In this season and year of "change," CBS is not doing much of it. Sure there are some small problems. "Eleventh Hour" is struggling, even though it's behind the powerhouse of "C.S.I." and "Worst Week" isn't getting the ratings of the other Monday night comedies, but overall the network is sitting better than most. "The Ex-List" has been the only show cancelled, and when a rerun of "NCIS" replaced it a week later, that rerun got better ratings.
So what's going to be new? The return of the little show that could: "Flashpoint." You may remember that it was brought in from Canada to take up time during the writers strike. It wasn't promoted as near as much as "Swingtown." And it got more viewers and was the highest rated summer show. It will return on Friday January 9th at 8pm.
A new game show from Ashton Kutcher, "Game Show In My Head," will premiere on Saturdays. It's the first time in years that CBS has put a first run non-newsmagazine TV show on the normally worst night of TV viewing. It's a hidden camera game show where ordinary people must perform extraordinary tasks on an unsuspecting public to win up to $50,000. Hosted by Joe Rogan, each contestant performs five outrageous tasks worth $5,000 each. In a bonus round, each contestant has the chance to double their money up to $50,000. The first episode is Saturday, January 3rd at 7pm.
The reality shows aren't going anywhere. The 14th edition of "The Amazing Race" comes back on February 15th. And Survivor 18 (yes I said 18!) is back on February 12th.
Then there is mystery event "Harper's Island." It will be a 13-episode arc starting on Thursday, April 9 and concluding Thursday, July 2. It's about a group of family and friends who travel to a secluded island for a wedding. They've come to laugh… to love… and, though they don't know it... to die. Friendships are tested and secrets exposed as a murderer claims victims, one by one, transforming the wedding week of fun and celebration into a terrifying struggle for survival. In every episode, someone is killed and every person is a suspect, from the wedding party to the island locals. By the end of the 13 episodes, all questions will be answered, the killer will be revealed and only a few will survive.
It's a safe schedule overall. But it's one you would expect from the number one network. Why blow everything up when you have a solid list of shows ranking in the top ten (Two and A Half Men, CSI:, Criminal Minds) and the number one new show of the season (The Mentalist).
Here's the schedules and how things will look. Only the nights that changes are going to happen are listed. And remember that all schedules are subject to change.
Saturday January 3
7:00-7:30 PM GAME SHOW IN MY HEAD (Premiere)
7:30-8:00 PM GAME SHOW IN MY HEAD (Premiere)
8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY ("NCIS" or "CSI:" or "CSI: Miami" or "Criminal Minds" or "Without A Trace" or "CSI:NY" or...well you get the idea)
9:00-10:00 PM 48 HOURS MYSTERY
Friday January 9
7:00-8:00 PM GHOST WHISPERER
8:00-9:00 PM FLASHPOINT (Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM NUMB3RS
Thursday February 12
7:00-8:00 PM SURVIVOR 18 (Premiere)
8:00-9:00 PM CSI:
9:00-10:00 PM ELEVENTH HOUR
Sunday February 15
6:00-7:00 PM 60 MINUTES
7:00-8:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE 14 (Premiere)
8:00-9:00 PM COLD CASE
9:00-10:00 PM THE UNIT
Thursday April 9
7:00-8:00 PM SURVIVOR
8:00-9:00 PM CSI:
9:00-10:00 PM HARPER'S ISLAND (Series Debut)