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Where the Boys Are

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 14, 2003
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