May 23, 2009 |
The five broadcast TV networks have made their decisions for next season, and the official schedules have been announced. In all, 32 scripted series have been ordered -- 21 dramas and 11 comedies. Of the 32 shows, 12 come from outside production studios, meaning that most of the new shows are owned by the networks that are airing them. That practice was barred by the federal government for antitrust reasons, but the prohibition was lifted in 1993. CBS, which ordered five dramas and one comedy, has one drama from Warner Bros.
May 21, 2009 |
When they roll out their fall schedules, TV networks typically make their biggest headlines with new series. But CBS -- the only broadcaster to enjoy ratings gains in an otherwise glum television season -- on Wednesday raised eyebrows with gutsy moves for two returning shows. The network will shift "The Mentalist," television's most-watched new show this year, from Tuesday to a prominent Thursday spot behind "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."