Thursday, May 16, 2002

Five new dramas in CBS lineup

By John Kiesewetter,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        CBS declared a permanent recess for Richard Dreyfuss' The Education of Max Bickford and James Garner's First Monday Supreme Court series in announcing seven new shows for fall.

        Five new dramas — including the C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation spinoff and shows starring Andre Braugher, Dana Delany and Blythe Danner— will be added by CBS this fall.

    Sunday: 7, 60 Minutes; 8, Bram and Alice; 8:30, Becker; 9, movie
    Monday:8, King of Queens; 8:30, Yes, Dear; 9, Everybody Loves Raymond; 9:30, Still Standing; 10, CSI: Miami
    Tuesday:8, JAG; 9, The Guardian; 10, Judging Amy
    Wednesday: 8, 60 Minutes II; 9, The Amazing Race; 10, Presidio Med
    Thursday: 8, Survivor; 9, C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation; 10, Without A Trace
    Friday: 8, 48 Hours Investigates; 9, Hack; 10, RHD/LA
    Saturday: 8, Touched By An Angel; 9, The District; 10, The Agency
        The C.S.I.: Miami, which was the No. 2 show last week when broadcast as a C.S.I. episode, will air at 10 p.m. Monday, opposite NBC's coroner series, Crossing Jordan.

        C.S.I.: Miami replaces Tony Danza's Family Law, which was canceled after two seasons. CBS also dropped Ellen DeGeneres' Ellen; That's Life; AFP: American Fighter Pilots; Citizen Baines and Danny. Midseason sitcom Baby Bob will return at midseason next year.

        CBS, second in night-time ratings to NBC this season, will change programming on six nights this fall. Only the Tuesday lineup remains intact.

        Becker moves from Monday to Sunday; The Agency starring Madisonville native Rocky Carroll moves from Thursday to Saturday; and 48 Hours will be revamped as 48 Hours Investigates when it moves from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Friday.

        The new comedies:

        • Bram and Alice (8 p.m. Sunday): A scoundrel author (Alfred Molina from Chocolat, Ladies Man) shares a Manhattan apartment with his estranged daughter (Traylor Howard from Two Guys, a Girl).

        • Still Standing (9:30 p.m. Monday): CBS' version of Grounded for Life stars Mark Addy (The Full Monty) and Jami Gertz (The Gilda Radner Story) as Chicago parents of three.

        The new dramas:

        • C.S.I.: Miami (10 p.m. Monday): The C.S.I. Florida spinoff stars David Caruso (NYPD Blue), Emily Procter (Ainsley Hayes from The West Wing), Khandi Alexander (ER, NewsRadio) and Adam Rodriguez (Brooklyn South).

        • Presidio Med (10 p.m. Wednesday): CBS' series about doctors battling HMOs will air head-to-head with ABC's show (Meds) with an identical theme. The difference could be John Wells and Lydia Woodward, ER veterans who created this drama for Dana Delany (Pasadena, China Beach), Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing National Security Adviser Nancy McNally), Oded Fehr (UC: Undercover, The Mummy) and Blythe Danner(Meet the Parents).

        • Without a Trace (10 p.m. Thursday): Following C.S.I. will be the high-tech procedural investigators of the FBI's Missing Personssquad played by Anthony LaPaglia (Murder One), Enrique Murciano (Black Hawk Down), Poppy Montgomery (Blonde), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Spy Game) and Eric Close (Now and Again).

        • Hack (9 p.m. Friday): David Morse (St. Elsewhere, The Green Mile) stars as a fired police officer working as a taxi driver who seeks redemption by feeding crime tips to his former partner (Andre Braugher, Homicide: Life on the Street).

        • RHD/LA (10 p.m. Friday): Huh? RHD/LA? TV's worst title this fall stands for the Robbery and Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Crime Story, The Insider, Ali) created this drama starring Tom Sizemore(Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor).


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