By Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist Published May 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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What's not coming back next fall on CBS is just as interesting as the new shows on the network's fall schedule revealed today.

The toll is seven shows: dramas "Cold Case," "Ghost Whisperer," "Numbers" and "Miami Medical;" and comedies "Accidentally on Purpose," "Gary Unmarried" and "New Adventures of Old Christine."

After completing five full seasons, we can all acknowledge that Julia Louis-Dreyfus broke the post-"Seinfeld" curse.

The new schedule has three new dramas, a Tom Selleck cop show called "Blue Bloods, a comedy drama about Las Vegas lawyers called "Defenders," and a remake of "Hawaii Five-O." The two new sitcoms are "Mike & Molly," a Chuck Lorre comedy about a hefty Chicago working class couple; and "$#*! My Dad Says."

The last one was inspired by a Twitter feed and features William Shatner as the dad. Frankly, other than the source, it sounds like a pretty conventional sitcom. 

Here's CBS' fall schedule, with the new shows in all-capital letters (except, of course, "CSI:NY").

Monday: 7 p.m., "How I Met Your Mother;" 7:3o p.m. "Rules of Engagement;" 8 p.m., "Two and a Half Men; 9 p.m., "MIKE & MOLLY;" 9 p.m., "HAWAII FIVE-O."

Tuesday: 7 p.m., "NCIS;" 8 p.m., "NCIS: Los Angeles;" 9 p.m., "The Good Wife."

Wednesday: 7 p.m., "Survivor;" 8 p.m., "Criminal Minds;" 9 p.m., "THE DEFENDERS."

Thursday: 7 p.m., "The Big Bang Theory;" 7:30 p.m., "$#*! MY DAD SAYS;" 8 p.m., "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation;" 9 p.m., "The Mentalist."

Friday: 7 p.m., "Medium;" 8 p.m., "CSI: NY;" 9 p.m., "BLUE BLOODS."

Saturday: 7 p.m., "Crimetime Saturday;" 8 p.m., "Crimetime Saturday;" 9 p.m.,"48 Hours Mystery."

Sunday: 7 p.m., "60 Minutes;" 7 p.m., "The Amazing Race;" 8 p.m., "Undercover Boss;" 9 p.m., "CSI: Miami."

On TV: These fall lineups are obviously not set in concrete. Shows will get the ax early and slots will open up. And the talk from ABC is that "V" may not be a mid-season show after all, and could launch its second season as early as November.

  • The CW Network's schedule will be released Thursday, but the network has already picked up "One Tree Hill" and "Life Unexpected."
  • She's been out of work with the cancellation of "Ugly Betty," but Vanessa Williams has found steady work next season as a new regular on ABC's "Desperate Housewives."
  • Nellie Andreeva reports at that TNT is cutting the "Southland" budget by a third, meaning pay cuts -- or less frequent appearances -- by cast members who stay on. Some will lose their jobs altogether.
  • Mediaite reports CNN has granted anchor Campbell Brown's request to let her out of her contract, but she'll keep doing the 7 p.m. hour until a replacement is found. There's no CNN confirmation for the report. 
  • Channel 12 is stocking a phone bank with  credit counselors, financial planners and lawyers to help viewers deal with financial questions from 5 to 7 a.m. Thursday during the morning newscast.
  • A Detroit police raid that left a 7-year-old girl dead was apparently filmed as part of the A&E "reality" show, "The First 48." 

One I'm waiting for: I've only seen trailers so far, but based on this short preview -- and the fact that it includes Will Arnett and Keri Russell -- Fox's "Running Wilde" looks like something to check out next fall. 

Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist

Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.

A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.

In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at

When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.