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CBS announces fall schedule: 'The Mentalist' jumps to Thursdays

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CBS will debut three new dramas and one new comedy this fall. The Mentalist starring Simon Baker (pictured) will also get a new night on Thursdays and the NBC drama Medium gets a fresh lease on life on the eye’s Friday lineup.

Mondays will feature the new Jenna Elfman comedy Accidentally on Purpose, about a film critic who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a slacker. The comedy airs at 8:30 p.m., bumping Big Bang to 9:30 p.m. behind Two and A Half Men. NCIS: Los Angeles starring Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J airs at 9 Wednesdays behind behind the mothership NCIS. At 10 p.m., Juliana Margulies stars in The Good Wife as a politician’s wife who returns to the work force as an attorney.

“It’s a real sea change at 10 p.m.,” say CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves in reference to The Jay Leno Show on NBC. “There will be more shares available.” Adds the Eye’s head of scheduling Kelly Kahl, “We’ll see some huge opportunity for growth at 10 p.m.”

Wednesday stays intact for CBS, while Thursdays will feature The Mentalist at 10 p.m. The show bowed on Tuesdays last fall and went onto become the network’s most-watched new series. Medium – which was canceled by NBC on Tuesday, and is produced by CBS/Paramount – will now air on CBS Fridays at 9 p.m. behind Ghost Whisperer. Cold Case gets yet another timeslot on Sunday – this time at 10 – to make way for the new drama Three Rivers at 9; it’s a medical drama about a preeminent transplant hospital, starring Moonlight’s Alex O’Loughlin.

Midseason shows include The Bridge, a cop drama from Canada, and Miami Trauma, a medical series starring Jeremy Northam from Jerry Bruckheimer. Rules of Engagement will be back this winter, too, along with Flashpoint. New reality shows include Undercover Boss, which features CEOs who disguise themselves as everyday workers at their own companies; and Arranged Marriage, a self-explanatory show from the Project Runway producing team of Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth.

Gone are Eleventh Hour, Without a Trace, The Unit, and Worst Week.

CBS FALL 2009 SCHEDULE

MONDAY

8 p.m. How I Met Your Mother

8:30 p.m. Accidentally on Purpose

9 p.m. Two and A Half Men

9:30 p.m. The Big Bang Theory

10 p.m. CSI: Miami

TUESDAY

8 p.m. NCIS

9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles

10 p.m. The Good Wife

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m. The New Adventures of Old Christine

8:30 p.m. Gary Unmarried

9 p.m. Criminal Minds

10 p.m. CSI: NY

THURSDAY

8 p.m. Survivor: Samoa

9 p.m. CSI

10 p.m. The Mentalist

FRIDAY

8 p.m. Ghost Whisperer

9 p.m. Medium

10 p.m. Numb3rs

SATURDAY

8 p.m. Crimetime Saturday

9 p.m. Crimetime Saturday

10 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery

SUNDAY

7 p.m. 60 Minutes

8 p.m. The Amazing Race

9 p.m. Three Rivers

10 p.m. Cold Case

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Originally posted May 20 2009 — 2:33 PM EDT

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