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CBS plans a manly fall lineup

CBS plans a manly fall lineup. There's a ''JAG'' spinoff, a David E. Kelley small-town drama, and a Charlie Sheen sitcom

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, or have a Y chromosome. CBS will announce a testosterone-heavy fall schedule at Wednesday’s upfront presentation at the New York concert hall. Even the titles of the new fall shows are manly: ”Two and a Half Men,” ”The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.,” and ”The Stones.” Plus, the cancellations of the Nia Vardalos-centered ”My Big Fat Greek Life” and ”Touched by an Angel” mean the network is pretty much a diva-free zone.

Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of macho big-screen action spectacles from ”Top Gun” to ”Armageddon,” extends his dominance over CBS’ schedule with a fifth series, ”Cold Cases,” about a Philadelphia police unit that investigates long-unsolved crimes. (Bruckheimer also produces the network’s two ”CSI” series, ”Without a Trace,” and ”The Amazing Race.”) Then there’s the tentatively titled ”Street Boss,” starring ”The Sopranos”’ Joe Pantoliano as a trainer of undercover operatives. The fall slate also includes a ”JAG” spinoff (a ”JAG”-off?) starring Mark Harmon as a naval investigator; ”Two and a Half Men,” in which playboy Charlie Sheen must share his bachelor pad with brother Jon Cryer, a single dad with a young son; and ”Brotherhood,” a David E. Kelley drama set in a small New Hampshire town, starring Randy Quaid.

There are also two new shows that are more co-ed. ”The Stones” is a sitcom about grown kids dealing with the divorce of their parents (”Who’s the Boss”’ star Judith Light and comic Robert Klein), and ”Joan of Arcadia” is a drama about a modern-day Maid of Orleans who receives messages from God.

Originally posted May 13 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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