20 May 2009
CBS announces fall season schedule, picks up NBC-castoff 'Medium'
Patricia Arquette will soon have an out-of-network experience when 'Medium' moves from NBC to CBS in the fall.
Patricia Arquette, the star of "Medium," probably never saw this in her future.
The show, dropped by NBC earlier this week, has been picked up by CBS and will air Friday nights in the fall following "Ghost Whisperer."
"If 'Ghost Whisperer’ and 'Numb3rs’ had an off spring, it would be 'Medium,’" said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler.
Getting "Medium," which is produced by the CBS TV Studios, is one of a handful of moves the network is making for the 2009-2010 season.
Network programmers are moving "The Mentalist" to Thursdays at 10 p.m., adding an "NCIS" spin-off "NCIS: Los Angeles" to Tuesdays at 9 after the original, and moving "Cold Case" to Sundays at 10.
Not counting "Medium," The network is adding four new series in the fall, and has two new dramas and two reality shows set for the midseason.
"This is a schedule where I can see potential for growth every night of the week," said Kelly Kahl, CBS’ executive vice president of program planning an scheduling.
In the fall, CBS will launch "Accidentally on Purpose," Mondays at 8:30 p.m., following "How I Met Your Mother," which moves to 8. "Accidentally" stars Jenna Elfman as a San Francisco film critic who has a one-night stand that leads to a baby. "The Big Bang Theory" will also move to 9:30 p.m.
"NCIS: Los Angeles" will air Tuesdays at 9 and stars Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J as undercover agents in the office of the Office of Special Projects of NCIS.
The spin-off will have the same feel and sensibilities of the original, but will be a different show, said Kahl.
And Julianna Margulies will star in "The Good Wife," which launches Tuesdays at 10 p.m. and has her playing the wife of a fallen politician who returns to being a lawyer.
Wednesday and Saturday nights remain untouched.
And on Sunday, "Three Rivers," a new drama about a group of doctors working in an organ donation area of a Pittsburgh Hospital will air at 9 p.m.
Two dramas, "Miami Trauma," focusing on surgeons in Miami, and "The Bridge," a cop show from Canada, will air during the midseason.
"Rules of Engagement" will also return to the lineup at the midseason.
Gone from the lineup are "Without a Trace," "The Unit" and "11th Hour."
The new shows join 18 returning series on the lineup.