TELEVISION: CBS Picks Up Medium; Shifts The Mentalist; Adds Four New Shows to Fall Lineup!

The Associated Press is reporting that CBS, the last network to hold its upfront, has picked up NBC cast-off, Medium – and is moving The Mentalist into the overcrowded swirl of programming that is Thursday night. Medium will be paired with Ghost Whisperer on Friday nights, as predicted by EW TV writer Michael Ausiello, while The Mentalist will anchor the Thursday line-up at 10/9c.

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Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the network has added four shows – three dramas and one comedy – to its 2009-10 fall schedule.

Mid-season replacements include the returning Flashpoint and Rules of Engagement, plus new series The Bridge [a new Canadian cop show], Miami Trauma [starring Jeremy Northam, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer], Undercover Boss [CEOs disguise themselves as regular workers at their own companies], and Arranged Marriage [reality TV – still looking for its absolutely lowest of the lowest common denominator].

The full CBS fall schedule and brief program description follow the jump.


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


8 p.m. NCIS

9 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles

10 p.m. The Good Wife


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


8 p.m. Survivor: Samoa

9 p.m. CSI

10 p.m. The Mentalist


8 p.m. Ghost Whisperer

9 p.m. Medium

10 p.m. Numb3rs


8 p.m. Crimetime Saturday

9 p.m. Crimetime Saturday

10 p.m. 48 Hours Mystery


7 p.m. 60 Minutes

8 p.m. The Amazing Race

9 p.m. Three Rivers

10 p.m. Cold Case

NCIS: Los Angeles [for this title we waited months?] – the NCIS spin-off that features a team of experts at undercover operations. The series stars Chris O’Donnell [Grey’s Anatomy, The Company] and LL Cool J [In The House, Last Holiday].

The Good Wife – a stay-at-home-mom [Julianna Margulies] who is forced back to work when her husband is put in jail after a sex scandal.

Three Rivers is, of course, the much-anticipated new medical series starring Alex O’Loughlin, late of Moonlight. It’s set in a transplant hospital – a new spin for the medical series genre.

Accidentally on Purpose is the Jenna Elfman sitcom about a TV writer who has a one-night stand with a much younger man and becomes pregnant.


  1. i love the Mentalist. i don't see "Without A Trace" listed, which must mean it's not coming back. i taped the finale last nite and haven't watched it yet. i think i'll like the spin-off from NCIS. thanks for the heads-up on the new fall line-up.

  2. i just looked at the schedule again, don't know why they'd have the new NCIS follow the old. might be a bit much on the same nite. also, where's "The Unit?"

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