A big-bang moment from CBS

My basic life habits will have to change this fall.

For now, Monday's are my TV feast. The two best shows on TV -- "House" and "The Big Bang Theory" are there, separated by the fun "Two and a Half Men."

Now -- in a surprising move -- CBS will move "Big Bang" to Thursdays and "Survivor" to Wednesdays. It announced the move this morning; here's the story I sent to papers:


NBC's once-potent comedy turf faces a
huge challenge next fall: CBS is moving “The Big Bang Theory” to

“Big Bang” – in some weeks, the
most-watched scripted show on TV – goes to the 8 p.m. Thursday
slot. It will be followed by a new comedy – “$#*! My Dad Says”
– in a direct assault on NBC's struggling “Community” and “30

The move nudges “Survivor” to
Wednesdays, after it thrived for nine years on Thursdays. It lets CBS
add one new comedy on Mondays, while keeping the others – “How I
Met Your Mother,” “Rules of Engagement” and “Two and a Half
Men” – in their places.

The network announced its schedule this
morning and will present it to advertisers late this afternoon. Key
changes include:

– Shaking up the Friday line-up,
which had been winning the night. “Medium” returns (moving to 8
p.m.), but “Ghost Whisperer” and “Miami Medical” are gone.
Those shows – both strong with female audiences – will be
replaced by male-leaning shows. “CSI:NY” moves to 9 p.m. Fridays;
“Blue Bloods” – with Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg in a
family of top New York cops – is at 10.

– Remaking “Hawaii Five-O,” which
was big on CBS from 1968-80. The new stars are Alex O'Loughlin
(“Moonlight”), Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost”) and Scott Caan, James'

– Using another old CBS title, but
not the show. The original “The Defenders” was the dead-serious
story of father-son lawyers; the new one is described as a comedic
drama with Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell as eccentric Las Vegas

– Moving two of the three “CSI”
editions – “Miami” to 10 p.m. Sundays, “NY” at 9 p.m.

– And no mercy for shows with
borderline ratings. The schedule doesn't include “Cold Case,”
“Accidentally on Purpose,” “Gary Unmarried,” “The New
Adventures of Old Christine,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Numb3rs”
or “Miami Medical”; no mid-season shows are listed, except for a
“Criminal Minds” spin-off starring Forest Whitaker.

The new line-up:

– Mondays: 8-9:30 p.m. unchanged,
with “How I Met Your Mother,” “Rules of Engagement” and “Two
and a Half Men”; then “Mike & Molly” comedy at 9:30,
“Hawaii Five-O” at 10.

– Tuesdays: Unchanged, with “NCIS,”
“NCIS: Los Angeles” and “The Good Wife.”

– Wednesdays: 8, “Survivor”; 9,
“Criminal Minds”; 10, “The Defenders.”

– Thursdays: 8, “The Big Bang
Theory”; 8:30, “$#*! My Dad Says”; 9, “CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation”; 10, “The Mentalist.”

– Fridays: 8, “Medium”; 9,
“CSI:NY”; 10, “Blue Bloods.”

– Saturdays: Reruns and “48 Hours

– Sundays: 7, “60 Minutes”; 8,
“Amazing Race”; 9, “Undercover Boss”; 10, CSI: Miami.”