CBS announced its 2007-2008 Fall Primetime lineup, which returns the mega CSI franchise, as well as supernatural drama GHOST WHISPERER to the air.
Five new series will join 17 returning programs on the current CBS lineup, which will win the 2006-2007 season in viewers and adults 25-54, continuing the network's multi-year winning streak.
The five new series feature bold and creative concepts, including VIVA LAUGHLIN, where drama is accented by iconic music; CANE, starring Jimmy Smits as the head of a powerful South Florida Cuban-American family; MOONLIGHT, a romantic thriller with a new twist on the vampire legend; THE BIG BANG THEORY, a comedy about genius geeks from TWO AND A HALF MEN co-creator Chuck Lorre; and KID NATION, a reality series where 40 kids will try to build a new society in an abandoned ghost town.
"We approached our development this year with a specific goal in mind -- to be daring and different," said Nina Tassler, president, CBS Ent. "The fall and mid-season series we have selected offer creativity and variety with great potential to excite and surprise television audiences everywhere."
These new shows will be woven into a deep and successful lineup that returns more series and has more time period-winning programs than any other network. CBS will return television's #1 drama and scripted program, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION; the #1 comedy, TWO AND A HALF MEN; the #1 new comedy, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT; the #1 news magazine, 60 MINUTES; and the reality series, SURVIVOR.
Also returning are: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, CSI: MIAMI, NCIS, THE UNIT, CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI: NY, WITHOUT A TRACE, GHOST WHISPERER, NUMB3RS, COLD CASE and SHARK, as well as 48 HOURS: MYSTERY and CRIMETIME SATURDAY.