy premiering in the fall of 2013. (AP Photo/CBS, Richard Cartwright)

Robin Williams comedy among fall fare on CBS

– CBS on Wednesday revealed a few nips and tucks it is planning next season for what is already network television’s most successful schedule, including adding a comedy with Robin Williams playing an unorthodox advertising executive with Sarah Michelle Gellar as his daughter.

It will move “Person of Interest” to Tuesdays, pairing it with “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” to have television’s three most-watched dramas on the same night and the same network.

Four comedies and one drama will debut on CBS this fall. CBS ordered only eight new series for the season, while rivals ABC, NBC and Fox are introducing a total of 41. CBS will end this season with the widest margin of victory in viewers of any network in 24 years and even wins among the advertiser-desired demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds for the first time since the early 1990s, said Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp. CEO.

CBS rejected pilots of a “NCIS: Los Angeles” spinoff and a TV remake of “Beverly Hills Cop” backed by Eddie Murphy. Melissa McCarthy’s popular comedy “Mike & Molly” was left off the schedule and stuck in the bullpen, ready to return to plug any holes. CBS ordered 22 episodes of the sitcom.

Williams’ comedy is called “The Crazy Ones,” a reference to his comic style, and is getting a prime Thursday-night time slot after “The Big Bang Theory,” television’s most popular comedy. Among its producers is David E. Kelley.

Chuck Lorre, TV’s premiere comedy producer, is behind “Mom,” a new Monday-night sitcom starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom with Allison Janney as her estranged mother. “We Are Men” is about four love-challenged single men living in the same apartment complex, with Tony Shalhoub as one of the stars.

CBS’ other new comedy is “The Millers,” with Will Arnett playing a recently divorced man whose plans to enjoy the single life are disrupted when his parents move in.

CBS is also trying something new in drama by ordering two limited-run series for its Monday-night schedule. “Hostages,” produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, stars Toni Collette as a surgeon who is taken hostage the night before she is to operate on the president. After a 15-episode run, it will be replaced by “Intelligence,” about an agent whose smarts are enhanced by a microchip implanted in his brain.

The network is canceling “CSI: N.Y.,” “Vegas,” “Golden Boy” and “Rules of Engagement.”

The drama “Hawaii Five-0” will shift from Monday to Friday nights.

Midseason shows include:

•“Reckless,” a legal drama set in Charleston, S.C., where a Yankee litigator and Southern lawyer have the hots for each other.

•“Friends With Better Lives,” a romantic comedy focused on six friends all wondering if their pals have it better.

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