Next ‘C.S.I’ in the Big Apple

Janna Hutz
Courtesy of NBC

In a “Law & Order” type move, CBS has announced
plans for a third edition of “C.S.I.” There should be
no shortage of murders this go-round, as Manhattan will play host
to the forensics fun, edging out other potential candidate New
Orleans. With both the Las Vegas and Miami versions perennially
ranking at the top of the ratings, CBS seems to be banking on a
sure thing.

CBS Renews Faves

With Best Comedy Emmy winner “Everybody Loves
Raymond” on the fence about returning for a ninth season, CBS
has penciled in most of its schedule for the fall. Surprise
freshman sensation “Joan of Arcadia” is set to return
next season, along with the new sitcom “Two and a Half
Men.” CBS has also renewed “Survivor” for two
more installments, joining solid performers “J.A.G.,”
“Judging Amy” and “The King of Queens” as
established programs that will be back next year.

Seasons Are Changing

FOX announced that it will do away with traditional network TV
season scheduling. According to the Associated Press, while most
networks premiere shows only in the fall and winter, FOX will offer
new seasons in the summer months as well. This new business
strategy is a result of less than enthusiastic viewers for last
fall’s premiere schedule. Tvtome.com reports that in March,
FOX will begin three new shows; “Cracking Up,” a
dysfunctional family sitcom, “Wonderfalls,” a dramedy
about a Niagara Falls souvenir shop worker who talks to toys and
“Forever Eden,” a reality program showcasing 25 sexy
singles at a luxury resort.

School’s Out

“Boston Public” will be on hiatus starting Feb. 6.
According to thefutoncritic.com, the low-rated FOX drama will be
missing from sweeps this winter, as reality TV will fill its Friday
night time slot. Among the replacement programs will be
“That’s Just Wrong,” a variety show featuring
unbelievable behavior, and “Man vs. Beast 2,” where
humans and animals compete in bizarre contests to prove who’s
really the king of the jungle.

Super Bowl Gets Some Fab Competition

The Super Bowl will have some competition this year. Unlike in
the past, when the major networks have mostly decided to air
repeats to avoid going against the Big Game, NBC will counter on
February 1st by offering three episodes of “Queer Eye for the
Straight Guy,” the wildly popular Bravo program. According to
NBC, they hope to capitalize on the non-football viewing audience
and grab a piece of the ratings pie. Good luck.

— Compiled by the Daily TV Staff

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