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CBS announces 2012-2013 primetime schedule

CBS announced today its new 2012-2013 primetime schedule, ordering four new series and making four key time period moves to further enhance television’s top-rated schedule. CBS will finish the season as America’s most-watched network for the ninth time in the past 10 years, leading in viewers by the widest margin of any network in 23 years.

The new series include ELEMENTARY, a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in New York City, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu; VEGAS, a drama inspired by a real-life sheriff and his battle with a powerful mobster for control of Las Vegas in the 1960s, starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis; MADE IN JERSEY, starring Janet Montgomery as a smart first-year lawyer with working-class roots practicing at a prestigious Manhattan law firm; and PARTNERS, a comedy about two very different life-long best friends and business partners and their significant others, starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie.

The compete press release is included after the jump.

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CBS announces renewals for 18 primetime shows for the 2012-2013 season

In a move that renews a large portion of television’s #1 primetime lineup, CBS announced today it has picked up 18 returning series for the 2012-2013 broadcast season.

The renewals include four comedies, nine dramas, three reality series and two newsmagazines. The returning shows encompass every night of the week and every hour, many of which are #1 in their time period and some #1 on the entire night.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, October 6, 2011

Network HH Rating/Share Viewers A18-49 Rating/Share
7.3/12 11.690M 2.9/8
7.0/11 11.205M 3.8/10
4.9/7 6.880M 2.1/6

3.1/5 4.657M 2.0/5
1.8/3 3.341M 1.6/4
1.6/2 2.258M 1.0/3

Complete ratings and breakdowns follow after the jump.

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, May 19, 2011

Network HH Rating/Share Viewers A18-49 Rating/Share
9.1/15 15.619M 4.7/13
7.7/12 12.488M 2.8/8
5.0/8 7.544M 2.5/7

2.9/5 4.658M 2.4/7
2.1/3 3.867M 1.5/4
0.8/1 1.323M 0.5/1

Complete ratings and breakdowns, including week-to-week comparisons, etc., follows after the jump.

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The Mentalist and NCIS: Los Angeles Sold Into Syndication

TNT has purchased the off-network syndication rights to the CBS sophomore drama The Mentalist.  The deal is said to be worth between $2.2 and $2.3 million per episode.  The series will begin running weekly on TNT beginning in the fall of 2011, followed by a full launch in 2012.

Meanwhile, USA Network […]

DVD Review: The Mentalist: The Complete First Season

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A mentalist is a master manipulator of thought and behavior. The mentalist is Patrick Jane (Simon Baker in an acclaimed performance), a celebrity psychic whose wife and child are viciously murdered by an elusive serial killer called Red John. Devastated, Patrick admits his paranormal act is fake, renounces his earlier life and uses his astonishing skills of observation and analysis’ talents that made him appear psychically gifted to bring killers to justice. At crime scenes across California, Patrick now helps an elite team of detectives break their toughest cases. But no matter how many criminals he catches, Patrick never forgets his central goal: Find Red John. And bring him down.

Head on over the jump to check out my review of the six-disc DVD set. Continue reading DVD Review: The Mentalist: The Complete First Season

ABC and CBS Tweak Schedules

ABC is pre-empting Cupid next Tuesday, replacing it with an original episode of The Unusuals, which normally airs on Wednesday’s following Lost.  The move is an attempt by ABC to give the show a bit more exposure (it’ll lead out of a results episode of Dancing With the Stars).

A second original installment will […]