CBS fall TV 2013 predictions: 'Beverly Hills Cop,' 'The Big Bang Theory' and what the network needs
Yes and no. CBS' ratings leads, and the ad money that accompanies them, are undeniable. But even though the network has already renewed the vast majority of its lineup for next season, it still has some work to do. Its 18-49 rating is actually down slightly from last season, even though CBS broadcast the Super Bowl (and its 39.7 demo rating) this year.
With that in mind, here is Zap2it's proposed schedule for CBS in 2013-14 (all times ET/PT, new shows in italics), plus our take on what the network needs for the coming year. You can also check out our would-be schedules for ABC, FOX and NBC.
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8 p.m. "How I Met Your Mother"
8:30 p.m. Untitled Greg Garcia/Will Arnett comedy
9 p.m. "Two and a Half Men"
9:30 p.m. "2 Broke Girls"
10 p.m. "Beverly Hills Cop"
8 p.m. "NCIS"
9 p.m. "NCIS: Los Angeles"
10 p.m. "Hostages"
8 p.m. "Survivor"
9 p.m. "Criminal Minds"
10 p.m. "Person of Interest"
8 p.m. "The Big Bang Theory"
8:30 p.m. "Mom"
9 p.m. "Mike & Molly"
9:30 p.m. "The Crazy Ones" or "Friends With Better Lives"
10 p.m. "Elementary"
8 p.m. "CSI"
9 p.m. "Hawaii Five-0"
10 p.m. "Blue Bloods"
7 p.m. "60 Minutes"
8 p.m. "The Amazing Race"
9 p.m. "The Good Wife"
10 p.m. "The Mentalist"
What CBS needs next season:
A better crop of new shows: The continued strength of veteran series like "The Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS" helped hide the fact that CBS didn't have a very good crop of new shows this year. "Elementary" is a solid hit, but it could very well be the only CBS rookie to make it to next season if the shaky "Vegas" and "Golden Boy" don't get last-minute renewals. As big as the likes of "NCIS" and "TBBT" are, CBS needs to find its next generation of big shows.
A little deeper bench: This idea goes hand-in-hand with the first one. Although there's not a ton of room for new series with all the returning shows, picking up a couple extras would leave the network in a better place when something inevitably doesn't work.
To step (a little) outside its comfort zone: CBS has what you could argue is the most traditional programming on TV, with its roster of multi-camera, live-audience comedies and heavy dose of close-ended procedurals. And it works. But seeding in the odd single-camera comedy -- say, the Robin Williams/Sarah Michelle Gellar show "The Crazy Ones" -- or a more serialized drama like "Hostages" could bring high reward without too much risk and help CBS shake its not really warranted but persistent old-fogey image.
The Mother: "How I Met Your Mother" fans are getting increasingly antsy -- or in some cases, hostile -- over the protracted wait for Ted to meet his future wife. The sooner she's introduced, the better -- after eight years of Ted, fans deserve to get to know the ostensible subject of his very long story for more than a couple episodes.
What do you hope CBS picks up for next season?