CBS Goes Younger for Fall, Cancels ‘Judging Amy,’ ‘Joan of Arcadia’

May 18, 2005  •  Post A Comment

CBS picked up four new dramas and two comedies for its fall schedule, choosing projects with younger-skewing casts and themes in place of shows that were among the oldest-skewing series on the network. CBS’s new schedule was announced Wednesday by Leslie Moonves, chairman and CEO of the network, at the company’s New York headquarters.

“We have taken off four of our five oldest-skewing shows,” Mr. Moonves said, referring to “JAG,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Judging Amy” and “60 Minutes Wednesday.”

On Mondays CBS will move “The King of Queens” to 8 p.m. (ET) and place 20th Century Fox TV’s “How I Met Your Mother,” starring Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris, at 8:30 p.m. As was widely expected, “Two and a Half Men” will move to the old “Everybody Loves Raymond” time slot at 9 p.m., with Paramount Network Television’s “Out of Practice,” starring Stockard Channing and Henry Winkler, at 9:30 p.m.

On Tuesdays the Bruckheimer/Warner Bros. pilot “Close to Home,” which profiles a female prosecutor juggling her professional life and her role as a new mother, will replace “Judging Amy” at 10 p.m.

On Wednesday, an 8 p.m. comedy block of “Still Standing” and “Yes, Dear” will replace “60 Minutes Wednesday.” The 20th Century Fox TV/Paramount procedural series “Criminal Minds,” starring Mandy Patinkin and Shemar Moore, gets the 9 p.m. spot, replacing a reshuffled “King of Queens” and the canceled “Center of the Universe.”

“We’re going to have a stronger and younger Wednesday night,” Mr. Moonves said.

On Fridays starting at 8 p.m., both “Joan of Arcadia” and “JAG” are gone. The Touchstone TV/Paramount paranormal drama “Ghost Whisperer,” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, takes the 8 p.m. slot and Paramount’s sci-fi drama “Threshold” moves in at 9 p.m.

Saturday will remain a night of procedural reruns, and CBS’s Sunday and Thursday nights will also stay the same. Mr. Moonves said on Sundays the network will counterprogram against ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” with less “women in jeopardy”-themed stories and more “locusts and sharks” big-concept disaster TV movies.

The Touchstone TV/Paramount comedy “Everything I Know About Men,” starring Jenna Elfman, and the 20th Century Fox TV covert operations drama “The Unit,” starring Dennis Haysbert, are both set for midseason.

Mr. Moonves also said the Warner Bros. TV comedy “Old Christine,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is “in contention” for a midseason pickup.

CBS’s fall 2005 schedule:

  • Monday: “The King of Queens,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Two and a Half Men,” “CSI: Miami”

  • Tuesday: “NCIS,” “The Amazing Race,” “Close to Home”

  • Wednesday: “Still Standing,” “Yes, Dear,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI: NY”

  • Thursday: “Survivor: Guatemala,” “CSI,” “Without a Trace”

  • Friday: “Ghost Whisperer,” “Threshold,” “Numb3rs”

  • Saturday: “Crimetime Saturday,” (procedural repeats)

  • Sunday: “60 Minutes,” “Cold Case,” “CBS Sunday Movie”